Get_iplayer no longer converts to m4a

Steve Rochford steve.rochford at
Sun Jun 5 09:26:09 PDT 2022

That line in the Perl script is part of the run_cmd function which calls all the external programs. I think that it will be calling ffmpeg to carry out the audio conversion and if that's missing then the conversion will fail.

I don't understand most of the Perl script (there's a reason it's sometimes called a "write-only" language) but I think that one of the first thing that happens in get_iplayer is a check for ffmpeg so I'm not sure how this is succeeding if ffmpeg is missing.

On my install, there's a folder C:\Program Files\get_iplayer\utils\bin which contains ffmpeg.exe - do you have a similar folder?


From: get_iplayer <get_iplayer-bounces at> on behalf of Jonathan Bryden <Jonathan at>
Sent: 05 June 2022 16:03
To: get_iplayer at <get_iplayer at>
Subject: Get_iplayer no longer converts to m4a 
Hi everyone,

Much to my surprise this morning I had the following error message after downloading a radio show using get_iplayer:

INFO: Converting to M4A
open3: IO::Pipe: Can't spawn-NOWAIT: No such file or directory at C:\Program Files (x86)\get_iplayer\ line 2120.

This is not a message I have seen before. Having tried restarting without success I upgraded to the latest version (3.30) but I still get the same problem.

A little internet research has suggested the issue may be related to the PATH in the system environment variables though I am not aware of any changes made since yesterday.

I have compared the machine to another and there seems to be no difference in the portion of the PATH that points to get_iplayer (i.e. ...C:\Program Files (x86)\get_iplayer)

The PC is running 64bit Windows 7.

I would appreciate any suggestions and am happy to supply any other information if required.

Many thanks


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