The most widely used and original method of adding XBMC Addons to your Apple TV 2 device with XBMC installed is to Upload the Addon ZIP Files and then use XBMC’s Install from ZIP File function. It’s pretty simple and we’re going to explain how to do it.
UPLOADING AND INSTALLING ADDONS FROM ZIP FILE TO APPLE TV 2
Step 1: Download “Addon Zip Files” from our Downloads Page to a Folder on your Desktop.
Step 2: Launch “FileZilla” or your FTP Client software and use the “Quickconnect” function to Connect to the Device. The “Host” will be the IP Address of your Device (available under Settings -> General -> About), the “Username” will be “root” (without quotations) and the “Password” will be “alpine” (without quotations).
Click “OK” to Trust the Host if prompted.
Step 3: Your screen should now look similar to the image below. On the left side of the File Navigator window, make sure that you’ve opened the folder on your Desktop that you saved the Plugin ZIP Files to.
Step 4: Choose the “var” Folder at the Top of the Right Side of the File Navigator, then Navigate to the “mobile” Folder, followed by the “Applications” Folder.
Step 5: On the Left Side of the File Navigator, select the Plugin ZIP Files that you wish to transfer, then Drag and Drop them onto the Right Side of the Window.
Step 6: You should now see the files from the Left Side of the Window (which is your computer) Displayed on the Right Side of the Window (which is your Apple TV) as well. You can now close the FTP Client window.
Step 7: Go to your Apple TV and Launch XBMC.
Step 8: Navigate to the “Settings” menu under “SYSTEM” at the far right.
Step 9: You’ll then want to Enter the “Add-ons” menu on the Left Side.
Step 10: Choose the “Install from zip file” option.
Step 11: Enter the “Home folder” followed by the “Applications” folder.
Step 12: One by One, Click Each of the Addon ZIP Files located in the Folder.
Step 13: Press the “MENU” once button to Go Back one level.
Step 14: Select the “Get Add-ons” menu option.
Step 15: Select the name of the first Repository you wish to install. We’re going to do “Bstrdsmkr’s Repository” as an example.
Step 16: Go into the “Video Add-ons” folder for the Repository you just chose.
Step 17: Select the individual video addon you wish to install. We’re going to choose the “1Channel Plugin” for this guide.
Step 18: Click on the “Install” button on the Left Side of the Addon Popup.
Step 19: Repeat from Step 15 Onwards for Each Repository or Addon you wish to install. Press the “MENU” button on your Remote Control a few times to return to the main menu once you’re done.
Congratulations! You’ve now learnt how to Install Addons to XBMC for Apple TV 2 by transferring them via FTP to your device. Have a blast.