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castero is a TUI podcast client for the terminal.

example client screenshot


Install from PyPi with pip:

$ pip install castero


$ pip install castero --upgrade

Manual Installation

$ git clone
$ cd castero
$ sudo python install


Running castero requires the following external dependencies:

  • Python >= 3.5 (check the output of python --version)
  • sqlite3
  • At least one of the following media players:
    • vlc >= 2.2.3
    • (mpv and libmpv) >= 0.14.0


After installing castero, it can be run with simply:

$ castero

The help menu provides a list of controls and can be accessed by pressing h. Alternatively, see the list below:

    h            - show this help screen
    q            - exit the client
    a            - add a feed
    d            - delete the selected feed
    r            - reload/refresh feeds
    s            - save episode for offline playback
    arrows       - navigate menus
    page up/down - scroll menus
    enter        - play selected feed/episode
    space        - add selected feed/episode to queue
    c            - clear the queue
    n            - go to the next episode in the queue
    i            - invert the order of the menu
    p or k       - pause/play the current episode
    f or l       - seek forward
    b or j       - seek backward
    ]            - increase playback speed
    [            - decrease playback speed
    1-3          - change between client layouts

Importing/exporting feeds from another client

castero supports importing and exporting an OPML file of your subscriptions in order to easily transfer them between other podcast clients. Please refer to your other client's documentation for details on how/if it supports this format.

Importing and exporting from castero are available with command line flags. Run castero --help for details.


The configuration file is located at {HOME}/.config/castero/castero.conf after the client has been run at least once.

Please see the default castero.conf for a list of available settings.

User data, including downloaded episodes and a database with your feed information, is located at {HOME}/.local/share/castero/. These files are not intended to be manually modified. Removing the database will simply cause castero to replace it with an empty one the next time you run the client.


This project uses pytest for testing. To run tests, run the following command in the project's root directory:

$ python -m pytest tests

You can also run tests for an individual unit, i.e.:

$ python -m pytest tests/


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