How does Movie & TV Show information (metadata) get updated? How can I refresh or sync Trakt to TMDB?

Modified on Thu, Mar 24, 2022 at 12:00 AM

We use TMDB for most movie & tv show information. You can see the data source on each listing as shown by the yellow arrow in the image.

It’s free for anyone to sign up and edit info at TMDB.  Please make sure the movie, show, season and/or episode exist on TMDB with correct English information filled out.


The Trakt database is coded to only pull in English or No Language entries.  Foreign language entries should only be Titles and Alias to be searchable on

If you find that links are outdated or missing, please click the "Report" link, as shown by the yellow circle in the image, to notify support and include as many details as possible and we'll update it.  

As a Trakt VIP, you can press the "Refresh Data" link on the main movie or show page to update the info. (Otherwise, you'll have to be patient for the automatic refresh.)

 Automatic Refreshes

Behind the scenes, usually within 24 hours, a refresh or import updates:

  • Any new or updated English seasons, episodes, titles, specials and air or release dates are added or updated. 
  • Aliases, translations, genres, language, and actors are always imported from TMDB.
  • The highest rated English or "No Language" poster, season posters, episode screenshots and fanart are also imported from TMDB. (1080p or larger is preferred for fanart and we’ll only use 720p if nothing better is available.)
  • Supporting images are imported from for the show or movie (logo, banner, thumb) and seasons (poster, fanart, thumb, banner).

Note: Some TV shows and Movies have locked poster and fanart (indicated on the left sidebar on Trakt). This means we have specifically set those images and they won’t be auto updated with a refresh.

Currently, custom episode runtimes need to be added by support; please open a support ticket.

If you don't see the update(s) after 48 hours, pleasclick the "Report" link and we'll look into the movie or show. Please be sure to include as many details as possible for more prompt response.

Please also see Adding a Missing Movie and Adding a Missing TV Show

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