About the addon.xml file (and how you can improve it)

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    • About the addon.xml file (and how you can improve it)

      Every skin, script, or plugin in Kodi contains an addon.xml file which describes the add-on, providing credits, version information and dependencies. As addons are developed, many developers create a 'barebone' addon.xml file in order to be able to install and test their addons. As at that moment many things are still not decided, that makes perfect sense. However, being able to distribute and install the addon does not mean the addon.xml file is in it's best shape.

      Over time, the team behind Kodi has added multiple elements which you can add to your addon.xml file. Some elements are used inside Kodi itself to organize addons. Others are mainly used by grand installers (like SuperRepo) in order to help visitors the best they can. For example: the <forum> and <website> elements are used at SuperRepo to help users find a support address for the addon.




      Conclusion
      If you are publishing a new addon or never had a look at the addon.xml again after you initially created it, I advise you to have a look at the addon.xml-page at the Kodi website and optimize the addon.xml.