1. Petar Marić
  2. metaTED



metaTED is a tool that makes it easy to download all of the `TED talks`_. It
does so by creating over 1,500 `metalinks`_ of TED talks varying in both the
quality levels and possible talk groupings by directory. Features include:

    * Creates talks with informative file names - i.e.
      ``Unconventional Explanations/Hans Rosling on HIV - New facts and stunning data visuals.mp4``
      instead of original ``HansRosling_2009_480.mp4``.

    * Provides subtitles for talks in over 85 supported languages. New
      languages and translations are added daily through the
      `TED Open Translation Project`_, and you help out by
      `becoming a translator today`_.

    * Tries hard to get all of the talks, or at least most of them - with a good
      reason if some have failed.

    * More choice - creates one metalink per available quality level
      (currently low, standard and high).

    * More choice - creates one metalink per available talk grouping, with all
      talks belonging to the same group placed inside a common directory. The
      possible talk groupings are extracted from talks metadata (currently
      filming year, publishing year, talk theme, event name and author).

    * Aggressive caching throughout the project, to avoid expensive network/CPU
      operations as much as possible. Proper cache invalidation included.

    * High levels of fault tolerance. 

    * Simple, yet powerful homegrown web crawler. 

    * Flexible and extensible software design with changes in mind.

    * Provides both the console script and a public API.

.. _becoming a translator today: http://www.ted.com/translate/forted
.. _metalinks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metalink
.. _TED talks: http://www.ted.com/
.. _TED Open Translation Project: http://www.ted.com/pages/view/id/287

Downloading TED talks

If you just want to `download TED talks`_, you don't need to install this
package, or even Python. All you need to do is get a
`download client that supports the Metalink standard`_ and choose one of the
`daily updated metalinks`_.

.. _download TED talks: http://metated.petarmaric.com/
.. _download client that supports the Metalink standard:
.. _daily updated metalinks: http://metated.petarmaric.com/

Installing and running metaTED

You can install metaTED with `pip`_ via ``pip install metaTED``. You can run it
with ``metaTED``, or ``metaTED -h`` to get help and the list of all available

The project itself is `hosted on bitbucket`_, from where you can get the code
and report bugs.

.. _pip: http://pip.openplans.org/
.. _hosted on bitbucket: http://bitbucket.org/petar/metated/

New in metaTED 2.0.4


    * Fixed issue #12 - Updated video file extension detection code as TED
      changed their video download URLs.
      Thanks to J. D. Stevens and Sam Tygier for the bug report.