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NEW: Migrating to a wiki, so the authors can maintain their own links. embeem has been kind enough to offer space, so its available at http://www.alt.org/wiki/index.php/TivoHackingLinks.

As of right now (8P Eastern) its just this list, slightly reformated. Updates to come later tonight or tomorrow, probably to both locations (if the forums are accessible..)

Now back to your regularly scheduled applications, hacks and the occasional man-eating wild beast:

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Since I was unable to find any single list of applications, hacks, etc for the Tivo I thought I would start this thread.

This is just the list I have found so far; for the ones I am missing (or have incorrect info on) please reply and I'll update this post as needed.

Recent additions: Joe, osdmngr, cron, tivoidentd, screensave, elseed license

Note: Here, "Author" does not necessarily mean the original software author. It is an indication of who ported it and/or is currently maintaining it for the Tivo. (In many cases that is the original author, but not all.)

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Network Access: How to get it and applications that require it.
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Name: Tivo DSL HowTo
Author: Frank Pineau
Homepage: http://www.pineaus.com/HOWTO/Tivo-DSL-HOWTO.html
License: General/Free
Description: OK, its not an application. But it IS a must-read for getting networking or ppp running on the Tivo.

Name: TurboNet Installation
Author: Silicondust Engineering
Homepage: http://www.silicondust.com/turbonet/turbonet.html
License: Unknown
Description: An excellent set of directions and a boot cd 2for installing a network card. However, it also works perfectly for unlocking a Tivo without a lot of the risk associated with some of the other hacks. It's what I used to get ppp running on my DirecTivo, and I highly recommend it; the turbonet drivers and such do not interfere at all with the normal operations of the Tivo.

Name: TivoFTPd
Author: sorphin
Homepage: http://tivo.samba.org/download/sorphin/
License: Unknown
Description: An ftp daemon for your newly-networked Tivo. Makes a great gift. Also makes it a whole lot easier to install software.

Name: TivoWeb
Author: tivoweb AT lightn DOT org
Homepage: http://tivo.lightn.org
License:GPL
Description: An excellent web server for the Tivo, allowing you to do almost everything remotely that you can do locally (and quite a few new things that were not possible before.)

Name: TPOP
Author: douglas AT networkhackers dot com
Homepage: http://www.networkhackers.com/tpop/
License: Unknown
Description: POP email client for the networked Tivo. Saves messages to the Tivo mail list.

Name: GAIM
Author: hermanator
Homepage: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=65062 (is there a better one?)
License: GPL
Description: A GAIM plugin and Tivo application that prints messages on screen when buddies log in and out. Also contains information on the Windows port of Gaim.

Name: YAC Client for TiVo
Author: josquin
Homepage: http://www.sunflowerhead.com/software/yac/
License: GPL
Description: YAC is a Caller ID system that uses the modem in your Windows-based computer to monitor incoming phone calls. When a phone call is received, YAC displays the Caller ID info on the computer screen. Clients are available for Windows and the Tivo. (Its like elseed, for those without caller-ID capable Tivos.)

Name: elseedyac
Author: pfl2000
Homepage: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?s=&postid=700874#post700874
Mirror: http://pfl2000.dyndns.tv/tivo/elseedyac/
License: Unknown ..GPL?
Description: Elseed modified to do name/number aliasing and also allows your TiVo to act as the YAC server.

Name: Tivoidentd
Author: RobertHamilton
Homepage: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=72967
License: Unknown
Description: Another identd (possibly the first) for the Tivo. To some reports, much smaller/more stable than micro_identd. I haven't used it here, so I can't say. YMMV.

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OSD Info: If it goes onscreen (and works without a network) it's here.
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Name: screensave
Author: [mbm]
Homepage: http://tivo.samba.org/download/mbm/bin/
License: Unknown
Description: Its a screensaver. No, really. It blanks the screen after it has been paused for too long.

Name: osdmngr
Author: belboz
Homepage: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=23906 .. sorta.
License: Unknown
Description: Converts tga files for viewing on the Tivo using osdwriter, which is already on the Tivo in /tvbin.

Name: text2osd
Author:
Homepage:
License:
Description: The original command-line OSD display. But I can't find it anywhere :(

Name: newtext2osd
Author: cwingert
Homepage: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?s=&postid=550677#post550677
Alternate Version: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=74564
License: Unknown
Description: The newer fancier command-line text2osd program. Some programs below require this one, some the older, some both and even (in at least one case) neither.

