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Showtime mediaplayer

(c) 2006 - 2011 Andreas Öman, et al.

Settings are stored in ~/.hts/showtime

For more information and latest versions, please visit:

How to build for Linux

First you need to configure:


If any dependencies are missing the configure script will complain. You then have the option to disable that particular module/subsystem.


Build the binary, after build the binary resides in build.linux/. Thus, to start it, just type:


If you need/want to build with a recent version of libav without installing it on your system:

Create an libav directory somewhere, perhaps in your home dir:

mkdir libav
cd libav
git clone git:// src

Configure libav to build and install itself in current dir. Note that this will build static libraries so you don't need to mess around with LD_LIBRARY_PATH when running the binary. IF you enable shared libraries, remember to set that up as well.

So while still in the same dir, do

src/configure --prefix=${PWD}
make -j4
make install

Now go back and reconfigure Showtime with PKG_CONFIG_PATH set to the directories where the .pc files resides from the libav install:

cd showtime 
./configure --pkg-config-path=${HOME}/libav/lib/pkgconfig

How to build for Mac OS X

Install Xcode which includes Xcode IDE, gcc toolchain and much more. iPhone SDK also includes Xcode and toolchain.

Install MacPorts

Install pkg-config using MacPorts

$ sudo port install pkgconfig

Now there are two possible ways to get a build environment, the MacPorts way or the custome build scripts way. If you dont plan to build for different architectures or SDKs as you are current running, or dont plan to compile with fancy extensions, i would recommend the MacPorts way.

If you choose the custome script way, please continue to read support/osx/README

MacPorts way:

Install freetype using MacPorts:

$ sudo /opt/local/bin/port install freetype ffmpeg

Now run configure

$ ./configure

Or if you build for release

$ ./configure --release

If configured successfully run:

$ make

Run showtime binary from build directory

$ build.osx/

Run showtime application from build directory

$ open build.osx/

Optionally you can build Showtime.dmg disk image. Note that you should configure with --release to embed theme files or else the binary will include paths to your local build tree.

$ make Showtime.dmg

For more information read support/osx/README

TODO: universal binary, cant be done i one step as libav does not build when using multiple arch arguments to gcc

How to build for Nintendo Wii

For a Wii build you need:

  • devkitPro:
    • devkitPPC r21
    • libogc 1.8.3
    • libfat-ogc 1.0.5
  • freetype cross-compiled for PPC.

For your convenience there is a script that will download/build all you need. To run it just type:

$ support/wiisetup

Do this directly from the showtime root directory. This will download, unpack, build and install all that's needed into a wiisupport/ directory. By default configure.wii will look into these directories for devkitPro and freetype, so all you have to do now is:

$ ./configure.wii
$ make

If you have devkitpro and/or freetype someplace else, you can set the path to them in configure.wii (see ./configure.wii --help for details)

Note: libogc defaults to maximum of 16 threads. This is on the edge for showtime. Therefore, the wiisetup script will install a new version of lwp_config.h (see support/lwp_config.h) before compiling libogc. If you intend to use a stock libogc you need to be aware of this fact.


If you have wiiload installed and homebrew channel is running on your wii, you can just type:

$ make run

To start showtime on your wii.

Homebrew package

The makefile system can build a homebrew package. To do this, type:

$ make homebrew

The output will reside in build.wii/bundle/. Both an app directory and a zip file is generated.

How to build for PS3 with PSL1GHT

You need the opensource PS3 toolchain. Follow the instructions at:

If you install it from scratch when you read this the stuff it downloads should be up to date. If you already have the toolchain and psl1ght you need to make sure that psl1ght is at least from Tue Feb 15 2011

Once setup you need to build dependencies

$ support/ps3setup

Then configure

$ ./configure.ps3

.. and build

$ make -j8

.. to generate pkgs, etc and install in ${PS3INSTALL}

$ make install

There is a small utility in support/traceprint that will receive UDP packets on port 4000 and print it to stdout (only tested on Linux) You can use this program to get debug output when running the app on ps3. configure with --logtarget=IP.OF.YOUR.HOST to make it send log messages to that machine. Showtime will default to port 4000 when sending log messages.


Showtime is a media player intended to be used on HTPC media centers.




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