How to download (for offline playing) BBC TV or Radio iPlayer programmes using get_iplayer [an alternative to Radio Downloader]

July 2015 Update: Please read this article FIRST.

First, the sanity clause:
I am NOT a Lawyer – and therefore not an expert on the legality (or otherwise) of downloading material that the BBC make freely available for subsequent offline viewing or listening. However, I have paid my TV licence to the BBC and consider that downloading BBC material for offline playing once – as if I had watched it at the time of original transmission – followed by subsequent deletion (not retention) is fair use and my right as one of the folk who have contributed to the BBC for the original production of this material.

Reading further, is your acknowledgement and acceptance of the same principles and you confirm that BBC material obtained as a result of this article is for your own, temporary use. Furthermore, you acknowledge that the author of this article is NOT the author of the applications listed and that this article only points to products and information that already exist freely in the public domain.  

I am indebted to Matt Robinson, who wrote the original Radio Downloader and who therefore brought a little sunshine into my life, by allowing me to listen to the previous night’s Zane Lowe on my Walkman while I commuted to work.

It appears that Matt has now received a “Cease and Desist” order from the BBC which is so sad – as it follows on from the unnecessary approach the BBC took with Lawrence Gripper – when they had previously been more than happy for him to promote them via his Windows Phone app (however, fear not BBC News fans, an alternative called “Paper Boy” is on the way!).

So, the search was on to find an alternate way of downloading (for offline listening) BBC Radio programmes.

Step forward, David Woodhouse and his brilliant get-iplayer

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Now, get_iplayer is an extremely feature rich application which runs on Windows and Linux. In addition, it can be run in either command mode or via a Windows interface.

More technically advanced readers will probably find the command mode to their taste – but I prefer to use the Windows interface, which is not immediately intuitive if it is your first time of using this application.

So, follow these steps to iPlayer programme download and offline listen/viewing nirvana:

1. Download and install get-iplayer.

2. Once installed, run Get_Iplayer:

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3. If get_iplayer is working and correctly installed, it will give you a screen that looks like this:

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4. Wait for step 3. to finish and drop back to a prompt and then select the Web PVR Manager:

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5. This should open a get_iplayer Search interface (in your default browser) that will search the catalogue that it downloaded in step 2. [It is a good idea to re-run step 2 in order to update the current programme catalogue on each separate occasion that you want to record something].

6. For TV programmes, just do a search and select “record” in the little box next to the programme that you want to record. This will open up a new page and you will see that programme being locally downloaded to your PC.

Note: that what gets downloaded has NO DRM – so in theory, you can keep it as long as you want – as long as you have purchased a UK TV licence I guess (I am not a Lawyer).

7. For Radio Programmes,

Either:

1) Put a tick in the box for BBC Radio

2) Put the name of the Radio Station in the “Channels containing” box.

3) Click “Apply Settings”

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(I am indebted to Ed Savage for working this bit out for me!)

Then:

1) Put a matching word from the title of the Radio programme (that you are searching for) in the “Search” box.

2) Click “Search”

3) Click “Record”

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OR

If the search doesn’t find the programme you want to record, try:

a) Locating the radio programme you want to record in here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio# and copy the link (url).

b) Put that url into the Web PVR Manager Quick URL box and then press “Record” – which is the second one along after “SEARCH”

8. You will then see a new web page open in your browser which will show the download status and other technical info about the media being downloaded:

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Look out for “Download complete” and you are done!

Please additionally feel free to comment on this article with your tips and tricks for getting the most out of get-iplayer.

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156 thoughts on “How to download (for offline playing) BBC TV or Radio iPlayer programmes using get_iplayer [an alternative to Radio Downloader]”

  1. With the demise of Radio Downloader, this is pretty much the best alternative. Took a little getting used to, but only a few minutes really. I already have the vast majority of my old subscriptions list ready to go.

  2. Thank you for your clear instructions on GiP I have now successfully used it to download some programmes from Radio 4 and 4Extra.

  3. you are my hero!

    and I completely agree with your sanity clause statement, that seems very fair and Fair Use.

    now could you just find us a nice wee thing to convert MPEG4 into MP3? one that doesn’t have 40thoosand buttons and settings? RIP Radio Downloader, it’s been a rough couple of weeks.

    1. Thanks!

      Yes, I have been checking converters for you (those that don’t come riddled with spam/advertware) and I reckon this will do you: http://lamexp.sourceforge.net/

      In the Advanced Options, set the constant bitrate to be 128 bits – as the iPlayer MA4 downloads are encoded at 127 bits.

      Woody.
      PS. Make sure you configure the output directory to be somewhere that you can find the converted downloads. Sounds obvious really, but I hadn’t thought it through and so had to search for the converted files when I was testing it for you.

      1. you’re a nice man.
        you’re a very nice man.
        you’re a very, very nice man – can we see the pattern forming? 😀

  4. I have noticed that some iPlayer radio programmes are now not showing up on the GiP Web PVR search function. I presume that this is due to the BBC messing with the format in some way.

    Any one got any fixes for this?

  5. Thanks very much that is working for me now 🙂

    I still wish that someone could write a patch for Radio Downloader to get it working again.
    Radio Downloader is still great for catching podcast RSS feeds.

  6. A couple of months ago I found, to my dismay, that Radio Downloader wasn’t available anymore. I used it quite a lot, and hunted around for an alternative. Nothing else worked.

    Then I stumbled across Get iPlayer. After a frunstrating time downloading junk, I finally found the correct link for Windows (I’m too impatient). Thanks to these and other instructions, I downloaded the radio programme I wanted successfully (I too was looking for the same one as on this page). So far, one radio programme is now on my generic mp3 player. It’s quite simple really.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    1. Many thanks, indeed! One question… I tried the ‘quick url’ solution to attempt to download something from the BBC archive. The ‘download complete’ status appeared within seconds, along with an error message and nothing was recorded (although it seemed to find the programme). Anyone know a way around this? Thanks.

  7. Just want to say thanks a million. I was lost without being able to record as mp.3 especially Gilles Peterson’s 6Music show! The above instructions were faultless too – just echoing all the other thank you’s so far. Best web page I’ve clicked on all year!

  8. I curse the BBC for the loss of Radio Downloader, but thanks for your clear instructions. But I too find a download can be given as complete when it isn’t – and you can’t try again, even if you delete programme from history. Any help???

    1. when you try again there is a message giving the location of a download history file. make a note of the code (part of the iplayer URL) for the programme. open the history file in notepad and very carefully delete the section for the failed download – it’s a few lines ending with the programme code.

      also delete the failed attempt from your target folder and you should be good to go again.

  9. Dear helpful Penguin, Deleted both from history of filed downloads and from list of recordings in get_iplayer programme and it still ignored me! Baffled!! Any more ideas???

    1. Alida,
      Go to C:\Users\fred\.get_iplayer (substitute “fred” for your login name) and rename the file download_history to old.download_history.

      Did that work?

      Woody.

