mythtv-status - Man Page

Display the status of a MythTV backend


 mythtv-status [options]


This script queries a MythTV backend and reports on the status of it, any upcoming recordings and any which are happening right now.

The intention is to warn you if there is a program being recorded or about to be recorded.


-c,  --colour

Use colour when showing the status of the encoder(s).


Set the date to run as, used for debugging purposes.

-d,  --description

Display the description for the scheduled recordings.


The threshold (in percent) of used disk space that we should show the disk space in red (if using colour) or send an email if we're in email mode with email only on warnings.


Display the input ID and channel name against the recording details.


Suppress displaying idle encoders in the Encoders block.


Display warnings if an encoder is not idle. This is the default, it allows you to know if an encoder or the MythTV system is busy. To disable, use --no-encoder-warn-non-idle.

-e,  --episode

Display the episode (subtitle) for the scheduled recordings.

--email <address>[ --email <address> ...]

Send the output to the listed email addresses.  By default the encoder status, currently recording shows and time till next recording is suppressed from the email.

To turn the additional blocks on you can use --encoders, --recording-now and/or --next-recording.

By default highlight is turned on, to disable it use --nohighlight.


Only send an email out (if --email is present) if there is an alert (i.e., schedule conflict or low disk space).

-?,  --help

Display help.

--file <file>

Load XML from the file specified instead of querying a MythTV backend. Handy for debugging things.

--save-file <file>

Save the XML we received from the MythTV backend. Handy for debugging things.

--guide-days-warn <days>

Warn if the number of days of guide data present is equal to or below this level.  Default is 2 days.

-h HOST, --host=HOST

The host to check, defaults to localhost.


Surround any items that are considered a warning with asterisks. This helps to highlight an issue if colour mode is disabled.

--nostatus,  --noencoders,  --norecording-now,  --noscheduled-recordings,  --noschedule-conflicts,  --nonext-recording,  --nototal-disk-space,  --nodisk-space,  --noguide-data,  --noauto-expire

Suppress displaying blocks of the output if they would normally be displayed.

-p PORT, --port=PORT

The port to use when connecting to MythTV, defaults to 6544.


Insert asterisks (*) before each of the oneliners to stop some email clients from thinking the oneliner block is a paragraph and trying to word wrap them.


Display the shows due to auto expire (output is normally suppressed).


How many of the auto expire shows to display, defaults to 10.


If the "Next Recording In" time is less than this amount, display it in red.  This in seconds, and defaults to 3600 (1 hour).


Have slightly more verbose output.  This includes any warnings that might be generated while parsing the XML.

-v,  --version

Show the version of mythtv-status and then exit.


The output of this script is broken up into several chunks they are:


Some general info about the backend, currently just the timestamp of when this program was run.

Guide Data

The number of days of guide data is present.  By default it is only shown if the number of days is below the warning level.  To show it regardless of the warning level use --guide-data.


Each encoder that the backend knows about are listed, with the hostname they are on, the encoder ID (in brackets) and the current status.

Recording Now

Any programs which are being recorded right now.

Scheduled Recordings

Up to 10 programs which are scheduled to be recorded today and tomorrow.

Schedule Conflicts

Any upcoming schedule conflicts (not just limited to today or tomorrow).

Shows due to Auto Expire

The shows which will be deleted and the order they'll be deleted if the auto expirer kicks in.

Total Disk Space

The amount of disk space in total, and used by MythTV.

Next Recording In

If there are no recordings currently happening, then the amount of time until the next recording is displayed.

Disk Space

Details about each storage group that MythTV knows about.  By default this only shows storage groups that are above the warning level.  Use --disk-space to turn on display of all storage groups.

Return Codes

mythtv-status provides some return codes.


Standard return code


A warning is generated


Andrew Ruthven,


Copyright (c) 2007-2023 Andrew Ruthven <> This code is hereby licensed for public consumption under the GNU GPL v3.

Referenced By

mythtv_recording_now(1), mythtv_recording_soon(1), mythtv-update-motd(8).

2024-02-04 perl v5.38.2 User Contributed Perl Documentation