Fan Edit Database Scrapers for Plex and Kodi

Plex and Kodi (formerly XBMC) are popular software media players that can be enhanced with third-party add-ons, including web scrapers that retrieve metadata and cover art for films and television episodes from sites like the Internet Movie Database, themoviedb.org, thetvdb.com, and fanart.tv. There are also database scrapers for fan edits. For example, tomfin46’s Plex scraper (released January 2015) and Kodi scraper (released February 2015) serve users on both platforms with metadata from the Internet Fanedit Database (IFDb). There is also newt’s Kodi scraper (released June 2012), which provides users with metadata exclusively from Fanedits.com. It’s great to see these scrapers in action — they almost seamlessly integrate fan edits on the virtual shelf with collections of original films and television episodes, thereby blurring the lines between commercial content and transformative work. Hopefully development will continue on these projects as their respective databases evolve.

Screengrab from tomfin46’s IFDb scraper for Plex. Image: tomfin46
Screengrab from tomfin46’s IFDb scraper for Plex. Image: tomfin46
Screengrab from tomfin46’s IFDb scraper for Plex. Image: tomfin46