Web service that provides podcasts for services that don't offer them (anymore).
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Podbringer

Podbringer is a web service that provides podcasts for services that don't offer them (anymore). It provides a way to get the RSS feed for your podcast client and it facilites the downloads of the pods (enclosures).

It currently only supports Mixcloud and YouTube. Other back-ends might be added in the future.

Building & running

Using Cargo, it is easy to build and run Podbringer, just run:

$ cargo run --release
...
   Compiling podbringer v0.1.0 (/path/to/podbringer)
    Finished release [optimized] target(s) in 9m 26s
     Running `/path/to/podbringer/target/release/podbringer`

(Note that Rocket listens on 127.0.0.1:8000 by default for debug builds, i.e. builds when you don't add --release.)

Configuration

For now, you will need to provide Rocket with configuration to tell it at which public URL Podbringer is hosted. This needs to be done even if you are not using a reverse proxy, in which case you need to provide it with the proxied URL. You can also use the configuration to configure a different address and/or port. Just create a Rocket.toml file that contains (or copy Rocket.toml.example):

[default]
address = "0.0.0.0"
port = 7062
public_url = "https://my.domain.tld/podbringer"

This will work independent of the type of build. For more about Rocket's configuration, see: https://rocket.rs/v0.5-rc/guide/configuration/.

Usage

Podbringer currently has no front-end or web interface yet that can help you use it. Until then, you just have to enter the right service-specific RSS feed URL in your favorite podcast client to start using it. For example:

  https://my.domain.tld/podbringer/feed/mixcloud/myfavouriteband
  |------------------------------|      |------| |-------------|
   The Podbringer public URL            Service   Service ID

So, the URL consists of the location of Podbringer, the fact that you want the feed, the name of the service and the ID that identifies something list on that service.

Feed item limit

To prevent feeds with a very large number of items, any feed that is returned contains at most 50 items by default. If you want to have more (or less) items, provide the limit in the URL by setting the limit parameter.

For example, to get up until 1000 items the URL becomes:

  https://my.domain.tld/podbringer/feed/mixcloud/myfavouriteband?limit=1000

Service: Mixcloud

For Mixcloud, a feed can be constructed of everything that a user posted. Given the Mixcloud URL like https://www.mixcloud.com/myfavouriteband/, the myfavouriteband part of the URL is the Mixcloud username and can be used as the service ID.

  https://my.domain.tld/podbringer/feed/mixcloud/myfavouriteband
  |------------------------------|      |------| |-------------|
   The Podbringer public URL            Service   Username

Service: YouTube

For YouTube, a feed can either be constructed of a channel or a playlist. Given the YouTube channel URL like https://www.youtube.com/c/favouritechannel, the favouritechannel part of the URL is the YouTube channel ID. Given the YouTube playlist URL https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsomeplaylistidentifier, the PLsomeplaylistidentifier part of the URL is the YouTube playlist ID. Either the channel or playlist ID can be used as the service ID.

  https://my.domain.tld/podbringer/feed/youtube/favouritechannel
  |------------------------------|      |-----| |--------------|
   The Podbringer public URL            Service  Channel ID

  https://my.domain.tld/podbringer/feed/youtube/PLsomeplaylistidentifier
  |------------------------------|      |-----| |----------------------|
   The Podbringer public URL            Service  Playlist ID

License

Podbringer is licensed under the MIT license (see the LICENSE file or http://opensource.org/licenses/MIT).