Setup Maxemum TV-Guide in Ubuntu

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Maxemum TV-Guide is a KDE TV-guide. It is developed in C++, based on QT/KDE and uses XMLTV as it's back end to grab listings. At present there are backends grabbing TV listings for Australia, Belgium and Luxemburg, Brazil, Britain and Ireland, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary and Romania, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, North America, Norway, Portugal, Reunion Island (France), South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Maxemum TV-Guide's features

  • easy-to-use user interface
  • quick channel(s)-only selection
  • custom channel names and icons
  • descriptions
  • category filter
  • title-, actor- and description search
  • hidden in tray while not used
  • favourite show highlighting
  • blacklisting of shows
  • realtime updates with colour encoded time
  • automatic grabbing of TV-listings
  • custom channel icon size
  • a popup window alerting the user when favourite show starts
  • execution of an external command upon user alerts
  • favourite overview with quick removal
  • realtime progress

Preparing Your System

sudo apt-get install xmltv xmltv-gui xmltv-util build-essential checkinstall

First you need to download the latest source from here using the following command


Now you need to extract the .tar.gz using the following command

tar xzvf maxemumtvguide-7.3.2.tar.gz


./configure --prefix=/usr


sudo checkinstall -D make install

Configure which channels to fetch

To see which command to use for your country do a

ls /usr/bin/tv_grab_*

If you are in Sweden you can use that as an example below. Just substitute the command for your country.

tv_grab_se --configure

Fetch the channels info

tv_grab_se --output ~/.xmltv/tvguide.xml

Start Maxemum TV-Guide and configure the update button

maxemumtvguidegoto preferences->updates and enter your XML TV-File

/home//.xmltv/tvguide.xmland your update command

tv_grab_se --output /home//.xmltv/tvguide.xml

Install Maxemum TV-Guide from .deb Package

If you want to install Maxemum TV-Guide from .deb package you need to download the latest .deb package from here using the following command


Install .deb package using the following command

dpkg -i maxemumtvguide_7.3.2-1_i386.deb

Maxemum TV-Guide Screenshots

Day View, past hidden

Day View, past visible

Day View with favourites only, past hidden

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6 Responses

  1. NewBee says:

    I do get the error below while running ./configure –prefix=/usr
    “checking for Qt… configure: error: Qt (>= Qt 3.0) (headers and libraries) not found. Please check your installation!”
    Do you know what i need to install to get Qt ?
    And what does –prefix=/usr mean ? Do i change the path of where the application will be installed, and is it possible to do that with all apps that i am configuring ?

  2. Cas says:

    On Kubuntu, this tutorial does not work on a standard install. Firstly, the files required to install are 50 megs+, which seems a little bit much for a TV guide. After installing the required files, the ‘configure’-process requires X libraries, for which you need to install xorg-dev (another 30 megs). After that, it starts wining about Qt libs.. That is where I stopped…

    For those trying this on a clean install of Kubuntu: Forget it (or good luck)…

  3. Cas says:

    Addition to previous post: Installing the .deb works, but I had to install libfam0 before using dpkg.

    BTW (for the admin of this site): Posting comments results in session errors, but the comments appear to work…

  4. Ian MacGregor says:

    Using kubuntu 7.04

    sudo apt-get install xmltv xmltv-gui xmltv-util wanted to install 36 new packages (7465kB of archives). Too much trouble if I decide I don’t want it.

    Screw that, go to , no need to install or configure anyting 🙂

  5. Iain Gray says:

    It was a bit of a faff to install this and on a standard Ubuntu install it does require the KDE headers to work. The instructions for configuring the xml and conf files needs to be clearer ie firstly need to use:

    tv_grab_xx –configure

    to create a conf file then

    tv_grab_xx –output ~/.xmltv/tvguide.xml

    This appears to work.

    When its working its really good. 🙂

  6. pugfantus says:

    FYI, This still uses Zap2It for US listings, Zap2It/TMS is cutting off all access as of 9/1/07.

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