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Cannot download programmes with PIDs beginning with 'm' using obsolete get_iplayer


Since July 21, there has been a change in the URL of Radio 3 programmes:

Before, the URL ended with the PID : string of 8 characters, beginning with "b0"

Since then, the last segment of the URL always begins with "m0"

And the result is that I cannot download anymore.
I tried using the command lines :
1)   get_iplayer --pid=m00006p1 --type=radio
2)   get_iplayer
and all failed.
I also tried with other programmes whose identifier begins with "m0", and none of them worked.


Are you running the latest get_iplayer?

I have been successfully downloading the Proms and today's two downloads are m0 pids.


get_iplayer --pid=m00006p1
works fine here (copied from a somewhat truncated screen width):

C:\Program Files\get_iplayer>get_iplayer --pid=m00006p1
get_iplayer 3.17.0-MSWin32, Copyright (C) 2008-2010 Phil Lewis
This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details use --warranty.
This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain
conditions; use --conditions for details.

Edinburgh International Festival - 2018 Queen's Hall Series, Dorothea Roschmann and Roger Vignoles, BBC iPlayer, m00006p
INFO: 1 total programmes

INFO: Downloading radio: 'Edinburgh International Festival: 2018 Queen's Hall Series - Dorothea Roschmann and Roger Vign
oles (m00006p1) [original]'

<rest omitted>


Upgrading to the latest version of get_iplayer fixed the problem, I should have started there !
Sorry for the trouble and thank your for your replies.



I have been using the following successfully to d/l radio

get_iplayer --pid XXXXXXX --modes=hafhigh

This was when the page urls were like TV programmes, for example -

But the urls on iplayer have changed to this -

I am getting this message: ERROR: Could not extract a valid PID from m0000bp7

Any ideas anyone?

Thanks in advance


Works ok for me using version 3.17. What version are you on, rubber_glover?


Is aunty messing around again?...The PID`s for radio progs that always began with "b"
seem to have changed to "m" and im now getting this message from GI-PLYR "error could not extract a valid PID from m0000n3g
any one else getting this?


Ok...HUGE thanks to whoever spotted my schoolboy error in creating a new thread and merged it with this a fresh download sorted the issues...thanks guys,much appreciated


Hi Everyone

I am trying to download the latest Sky at Night using get_iplayer but it comes up with the following error:

"Could not extract a valid PID from m0001jfq"

I have tried both the PID and URL method but neither works.

Does anyone know what the solution to this is?

According to iPlayer, there is currently 11 days left for this program.

Thank you very much.

Kind regards



I am currently running get_iplayer 3.01-windows.0.  

I issue the following command:

get_iplayer --url --modes=best  --force --type=tv --subtitles file-prefix="<nameshort><-senum><-episodeshort>"

and the resonse from get_iplayer is:

ERROR: Could not extract a valid PID from

I have added the verbose attachment as requested.

Note that there are three episodes in this series and two of the episodes are giving me the same output error, this example being the most recent.

Any help would be appreciated.


I'm attempting to download various programs. If the PID starts with A b0 then everything is fine, however the BBC have now started using m000 as the prefix and now I cannot download anything that starts with that.

Any ideas?

Best wishes


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