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xbmc media centerGet access to your favorite podcasts, video or audio, using XBMC. Whether you want to listen to Technophilia or a podcast that’s actually good 5 Podcasts You Should Seriously Check Out Right Away 5 Podcasts You Should Seriously Check Out Right Away Do you listen to podcasts? You should. Not only are they a great way to keep up with the news, they can also be incredibly entertaining and enlightening. Even better, it's the ultimate multitasking medium.... Read More , XBMC has you covered in a roundabout way.

You don’t need any plugin to listen to podcasts, but the method of doing so isn’t entirely obvious and the official documentation isn’t exactly helpful. I spent two weeks playing around with plugins that didn’t really help before stumbling upon this method, so I feel like I should share it.

Simply put, there are no good plugins, as of this writing, for managing your podcasts in XBMC, but there is a way to listen to and watch podcasts by default. Your media center will be way better if you do this.

Adding Your Podcast Using The GUI

So what’s the trick? Basically, it’s adding the RSS feed as a media source. I know, it’s not intuitive. The media source menu seems like a place to add folders with media files and nothing else, but that’s simply not the case.

Head to the “File” menu of the music or video section of XBMC, depending on what sort of podcast you are adding. Then click “Add Source.” Instead of adding a folder on your computer, type the RSS feed yourself, beginning with “rss://” instead of “http://”.

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So far as I can tell, you can’t paste the URL into XBMC, meaning you’ll have to type the URL by hand. Keep reading if this is too much work; there’s another method.

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Repeat the process for all of your podcasts, being sure to put video and audio podcasts in their proper places. That’s it; you can now stream music from your podcasts by browsing the “File” section whenever you like.

Editing Sources.xml

Do you prefer editing a text file rather than messing around with the GUI? That makes sense. You can manually add your sources in Sources.xml, if you’re geeky enough to figure it out.

Where is Sources.xml? It depends what operating system you’re using. Here’s the list:

  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\Application Data\XBMC\userdata\
  • Vista/Windows 7: Users\\AppData\Roaming\XBMC\userdata\
  • Mac OS X: /Users//Library/Application Support/XBMC/userdata/
  • iOS: /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/XBMC/userdata/
  • Linux: $HOME/.xbmc/userdata/

Once you’ve found the file, you’re going to need to add code. Use this code:

<name>RSS Feed</name>

You’re going to need to replace “RSS Feed” with the name of your podcast, and “rss://” with the URL of your podcast. Remember: you need to replace “http://” with “rss://” or this may not work. You’re also going to want to make sure that audio podcasts are within this <music> tag, while video ones are within the <video> tag.

Are you confused by this method? Stick to the GUI, then, but know that learning this can save you time.

Using The Favorites

Once you’ve added your podcasts you’re going to want to browse them regularly. They’ll be a lot easier to find if you add them to your favorites. Doing so is easy – simply right-click on the podcast in the “File” menu, or press the “C” key while the podcast is selected. Then click “Add to Favorites

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You can add just about anything to your favorites, including shows and sections from addons 5 Amazing Add-Ons for the XBMC Media Center 5 Amazing Add-Ons for the XBMC Media Center Make XBMC even better by adding these amazing add-ons. Whether you're into TV, sports or gaming, these plugins will help you get the most out of your television. Last time, I lamented the end of... Read More and even shows on Hulu How to Watch Hulu TV Shows & Movies in XBMC [US Only] How to Watch Hulu TV Shows & Movies in XBMC [US Only] Watch TV shows and movies from Hulu without leaving the comfort of your couch. If you've got an XBMC media center you'd be silly to not install this plugin (assuming you live in the US:... Read More , so this menu will quickly become the center of your media center.


XBMC is complicated, but rewarding. Adding podcasts is no exception. I don’t know why this needed to be so hard, but I really like having access now that I figured it out. I hope I’ve helped you solve a problem too.

What podcasts do you like to watch or listen to on your XBMC media center? Share, along with any other thoughts, in the comments below.

  1. Steve Ward
    October 26, 2016 at 11:55 am

    This worked great on Jarvis 16.1.
    I found the url in itunes podcasts by right clicking on the podcast site and just copy the podcast url then pasting into kodi and changing the http to rss.

  2. Shanell Bryant
    December 10, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    THANKS SO MUCH! Usually I have to wait around for my husband to do this stuff for me but I figured it out on my own! I'm slowly becoming tech-literate.

  3. Jim C
    June 1, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Thanks so much for this! I love the iPad Today video podcast.

  4. Gabriel
    March 15, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Curious, what's the URL you're using for Radiolab? The isn't working in XBMC for me with either a http:// or rss://

  5. Chris Hoffman
    February 10, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Hey, another Bugle fan!

    • jhpot
      February 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      It's mankind's greatest cultural achievement...of course I'm a fan. 

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