[ANN} get_iplayer 2.80 and Windows installer version 4.3 released

dinkypumpkin dinkypumpkin at gmail.com
Mon Aug 29 15:53:39 EDT 2011

Version 2.80 of get_iplayer has been released.  Changes here:


Upgrade information is below.  Any problems or questions should be 
posted to this list.

Windows Users

For Windows users, a new installer package (version 4.3) has been 
released.  The new installer can be obtained at the usual address:


The previous installer should also offer to download the new version and 
perform an upgrade. The new installer will fully upgrade a previous 
get_iplayer installation, but you may wish to uninstall the old version 

IMPORTANT:  You should elect to install ALL components.  You should be 
prompted to do so when the installer runs.  Everything has been updated, 
and the new installer works a bit differently underneath, so a full 
(re)installation is the way to clean up the previous installation and 
get everything updated properly.

What you get with the new installer:

get_iplayer 2.80
Strawberry Perl 5.12.3, with MP3::Tag module for full MP3 tagging
MPlayer 1.0-rc2
LAME 3.98.4
FFmpeg 0.8
VLC 1.1.11
RTMPDump 2.4
AtomicParsley 0.9.4

The sharp-eyed amongst you will have noted that the MPlayer version is 
actually the same.  However, you should reinstall it so that the 
installer's configuration can be properly initialised.

If any of the helper applications fail to download during installation, 
try again at a later time.  The third-party download sites may be 
temporarily unavailable.

DIY Linux/OSX Users

Update via the command line:

$ get_iplayer --update

A tarball of the 2.80 release can be found here:


Linux Package Manager Users

If you installed get_iplayer on Linux via a package manager, the 
procedure will be specific to your installation, e.g., you may need to 
use "sudo" to acquire administrator privileges for a command line 
update, or you may need to use your package manager.  Refer to any 
information that came with your installation package.


The release is tagged as "v2.80" in the Git repository:


Windows installer-related changes were committed after the v2.80 release 


An online copy of developer documentation (also included in the Git 
repo) for the new installer can be found here:


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