  10. Dear Woody, Thanks but couldn’t do that. HOWEVER, brilliant helper found “Force Recording” in programme, which allows you to duplicate a download – even one you haven’t got in full! I’d recommend this to anyone with the same problem. Best wishes, AB

    1. Dave,
      So it looks like you have Google Chrome as your default browser – right? One day, you’ll learn the error of your ways …. 🙂 but until then, try this:

      1. Close down Chrome – ideally, check with Task Manager to ensure that no background Chrome processes are running (hold down CTRL, Shift and Esc keys ALL at the same time).
      2. Don’t run Chrome – just leave it closed.
      3. Kill the Web PVR Manager DOS box
      4. Kill the get-iplayer DOS box and re-run it.
      5. Run Web PVR Manager again – which should fire up Chrome which will point at what is the internal Get_Iplayer web server on port 1935

      If that doesn’t work, it maybe that you have a GPO or AV that is blocking access. Try firing up Internet Explorer or Firefox and pointing them at

      Keep us posted,
      Woody.
      4.

  11. Dear Woody, Shock horror! I always use your link for url but now it takes you to a totally different BBC section so one can’t copy and paste! Plus search won’t recognise full titles! Have you noticed this??? Any advice?

  12. Additional info: I found another way to access copy and paste, but this resulted in a meaningless jumble when I pasted instead of a programme title, and Search and Record won’t function, stating “no url”. Sorry to be a nuisance but fear the BBC may have blocked access.

    1. this morning. Firefox. starting a BBC News website. clicked on iPlayer. Searched in the box at the top right for “Richard Allinson” (no heckling about my listening choices!) and the search results came up as they have done for months. click on 22/02/14 and the url is perfectly pastable.

      not sure how your experience differs.

      but I do know there is a new radio iplayer thing foisted on people and that I haven’t met anyone yet who likes it.

  13. Sadly you can’t download or record any audio BBC drama or indeed anything that isn’t already available as a free BBC audio download. I’ve checked with my friendly expert. As I feared, BBC IPlayer having been reconfigured has made it impossible to use getiplayer with it. Sob.

    1. Alida,
      I am not sure that I quite follow precisely what problem you are encountering. Could you provide a link to the iPlayer media that you are having trouble with – and I’ll see if I can get it to download.

      Thanks,
      Woody.

  14. Dear Woody, I’ve always used the link you provide on this excellent site, and never had a problem. Now, although you reach IPlayer the configuration is different, and when you try to copy and paste you get a meaningless jumble. This is not just me but a fellow fan. Going straight to IPlayer has same result. Any help would be wonderful.

    1. Hi. Not the esteemed Woody, but I just tried again.

      went to iPlayer searched for the title of a recent Afternoon Play “I am anonymous” and this is the URL I got

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03w01zr/Afternoon_Drama_I_Am_Anonymous/

      It appears to be in the same format as I would have expected since using copy and paste URL with GetiPlayer.

      I checked with a couple of friends of mine, one who uses the search function and one who pastes URL, and none of us are having a problem.

      which link is it that you are getting garbled URLs from?

    1. ok, so no, that large search/find box doesn’t work. complete bust. can’t even find WATO! so use the ordinary bbc search box at the very top right of any BBC website page, including iPlayer. that will give you search results for everything, but at the left side there will be a link for radio or TV progs. which then will take you to the programme and eventually a URL will result.

      I found that searching from the iPlayer using that box brought up the programme title as part of the URL and from other places you get the same programme code (letters and numbers) but without the name.

      does that help?

  15. Unfortunately it doesn’t. I only end up with a message stating whichever programme has no pid, and I’ve tried every way to get into any BBC website, all with the same result. Honestly, I think they’re blocking access, and have been ever since their IPlayer website was redesigned. (Sorry I couldn’t be back about this sooner, and even sorrier to have lost such a great facility.)

    1. Alida,
      Please give me an example of a specific programme that won’t download for you – and I’ll try to download it.

      Let’s try and nail down if it is a software fault – or some other problem local to you.

      Thanks,
      Woody.

  16. I’m no expert, but I’m wondering whether you have the latest version, which I believe is 2.85. If you don’t, I’d try updating as I’m using Get_iPlayer with no problems at present.

  17. Hello! I’m terribly sorry to be a bother but I seem to be having some difficulties using GiP? I know that I CAN download radio programmes because I have been able to previously; unfortunately, it isn’t working for one in particular…? It doesn’t show up in the iPlayer search with the link provided here, the GiP search, or the “quick URL” search, but I was able to find it on the Radio 3 page – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0414fq4 – so I know it… really exists at least…

    Any idea what I might be able to do?

    1. Mouse,
      I can’t see that particular play either – and there is no Podcast of it either.

      This isn’t a Get_iPlayer problem, the BBC obviously are not making this particular episode available. This often happens due to Rights issues – and the BBC forgets that they paid for this (with our money).

      Best wishes,
      Woody.

  18. Dear Woody and Hungerdunger, Sorry about delay – bad back. I have version 2.85, and now I get a message “Could not connect to local host: 1935” applying to all tries for radio programmes. Woody, try any drama – Saturday Drama Radio 4, Poirot Radio 4 Extra, anything. Deeply appreciate help.

  19. Dear Woody, Update: got round block and am back to previous problem. When I click “copy shortcut” on programme title as in the past, “paste” into the URL section of get_iplayer produces only scribble. Try Poirot, if you wouldn’t mind, as I used to download from Radio 4 Extra all the time. The “Could not connect” is intermittent – the fundamental problem is constant. Bless you.

    1. Alida,
      I am running 2.84 and in searching for “Poirot” when selecting “BBC Radio” as Programme Type, I can see “The Mysterious Affair at Styles: Episode 1” from R4 extra available from 1 day 7hr ago.

      Searching for “Drama” in “categories” gets me 111 hits for Radio drama.

      Try this:

      1. Close the DOS window for the “Web PVR Manager”

      2. Ditto Get_iPlayer

      3. Completely close all your web browser windows.

      4. Run Get_iPlayer

      5. Run Web PVR Manager – which should open up a new browser/window

      If you still get “Could not connect to local host: 1935″ then something on your PC is locally blocking the access for your Web PVR Manager window to the local Get_iPlayer Search process. Are you using Norton or Symantec Anti-virus and has your subscription run out?

      Thanks,
      Woody.

  20. Dear Woody, I’d done everything you listed, and my anti-viral programme was up to date. To-day I enlisted a remote link-up support organisation for people like me (horrendously bad backs incorporated) and they found my get_player simply wasn’t working. They’ve uninstalled it and reinstalled a newer version and hey presto – at last I can use it again! Nobody knows what went wrong before but let’s hope this will answer everything. Thank you again and again for all your efforts. Hooray! Alida

    1. Alida,
      As long as the remote support didn’t ask you for any passwords or mention that their Uncle has millions stashed away in Nigeria – for which they need your help to transport it out ….. that sounds like wonderful news!

      Good luck with the back,
      Woody.

