XBMC is software from users by users. There are no highly paid developers or poorly paid support personnel on the phones ready to take your call. There are only users who have seen a problem and done their best to fix it. This means XBMC will always need the contributions of users like you. How can you contribute?
The #1 priority is always answering questions in our support forums. Everyday new people discover XBMC, and everyday they are virtually guaranteed to have questions. If you are knowledgeable in a certain area of XBMC, we highly encourage you to field questions in the forums.
We are always happy to receive a donation. Donations are typically used for travel to attend conferences, any necessary paperwork and legal fees, and the yearly XBMC Foundation Developers Conference, where a great deal of planning and coding for the following year occurs. Donations may also be used to purchase necessary hardware and licenses for developers, along with t-shirts, stickers, and other accessories for conferences. For a complete breakdown of this year’s costs-to-date, visit our regularly updated Income and Expenses spreadsheet.
Code, Skin, and Report Bugs
If you are comfortable with C++ or Python, we encourage you to check out the XBMC repository on Github or take a look at any of the many addons for XBMC and consider developing your own. If you have artistic skills, you could think about developing a skin or helping others with skin development. And if none of those things are your strong point, you are always welcome to report issues in our forums. If the issue appears reproducible, we would then love for you to submit a bug report in Trac.