[access-uk] Re: get_iplayer not working

  • From: "Amro Bilal" <info@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:27:17 -0000

Hi Henry,

Basically, in the command line you need only to replace --get “name of program” with --pid “PID string”. You will still use all other commands such as --type=radio, --aactomp3 etc as before. E.g. to download The Archers, instead of typing

get_iplayer --get “the archers” --type=radio --aactomp3

You now type

get_iplayer --pid “the archers’ pid” --type=radio --aactomp3

That’s it.

Here’s what the get_iplayer guide says:

“How do I record a programme with get_iplayer?
The PID method

To find the PID you'll need to go to the programme page on the BBC iPlayer website and identify it in the URL (web address) that can be seen in your browsers
address bar. Lets look at an example URL:


The PID in the example above is the seemingly random string of characters b04n9p9c. In fact, many (possibly all) PIDs start with b0, so you can usually
identify the PID pretty easily.

To download the programme using the PID we use the --pid command. An example of the above episode being downloaded in this fashion would be:

get_iplayer --pid=b04n9p9c

Thanks to recent changes by the BBC the previous methods used to download programmes and build PVR lists are broken. However, you can still use all the other commands throughout this guide along with the --pid command to specify the output directory and naming structure etc (though naming is currently experiencing trouble too as it used metadata provided by the BBC and it may break shortly).

That is all there is to it, nothing too hard as long as you search first and then use the simple commands above to download the programme you want.”

Hope that’s clearer.


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