Add-on Scraper

What is an Add-on Scraper and what does it do for me in Kodi Add-ons? “Kodi has the built-in optional function to automatically download metadata information, cover art and other related media artwork online through its web scrapers that looks for media in the user’s audio and video folders and their sub-directories. These “scrapers” are used as importers to obtain detailed information from various Internet resources about movies and television shows. ” (Source)   If you use p2p add-ons, torrents, or in countries that prohibit streaming use a vpn from a reputable provider like Private Internet Access. scraper You can unblock many “dns censored” sources with a smartdns solution.    

How will I know if a Scraper is working

Since most of us have all experienced the dreaded “spinning working icon”, I’ll show few examples for those who have yet to come across this. scraper After selecting a movie file to stream from your add-on, the photo above is usually what you’ll encounter. Some Add-ons may be different. For this article, I have chosen the Placenta Add-on at random. The Movie selected is Thor: Ragnarok, take note of the number of 1080p, 720p links. The Paid links are Real Debrid sources. scraper As a result of doing a search, you will then be shown a list of sources to select from. When this article was first considered, there was/is an issue with the 2DDL scraper as indicated by the red dots.   scraper   After selecting the first listed link, after trying a short time to open, it failed and moved on to the next available scraper. Which in this case happened to be # 02. This source opened the movie successfully.  

Indicator of a Failing Scraper

  scraper   Due to some scrapers being arranged differently from one add-on to another, you may come across a list of the same scraper that may have as many as 7-10 in a row. In the example above there are only 3.  You can imagine how long the wait is as each scraper is tested then moves on to the next after each one fails. Needless to say, you wanted to view a movie, not the working icon spinning away. Out of frustration, I know many of you have just hit cancelled and tried another link. Always blaming the Add-on or your internet as the culprit, when in fact it was just that one scraper. Can this be fixed and if so how ? Before showing you how, you must understand why a Scraper is not working correctly. When a Dev does an update to their add-on, everything is in working order. But from time to time a scraper may stop searching for any of a number of reasons.  The site itself gets changed at their end for example, thus rendering it useless in the add-on. This is one of the reasons a good dev will push an update with a correction. Alas, some devs do get bogged down thru no fault of their own with other issues and let their add-ons slide.        

Where to locate Scraper list

There are basically two (2) ways to access the scraper list in an Add-on. Either entering Tools> Providers via the Settings or using General > Providers via Settings. The following is the Placenta Add-on: scraper After opening the Add-on, scroll down to Tools and click to proceed.   scraper Scroll down to Providers, then move the cursor to the right and select the Scraper in question. In this example, 2DDL happens to be located at the top. To disable, click anywhere in the blue area, then select OK to exit. Add-ons using this method via Tools- Providers are :
  • Atriox
  • Placenta
  • Incursion
  • Yoda
  • Reptilia
  • Death Streams / Death Streams RD
Because both versions of Death Streams are slightly different than the others, please click Here for the Configuration Guide link specifically for Death Streams. Here for Death Streams RD. scraper Now that 2DDL was disabled, the number of 1080p have dropped down to 4 from 12 and 720p  20 from 25.   scraper Consequently, 2DDL is no longer available as a scraper. After selecting the first source listed, it did open almost immediately.  

Second Option to Locate Scraper List

Option # 2, Settings- General- Providers. Add-ons using this format:
  • At The Flix
  • Anubus
  • Insanity
  • Oculus
  • Overwatch
  • Subzero
  • Midian
  • Wolfpack
  • Copy & Paste?

OCULUS

  Once again, I’ve randomly selected the add-on Oculus as the example. All photos shown in this article are from Krypton 17.6. Some, such as the following were from the Luxury Build. scraper Once opened, Select General. Scroll down to Open Scraper Settings to continue.   scraper Another window will appear. You may have to scroll thru Scrapers 1 / Scrapers 2 to locate 2DDL. As you can see above, these are conveniently set in alphabetical order and 2DDL is now TwoDDL. Keep this in mind if you can’t find your scraper. Of course, as we have always said, Click OK when making any changes or alterations in any add-on before exiting.  

Neptune Rising and Uranus

There’s always that one, or two in this case, Add-on that is slightly different than the rest. Neptune Rising and Uranus are no exception. These don’t fall in either the Settings-Tools-Providers or Settings-Providers even tho they do start out that way. Let me explain.   scraper Neptune Rising -You must still access via Tools, however, after selecting Providers, you must scroll down to NanScraper Settings. Click to continue. Use the same process as shown for Oculus in locating the scraper.   scraper   Uranus– After opening the add-on, Tools– scroll down to Accounts and Providers. Move the cursor to the right and down to Open UniversalScraper settings. Select to continue.   scraper   Finally, as mentioned earlier, because the list is in alphabetical order it will be located in Scrapers 2 list. What must you click before you exit ? That’s right OK must be selected for all changes to take place.  

In Conclusion

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. There was a lot to take in but I believe showing examples makes more sense than just using a text. If your Add-on has had an update recently, always come back to the scraper list to see if it has been enabled again. Further more, check the scraper in a movie search to ensure it has been sorted just to make sure. It would a great idea to find the dev on their twitter account and send them a Thank You for all their hard work. It will be appreciated. If you have any questions about this topic or any others, please stop by the Streaming World Forum and say hello, we look forward to helping you at any time.