11 Best Free and Open Source Terminal-Based Podcast Tools

A podcast is a form of digital media consisting of an episodic program downloaded or streamed over the Internet using an XML protocol called RSS. Podcast episodes can be audio radio, video files, PDFs, or ePub files. These episodes can be viewed and listened to on a number of different devices including computers, portable media players, and smartphones.

The publisher or broadcaster podcasts the program by offering the episodes and the XML document to a web server. Whilst large media corporations are prominent publishers of podcasts, almost anyone can publish them, as often or as infrequent as they wish. Podcasts are a great way of keeping up to date with the latest news, reviews, banter, gossip, to deepen your understanding of the world we live in, and much more.

Podcasting lets listeners automatically receive the latest episodes of their chosen programmes as soon as they are released. This operation is made very simple by using the appropriate client software. The consumer can subscribe to the podcast and automatically check for and download new episodes, or download episodes of a podcast series individually.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 11 high quality open source podcast tools that let you manage and download podcasts. The selection includes terminal-based tools only. We feature GUI podcast tools in this roundup.

Here’s our verdict captured in a LinuxLinks-style ratings chart. We only feature free and open source software here.

Ratings chart for terminal-based podcast tools

Let’s explore the 11 podcast tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the software in action, together with links to relevant resources.

Terminal-Based Podcast Tools
casteroCommand-line podcast player written in Python
termusicRust-based music player with good podcast support
castgetSimple, command-line based RSS enclosure downloader
PodbitPodboat Improved
ShellcasterTerminal-based podcast manager written in Rust
hpodderConsole tool to scan and download podcasts
yapaBasic podcast aggregator and player
gregCommand-line podcast aggregator written in Python
podgetConsole podcast aggregrator/downloader optimized for cron
neon-podcasterPython tool to listen to podcasts using RSS
podfoxPodcatching for the terminal
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