The ImagesByName folder contains artwork that is used by MediaBrowser to enhance the overall look of Media Browser. The ImagesByName folder is often abbreviated as IBN.
As of Media Browser 2.2.1 (also called Firestorm) the ImagesByName folder has a predefined set of subfolders. These are:
- This folder houses subfolders with icons and backdrops like Action, Comedy, Thriller, Horror, etc.
- Subfolders with folder.jpg files in here will show up in Media Browser if filtering by Genre
- This folder houses subfolders with icons and backdrops for Actors, Directors, etc.
- Subfolders with folder.jpg files in here will show up in Media Browser if filtering by Actor or when viewing the Actors tab on a Movie details screen
- This folder houses subfolders with icons and backdrops for Studios, TV Networks, etc.
- Subfolders with folder.jpg files in here will show up in Media Browser if filtering by Studio or they will be displayed on a Movie details screen if the active theme supports showing them.
- This folder houses subfolders with icons and backdrops for Years.
- Subfolders with folder.jpg files in here will show up in Media Browser if filtering by Year
- This folder houses subfolders with icons and backdrops for Plugins, etc.
- More details about this can be found here
MediaInfo (as of 2.2.8 (codename Orion))
- This folder houses subfolders for themes with icons for MediaInfo.
- As of 2.6.0 (codename Atlas) these subfolders can also contain custom MPAA ratings icons.
- The design of this folder varies from the other ImagesByName folders but it allows the user to apply custom MediaInfo Icon Sets on a per Theme basis. These for example.
- More details about this can be found here.
Configuring the IBN Folder
Media Browser looks for the ImagesByName folder in
By default, this folder does not exist after a clean installation. You need to create it manually including the above subfolders.
Please note that the
C:\ProgramData folder is hidden in Windows by default.
A simple script is available for download that you can use to automatically create the IBN folder for you. It’s very basic and comes without warranties, but hardly anything can go wrong with it.
Download here (updated for 2.2.8)
A final directory structure would look like this:
C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\ImagesByName\General C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\ImagesByName\Genre C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\ImagesByName\MediaInfo (As of Media Browser 2.2.8 (Orion)) C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\ImagesByName\People C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\ImagesByName\Studio C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\ImagesByName\Year
Example IBN Folder
For the record, here is an example ImagesByName folder with some contents to get a better idea:
C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\ImagesByName\General Favorites\folder.jpg Music Library\folder.png C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\ImagesByName\Genre Action\folder.jpg Drama\folder.jpg Thriller\folder.png C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\ImagesByName\MediaInfo All\aspect_133.png,...codec_aac.png,...hdtype_720.png,...media_3gp.png,.. Carbon\aspect_133.png,...codec_aac.png,...hdtype_720.png,...media_3gp.png,.. Default\ Diamond\aspect_133.png,...codec_aac.png,...hdtype_720.png,...media_3gp.png,.. C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\ImagesByName\People Mel Gibson\folder.jpg Julia Roberts\folder.png C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\ImagesByName\Studio BBC\folder.jpg Universal Studios\folder.png C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\ImagesByName\Year 2009\folder.jpg 2010\folder.jpg
Moving the ImagesByName Folder
The location of the IBN folder can be moved to a different location.
To do this, if you have an existing ImagesByName folder then copy/cut it to the new location. If you do not currently have an IBN folder, then create a folder called “ImagesByName” in the location you would like to store it, and then create the subfolders listed above. If your existing IBN folder does not have those subfolders then you need to create them if you are using Media Browser 2.2.1 (Codename Firestorm) or later .
Once you have done this navigate to the directory
C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser and use a text editor such as Notepad (not a word processor like MS Word) to open the file called “MediaBrowserXml.config”.
Look for an entry in this file that starts with
There should also be an end tag that looks like
Between these tags is where you need to put the path to your new ImagesByName location, e.g.
So the end result will be:
Be sure to confirm that there is no hard return after the path and before . It must all stay on the one line.
Then save and close that file. MediaBrowser will now use your new location for ImagesByName.
Important Note: If you move the ImagesByName folder to a network location, this can cause a significant performance impact on Media Browser.
If you’re using MetaBrowser, you will need to configure MetaBrowser to point to the People folder since MetaBrowser only downloads Actor images.
- In MetaBrowser, go to Options
- In the Options window, set the path for “ImagesByName Folder Location” to
C:\ProgramData\MediaBrowser\ImagesByName\People(or your custom location)
Currently, the same applies to MetaBrowser 2.0.