WebDL is a set of Python scripts to grab video from online Free To Air Australian channels.
- Now requires Python3, use the
python2branch if you need the old version.
- Recommended installation is now with
pipto install dependencies.
- Removed some custom logic in favour of the
autograbber.pycan write to multiple directories, previous command line args are still supported.
Installation using pip
Install the following packages using your package manager:
- Python 3.2+ (including dev package)
- ffmpeg or libav-tools
Clone the WebDL repository:
git clone https://bitbucket.org/delx/webdl cd webdl
Set up a Python virtualenv and use pip to install the other dependencies:
virtualenv --python python3 .virtualenv . .virtualenv/bin/activate pip install -r requirements.txt
Whenever you want to run WebDL you must source the
.virtualenv/bin/activate script from your shell.
Installation on Debian/Ubuntu
Install Python 3 and needed libraries:
apt-get install python3 python3-lxml python3-requests python3-requests-cache
Install Livestreamer and PyCrypto. Ubuntu packages this as Python 2:
apt-get install livestreamer python-crypto
apt-get install ffmpeg
Interactive usage (grabber.py)
You can run WebDL interactively to browse categories and episode lists and download TV episodes.
$ ./grabber.py 1) ABC iView 2) SBS 0) Back Choose> 1 1) ABC 4 Kids 2) Arts & Culture 3) Comedy 4) Documentary <snipped> Choose> 4 1) ABC Open Series 2012 2) Art Of Germany 3) Baby Beauty Queens 4) Catalyst Series 13 <snipped> Choose> 4 1) Catalyst Series 13 Episode 15 2) Catalyst Series 13 Episode 16 0) Back Choose> 1 RTMPDump v2.3 (c) 2010 Andrej Stepanchuk, Howard Chu, The Flvstreamer Team; license: GPL Connecting ... INFO: Connected... Starting download at: 0.000 kB
The bolded parts are what you type. Note that you can go back on any screen by typing “0”. At the list of episodes you can download a single episode by typing one number, or multiple episodes by typing several numbers separated by spaces.
Cron scripted usage (autograbber.py)
You can schedule a regular download of your favourite shows. This example uses
# m h dom mon dow command 0 1 * * * timeout 6h chronic $HOME/webdl/autograbber-cron.sh /videos/ABC4Kids /videos/Insight
Each of these directories should contain a
.patterns.txt with shell-style globs:
ABC iView/By Channel/ABC4Kids/*/* SBS/Channel/SBS1/Insight*
Whenever an episode is downloaded it is recorded into
.downloaded_auto.txt. Even if you move the files somewhere else they will not be redownloaded.
Please raise issues on the Bitbucket project.