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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 (0.6.3) was made on 2020-08-22 and is available at

Major Changes in this release (0.6.2 & 3)


The tv_grab_eu_xmltvse grabber has replaced the old tv_grab_eu_dotmedia and tv_grab_se_tvzon grabbers, which have been removed.

New Grabbers

- There are no new grabbers in this release

Deleted Grabbers

  • tv_grab_dotmedia (deleted, please switch to tv_grab_eu_xmltvse)
  • tv_grab_dtv_la (deleted)
  • tv_grab_il (disabled, needs rewriting to support website changes)
  • tv_grab_pt_meo (disabled)
  • tv_grab_se_swedb (disabled)
  • tv_grab_se_tvzon (deleted, please switch to tv_grab_eu_xmltvse)
  • tv_grab_ch_search (disabled, needs updating to support website changes)


  • (update handling of reading from STDIN due to XML::Parser adopting 3-arg open)
  • MANIFEST (updated to remove Travis CI files that are not included in release tarballs)
  • tv_grab_ch_search (handle upstream cookies)
  • tv_grab_eu_epgdata (various fixes and improvements)
  • tv_grab_fi (various fixes and improvements)
  • tv_grab_fr (update grabber due to upstream changes)
  • tv_grab_huro (use https source site URLs)
  • tv_grab_it (fix overlapping/duplicate programmes)
  • tv_grab_na_dd (use https source site URLs)
  • tv_grab_na_dtv (various fixes and improvements)
  • tv_grab_pt_vodafone (various fixes and improvements)
  • tv_grab_uk_tvguide (various fixes and improvements)
  • tv_grab_zz_sdjson_sqlite (many fixes and improvements)

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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