  21. Hi,

    I’ve only just started using the programme and am trying to download ‘All in the Mind’ from Radio 4. The first two files that come up in the table when I search, which are the ‘radio’ type, download and can be played successfully, but none of the others which are all ‘podcast’ type can be. The ‘radio’ type are saved as MPEG-4 Audio and the podcast type as MP3. Does anyone know how I can play the ‘podcast’ type ones on my computer? Do I need to convert it somehow?

    I’m new to all this so sorry if it’s a silly question!
    Thanks 🙂

  22. Sorry, just to add to my comment – I’ve just noticed that on the pages where they are downloading (the one that says “Please leave this page open until the recording completes”), the podcast files only seem to say ‘Recording complete ” and not “Download complete”. Am I doing it wrong?

    1. Poppy,
      Some very good questions!

      1. You may like to check out http://squarepenguin.co.uk/ – which since I published this article, has quite a bit more info and newer versions of Get_Iplayer

      2. I tried to make my article and instructions as simple as possible, by using the PVR interface – which doesn’t always work correctly for radio programmes.

      3. There is another way of doing though – purely using the command interface. So try this:

      In the Get_Iplayer DOS window, give this command (exactly as you see it here):

      get_iplayer –type=radio –get “all in the mind” –aactomp3

      The –aactomp3 converts the MP4 to MP3 once downloaded.

      Hope that helps!

      Woody.

      1. I put in get_iplayer> –type=radio –get “global business” –aactomp3get and get “‘-type’ is not recognized as an internal or external command “(etc). what would you do from here?

      2. Chris,
        You have a syntax error – as you have forgotten to type the command “get_iplayer” so Windows thinks that you have issued the command “-type”. Note also, that the parameters need two “-” so that would be “–type”

        Do this:

        1. cd c:\”Program Files (x86)\get_iplayer”

        2. get_iplayer –refresh-feeds-radio=ion

        [This refreshes all the radio feeds so that you can search them]

        3. get_iplayer –type=radio “global business”

        [Search for all radio programmes in the feed that you have just refreshed that includes “global business” in the title. Note that there is only one – 11199]

        4. get_iplayer 11199 –get –aactomp3

        Job’s a good’un,

        Woody.

    1. Alex,
      This may be due to your location (if you are not in the UK).

      One trick, is to find the Radio (or TV) programme that you want to record in the iPlayer web pages (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer). Copy the url of the page that shows the programme you want to record and in the Get_iPlayer PVR Manager, past that url into the “Quick Url” box on the Search page. Now just hit “Record” (the button that sits between “Search” and “Play” just below that “Quick Url” box.

      Hope that helps,
      Woody.

  23. I have run into difficulty straight away. There was no desktop icon so I went into ProgramFiles (86) and double-clicked on the only icon that said get_iplayer though it was grey and not red. This produced the black window shown in Step 3 at great speed and then disappeared off the screen. I was then stuck. I assume the prompt referred in step 4 was in the black window but that had disappeared so I was totally unable to proceed. Can someone help a real beginner ?

    1. Jon,
      My big apologies for the delay (for some reason, I wasn’t alerted to your comment – and have only just found it).

      Installing Get_iPlayer should have installed some shortcuts – and that is what you are obviously missing, so:

      For step 2. – running Get_iPlayer, open a DOS command and run this command (the command within the quotes) “C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /k get_iplayer.cmd –search dontshowanymatches && get_iplayer.cmd –help”

      For Step 4 – running Web PVR Manager, open a DOS command and run this command (the command within the quotes) “C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c pvr_manager.cmd”

      Note: To save you typing these commands:

      1. Copy them from this comment – by highlighting the full command (without the quotes) and hit the Control and C keys both at the same time.

      2. RIGHT Click on the top frame of the DOS prompt (the fat bit that says “Command Prompt”) and select “Edit” in the drop down prompt, followed by “Paste”

      Tell us how you get on.

      Best wishes,
      Woody.

      1. Woody

        Many thanks for replying anyway. I am very tied up at the moment and am going away in a few days for a couple of weeks. I will have a look at your suggestions when I get back and will let you know how I get on.

        Jon

      2. Jon,
        No worries – just go and have a really great holiday!

        Woody.

        PS. I edited your response – as I am not sure that you would want everyone to see your full email address, telno and postal address! The internet is full of sharks ….

  24. Tried to download Tommies (today’s Afternoon Drama)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03thbp3

    However when i try to download it I get the following:

    “INFO Trying to stream pid using type radio
    INFO: pid found in cache
    Matches:
    13162: Tommies – 7 October 1914, BBC Radio 4, Drama,Historical,Radio

    INFO: 1 Matching Programmes

    WARNING: No programmes are available for this pid with version(s): default (available versions: default)
    Recording complete”

    Is this something to do with the new iPlayer Radio interface?

    Using v2.86

    1. David,
      As Steve has found, I think that this could be due to the BBC mucking around with IPlayer again – if you have a Sony TV, the UI is now diabolical. I have also tried to download this programme for you, but similarly failed – sorry!

      Woody.

      1. Funny thing is that Tommies doesn’t now even appear in get_iplayer.

        But it is the only programme I have a problem with. Everything else is fine.

        Using audio capture for it now.

      2. David,
        Have you tried using the url method?

        Take the url of the iPlayer page for the programme, put it into the “Quick url” box and hit record.

        Good luck,
        Woody.

  25. Hi Can anybody confirm that since the bbc upgrade it appears that I can no longer download a local radio programme. I get the following
    INFO: Trying pid: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p027b349 using type: radio
    INFO: Trying to stream pid using type radio
    INFO: pid not found in radio cache

    WARNING: No programmes are available for this pid with version(s): default

    Recording complete
    This is also for a completely different station.

    thanks

    Steve

    1. Steve,
      Unfortunately, I get that – even when trying to record directly from the URL.

      I think we have all concluded that the BBC has probably given up on making Radio programmes available for download – as they now hardly have any Podcasts available either.

      Woody.

  26. Thank you so much for pointing me at this and for the detailed instructions. There is one minor point which I discovered which might help other users and has not been mentioned so far. I was trying to find “Under Milk Wood” without success initially. Eventually I scrolled through all the pages of “drama” and found it, but what I was missing is that the “name” was “Saturday drama” and I had to search in “Episode” for “Milk” which then worked perfectly. Having succeeded with this I was keen to find some episodes of “Just a minute”. Strangely although the BBC website lists one episode (sadly the end of the series) searching for this in the way described above did not work. Any ideas anyone?

    1. Ah, I have recently given up on the search function within get-iplayer, as I have found it too unreliable – preferring instead, to plug the iPlayer url directly into the PVR.

      HOWEVER, that probably explains why last night, two programmes downloaded using this method, ended up with generic file names and I had to rename the files by hand (to indicate their contents).

      Woody.

