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XMLTV is a few things with the same name.

  • XMLTV is a very popular XML based file format for describing TV listings. see XMLTVFormat
  • XMLTV is an interface contract between programs the emit guide data and programs that consume it. see HowtoWriteAGrabber and HowtoUseGrabbers
  • XMLTV is a perl module that helps to create XMLTV formatted documents. see XMLTVModule
  • XMLTV is a collection of tools to obtain, manipulate, and search TV Listings. see XMLTVProject

Most of this Wiki has to do with the XMLTVProject

XMLTV Project Status

(for more info see XMLTVProject)

The current release (1.1.0) was made on 2021-01-31 and is available at

New Grabbers

  • tv_grab_pt_meo (replacement grabber for Portugal (MEO))
  • tv_tmdb (new utility to augment listings with TMDB data)

Deleted Grabbers

  • tv_grab_eu_xmltvse (disabled, source site gone)


  • tv_grab_fi
    • foxtv: improvements to programme data
    • telsu: disable listings source
  • tv_grab_fi_sv
    • improved channel handling avoids downloading data for unconfigured channels
  • tv_grab_uk_tvguide
    • enhance data with programme URLs and images
  • tv_grab_zz_sdjson_sqlite
    • improvements to programme data
  • tv_imdb
    • improvements to film and series matching
  • xmltv.dtd
    • add 'system' attribute to 'url' element
    • add 'image' element to 'programme'
    • add 'image' and 'url' as sub-elements to credits

And lots of other changes (see commit log for full details)

Related Projects

There are lots of applications that use XMLTV-formatted files., these include guide viewers and PVRs. There are also some grabbers not included in the XMLTV project distribution. See XmltvRelatedProjects.

The XmltvUnrelatedProjects are things which don't use the XMLTV format but are somehow connected to TV listings.

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