GetBeeb 0.1.4

An open source program to generate links to BBC audio files
GetBeeb is an open source software written in Java, that generates HTML pages containing links to BBC audio files (listen again files).


To run it use the 'run' shell script.

The list of URLs for the XML feeds is contained in the file 'filelist'.

Options can be configured in the '' file.

Set 'getAllLinks=false' to generate links to the 'Media Selectors' rather than to the realaudio file itself. This runs much quicker since it only requires one connection to get the XML feed itself. The link will point to the Perl CGI program so to use this option you need a perl enabled webserver with  the program in the cgi-bin. This is the default and you can see generated pages at

Set 'getAllLinks=true' to generate links to the actual realaudio file (.ram file). This requires making a connection to the BBC for every programme and the runtime will be much longer. It produces standalone html files that don't need a webserver.

Set the 'sleep' option to control how long (in seconds) the program waits in between connections.

Developer comments

My main reason for doing this was for use in my PDA which can't use iPlayer and has a small screen which struggles to load the BBC website pages.

last updated on:
June 24th, 2009, 9:54 GMT
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
developed by:
John Cheetham
ROOT \ Internet \ HTTP (WWW)
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