Manual nfo creator for Windows

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Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:08 pm

Have you ever had a video file that you wanted to get XBMC to scrape but didn't feel like going through the tedious process of creating the whole thing by hand? Well I did too. So I made this little utility. What it is, is a Basic NFO Creator. The nfo file will be created and filled with the information that you provide. There is no online scraping that will take place with this. I have just posted a new version.
Here is what you can do:
Now or TV Show, Tv Show Episodes and Movies!

Enter the TV Show/Movie information for the file you want to put into your XBMC library, Choose a destination file, either a current folder or you can create a new folder, (Movie settings creates it's own folder). Select the settings you want include in your nfo file titles, Dates, quality, etc. For repetitive TV Show episodes you can set each any or all fields to propagate through to the next episode that you process. You can also include any spacer that you usually use for your library.

You can create a "TV Show" nfo file and folder to enter your episodes into.

Maybe I have a problem with my network as it would not recognize my network shares, however it works great with locally mapped network shares.
Please read the Help links on the menu bars. It pretty much explains the operation. It is all fairly straightforward.
This was created with VB on a Windows 32 bit machine, so if you have a similar setup, you should be golden.
Please play around with it at first with junk files until you are sure it works as it should and provide feedback or ask questions. Be gentle, it is my first program.

Here is the download link:


Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:27 am

Hey there,

thanks for creating & sharing! Thought about coding something similar myself, but never got around to actually doing it...

First of all, it seems to work fine on Windows 7 Professional 64bit.

Here are some general (and hopefully gentle enough ;) ) remarks:
(1) You forgot to exclude the superfluous folder "Support" from your release ZIP (its content is already packed as CAB)
(2) Inside the NFO, the encoding value in the first line has to be "UTF-8" (i.e. w/o spaces)
(3) The actual encoding of the generated text file should also be UTF-8 (not ANSI/ASCII)

So far I've only really had time to test the "Show NFO" part. Here are some suggestions/feature requests:
(1) Option to define default target folders (i.e. base folders wherein the new TV show/movie folder should reside)
(2) Automatically generate the folder name from entered data (let user define a pattern, like e.g. "%name% (%year%) [%id%]") & also create possibly missing folder(s)
(3) Option to create "combined" NFOs (i.e. append TheTVDB/IMDb URL & use attribute clear="true" for overwriting stuff that will be scraped by XBMC)
(4) Maybe somehow combine "Show NFO" & "Episode NFO"? (to create a complete workflow...)
(5) Support for more tags, e.g. sorttitle, set, ...

Good work!

Cheers, Muckl

Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:52 am

Just discovered another bug:

Closing the program's windows with [X] only exits the GUI but doesn't kill the process entirely.
Both the button "End Program" and the menu command "File > Quit" work, though.
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Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:00 pm

Thanks for the tips and critique! I have a look at what you suggested and see what I can do.


Edit: Please try the new zip file. Hopefully corrected the UTF-8 to file problem.

As far as your list of upgrades you would like.

1.) you can currently create a new destination folder for each of the 3 creation windows. It is in the file/directory picker on the lower left corner of the dialog called "Make New Folder"
2.)The Movie NFO creation does currently create it's own folder as "Movie Name (Year)".
3.) I don't fully understand what you are asking.
4.) Could happen, though I am planning on redoing this in Python.
5.) what new fields do you think are needed considering I made this just to be able to get something in the XBMC DB on the cheap?

Thanks for your input.


Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:33 am

You would need to rescan the item into your library to start. I'm assuming this is an XBMC fork of some kind?
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Mon Aug 10, 2020 2:17 am

mwkurt wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:00 pm
Hi mwkurt,

Hope I am not offending. Your nfo generator dates back 7 years and does not look like there has been an update in that period.

Though I have not downloaded and tested it, I can say with certainty that the nfo files it creates today are no longer fully compatible with Kodi.

Would you mind unpinning this thread as I don't want to see users led astray. I see all sorts of weird nfo files on the Kodi forum, and do wonder a lot of the time where they are coming from.

I am a Kodi Team Member. szori and ChristyEzzell can both vouch for me.

Thanks :)

ps, if mwkurt is no longer active, could another mod please unpin this thread. Thanks.