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Bloggers, Builders, YouTubers: Create Your Own Feeds for Git Browser (Kodi Addons)

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We just released this cool new feature that makes it easier for bloggers, builders, YouTubers and “go-to Kodi guys/gals” to share their favourite Kodi addons with their followers. Git Browser Feeds allow anyone to create their own lists of their favourite addon developers, to be easily shared with their own followers. All you have to do is create your own Feed files, and then tell your followers what your GitHub username is. They’ll then be able to go in and decide which Kodi addons they wish to install from your selection.

It is our hope that the new Feeds for Git Browser feature will make it easier for people to get started with Kodi. Although millions of users already consider the Git Browser to be the best method of installing Kodi addons, some have said that they have had trouble figuring out which GitHub usernames to look up. If you’re one of those people who Kodi users seek out for help, please do your part in furthering the decentralization of our community, and create and promote your own Git Browser Feed today.

Part A: Signup to GitHub + Create a New Repository

Step 1: Register for your own free account at GitHub.

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Step 2: When prompted to Choose your personal plan, simply press the green Continue button at the bottom.

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Step 3: Either fill out the questionnaire, or press skip this step at the bottom of the page.

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Step 4: You’ll now need to verify your email address, check your email for the link.

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Step 5: Click on the grey Start a project button.

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Step 6: For Repository name put something like: freaky-feed-gitbrowser

Obviously replace freaky with whatever you want to call your feed.

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Step 7: For Description put something like: Freaky’s Git Browser Feed for Kodi Addons

Obviously replace Freaky’s with whatever you want to call your feed.

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Step 8: Enable the checkbox for the Initialize this repository with a README field.

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Step 9: Click on the Add a license dropdown, and select GNU General Public License v3.0 from the listing.

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Step 10: Click on the green Create repository button at the bottom.

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Step 11: And just like that, you’ve finished creating your first GitHub repository.

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Part B: Preparing Files for New Feed

Step 1: Download and extract the feed_templates.zip compressed folder to your Desktop.

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Step 2: Open the feed_templates folder.

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Step 3: Highlight the sample_feed.xml file.

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Step 4: Right click the file and choose the Rename function.

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Step 5: Edit the word sample in sample_feed.xml filename to display whatever you wish to call your feed. We’ve called ours freaky_feed.xml for this example.

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Step 6: Highlight your newly renamed freaky_feed.xml file.

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Step 7: Right click the freaky_feed.xml file and select the Open With function.

Depending on which operating system you’re on, the name of the function may differ slightly.

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Step 8: Select your text editor or Notepad from the listed applications.

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Step 9: Edit the feed template accordingly. The sample template includes space for two addon developers, but you may add as many as you wish.

The <name> tag refers to each addon developers name, while the <username> tag refers to his/her GitHub Username, and you can input the names of your preferred addons within the <description> tag.

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Step 10: Save your changes once you’re finished compiling your feed.

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Step 11: Highlight the gitbrowser.feed.xml file back in your feed_templates folder.

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Step 12: Right click the gitbrowser.feed.xml file and select the Open With function.

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Step 13: Select your text editor or Notepad from the listed applications.

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Step 14: Edit the <name> tag to display the name of your Feed. This tag will display Sample Feed within the template by default.

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Step 15: Edit the <url> tag to replace tvaddonsco with your GitHub username.

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Step 16: Edit the <url> tag to replace sample-feed-gitbrowser with the Repository name you previously set in Part A: Step 6 of this guide.

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Step 17: Edit the <url> tag to replace sample_feed.xml with the filename you set in Part B: Step 5 of this guide.

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Step 18: Save your changes once you’re finished editing your retrievable feed file.

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Step 19: Highlight the gitbrowser.feed.xml file back in your feed_templates folder once again.

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Step 20: Right click the gitbrowser.feed.xml file and select the “Compress gitbrowser.feed.xml” function.

Depending on which operating system you’re on, the name of the function may differ slightly.

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Step 21: Highlight the gitbrowser.feed.xml.zip file you just created.

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Step 22: Right click the gitbrowser.feed.xml.zip file once again.

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Step 23: Select the Rename function from the listing.

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Step 24: Edit the filename to appear in the following format: freaky.gitbrowser.feed-1.0.0.zip

Obviously replace the “freaky” part with whatever you are calling your Feed.

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Step 25: This part of the process is now finished, continue reading to upload your Feed to GitHub.

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Part C: Uploading Feed Files to GitHub

Step 1: Return to your newly created GitHub repository, then click on the Upload files button.

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Step 2: Select the choose your files function.

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Step 3: Select both the freaky_feed.xml and the freaky.gitbrowser.feed-1.0.0.zip files, and then press the Open button.

Depending on which operating system you’re on, the name of the function may differ slightly.

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Step 4: Click on the green Commit changes button at the bottom of the interface.

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Step 5: Wait a few seconds for the files to upload to GitHub.

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Step 6: All done. Time to tell all your followers about your new Feed for Git Browser!

In the future, you can edit your freaky_feed.xml file directly from the GitHub interface. There is no need to update the ZIP file, unless you are changing the location of your freaky_feed.xml list.

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Part D: Finding Your New Feed in Git Browser

Required: Git Browser on Kodi 17.0 Krypton or Above

Step 1: Click on the Add-ons tab from the vertical menu bar within Kodi.

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Step 2: Launch the Git Browser tool from the Program add-ons category.

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Step 3: Select the Search by GitHub Username function.

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Step 4: Click on the *** New Search *** option.

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Step 5: Input your GitHub username, then press the OK button.

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Step 6: Select the yellow file that appears similar to freaky.gitbrowser.feed-1.0.0.zip with freaky being replaced with whatever your retrievable Feed ZIP is called.

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Step 7: Press the Yes button to proceed with installing the Feed for Git Browser.

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Step 8: Wait a second for the Feed to install.

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Step 9: Return to the Git Browser’s main menu, then select the Search Feeds function.

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Step 10: Choose the Freaky Feed or whichever feed your just installed.

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Step 11: Select the addon developer you wish to browse within the Feed.

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Step 12: Before anything, click on the repository belonging to the addon developer you’re browsing.

It should appear to be named something like repository.mhancoc7.public-0.1.2.zip with mhancoc7 being replaced with the username of the developer you’re browsing.

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Step 13: Press the Install button to proceed with repository installation.

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Step 14: Press the Continue button to proceed, don’t restart yet.

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Step 15: Choose the Kodi addon you wish to install, we’ve selected plugin.video.bhg.uktvplay-1.0.2.zip for this example.

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Step 16: Press the Install button to proceed with the Kodi addon installation.

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Step 17: If you’re finished installing new Kodi addons for now, click on the Restart button. Otherwise, you may press Continue if you wish to install more addons.

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Step 18: Relaunch Kodi to find your newly installed Kodi addon working and operational.

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We’re really counting on the entire Kodi community to get involved, create their own Feeds, and share them with the world. By doing so, you’ll not only be helping your peers find the best Kodi addons with ease; you’ll also be doing your part to help our community grow. If you enjoyed this and other guides we offer, please be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel welcome at our discussion forums at any time. Stay tuned, because we’ll have at least one crazy powerful new Kodi addons released in the coming weeks.

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