Manage and Subscribe to Podcasts Using gPodder

How to set up gPodder for Windows, Mac, and Linux

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gPodder is a lightweight tool that helps you find and subscribe to podcasts. You can set each podcast to download automatically when a new episode is released.

Instructions in this article apply to gPodder 3.10.11 for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

How to Get gPodder

Windows and Mac users can download gPodder from GitHub. gPodder is available in the repositories of most major Linux distributions. The command for installing gPodder depends on your distribution.

Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or Debian users should use the following apt-get command:

Fedora and CentOS users should use the following yum command:

OpenSUSE users should use the following zypper command:

Arch users should use the following pacman command:

How to Subscribe to Podcasts With gPodder

To start subscribing to podcasts with gPodder:

  1. Launch gPodder and select Subscriptions > Discover new podcasts.

    Launch gPodder and select Subscriptions > Discover new podcasts.
  2. Select one of the options on the left side of the new window:

    • Getting started: View sample podcasts recommended by gPodder.
    • gpodder.net search: Search gpodder.net for podcasts by keyword.
    • gpodder.net top 50: See the top 50 most-subscribed podcasts.
    • OPML from web: Enter the URL for an OPML file to download.
    • SoundCloud search: Search SoundCloud for podcasts.

    To create your own OPML file within gPodder, select Subscriptions > Export To OPML file. You can also import other people's OPML files.

    Select one of the options on the left side of the new window.
  3. Select the checkbox beside the podcast you want, and then select Add.

    Select the checkbox beside the podcast you want, and then select Add.
  4. You will see a list of new episodes for the podcasts you added. Select the ones you wish to download, and then select Download.

If you select Cancel, the episodes won't be downloaded, but they will still appear in the gPodder interface when you select the podcast.

Select the episodes you wish to download, and then select Download.

How to Download Episodes With gPodder

To download an episode of a podcast you are subscribed to, select the podcast in the left panel, then right-click on the episode you want and select Download.

Select a podcast in the left panel, then right-click on the episode you want and select Download.

You can queue other episodes for download while you're waiting for the current one to finish. To download multiple episodes at once, hold down the Shift key as you make your selection, then right-click and select Download.

A counter will appear next to the podcast in the left panel showing how many episodes you have downloaded.

Hold down the Shift key to select multiple episodes, then right-click and select Download.

How to Play a Podcast Episode in gPodder

When you select an episode, a description will appear in the bottom portion of the window. Right-click the episode and select Play to start listening in your default media player.

Right-click the episode and select Play to start listening in your default media player.

How to Clear Old Episodes

When you first subscribe to a podcast, you will probably see lots of old episodes listed. To remove them, right-click on the episode(s) and select Delete.

Right-click on the episode(s) you want to remove and select Delete.

How to Configure gPodder Preferences

To configure gPodder, select gPodder > Preferences to open the Preferences menu.

Select to gPodder > Preferences to open the Preferences menu.

The Preferences screen has several tabs for managing every aspect of gPodder:

  • The General tab lets you choose the audio player to use for audio podcasts and the video player to use for videos.
  • The gpodder.net tab has options for synchronizing subscriptions. It includes a username and password option.
  • The Updating tab sets how frequently gPodder checks for new episodes. You can also choose to download new episodes automatically.
  • The Cleanup tab lets you choose when to remove old episodes. By default, it is set to manual, but you can move a slider to set the number of days to keep an episode.
  • The Devices tab lets you set up devices for synchronizing podcasts to other devices.
  • The Video tab lets you choose the preferred YouTube format. You can also enter a YouTube API key and choose the preferred Vimeo format.
  • The Extensions tab lets you download add-ons for gPodder.

To configure settings for specific shows, right-click a podcast and select Podcast settings.

The Extensions tab in the gPodder Preferences menu.