      1. Dear Woody, I am in despair! Thinking of going back to cassette tape! Trying to keep ahead is getting the better of me. I have navigated to the get_iplayer help and news regards the BBC and found the “workaround”. I thought I was almost there (I only download two radio programmes a week and don’t know what I will do without them) when I tapped in all the command line options only to find that the files downloaded but there was no file extension to them?!? I have tried manually adding mp3, m4a, wma, wav etc to no avail. What is going wrong? Its now got the better of me and dinkypumpkin (who has previously helped me out) and others on the net are not taking any emails presently. You are the only one I have found that may be able to help?

        Please, if you can, try to help me download these podcast files for my sanity!

        Many thanks in advance,

        Peter

      2. Peter,
        Can you give me the url of the radio programme you have a problem downloading? I will then be able to download and try and see if there is a workaround possible.

        Thanks!
        Woody.

      3. Hi Woody,

        just to let you know that I persevered and finally managed to work it all out! Not really entirely sure where I was going wrong but I tried it all on an old xp pc and it worked so I made a .txt file of my command line and then tried it out on my usual pc and it all worked great. I think it was a mixture of being a little rusty and careless on my syntax and over-complicating things with directories etc. Anyway, just for everyone else her is what I used (once instigating the command prompt within windows 7) :

        cd..
        cd..
        cd program files (x86)\get_iplayer
        get_iplayer –pid=xxxxxx –type=radio –output “C:\Users\P\Desktop\iPlayer Recordings”

        Where the pid was taken from the url within the relevant web page of iplayer. However, you can only use this for the most recent programme. It doesn’t work for all the previous epidodes (radio programmes in my case) that iplayer has available even though it will play on the pc. I am not clever enough to know why but would like to know the answer to this? Of course, for others reading this you do not need the “–output” feature but it saves hunting around a bit and keeps me semi-organised.

        Petex

      4. Hi Woody!

        Just like to say thanks for the acknowledgement!

        I only remembered last week that it is slightly quicker to use cd\ to get to the root directory in one from wherever you might be (folder-wise that is)!

        All the Best to Everyone and Season’s Greetings to All!

      5. Peter,
        Delighted to acknowledge you – as I really appreciate your support!

        Seasons greetings to you as well – and let’s hope the holiday break gives me some space to write a few more blog entries (I have a list of potential topics but insufficient long train journeys in order to type them up 🙂

        Best wishes,
        Woody.

  27. Dear Woody,
    I’m suffering like the others with the crippling of IPlayer, and I have trouble locating the url on programmes – I get a string of gibberish. This has been a problem ever since the redesigning of IPlayer earlier this year and now I can’t get round it with the conventional search function. You’ve helped so much in the past – any ideas? Best wishes.

  28. Dear Woody, Bless you for attempting to help, but since the great shut-down I can’t refresh the cache which means there’s no access to current programmes! Instead of the usual stream of titles when I used to refresh, what comes up is a blank panel showing 0 for matching programmes. Given this, the URL becomes the least of the problems! Have you found this too yet? The BBC really mean business, don’t they? Very best wishes, Alida

    1. Alida,
      Sorry if I have confused you. What I meant, is go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer and then follow the instructions that I created especially for you here: https://woodygems.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/nov-2014-update-for-those-having-trouble-with-get_iplayer/ 🙂

      If that fails, at least tell me what you are trying to download – by giving me the URL of the programme as you find it in http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer – and I’ll try downloading it.

      Best wishes,
      Woody.

  29. Hi,

    I’ve just discovered, downloaded and installed your application, however I’m having trouble downloading the radio program, found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04sp5pq

    Is there any chance you can diagnose why I can’t seem to download this radio program.

    I’ve copy/pasted the appropriate data I hope (see below)…

    INFO Trying to stream pid using type radio
    INFO: pid found in cache
    Matches:
    12329: Raw Meat Radio – -, BBC Radio 4 Extra,

    INFO: 1 Matching Programmes
    INFO: Checking existence of default version
    INFO: flashaacstd1,flashaaclow1 modes will be tried for version default
    INFO: Trying flashaacstd1 mode to record radio: Raw Meat Radio – –

    INFO: File name prefix = Raw_Meat_Radio_-_b04sp5pq_default
    RTMPDump v2.4
    (c) 2010 Andrej Stepanchuk, Howard Chu, The Flvstreamer Team; license: GPL
    Connecting …
    ERROR: RTMP_Connect0, failed to connect socket. 10060 (Unknown error)
    INFO: Command exit code 3 (raw code = 768)
    WARNING: Failed to stream file C:\Users\AL\Desktop\iPlayer Recordings\Raw_Meat_Radio_-_b04sp5pq_default.partial.m4a.flv via RTMP
    INFO: skipping flashaacstd1 mode
    INFO: Trying flashaaclow1 mode to record radio: Raw Meat Radio – –

    INFO: File name prefix = Raw_Meat_Radio_-_b04sp5pq_default
    RTMPDump v2.4
    (c) 2010 Andrej Stepanchuk, Howard Chu, The Flvstreamer Team; license: GPL
    Connecting …
    ERROR: RTMP_Connect0, failed to connect socket. 10060 (Unknown error)
    INFO: Command exit code 3 (raw code = 768)
    WARNING: Failed to stream file C:\Users\AL\Desktop\iPlayer Recordings\Raw_Meat_Radio_-_b04sp5pq_default.partial.m4a.flv via RTMP
    INFO: skipping flashaaclow1 mode
    ERROR: Failed to record ‘Raw Meat Radio – – (b04sp5pq)’

    1. Al,
      It is NOT my application. I didn’t build it and I don’t promote it – except as a way of downloading programmes from iPlayer for UK based folk who, like me, have already paid for it via their TV Licence. I just need to be crystal clear about this – lest the BBC’s lawyers are reading….

      Now, to your particular issue: Do not pass go until you have downloaded and installed V2.90. See: https://woodygems.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/nov-2014-update-for-those-having-trouble-with-get_iplayer/ and . Until you have done that, believe me, all bets are off.

      Once you are at V2.90 (or higher – depending on when you are reading this) in the PVR Manager, put a tick in the “BBC Radio” tickbox (only) and the programme url (in this case: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04sp5pq ) in the “Quick URL” box just below – and then hit “Record” (just below that).

      This worked for me – in that I was able to download, BUT, get_iplayer wasn’t able to turn it into an MP3, so left it as an MPEG-4 audio file (.m4a) which plays fine in Windows Media Player on Windows 7, 8 and 10.

      Hope that helps,
      Woody.

    2. Hi,
      in the interests of spreading good cheer at this time of year I am happy to say that I just downloaded your radio program no problem using the command line that I have previously posted here (somewhere). Here it is again but you will have to hurry as you only have 7 days from when t first aired.
      From the command prompt type:

      cd\
      cd program files (x86)\get_iplayer
      get_iplayer –pid=b04sp5pq –type=radio –output “C:\Users\P\Desktop\iPlayer Recordings”

      One last thing: I copy and pasted the b04sp5pq bit direct from the address bar of the webpage you gave just to make sure that any zeros weren’t substituted for “O’s” etc. to eliminate any human error.

      If you still have trouble I now have a copy on my pc that you are welcome to.

