Using Windows? There’s now an easy graphical downloader.

I’ve done a bit of work on refactoring iplayer-dl, with two aims in mind:

  1. Improving the JavaScript parsing that determines available versions
  2. Making the code easier to repurpose and integrate into GUIs etc.

The most important result of this work is that it’s no longer a standalone script. This shouldn’t necessarily make it harder to use, though. Once you’ve unpacked the code, you’ll need to run the following commands in the iplayer-dl directory to install the libraries and command-line tool:

ruby setup.rb config
sudo ruby setup.rb install

You can omit sudo on Windows, I think; some Linuxes might require you to use su instead.

The iplayer-dl command should be installed somewhere in your path, and you’ll be able to use it from anywhere just by typing its name.

The tarball conforms to the Debian packaging guidelines for Ruby applications, incidentally, so it should be straightforward to make a .deb for Ubuntu/Debian, or even a port for MacPorts.

You can download a snapshot, or check out the latest version:

svn co

If you’re reporting a bug, please also write the URL or PID of the programme you were trying to download.