get_iplayer: BBC iPlayer Indexing Tool and PVR
- Downloads TV and radio programmes from BBC iPlayer
- Allows multiple programmes to be downloaded using a single command
- Indexing of most available iPlayer catch-up programmes (not BBC Three, Red Button or iPlayer Exclusive)
- Caching of index with automatic updating (default 4h)
- Regex search on programme name
- Regex search on programme description and episode title
- Filter search results by channel
- Direct download via programme ID or URL
- PVR capability (may be used with cron or Task Scheduler)
- HTTP proxy support
- Perl 5.8.8+ required, plus LWP, LWP::Protocol::https, XML::Simple and XML::LibXML modules
- Requires ffmpeg for conversion to MP4 and AtomicParsley for metadata tagging
- Runs on Linux/BSD (Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenBSD and others), macOS, Windows (7/8/10 supported)
- get_iplayer can only search for programmes that were broadcast on BBC linear services within the previous 30 days, even if some are available for more than 30 days on the iPlayer site. Any programmes that are still available after 30 days must be located on the iPlayer site and downloaded directly via PID or URL.
- get_iplayer does not support downloading news/sport videos, other embedded media, archive sites, special collections, educational material, programme clips or any content other than whole episodes of programmes broadcast on BBC linear services within the previous 30 days, plus episodes of BBC Three programmes posted within the same period. It may be possible to download other content directly via PID or URL, but such use is not supported.
get_iplayer --help get_iplayer --basic-help get_iplayer --long-help
List all TV programmes (
--type=tvset by default):
Search output appears in this format:
... 208: Doctor Who: Series 7 Part 2 - 1. The Bells of Saint John, BBC One, b01rryzz 209: Doctor Who: Series 7 Part 2 - 2. The Rings Of Akhaten, BBC One, b01rx0lj 210: Doctor Who: Series 7 Part 2 - 3. Cold War, BBC One, b01s1cz7 ...
Format = index: name - episode, channel, pid
List all TV programmes with long descriptions:
List all radio programmes:
List all TV programmes with "doctor who" in the name (matching is case-insensitive):
get_iplayer "doctor who"
List all TV and radio programmes with "doctor who" in the name:
get_iplayer --type tv,radio "doctor who"
List all BBC One programmes:
get_iplayer --channel="BBC One"
List Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra programmes with "Book at Bedtime" in the title:
get_iplayer --type=radio --channel="Radio 4" "Book at Bedtime"
List only Radio 4 programmes with "Book at Bedtime" in the title:
get_iplayer --type=radio --channel="Radio 4$" "Book at Bedtime"
$regular expression metacharacter matches "Radio 4" only at the end of the channel name, thus avoiding matches against "Radio 4 Extra")
Record TV programme number 208 (index from search results) in HD, with SD fallback if HD not available:
get_iplayer --get 208[default is to download best available]
get_iplayer --get 208 --tvmode=best
Record TV programme number 208 in lower resolution (640x360):
get_iplayer --get 208 --tvmode=good
Record TV programme number 208 and download subtitles in SubRip (SRT) format:
get_iplayer --get 208 --subtitles
Record multiple TV programmes (using index numbers from search results):
get_iplayer --get 208 209 210
Record a TV programme using its iPlayer URL:
Record a TV programme using the PID (b01sc0wf) from its iPlayer URL:
Record a radio programme using its iPlayer URL:
Record a radio programme using the PID (b07gcv34) from its iPlayer URL in highest quality (320k), with fallback to lower quality if not available:
get_iplayer --pid=b07gcv34[default is to download best available]
get_iplayer --pid=b07gcv34 --radiomode=best
Record a radio programme using the PID (b07gcv34) from its iPlayer URL in lower quality (96k):
get_iplayer --pid=b07gcv34 --radiomode=good
Record multiple radio programmes (using PIDs from iPlayer URLs):
get_iplayer --pid=b07gcv34,b07h60ld[comma-separated list]
get_iplayer --pid=b07gcv34 --pid=b07h60ld[multiple arguments]
NOTE: Sometimes you may not be able to download a listed programme immediately after broadcast (usually available within 24hrs of airing). Some BBC programmes may not be available from iPlayer.