      Lastly, I have to agree with Woody about the BBC as I feel that having paid them quite a lot of money over the years I feel quite morally entitled to “tape” any of their programs for my own personal use for listening to at a time of my choosing and feel that their actions in changing their website to make things harder to do so really gets my back up. They really are not playing fair!

    3. I know its a bit late for you but it might help others. Today I kept getting this error too for just one episode of a radio series. All the others downloaded fine. I could even listen to it on the web but get_iplayer gave this error.

      ERROR: RTMP_Connect0, failed to connect socket. 10060 (Unknown error)
      INFO: Command exit code 3 (raw code = 768)

      This is how I got around it. After a bit of mucking about I set the “Recording Modes (set to best for HD TV)” box from “best” to “hlsaacstd” then pressed “Apply settings” to temporarily change them.
      I then searched for the wanted episode. Clicked the required tick box and pressed “Record”.

  30. Many thanks for this, I find get iplayer really useful but quite tricky. For instance my web pvr manager seems to have disappeared.
    In steps 2, 3 and 4 above, where do you get that listing from?. I open the get iplayer cmd by going to start and typing in get iplayer, that gives me the link which I click and then the black cmd box appears. But I don’t have the listing e.g. web pvr manager as you show above.
    Usually to use web pvr manager I do the same thing, go to start, type in pvr, click on pvr manager, the black box appears and stuff appears on it, then the web page opens. But now the web page won’t open.
    Help!
    Thanks
    Lynne

  31. Grateful for all this but I can only get as far as step 3 above where I’m prompted with the following C:\Program Files\get-iplayer>

    As a Command Prompt novice is it possible to set out the text we need to type above in layman terms i.e. with exact indications of where there are spaces and at want point we press return? Or is it just one long entry from cd\ through to to Radio Recordings?

    1. Forget the above – I sorted it out and got it working but it seems to me that the BBC have managed to block recordings from its PIDs, at least on 6 Music Programmes anyway, as of this week. I was trying to record Radcliffe and Maconie shows and can get one from last week okay (so i know it’s not me!) but all the ones from this week fail to record.

      Anyone else finding the same problem?

      1. Hi Richard,

        seems to me the BBC has blocked the PID download via getiplayer and I am quite upset about this! Our only hope lies with the likes of woody here or someone else far brainier than I! The call goes out and the gauntlet is well and truly thrown down… Someone must step up to the plate!

      2. LOL! as I think you have confused me with somebody who is clever …

        Don’t forget, get-iplayer wasn’t created by me BUT if you head over the Square Penguin site, they have updated get-iplayer again – and this might fix your issue (I haven’t had time to check yet).

        Best wishes,
        Woody.

  32. Dear Woody

    This is an apology for not being able to get back to you sooner (anyone want to swop a spine???) and to thank you for trying to help me. Unfortunately the url wasn’t complete on any programmes I tried before I had to stop. I’m going to see whether the support organisation I’ve mentioned before can help (thanks for your earlier warning, but they are free – a charity for people like me) and I wish you and everyone reading this a Happy Christmas.

    Best wishes, Alida

    1. Alida,
      Thanks for getting back to us – and I am really sorry to hear you have been poorly – as back pain is the worst thing to have, so I do feel for you.

      As I said to Peter, Square Penguin have updated iPlayer again: http://squarepenguin.co.uk/wiki/releasenotes/release291/ so if you have someone with PC skills who can help you, it may be an idea to try upgrading to this version.

      A very Merry Christmas to you too – and I really do hope that this coming year is less problematic for you.

      Best wishes,
      Woody.

  33. Cheers Woody – the update on the SP website has got it working for me. I’m using Windows so it was just a matter of clicking on the appropriate link and installing V 2.91. Smashing.

      1. Gary,
        That’s weird. I am presuming that you were downloading an (audio only) radio programme? In which case, it should have come down as a .m4a which Windows Media Player can play fine (I have just checked on Windows 7, 8 and 10 beta).

        Whatever, you found a way round it – so thanks for the top tip of RealPlayer Converter.

        Happy New Year!
        Woody.

  34. Dear Woody,

    Hello and a belated Happy New Year! Sorry to say the helpful organisation I described have tried repeatedly to get get-iplayer working for me again, using the link you provided and also other routes, but without success. The suggestion is that this may be to do with the fact that the BBC’s audio IPlayer pages are in a constant state of change and have been for a while, as the BBC have been trying to improve them, and failing. Given that the BBC has enlisted Audible as the company to be paid for downloading dramatisations (of which they know nothing – they only deal in books), the organisation must be stark raving mad! I used to use get-iplayer for audio only – can this be part of the problem?

    Sorry to be such a nuisance – I’ve been advised to wait until the BBC’s radio IPlayer pages settle down, as at present still no access. Would you agree?

    Always grateful for any advice, and with best wishes, Alida

    1. Alida,
      Happy New Year to you as well – and I really hope your back is getting better.

      My suggestion is to follow EXACTLY my response to 6K. OK, so an evening of Nemone best beats from Adamski may not be quite your cup of tea …. but at least it will check that you can download radio programmes – because I know those instructions to work, having just tested for you both.

      Tell me how you get on.

      Best wishes,
      Woody.

  35. Hello. Seem to be lots of get_iplayer users here.
    Can anyone download radio programmes using get_iplayer anymore?
    I’m trying to download these shows: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s9ky3

    When I update the cache on get_iplayer (this bit seems to work fine) and then run the web PVR manager, I only see tv shows. On selecting for radio shows, I get the message:

    “BBC iPlayer feeds are no longer available. Nitro is the BBC’s new programme metadata API. You can find out more about this here: BBC iPlayer Feeds”

    BBC TV is great, but that’s not what I want to be able to download.

    Any idea what I might be doing wrong, or are the radio shows better secured than the tv stuff? Surely not…

  36. OMG! :))))) Thank you!

    I am a foreigner learning English and I love BBC radio dramas. I used to record them on my PC hard drive using Audacity and listen to the records later on my MP3 player while working. Today I accidentally found your page! No more waiting for the real-time recording to finish. This is fantastic. Thank you so much!

    1. Cambol,
      When I receive comments like this, I know that it has been worthwhile! Many thanks!

      However, I don’t think you have much more to learn – as your English seems pretty good to me!

      Best wishes,
      Woody.

  37. I thought this was the answer to my dreams to record Radio 4 but it seems to fail when I hit record get this message
    Required rtmpdump does not exist – cannot download Flash audio/video
    INFO: skipping flashaaclow1 mode

    1. Paul,
      Apologies for the delay – as I have been away on business.

      Remember, this is not my programme – I didn’t write it – honest! 🙂

      You will find great support over at the site that provides it, – however, I do try and help out as best I can and in order to do that, I need, at least, the url of the programme you are trying to record, so that I can test for you.

      Thanks!
      Woody.