Name: Tivo Control Station
Author: Zirak
Homepage: Umm... http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=78060
License: Unknown
Description: This application sort of crosses the line between network and OSD. It does many convenient things locally, and shortcuts many preexisting features (3 clicks for backdoors, for example) but it's true utility is unlocked with an internet connection. It can display current local weather, stock information, sports, etc. Very cool application. It allows commands to be issued locally (remote) or over the network and programmers will find that it is easily extendable.

Name: Elseed
Author: Greg Gardner (greg AT bah DOT org)
Homepage: http://www.bah.org/~greg/tivo/
License: GPL
Description: Mainly (only?) for DirecTivo units, this works with text2osd to display caller ID information onscreen. Reported not to work on some DirecTivos and most SA, but it works like a champ for me and does not require a network connection or Windows machine. Very high "wife factor" - my fiance considers this to be the true 'killer app' for the hacked Tivo.

Name: TivoVBI
Author: [MBM]
Homepage: http://tivo.samba.org/download/mbm/
License: GPL
Description: VBI (vertical blanking interval) is used to send closed-captioning info and some program stats (title, etc). This cool app decodes that info either to the screen or to stdout/console and is also the basis for most (all?) of the OSD routines.

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Development: Languages, compilers, scripts, etc.
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Name: tivo-bin
Author: Tivo, Inc
Homepage: http://pvrhack.sonnik.com/tivo/dl_info.asp?DLID=30
License: GPL
Description: Lots of useful binaries and such, prebuilt for the Tivo. Essentials like "ls" contained here. Originally from older Tivos, removed after some software updates.

Name: tivo-build-xcompiler
Author: [MBM]
Homepage: http://tivo.samba.org/download/mbm/
License: Unknown
Description: An excellent script for building a cross-compiler for the Tivo. (A cross-compiler lets you compile programs on your desktop to be run on the Tivo. If you don't know what a compiler is, this section is not for you ;) ..)

Name: Tivo Software Releases
Author: Tivo, Inc.
Homepage: http://tivo.com/linux/index.html
Mirror: http://tivo.samba.org/download/tivo_releases/
License: GPL
Description: The sources to all the GPL software the Tivo runs. (Kernel, utilities, compiler, etc. Necessary for the build-xcompiler script as well as just generally useful to the Tivo developer.)

Name: WebPHP
Author: enigma2175
Homepage: http://www.corruptdb.com/
License: GPL
Description: PHP binary and TivoWeb module to run PHP shell scripts and CGI binaries on the Tivo. Also includes information on a MySQL database client.

Name: menuboot
Author: TivoTechie
Homepage: http://tivo.samba.org/download/tivotechie/
Mirror: http://pvrhack.sonnik.com/tivo/dl_info.asp?DLID=20
License: Unknown
Description: Allows you to select rc.sysinit's to boot, and get a failsafe shell, if you screw something up.

Name: Crond
Author: Dtype
Homepage: http://alt.org/tivo/
License: GPL
Description: Standard Unix cron. Runs things at specified times.

Name: Textutils
Author: Dtype
Homepage: http://alt.org/tivo/
License: GPL
Description: Grep, awk, sed for the Tivo. Standard - and damned useful - Unix text processing tools.

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Console: General-purpose applications that run on the commandline w/o network or OSD.
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Name: Elvis
Author: dtype
Homepage: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=70019
License: GPL
Description: elvis is a small implementation of vi, with all the expected behaviors.

Name: Joe
Author: Mr. Belboz
Homepage: http://pvrhack.sonnik.com/tivo/joe.asp
License: GPL
Description: Joe is another editor for the Tivo. Not sure how the Tivo version differs from the standard one, but I liked that one for a long time before I got the hang of vi.

Name: lsof
Author: Craig
Homepage: http://www.xse.com/leres/tivo/downloads/
License: GPL
Description: LSOF shows open files, network connections, etc. Quite handy, quite missing from the standard Tivo software load. Requires the libtivohack elsewhere on that page. (There are many applications on that page. Check it out. I'm just going to list the ones that catch my eye.)

Name: micro_inetd, micro_httpd
Author: Craig
Homepage: http://www.xse.com/leres/tivo/downloads/
License: GPL
Description: A small inetd and a small webserver for the Tivo. Also requires libtivohack.

