How to install the Free Cable Addon on OpenELEC

Getting the Free Cable addon to work under OpenELEC takes a little bit of command line work. You’ll need to install some Python modules and create some directories on your OpenELEC computer.

Here’s what you need to do to get Free Cable working:

Install the Blue Cop Repository

From that repository, install Free Cable.

Open the configuration for Free Cable and then save it as is.

SSH to your OpenELEC computer. Run the following on the command line:

cd beautifulsoup4-4.3.2/
python install --prefix=/storage/usr
cp -R /storage/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/bs4/ /storage/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/beautifulsoup

tar zxvf demjson-1.6.tar.gz
cd demjson-1.6
python install --prefix=/storage/usr

mkdir /storage/.xbmc/addons/
mkdir /storage/.xbmc/addons/

touch /storage/.config/
chmod 755 /storage/.config/

Once that’s done edit /storage/.config/ and add

export PYTHONPATH=$PYTHONPATH:/storage/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/

If you already have ‘#!/bin/sh’ in the file, don’t add is again.

Reboot. Free Cable should now work.


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