Podgrab is a self-hosted podcast manager that automatically downloads the latest podcast episodes. It is a light-weight application built using GO.

Programming language: JavaScript
License: GNU General Public License v3.0 only
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Podgrab Current Version -2022.07.07

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About The Project

Podgrab is a is a self-hosted podcast manager which automatically downloads latest podcast episodes. It is a light-weight application built using GO.

It works best if you already know which podcasts you want to monitor. However there is a podcast search system powered by iTunes built into Podgrab

Developers Note: This project is under active development which means I release new updates very frequently. It is recommended that you use something like watchtower which will automatically update your containers whenever I release a new version or periodically rebuild the container with the latest image manually.

Also check out my other self-hosted, open-source solution - Hammond - Vehicle and Expense management system.


Podgrab started as a tool that I initially built to solve a specific problem I had. During the COVID pandemic times I started going for a run. I do not prefer taking my phone along so I would add podcast episodes to my smart watch which could be connected with my bluetooth earphones. Most podcasting apps do not expose the mp3 files directly which is why I decided to build this quick tool for myself. Once it reached a stage where my requirements were fulfilled I decided to make it a little pretty and share it with everyone else.

[Product Name Screen Shot][product-screenshot] [More Screenshots](Screenshots.md)

Built With


  • Download/Archive complete podcast
  • Auto-download new episodes
  • Tag/Label podcasts into groups
  • Download on demand
  • Podcast Discovery - Search and Add podcasts using iTunes API
  • Full-fledged podcast player - Play downloaded files or stream from original source. Play single episodes, full podcasts and podcast groups(tags)
  • Add using direct RSS feed URL / OMPL import / Search
  • Basic Authentication
  • Existing episode file detection - Prevent re-downloading files if already present
  • Easy OPML import/export
  • Customizable episode names
  • Dark Mode
  • Self Hosted / Open Source
  • Docker support


The easiest way to run Podgrab is to run it as a docker container.

Using Docker

Simple setup without mounted volumes (for testing and evaluation)

  docker run -d -p 8080:8080 --name=podgrab akhilrex/podgrab

Binding local volumes to the container

   docker run -d -p 8080:8080 --name=podgrab -v "/host/path/to/assets:/assets" -v "/host/path/to/config:/config"  akhilrex/podgrab

Using Docker-Compose

Modify the docker compose file provided here to update the volume and port binding and run the following command

version: "2.1"
    image: akhilrex/podgrab
    container_name: podgrab
     # - PASSWORD=password     ## Uncomment to enable basic authentication, username = podgrab
      - /path/to/config:/config
      - /path/to/data:/assets
      - 8080:8080
    restart: unless-stopped
   docker-compose up -d

Build from Source / Ubuntu Installation

Although personally I feel that using the docker container is the best way of using and enjoying something like Podgrab, a lot of people in the community are still not comfortable with using Docker and wanted to host it natively on their Linux servers. Follow the link below to get a guide on how to build Podgrab from source.

[Build from source / Ubuntu Guide](docs/ubuntu-install.md)

Environment Variables

Name Description Default
CHECK_FREQUENCY How frequently to check for new episodes and missing files (in minutes) 30
PASSWORD Set to some non empty value to enable Basic Authentication, username podgrab (empty)
PORT Change the internal port of the application. If you change this you might have to change your docker configuration as well (empty)


  • Enable websocket support if running behind a reverse proxy. This is needed for the "Add to playlist" functionality.
  • Go through the settings page once and change relevant settings before adding podcasts.


Distributed under the GPL-3.0 License. See LICENSE for more information.


  • [x] Basic Authentication
  • [x] Append Date to filename
  • [x] iTunes Search
  • [x] Existing episodes detection (Will not redownload if files exist even with a fresh install)
  • [x] Downloading/downloaded indicator
  • [x] Played/Unplayed Flag
  • [x] OPML import
  • [x] OPML export
  • [x] In built podcast player
  • [ ] Set ID3 tags if not set
  • [ ] Filtering and Sorting options
  • [ ] Native installer for Windows/Linux/MacOS

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Akhil Gupta - @akhilrex

Project Link: https://github.com/akhilrex/podgrab

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