Download From BBC iPlayer via get-iplayer in Ubuntu

January 11, 2018 — 1 Comment

Get-iplayer is a command line tool for downloading TV and radio programmes from BBC iPlayer. The tool features:

  • 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
  • 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 5.10.1+ required, plus LWP, LWP::Protocol::https, XML::LibXML and Mojolicious modules
  • Requires ffmpeg for conversion to MP4 and AtomicParsley for metadata tagging
  • Runs on Linux/BSD (Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenBSD and others), macOS (10.10+), Windows (7/8/10 – XP/Vista not supported)

Install get-iplayer:

It’s quite easy to install the latest get-iplayer 3.10 Snap package via Ubuntu Software:

You can also open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run following command to install the snap:

snap install get-iplayer

For those who prefer traditional .deb package, a PPA repository is available for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and higher.

Usage / examples:

  • List all TV programmes with long descriptions:
    get_iplayer --long ".*"
  • List all radio programmes:
    get_iplayer --type=radio ".*"
  • 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"
  • 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]

    OR

    get_iplayer --get 208 --tvmode=best
  • 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 or radio programme using its iPlayer URL:
    get_iplayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01sc0wf/Doctors_Series_15_Perfect/
  • Record a TV or radio programme using the PID (b01sc0wf) from its iPlayer URL:
    get_iplayer --pid=b01sc0wf

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One response to Download From BBC iPlayer via get-iplayer in Ubuntu

  1. does seem to work now,, i guess because bbc iplayer now require a username and password.

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