Name: Netstat, ping, traceroute
Author: Craig
Homepage: http://www.xse.com/leres/tivo/downloads/
License: GPL
Description: Useful network testing/debugging apps: netstat is like lsof, specifically for network connections and routes. Ping and traceroute are just what you think they are. Get down and party with the Libtivohack.

Name: One Per Week
Author: CptanPanic
Homepage: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=79471
License: Unknown
Description: For programs that run one episode per week, but have no guide data, this TCL script will remove the other showings from the Todo list. You need the fsid of the program (available via TivoWeb) and it works well with cron (since it needs to be rerun periodically).

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Upgrades: Software to upgrade your Tivo in some way or another.
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Name: MFStools
Author: Tiger
Homepage: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=63606
License: Unknown/GPL
Description: Everything you need to access the Tivo drives from your desktop (and then some..) Broke the rc.sysinit? Boot up the MFStools cd and fix it. Adding a drive? Just read the Hinsdale HowTo and all will become clear.

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TivoWeb: Addons, modules, themes for TivoWeb.
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Name: tivocomm theme
Author: stevejenkins
Homepage: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=73873
License: GPL..?
Description: A theme for TiVoWeb that looks like the TiVo Community.

Name: channelmap
Author: Zirak
Homepage: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=61830
License: Unknown
Description: A TivoWeb module that remaps channels. (So if Tivo thinks CNN is 50, but your cable/sat/etc provider puts it on 30, this is what you need to fix it.)

Name: Recording History
Author: qqx
Homepage: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=72230
License: Unknown
Description: A module for TivoWeb 1.9.4b3 which allows viewing of the Recording History. Reports are that it works on most everything, including DirecTivo 2.5.x.

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Edit: License info now added, along with more of the basic core utilities. Moved PHP down to the development section since it occurred to me it is done up to be both a shell scripting language as well as a cgi.

Edit: I'll probably be poking it all day (10/08/02) but it is about as close to done as I can get it. There are many more applications out there, the problem being that there are often no descriptions associated with them.

Edit: Updated link to wiki

This is your call to start responding and PMing with applications I missed, updated information, etc.
 

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On rereading it (I need more coffee in my life sometimes) it should have been "Apps and Hacks and Bears, Oh My!" .. maybe I'll fix it when I do the next edit.
 

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Why not include links essential to Tivo upgrades as well? For example:

1) Hinsdale's How-to Tivo upgrade
2) Tiger's Mfs Tools 2.0
3) Dylan's boot disk
 

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I'd wager because those are well covered in the upgrade forum, and this forum is more about going beyond that.
 

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Don't forget the following:

YAC Client for TiVo - josquin
Displays caller ID info on TV (similar to elseed) from a YAC server on your home network.

elseedyac, yac_srv - pfl2000
Elseed modified to do name/number aliasing and allows your TiVo to act as the YAC server.

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shameless plug -
If you try to load tivovbi and don't get any output (2.5.2 and later tivo versions) try grabbing tvbi.o or tvbi-dtv.o from http://tivo.samba.org/download/mbm/bin/ ; load the module (ignore the device busy error) then restart tivovbi.
 

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Hooray for shameless plug ;)

As far as YAC, that is on my list but I had to find it first.. now that you have shortcutted that problem (yay) I'll get it in there with the next update.

The Hinsdale Howto is definitely worth listing, but I think it should go as part of the MFS tools listing since this is primarily for applications.
 

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Sure, I figure on starting it as a sort of freshmeat-for-tivos .. a very few documents and basically any application I can find. (It will probably not live primarily here forever, but it seemed a good place to kickstart it..)

Tcl hacks, tivoweb modules, etc... its all welcome.
 

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To fill in a little missing information, the tivo-bin collection is straight from TiVo. Those are the GPL applications that were included on some of the older TiVos before any software updates.
 

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Now that this post is stuck to the top of the forum you may want to change the Subject to something a little more descriptive (but probably less cute.)

Maybe something like "Almost Complete TiVo Hacks and Appllications list".
 

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>I was told to stop developing.

By whom? TiVo? or the forum?
 

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About changing the subject of thiis thread, I like this subject just fine! It got me to read it. It also implies very well what's to be found within, perhaps even more so than a more conservative subject.
 
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