How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

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Instructions on how to install Sapphire which automatically downloads metatags for your AppleTV media.

Sapphire Browser is a plug-in designed to take all the hassle out of managing media collections connected to your AppleTV. Sapphire has the ability to identify TV Shows and Movies simply by looking at the filename. Once identified, Sapphire will download show/movie information and cover art (from TVRage / IMDB / IMPAwards ) turning your stale file list into something worth looking at.

You must have installed SSH on your AppleTV before attempting this tutorial. You can find instructions on how to do that here.

Step One
Download the Sapphire PlugIn from here to your desktop.

Step Two
Double click the downloaded zip file on your desktop (Sapphire_1.0b6.zip) to extract Sapphire.frappliance.

Step Three
Launch a new Terminal window from your Applications:Utilities folder
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

Step Four
Execute the following command to copy Sapphire to your Apple TV (Note: You can replace AppleTV.local with your Apple TV's IP Address):
scp -1 -r ~/Desktop/Sapphire.frappliance frontrow@AppleTV.local:~/
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

If asked to confirm you wish to continue connecting enter yes.
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

If asked for a password enter frontrow.
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

Step Five
Execute the following command to SSH into the AppleTV (Note: You can replace AppleTV.local with your Apple TV's IP Address):
ssh -1 frontrow@AppleTV.local
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

If asked for a password enter frontrow.
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

Step Six
Enter the following commands to install Sapphire:

sudo mount -uw /
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

If asked for a password enter frontrow
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

sudo rm -rf /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/PlugIns/Sapphire.frappliance
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

sudo mv ~/Sapphire.frappliance /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/PlugIns/
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

sudo chown -R root:wheel /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/PlugIns/Sapphire.frappliance
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

sudo reboot
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

Step Seven
Your AppleTV will now reboot. Once it has you will notice a new Menu item called Sapphire. Select Sapphire then Sapphire again.
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

Step Eight
Under the Main Menu you can view your TV Shows, Movies, and Custom Apple TV directories. Select Import All Data to begin downloading the meta data for your media.
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

Step Nine
Select Start Importing Data from the Import All Data window to begin the import.
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

Step Ten
You will then be displayed a list of the possible title matches for your file. Select the title that matches your file.
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

Step Eleven
You will then be shown a list of the possible cover art for your file. Select one you like
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

Step Twelve
Once done you will be notified that the import is complete. Press the Menu button on your remote to return to Sapphire's Main Menu.
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

Step Thirteen
Select the folder you have your media in
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV

Step Fourteen
Now notice when you select a file that you will be displayed its description and cover art now!
How to Install Sapphire for the AppleTV
Migrator - December 24, 2008 at 3:58pm
I tried this upgrade on my recently purchase ATV which came with 2.2. After installation no UI is displayed. It appears to be running because you can hear audible bleeps as you blindly navigate. The screen save eventually pops up but that is all the output. Also, an external USB drive is automatically mounted when the ATV boots up. Any ideas?
Curly - August 13, 2008 at 5:46pm
Same problem here as Ken is mentioning... any solutions? Running the latest version Apple TV 2.1 fw and Sapphire Beta 6.3...
Peaf - August 2, 2008 at 6:45am
Is this also valid to install Sapphire Beta 6.3? My AppleTv has already a old version of sapphire.
Ricardo - July 21, 2008 at 3:42pm
At the Sapphire browser website.
Ken - July 21, 2008 at 2:00pm
link???
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