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How to help improving MythTV

You to can help by contributing to MythTV development and documentation. Besides developers we need people to help maintaining and improving the documentation (like the Wiki and manual). So you can join us making MythTV even beter than it already is.

Everyone has one or more skills to help improving MythTV. You just have to remember that MythTV is a combination of technical and non-technical efforts. Independent from your skills, there is always something you can do to help make MythTV even beter than it is right now.

Take a look and choose how you can help best.

Mainaining the MythWiki

Of course, you can help writing and editing material right here on the Wiki.

  • Help completing pages that are marked incomplete. You can find an complete list of this here.
  • Review and update existing pages
  • Look around and improve the wiki structure. By improving the Structure you help people finding the right information and makes or easier to keep things simple, organized and up-to-date.
If you are not familiar with using a WIKI than you can learn it by reading Wiki help

Improving the manual

There's a project underway to create a User Manual which is starting to pick up steam. If you know something about MythTV, you can help extending and updating the manual. You can find the manual here.

If you are not familiar with using a WIKI than you can learn it by reading Wiki help

Promoting MythTV

Help us bringing MythTV to the rest of us by writing articles, references, talking in forums, etc.


If you have language skills, you can work on internationalizing/translating the product. This is needed in the core system as well as the modules.

Creating and improving MythTV themes

If you are interested in creating a new theme, read the theme development guide section for how to get started.

Testing MythTV

Beta testing new features is always appreciated. One does not need to be a developer to pull code from SVN and compile it - but you do need to be aware that going to SVN code implies a certain responsibility on the user's part to debug their own problems, file useful bugreports, and be able to downgrade or upgrade accordingly to fix issues.

Developer documentation

Documentation often lags behind features. The mythtv-commits mailing list provides information on what has been coded into the system recently and updating documentation here or in the official docs on is a welcome contribution.

Software developing

Off course there is enough software development to do. You can find out all about this in the Development guide. Variating from debugging, optimizing to developing new features.