  38. Dear Woody,

    I’m terrified you’ll hide under your desk at the sight of my name, but I’m still having trouble, although I noted that 6k was citing exactly my problems and we (helper and I) followed your instructions to him in the hope it would work. What keeps coming up for me is “pid not found in radio cache” which isn’t surprising as I can’t refresh the thing. I’m going to give you the url for a programme I’d like to have, as you kindly offered to try for me some time ago, but I suspect I’ve got a fundamental flaw somewhere as everyone else takes your excellent advice and has no more trouble. The url is http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s82g4. If this is too much of a nuisance please don’t bother. Very best wishes, Alida

    1. Alida,
      It’s no trouble at all!

      My apologies, in that I have been away on business and now having time to test, I see that you can’t download the programme from the url that you gave me, because it says “This programme is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio”.

      I think that, in general, downloading Radio programmes will always be something of the luck-of-the-draw and it may be an idea to try practicing with other programmes just so that you know that when one download fails, it’s not something you have done wrong – if others have worked fine.

      Best wishes,
      Woody.

  39. I need help downloading this radio programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05p70yv

    using v2.92

    tried doing everything as you said (tick BBC Radio box > paste show URL > Record), but I’m getting the following messages:

    INFO: Episode-only pid detected
    INFO: Trying pid: b05p70yv using type: radio
    INFO Trying to stream pid using type radio
    INFO: pid found in cache
    Matches:
    10505: BBC Radio 1’s Residency – Flying Lotus, BBC Radio 1,

    INFO: 1 Matching Programmes
    INFO: Using ‘original’ version (b05p70y7) as ‘default’
    INFO: Checking existence of default version
    INFO: flashaaclow1,flashaaclow2 modes will be tried for version default
    INFO: Trying flashaaclow1 mode to record radio: BBC Radio 1’s Residency – Flying Lotus
    WARNING: Required rtmpdump does not exist – cannot download Flash audio/video
    INFO: skipping flashaaclow1 mode
    INFO: Trying flashaaclow2 mode to record radio: BBC Radio 1’s Residency – Flying Lotus
    WARNING: Required rtmpdump does not exist – cannot download Flash audio/video
    INFO: skipping flashaaclow2 mode
    INFO: Checking existence of original version
    INFO: flashaaclow1,flashaaclow2 modes will be tried for version original
    INFO: Trying flashaaclow1 mode to record radio: BBC Radio 1’s Residency – Flying Lotus
    WARNING: Required rtmpdump does not exist – cannot download Flash audio/video
    INFO: skipping flashaaclow1 mode
    INFO: Trying flashaaclow2 mode to record radio: BBC Radio 1’s Residency – Flying Lotus
    WARNING: Required rtmpdump does not exist – cannot download Flash audio/video
    INFO: skipping flashaaclow2 mode
    ERROR: Failed to record ‘BBC Radio 1’s Residency – Flying Lotus (b05p70yv)’

    Please help
    Thank you!

    1. Thalyssa,
      This downloads fine for me – but look at the first warning you get: “WARNING: Required rtmpdump does not exist – cannot download Flash audio/video”

      rtmpdump is required for this download.

      My suggestion is:

      1. Check C:\Program Files (x86)\get_iplayer\RTMPDump to ensure rtmpdump.exe exists in one of the directories. If it doesn’t then uninstall Get_iPlayer and re-install the latest version.

      2. If that doesn’t work, reboot.

      3. Run Get_iPlayer

      4. Run Web PVR Manager (in that order)

      5. Try again 🙂

      Good luck!

      Woody.

  40. A bit fiddly, but it worked! (Your second method): ‘Archive on 4’ tonight, after I discovered just how meaningless all those BBC promises about making everything podcastable by the end of 2014 have proved. At least you don’t have to sit through the whole programme again while Audacity lumbers through recording it in real time (which I doubt works any more since Auntie started getting all stuffy again).

    My heartfelt thanks to you, Woody, and to Ian for inventing get_iplayer 🙂

  41. Hi,

    I missed my programme I.S.I.R.T.A. that I usually set up a couple of days before hand, but being a little busy it slipped my mind.
    I have bought all editions from the BBC shop a 4 CD box set and an odd CD, not only have they had my licence fee but extra monies into the bargain, so I do not feel that I am ripping anybody off by recording this.
    My gripe is that anyone can record from the radio or TV and keep the recording to listen when it is convenient, and I can’t see why iPlayer stuff cannot be recorded the same way, though BBC seem to disagree with this sentiment.
    However, thanks for this opportunity to be able to record the show that I missed, as it is one that didn’t come on any of the CD’s I have bought.
    Why BBC don’t just release all these programmes on CD or sell them as downloads I can’t understand, not all of us want everything for nothing, as we understand that artists etc. all have to earn a living somehow.
    I would just like to point out that when I used get_iplayer that the instructions didn’t state that RTMPDump and FFmpeg had to be installed, I only noticed by watching the screen as it went to work.
    I already had VLC installed so unchecked that box, and noticed later that ver. 2.1.5 was older than ver. 2.2.1. I had installed, although I believe that your programme updates older version.
    I had unchecked all boxes except get_iplayer obviously, but found that a warning came up that RTMPDump wasn’t installed and although the programme tried to download it failed, I obviously reinstalled making sure that RTMPDump was there, and tried again, this time a message that FFmpeg/AVconv was missing, but it did download and played.
    I installed FFmpeg but found no difference with the download, except the message didn’t come up.
    I noticed this had something to do with the PVR and the only difference between this download and the ones that I do to my Panasonic recorder, was that the word RADIO (which I find annoying anyway) was missing from the bottom of the screen.
    Once again than you for this excellent programme, that I will use only when I miss a programme / recording that isn’t being repeated in the near future.
    One last note, I read somewhere that recordings are meant to be deleted within 30 days, but that was when videos were 1st introduced and if it wasn’t for the internet I wouldn’t have seen that and have never heard it explained. I have old videos from 1990 that I still haven’t watched (well some I have now), but get this some of those haven’t been repeated, one was Daevid Allen and Gong that was a live broadcast, and they didn’t even screen it when he died recently, that was channel 4 though, not BBC.

    1. Steve,
      Some brilliant points – well made, and which have also shamed me into updating the blog … 🙂

      RTMPDUMP should be auto installed (not sure why it wasn’t) but just in case you were following my (old) links and installing an older and superseded version of get_iPlayer, I have created an update (pointing to the latest version) here: https://woodygems.wordpress.com/2015/07/11/get_iplayer-important-july-2015-update/

      Best wishes,
      Woody.
      PS. I didn’t create get-iPlayer – just in case the BBC’s lawyers were considering a visit …

  42. Hello Woody,

    I am having a problem with downloading a show on BBC Radio 4 Extra about Arthur Lowe (www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06chqrb). I tried downloading through the command prompt on Get iPlayer. I received this command:

    C:\Program Files\get_iplayer>get_iplayer –type=radio arthur lowe
    get_iplayer v2.94, Copyright (C) 2008-2010 Phil Lewis
    This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details use –warranty.
    This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain
    conditions; use –conditions for details.

