mpodder - podcatching software
mpodder is a simple command line based podcast receiving (podcatching) tool. It's written in perl and should run quite happily on Linux, the BSD's etc.
The intent is for mpodder to be called from cron. It will notify the user of new content by email or a kdialog/xmessage popup. mpoddercan download only feed items from the last n days, and feeds can be brought up to date withouot having to download all old items (using the "catchup" command).
Listing current feeds
To see what feeds mpodder is currently looking at, use the listoperation:
% mpodder list http://www.lugradio.org/episodes.rss http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com/linuxuser/feed/ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/rmhttp/downloadtrial/worldservice/godigital/rss.xml http://radio.linuxquestions.org/syndicate/lqpodcast.php http://feeds.feedburner.com/techpodcasts http://linux.quicksurf.com/wp-rss2.php?cat=78 http://slashdotreview.com/wp-rss2.php http://feeds.feedburner.com/twit http://www.joshmcadams.com/perlcast/index.xml
If you provide a second parameter, the list will be filtered. All filteres in mpodder are using perl style regular expressions:
% mpodder list linux http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com/linuxuser/feed/ http://radio.linuxquestions.org/syndicate/lqpodcast.php http://linux.quicksurf.com/wp-rss2.php?cat=78
Adding a feed to mpodder is simple, just use the add operation, followed by the URL of the feed:
% mpodder add http://lugradio.org/episodes.rss
To remove a feed, use the remove parameter and a filter. All feeds matching the filter will be removed
% mpodder remove lugradio Removed feed: http://www.lugradio.org/episodes.rss Removed 1 feeds from list
Fetching everything (all new items in all feeds) is the default operation of mpodder. To do this simply omit any parameters on the command line:
You can specify a filter to only download feeds whose URL matches the filter:
% mpodder fetch lugradio
Catching up feeds
If you've just added a new feed, but don't want to download all the items in the feed, use the catchup operation. The parameter is a filter pm the URL of the feed:
% mpodder catchup lugradio Caught up with 3 feeds
Checking what would be done
Most operations in mpodder can be simulated using the --pretend option. This is like -n in GNU make. Instead of actually doing the operation that is requested, a message is printed saying what would be done if the --pretend option were removed:
% mpodder --pretend fetch lugradio would fetch: http://lugmirror.pcproff.com/lugradio-s2e17-060605-high.mp3
Getting more information on what mpodder is doing
The --verbose and --debug=n options can be used to make mpodder print out more information that usual about what it is doing. Nice for the curious. The parameter to --debug is an integer from 1 to 10.
You can download it from the downloads page.
mpodder uses perl 5, curl or wget, and the Stuff tools, which are also available from the downloads page. You should also have the command line mail tool "mailx" installed.
There is a manual page here
mpodder is released under the GNU GPL.