Last week, I published a weekend project for downloading media files from an RSS feed. I decided to Dockerize that code to quickly run it on a schedule in my local environment.

Check out the links to the source code and Docker image in the resources section if you want to use the tool yourself.

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Create a docker-compose.yaml file (You can use docker-compose-template.yaml in the GitHub repo)

It should look like this:

version: "3.9"

    image: devpowercouk/podcast-downloader
    restart: always
      AppSettings__CheckIntervalInDays: 5
      AppSettings__PodcastInfoList__0__PodcastName: "{podcast name}"
      AppSettings__PodcastInfoList__0__RssUrl: "{rss feed}"
      AppSettings__PodcastInfoList__0__LocalDirectory: "/Downloads/{podcast name}"
      AppSettings__PodcastInfoList__1__PodcastName: "{podcast name}"
      AppSettings__PodcastInfoList__1__RssUrl: "{rss feed}"
      AppSettings__PodcastInfoList__1__LocalDirectory: "/Downloads/{podcast name}"
      - { path to download root folder on host }:/Downloads

Update the missing parts, such as the podcasts you’d like to download and where to download them.

Set the interval duration. I’d choose somewhere between 5 – 10 days to avoid downloading the RSS feed too often.

After you’ve updated the settings, open a terminal and run the following command:

docker-compose up -d

You can then open your local download directory and watch the audio/video files pour in 💪.


It’s nice to use a proper podcatcher app to listen to the new episodes of my favourite podcasts, but I also like to keep a local copy so that I can pick a random episode at random times. It may also come in handy if the RSS feed is pulled or stops working. At the very least, it’s a fun project that allowed me to play with Docker more.

Have fun, and let me know what you think about the project in the comments below.


Categories: tools

Volkan Paksoy

Volkan Paksoy is a software developer with more than 15 years of experience, focusing mostly on C# and AWS. He’s a home lab and self-hosting fan who loves to spend his personal time developing hobby projects with Raspberry Pi, Arduino, LEGO and everything in-between.