    Matches:
    10262: Arthur – The Last Battle, BBC Radio 4 Extra,
    10895: Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show!: Series 4 – Alf Ramsey’s Kitchen Night
    mare, BBC Radio 4 Extra,
    11017: Do Tell Them Pike: Arthur Lowe on the Radio – -, BBC Radio 4 Extra,
    11332: Harriet Scott and Tim Arthur – With Gloria Jones and Dr. Irshaad Ebrahim
    , BBC London 94.9,
    12745: Stephen Lowe – 13/09/2015, BBC Radio Lancashire,
    13158: Thinking Allowed – Stop and search, Cancer patients and welfare reform,
    BBC Radio 4,

    INFO: 6 Matching Programmes

    C:\Program Files\get_iplayer>get_iplayer –get 11017
    get_iplayer v2.94, Copyright (C) 2008-2010 Phil Lewis
    This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details use –warranty.
    This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain
    conditions; use –conditions for details.

    Matches:
    11017: radio, Do Tell Them Pike: Arthur Lowe on the Radio – -, BBC Radio 4 Extr
    a,

    INFO: 1 Matching Programmes
    INFO: Checking existence of default version
    INFO: flashaaclow1,flashaaclow2 modes will be tried for version default
    INFO: Trying flashaaclow1 mode to record radio: Do Tell Them Pike: Arthur Lowe o
    n the Radio – –
    INFO: File name prefix = Do_Tell_Them_Pike_Arthur_Lowe_on_the_Radio_-__b06chqrb_
    default
    WARNING: Your version of rtmpdump/flvstreamer does not support SWF Verification
    WARNING: You may see this warning if rtmpdump has malfunctioned
    WARNING: Use –verbose to print the output from rtmpdump
    WARNING: rtmpdump/flvstreamer 1.8 or later is required – please upgrade
    WARNING: You may see this warning if rtmpdump has malfunctioned
    WARNING: Use –verbose to print the output from rtmpdump
    INFO: skipping flashaaclow1 mode
    INFO: Trying flashaaclow2 mode to record radio: Do Tell Them Pike: Arthur Lowe o
    n the Radio – –
    INFO: File name prefix = Do_Tell_Them_Pike_Arthur_Lowe_on_the_Radio_-__b06chqrb_
    default
    WARNING: Your version of rtmpdump/flvstreamer does not support SWF Verification
    WARNING: You may see this warning if rtmpdump has malfunctioned
    WARNING: Use –verbose to print the output from rtmpdump
    WARNING: rtmpdump/flvstreamer 1.8 or later is required – please upgrade
    WARNING: You may see this warning if rtmpdump has malfunctioned
    WARNING: Use –verbose to print the output from rtmpdump
    INFO: skipping flashaaclow2 mode
    INFO: Checking existence of original version
    INFO: flashaaclow1,flashaaclow2 modes will be tried for version original
    INFO: Trying flashaaclow1 mode to record radio: Do Tell Them Pike: Arthur Lowe o
    n the Radio – –
    INFO: File name prefix = Do_Tell_Them_Pike_Arthur_Lowe_on_the_Radio_-__b06chqrb_
    original
    WARNING: Your version of rtmpdump/flvstreamer does not support SWF Verification
    WARNING: You may see this warning if rtmpdump has malfunctioned
    WARNING: Use –verbose to print the output from rtmpdump
    WARNING: rtmpdump/flvstreamer 1.8 or later is required – please upgrade
    WARNING: You may see this warning if rtmpdump has malfunctioned
    WARNING: Use –verbose to print the output from rtmpdump
    INFO: skipping flashaaclow1 mode
    INFO: Trying flashaaclow2 mode to record radio: Do Tell Them Pike: Arthur Lowe o
    n the Radio – –
    INFO: File name prefix = Do_Tell_Them_Pike_Arthur_Lowe_on_the_Radio_-__b06chqrb_
    original
    WARNING: Your version of rtmpdump/flvstreamer does not support SWF Verification
    WARNING: You may see this warning if rtmpdump has malfunctioned
    WARNING: Use –verbose to print the output from rtmpdump
    WARNING: rtmpdump/flvstreamer 1.8 or later is required – please upgrade
    WARNING: You may see this warning if rtmpdump has malfunctioned
    WARNING: Use –verbose to print the output from rtmpdump
    INFO: skipping flashaaclow2 mode
    ERROR: Failed to record ‘Do Tell Them Pike: Arthur Lowe on the Radio – – (b06chq
    rb)’

    I am not sure what really happened, but as I tried Web PVR method, it seems that it can’t do any searches in any circumstances. As well as searching it via PID and URL.

    I really wanted to download this as it features Arthur Lowe’s Desert Island Discs that has been missing since 1970 (the last this episode broadcasted). As a dear Dad’s Army aficionado, I’d like to keep this as reference for the future.

    Do you have any solutions to my problem, Woody? Thank you firstly for you co-operation and help! I really appreciate this.

      1. Good day, Woody!

        Thank you for the prompt reply and I appreciate it ever so much. Thank you for putting up a video tutorial to record it as well. Alas, I am still unable to record the programme after following your tutorial. I found that there was an error – kind of, I couldn’t fully understand it – with the Web PVR Manager command window. It shows:

