Install XBMC Onto Apple TV 2

Once you’ve jailbroken your Apple TV, you’ll now need to install the XBMC software to your device, which will basically add a new menu option to the native Apple TV functionality. The following instructions will install and block any updates that iOS may try to prompt on the box.

If you are using Putty from a Windows computer, type the IP Address under the Hostname field, use “root” as username and “alpine” as password, without quotation marks obviously. In the Terminal window type the following command, pressing enter after:

ssh root@[Apple TV IP Address]


ssh root@

When prompted, type “yes” (without quotations) to continue connecting to the device

When prompted to enter a password, type the following: alpine
The text will not show up as you type it, this is normal, once you’ve typed the password just press the Enter key to continue.

Run the following commands in Terminal by copying and pasting each of the following lines one at a time, it is important to wait for the previous command to finish running before going on to the next.

Command 1:

apt-get install wget

Command 2:

wget -O- | apt-key add -

Command 3:

echo "deb stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/awkwardtv.list

Command 4:

echo "deb ./" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xbmc.list

Command 5:

apt-get update

Command 6:

apt-get install org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2

When prompted, type “y” without quotations to continue process.

Command 7:

echo "" >> /etc/hosts

Command 8:

echo "" >> /etc/hosts

Command 9:

echo "" >> /etc/hosts

Command 10:

echo "" >> /etc/hosts

Command 11:

apt-get install com.nito.updatebegone

Command 12:


Congratulations! XBMC has now been installed onto your Apple TV 2 device. You’ll now need to import XBMC addons to your XBMC software in order to get the most out of the program, giving you the ability to watch all kinds of programming like Free TV for example.

Sal Ciampa

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