Andrew Hudson

Sunday, 28 March 2021

How I use get_iplayer to download the latest Gilles Peterson show!

How to use get_iplayer

get_iplayer is a tool for downloading TV and Radio shows from the BBC iPlayer. I want to use it to get the latest Gilles Peterson show, and download it onto a folder on my machine.

Run a search for Gilles Peterson’s shows:

  • get_iplayer --type=radio "Gilles Peterson"
  • This returns a list of the 5 latest shows with their corresponding IDs e.g. Gilles Peterson - Words & Music From Pino Palladino, BBC Radio 6 Music, m000t5dn where m000t5dn is the ID.

How to download this show

  • get_iplayer --pid=m000t5dn --radiomode=best
    320k quality -- this would be a massive 458MB so not going with this.
  • get_iplayer --pid=m000t5dn --radiomode=good
    is a lower quality 96k - much more reasonable at 130.31MB

How to: Download the latest version of get_iplayer

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