        ————————————————————————————–
        ‘ping’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
        operable program or batch file.
        DEBUG: Command: “.\get_iplayer.cmd” –encoding-locale=UTF-8 –encoding-console-o
        ut=UTF-8 –nopurge –nocopyright –showoptions
        DEBUG: Command: “.\get_iplayer.cmd” –encoding-locale=UTF-8 –encoding-console-o
        ut=UTF-8 –nopurge –nocopyright –showoptions
        DEBUG: Command: “.\get_iplayer.cmd” –encoding-locale=UTF-8 –encoding-console-o
        ut=UTF-8 –nopurge –nocopyright –listplugins
        INFO: Listening on 127.0.0.1:1935
        GET: /
        DEBUG: get_iplayer options: “versionlist=default” “modes=default” “hide=0” “fiel
        ds=name” “future=0” “skipdeleted=0” “history=0” “refreshfuture=0” “force=0” “typ
        e=radio” “subtitles=0” “search=.*” “thumb=0” “nopurge=1” “listformat=ENTRY|||||||||||||||||||” “page=1” “pagesize=10” “sortmatches=index”
        DEBUG: Command: “.\get_iplayer.cmd” –encoding-locale=UTF-8 –encoding-console-o
        ut=UTF-8 –nocopyright –expiry=999999999 –webrequest “versionlist%3Ddefault?mo
        des%3Ddefault?hide%3D0?fields%3Dname?future%3D0?skipdeleted%3D0?history%3D0?refr
        eshfuture%3D0?force%3D0?type%3Dradio?subtitles%3D0?search%3D.%2A?thumb%3D0?nopur
        ge%3D1?listformat%3DENTRY%7C%3Cindex%3E%7C%3Cthumbnail%3E%7C%3Cpid%3E%7C%3Cavail
        able%3E%7C%3Ctype%3E%7C%3Cname%3E%7C%3Cepisode%3E%7C%3Cversions%3E%7C%3Cduration
        %3E%7C%3Cdesc%3E%7C%3Cchannel%3E%7C%3Ccategories%3E%7C%3Ctimeadded%3E%7C%3Cguida
        nce%3E%7C%3Cweb%3E%7C%3Cseriesnum%3E%7C%3Cepisodenum%3E%7C%3Cfilename%3E%7C%3Cmo
        de%3E?page%3D1?pagesize%3D10?sortmatches%3Dindex”
        ERROR: echo failed: Bad file descriptor
        POST: /
        QUERY_STRING = SEARCH=&SEARCHFIELDS=name&PROGTYPES=radio&URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bb
        c.co.uk%2Fprogrammes%2Fb06chqrb&VERSIONLIST=default&EXCLUDE=&CATEGORY=&EXCLUDECA
        TEGORY=&CHANNEL=&EXCLUDECHANNEL=&SINCE=&BEFORE=&FUTURE=0&SORT=index&REVERSE=0&PA
        GESIZE=10&HIDE=0&HIDEDELETED=0&COLS=thumbnail&COLS=type&COLS=name&COLS=episode&C
        OLS=desc&COLS=channel&COLS=categories&COLS=timeadded&OUTPUT=&MODES=default&PROXY
        =&SUBTITLES=0&METADATA=&THUMB=0&PVRHOLDOFF=&FORCE=0&AUTOWEBREFRESH=1&AUTOPVRRUN=
        4&REFRESHFUTURE=0&BITRATE=&VSIZE=&VFR=&STREAMTYPE=&SAVE=0&SEARCHTAB=yes&COLUMNST
        AB=no&DISPLAYTAB=no&RECORDINGTAB=no&STREAMINGTAB=no&PAGENO=1&INFO=0&NEXTPAGE=rec
        ord_now&ACTION=&.cgifields=COLS&.cgifields=HIDE&.cgifields=THUMB&.cgifields=FORC
        E&.cgifields=FUTURE&.cgifields=PROGTYPES&.cgifields=HIDEDELETED&.cgifields=REVER
        SE&.cgifields=HISTORY&.cgifields=SUBTITLES&.cgifields=REFRESHFUTURE
        INFO: Starting Recording Now
        DEBUG: get_iplayer options: “pid=http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06chqrb” “type
        =radio” “modes=default” “hide=0” “refreshfuture=0” “force=0” “subtitles=0” “thum
        b=0”
        INFO: Win32 Command: “.\get_iplayer.cmd” –encoding-locale=UTF-8 –encoding-cons
        ole-out=UTF-8 –nopurge –nocopyright –expiry=999999999 –hash –webrequest “pi
        d%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.co.uk%2Fprogrammes%2Fb06chqrb?type%3Dradio?modes%3Ddefa
        ult?hide%3D0?refreshfuture%3D0?force%3D0?subtitles%3D0?thumb%3D0” 2>&1
        can’t open pipe: Bad file descriptor
        —————————————————————————————–

        (I put the dashes for separator so you can see clearly).

        I don’t understand where did I go wrong. I had it uninstalled and reinstalled (full installation), but to no avail. I have Get_iPlayer for more than a year though the last time I recorded programmes was March 2014. I haven’t used it since. I too have tried other programmes, but it wouldn’t record either.

        I greatly appreciate your help, Woody and always be grateful if you can find what is the problem that I am having.

        Sincerely,
        Fahmi.

      2. Fahmi,
        So it looks to me like you are in Malaysia? I can’t imagine that get-iplayer would work natively there, unless you were using a VPN service and if you are, something is wrong, because it appears not to be routing you correctly (as far as I can see).

        Whatever, I am not the author of this app – so you should head over to https://squarepenguin.co.uk/forums/ to get the more detailed and specific support you need.

        Best wishes,
        Woody.

    1. Which is why this article: currently sitting on the front page (how more prominent do you want it? 🙂 ) says:

      “2. Install the latest version of get_iPlayer from here https://squarepenguin.co.uk/ and catch up with the forum and discussions etc. The Square Penguin folk have done a really great job and are to be applauded.”

      Woody.

  43. Thanks for the article. It’s great software, but the whole process of refreshing the database and going via the browser is rather cumbersome. I can’t imagine no-one never wrote a Windows GUI for it, but I can’t find one. Do you know?

    1. Gautier,
      You make a good point, but interfacing (via any browser) to an internal web server allows the app to be OS agnostic (saves having to write and maintain GUI’s for every OS supported). So this is a pretty standard approach to cross-platform app development.

      Bottom line: No, I am not aware of a native Windows GUI.

      Sorry,
      Woody.

  44. Woody, I’m shocked. Don’t know “ISIHAC”? It’s as unmissable as FOOC, although admittedly at the other end of the Radio4 spectrum. I doubt that Maxine Peak has ever been mentioned on it – unlike Lionel Blair.

    1. dehggial,
      You are most welcome!

      Not only is it still working well, but I can confirm that it works absolutely fine with W10 Anniversary Edition without any changes.

      Best wishes,
      Woody.

  45. Hey Woody
    Thanks for this guide. I D/L’d a few radio programmes easily enough but now when I launch the “get_iplayer” there’s no problem but then I launch the “Run PVR Scheduler” and it reads –
    Info Scheduling the PVR to run every 144400 Seconds
    Running PVR Searches:
    Info Sleeping for 14400 secs

    and nothing happens. Do I have to wait or can I change to anywhere?
    any advice, ideas please
    Cheers
    Stuart Reed

  46. Hi Woody
    I recently d/l Get_iplayer & have followed the instructions & subsequently d/l’d a few radio programmes without any hassle. But now….
    I launch Get-iPlayer wait a bit all’s well & then Run PVR Scheduler but it seems not to be working & reads –
    INFO: Scheduling the PVR to run every 14400 secs
    Running PVR Searches
    INFO: Sleeping for 14400 secs

    I’ve uninstalled & done a powerful scan to remove ay remnants then reinstalled but to no avail.
    Any advice please?
    Stuart Reed

  47. Hi could you help please Woody
    The PVR Scheduler won’t run – its sleeping for 14400 secs (4 hours) but even at the end of that time nothing happens so I can’t get Get iPlayer to work. I’ve uninstalled & done a deep clean to no avail, any advice, please?

  48. Is there anyway I can transfer the show I downloaded on the BBC iPlayer on to my VLC player on my laptop? Convert it to mp4 file? And I am electronically and technically challenged,so explain it to me in dummy terms. Thanks, I would appreciate any help.

    1. Hi – and apologies for the delay.

      Yes, you follow the instructions here (and in related posts) to install get_iplayer on your PC. You can then use it to download BBC programmes which you can subsequently watch using VLC – although other video players are available – because the downloaded files are .MP4.

      Best wishes,
      Woody.

      1. In reply to `10liltoes` you mentioned that the downloaded files are MP4. For some reason, mine are m4a although they convert to MP4 or mp3 very well using Freemake.

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