metaTED is a tool that makes it easy to download all of the TED talks. It does so by creating over 8 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.
- 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/publishing year, talk theme 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.
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.
Installing and running metaTED
metaTED is available as an easy-install-able package, you can install it with easy_install -U metaTED, or pip install metaTED if you have pip. You can run it with metaTED, or metaTED -h to get help and the list of all available options.
The project itself is hosted on bitbucket, from where you can get the code and report bugs.
New in metaTED 1.0.8
- Updated video download markers as TED updated their HTML layout and introduced a new video quality level.