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castget - download RSS enclosures




castget downloads RSS enclosures, for example podcasts, from RSS feeds.

RSS feeds are assigned channel identifiers in the configuration file .castgetrc. Channels to be processed by castget are indicated by supplying the channel identifiers as arguments. If no channel identifiers are provided, all available channels are processed.

If run without any options, castget will perform the default action on all channels to be processed. The default action is to download any enclosure not already downloaded. Other actions may be performed by supplying one or more options as arguments.



-c, --catchup

Catch up with channels and exit.

-l, --list

List available enclosures that have not yet been downloaded, and exit.

-h, --help

Display help and exit.

-V, --version

Output version information and exit.

Operation filters

-n, --new-only

Restrict operation to new channels only, i.e. to channels that have never been downloaded from or been caught up with before. Note that if a channel is added to the configuration and subsequently removed, its download history is preserved. This means that a channel that has been removed from the configuration file will not be considered as 'new' if it is added to the configuration again at a later time.

-1, --first-only

Restrict operation to the most recent item in each channel only.

-f pattern, --filter=pattern

Restrict operation to enclosures whose download URLs match the regular expression pattern. Note that this will override any regular expression filters given in the configuration file.

Global options

-r, --resume

Resume aborted downloads. Make sure not to use this option if the RSS feed uses the same filename for multiple enclosures as this will corrupt existing downloads.

-q, --quiet

Do not print anything except error messages.

-v, --verbose

Print detailed progress information.

-d, --debug

Print (lots of) connection debug information.

-p, --progress-bar

Print a progress bar when downloading enclosures.

-C filename, --rcfile=filename

Override the default filename for the configuration file.


Download all enclosures not already downloaded:

$ castget

Download all enclosures not already downloaded from channel foobar and be verbose:

$ castget -v foobar

List all enclosures not already downloaded:

$ castget -l

Catch up with channel foobar:

$ castget -c foobar

List the first available enclosure in all new channels:

$ castget -1 -n -l

Catch up with items that match the regular expression Freddies0[67] in the channel frederator:

$ castget -c -f "Freddies0[67]" frederator


To use a HTTP proxy, set the environment variable http_proxy:

http_proxy=http://your.proxy.server:port/ castget




Please see the castget home page http://mlj.github.io/castget for instructions on how to submit bug reports.


Marius L. Jøhndal, Jick Nan.

Castget is Copyright (C) 2005-2019 Marius L. Jøhndal.

Castget is Copyright (C) 2007 Jick Nan.

This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

  1. castget 2.0.0
  2. October 2019
  3. castget(1)