Prevent screen turning off when watching video in XBMC

We can create a shell script which would simulate mouse movement at a specified interval (only when XBMC is running) and prevent your screen from turning off.

Follow the steps:

Install necessary tools:

We would need xdotool to do this job for us. Install it by running the following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install xdotool

The Script:

Save the following script anywhere on your PC. You can modify sleep_period according to your needs, I have set it at 60 seconds. The script checks if there is a process called xbmc.bin running; and if it finds one, then it loops to simulate mouse movement while the process is active. Otherwise, checks for the process again after the specified interval.

#!/usr/bin/env bash

sleep_period=60s #seconds


mouse_x=$(xdotool getmouselocation 2>/dev/null | sed -e 's/x://' -e 's/y//' -e 's/ screen:.*$//' -e 's/ //' | awk 'BEGIN {FS=":"} {print $1}')
mouse_y=$(xdotool getmouselocation 2>/dev/null | sed -e 's/x://' -e 's/y//' -e 's/ screen:.*$//' -e 's/ //' | awk 'BEGIN {FS=":"} {print $1}')

while true; do
 if [[ $(pidof xbmc.bin | wc -w) -gt 0 ]]; then
 while [[ $(pidof xbmc.bin | wc -w) -gt 0 ]]; do
xdotool mousemove $((mouse_x+${movement_px})) $((mouse_y+${movement_px}))
xdotool mousemove $((mouse_x-${movement_px})) $((mouse_y-${movement_px}))
 sleep ${sleep_period}
 sleep ${sleep_period}

Make this script executable.