Xbmc weather

We’ve already shown you how to change the background images used by the various menu entries on the home screen, but the Weather menu can be tweaked even more if you’re using the Aeon MQ 3 theme. There is a nifty feature buried in the skin settings that lets you use dynamic weather backgrounds that change based on the current time of day and local weather conditions. Not only that but while XBMC is sitting on the Weather menu it will actually rotate between all of the images that match the current weather conditions, and the photos it uses are really good.

So how do you set this up? It’s just a few simple steps:

  1. Download the free Weather FanArt Pack, and extract the files. The 1080p version of the weather images are about 275MB in size.
  2. Assuming you are using the Aeon MQ 3 theme you’ll want to go to Settings -> Skin -> Main Menu.
  3. Turn on the Weather Backdrop Based on Actual Weather Conditions setting, and then right below that you’ll need to select the path to where the images you downloaded above are located. It should look something like this:

Xbmc weather background

If you have problems entering in a remote path you can update it directly in the guisettings.xml configuration file. Before making any changes to this particular file make sure you close out of XBMC first. After that go ahead and navigate to your profile folder:

  • Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/XBMC/userdata/
  • Windows: %appdata%\XBMC\userdata\

And then open up the guisettings.xml file. The specific setting we are looking for is:

<setting type=”string” name=”skin.aeonmq.3.CustomWeatherConditionFolder“>PATH</setting>

Once you’ve found the setting you need to put in the PATH to the weather photos you downloaded. You can use a folder locally on the machine or any one of the remote protocols that XBMC supports, such as SMB, FTP or AFP. Here are some examples of what the paths might look like:

  • Local FolderC:\XBMC\Weather\
  • SMBsmb://
  • AFPafp://

It’s well worth taking the extra steps to set up these dynamic weather backgrounds/backdrops, and I’m sure you will not be disappointed.

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