How to Clone an XBMC Installation for Quick Setup

You can actually backup your XBMC configuration files so that you can import them into any other XBMC installation on any device. This means that using standard XBMC functionality, you can clone your XBMC setup and install it onto other devices on the fly without having to go through the hassle of manually configuring settings, skins and addons.

This isn’t for the weak at heart, it does actually require a tiny bit of technical experience, but it’s pretty easy when it comes down to it. The process is platform specific, so be sure to follow the instructions for your platform and not do the same thing because it seems to look the same. The instructions below will explain to you how to copy one XBMC configuration, with addons, skin modification, and any settings copied over. It’s also useful if you’re trying to do multiple devices as once in order to save on time.

HOW TO CLONE AN XBMC INSTALLATION FOR QUICK SETUP

Apple TV 2 or iPad/iPhone

Step 1: Connect by FTP to your First Device and Download the Entire Following Folder:
/private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/XBMC/

Step 2: Re-Jailbreak and Fresh Install XBMC on your Second Device.

Step 3: Launch and then Exit XBMC on your Second Device.

Step 4: Connect to your Second Device by FTP and Upload to Replace the Following Folder with the one Downloaded in Step 1: /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/XBMC/

Step 5: Connect to the Second Device by SSH or Terminal and Run the Following Command:
chown -R mobile:mobile /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/XBMC/

Step 6: Launch XBMC on your Second Device.

Mac OS/OX

Step 1: Open the Finder on your First Computer and then go into the “Applications” directory.

Step 2: Right Click the XBMC.app icon and Choose “Show Package Contents” from the options.

Step 3: Open the “Contents” folder, followed by the “Resources” folder.

Step 4: Copy the “XBMC” folder to your a USB Thumb Drive, so that you can transfer it to other computers.

Step 5: Install XBMC on your New Computer, then go into the “Applications” directory within your Finder.

Step 6: Right Click the New XBMC.app icon and Choose “Show Package Contents” from the options.

Step 7: Open the “Contents” folder, followed by the “Resources” folder.

Step 8: Replace the “XBMC” folder with the one from your USB Thumb Drive (as made in Step 4).

Step 9: Launch XBMC  on your New Computer.

Windows PC

Step 1: Save the Entire Following Folder from your First Computer to a USB Thumb Drive:
Windows XP: Documents and Settings\[user]\Application Data\XBMC
Windows 7: Vista/Windows 7: Users\[user]\AppData\Roaming\XBMC

Step 2: Install XBMC on your New Computer.

Step 3: Replace the Following Folder on your New Computer, with the one you Saved to your USB Thumb Drive in Step 1:
Windows XP: Documents and Settings\[user]\Application Data\XBMC
Windows 7: Vista/Windows 7: Users\[user]\AppData\Roaming\XBMC

Step 4: Run XBMC on your New Computer.

Apple TV 1 First Gen

Step 1: Connect by FTP to your First ATV1 and Download the Entire Following Folder:
/Applications/XBMC.app/Contents/Resources/XBMC/

Step 2: Factory Restore, Re-Jailbreak and Fresh Install XBMC on your Second ATV1.

Step 3: Launch and then Exit XBMC on your Second ATV1.

Step 4: Connect to your Second ATV1 by FTP and Upload to Replace the Following Folder with the one Downloaded in Step 1: /Applications/XBMC.app/Contents/Resources/XBMC/

Step 6: Launch XBMC on your Second ATV1.

Congratulations! You can now program twenty devices an hour, get going.


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