How to make your OWN EPG Guide for IPTV lists?

EPG is something that everyone keeps asking that we want and love to have but hate it when the IPTV lists that we create or buy doesn’t have EPG. In a matter of fact, Even when we buy IPTV there is a 40%-50% chance that the IPTV company did not update the EPG to what we want. I ask you .. WHY CAN WE GET EPG ALREADY!!!!!

ok in this article I will post how to make your OWN EPG or your OWN IPTV Guide, which you can use with any apps that support XML ( which almost all apps ). I will also list some of my favourite IPTV apps that I used for EPG creating and EPG use for Firestick, Android, Windows, MAC and so on.

How to make EPG?

In order to make your own EPG Guide, you will need some requirements listed below but also depends if you want Automatically created or manually created. In both Auto and Manual the EPG will be created for you but it all depends if you want a service/website to do it for you or a specific application generate for you manually.

Requirement for Automatic creating of EPG with your IPTV

Although the automatic sounds wonderful, I found this to be so much work in the long run for me personally. as most of the automatic contain countries and EPG codes that is mostly for UK or USA or some countries that I am not used to and even the UK and USA did not work very well.

Also some of the automatic can not be shared to other users so for me again this was a bad idea as I wanted to make something for everyone.

You will need:

  1. IPTV M3U  – you need an IPTV subscription, and the IPTV subscriber must give you your M3U link. Usually doesn’t matter if its M3U or M3u8 but try to take M3U only for EPG as it is easier
  2. Website to create the EPG for you – Check the list of EPG website auto-creation posted on this page.
    1. Usually, there is a charge or free depending on the website

Requirement for Manual create EPG for your IPTV

Although it sounds like a big job to make a manually creating an EPG, I found it to be more useful to manage and control and update my self. I did find that I can make my own free 30 channels and by using software I can donate a small annual charge ( I donated 5 euro a year ) and I managed to get to do 250 channels automatically updated.

I found this to be easier for me to do, this is because I am always looking for Arabic tv and Arabic sports and wanted to share my EPG with my users. I ended up created husham.com/epg for all the Arabic users to be able to get Arabic Bein Sports updated and some Arabic channels EPG listed as well.

  1. IPTV M3U  – you need an IPTV subscription, and the IPTV subscriber must give you your M3U link. Usually doesn’t matter if its M3U or M3u8 but try to take M3U only for EPG as it is easier
  2. You will need to get the EPG software which you can donate 5 euro a year for 250 channels – any more you have to ask the software dev Which I will list here.
  3. EPG Editor
  4. Location to publish your XML files such as your own website, GitHub, or Pastebin.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s go back to basic information

What is EPG for?

EPG stands for Electronic program guide. EPG is the same as a guide you would view on a cable or Sky box.

Why do we need EPG?Tivimate Displaying EPG

EPG is used to show you a guide of what is on TV and what will be there next.

Who uses EPG?EPG Guide displaying several days

We all use EPG at one time or another to see what is on TV and What is next hour or even schedule what will appear tomorrow or have it recorded while we are outside the house.

What is the EPG URL?

EPG URL is an XML file saved on the web, written with a plain text editor such as Notepad ++ and viewed by IPTV programs such as Tivimate.

What is an Auto EPG website?

Websites that will make an EPG based on a list of countries of EPG they have and willing to automatically make it for you .

What are the EPG websites lists?

Ther is a number of websites offer live EPG creation, some do it for free and some do it for money. The free ones will do it for you to try to make you an EPG there and then for your own M3u list and the Paid ones will allow you to download the XML to share it for everyone. Check out the list below

  • M3u4u – Link – m3u4u.com/ – Completely Free
    • I came across this when someone posted it on my youtube channel and asked me did I do EPG using this website, I was surprised at the time that there is a website but unfortunately, it was more like EPG for my own only and I was working on a program for everyone.
    • Also, this website did not have most of the Arabic channels I wanted and I already had managed to get more doing it my self
  • EPG Guide – link – epgguide.net/ – Monthly costs and charges begin for 4.99 for one country or 179.99 a month for all countries
    • Not something I was going to go for, and I don’t think most of my readers will appreciate the costs, but I am leaving it here for you IPTV companies that is interested in already creating your own M3U and share it to your users.
  • More link – please add more website pages below in the comments or send me via my contact me page in the order I expand this list if you feel there is more out there that is better or even does this easier or harder either way, but so far I found these are most helpfuel.

Please note that for the websites, you don’t need much software, it basically clicks and goes,  there will be a small manual intervention depends on the website.

Which is the best EPG software to use?

Listed here the EPG software you need to make your own EPG Guide for your IPTV M3U from your providers.  And unlike the website for EPG which auto-create everything for you, This software is a simple more robust easy to manage your EPG. I felt it was simpler to use software then using an automatically generated website that will create loads of EPG that I did not know anything about.

I tried a different list of apps and finally settled on webgrabplus, this was an easy to use software and very simple to make an EPG. Pretty straight forward if you ask me. Although it is an auto-generated EPG software, is does require manual work to get the best from this software ( I had to learn that the hard way ).