git-annex-importfeed - import files from podcast feeds



git-annex-importfeed − import files from podcast feeds


git annex importfeed [url ...]


Imports the contents of podcasts and other feeds. Only downloads files whose content has not already been added to the repository before, so you can delete, rename, etc the resulting files and repeated runs won’t duplicate them.

When yt−dlp is installed, it can be used to download links in the feed. This allows importing e.g., YouTube playlists. (However, this is disabled by default as it can be a security risk. See the documentation of−ip−addresses in git-annex(1) for details.)

To make the import process add metadata to the imported files from the feed, git config annex.genmetadata true

By default, the downloaded files are put in a directory with the title of the feed, and files are named based on the title of the item in the feed. This can be changed using the −−template option.

Existing files are not overwritten by this command. If "some feed/foo.mp3" already exists, it will instead write to "some feed/2_foo.mp3" (or 3, 4, etc). Sometimes a feed will change an item’s url, resulting in the new url being downloaded to such a filename.



Force downloading items it’s seen before.

−−relaxed, −−fast, −−raw

These options behave the same as when using git-annex−addurl(1).


Avoid immediately downloading urls. The url is still checked (via HEAD) to verify that it exists, and to get its size if possible.


Don’t immediately download urls, and avoid storing the size of the url’s content. This makes git-annex accept whatever content is there at a future point.


Prevent special handling of urls by yt−dlp, bittorrent, and other special remotes. This will for example, make importfeed download a .torrent file and not the contents it points to.


Require content pointed to by the url to be downloaded using yt−dlp or a special remote, rather than the raw content of the url. if that cannot be done, the import will fail, and the next import of the feed will retry.


Controls where the files are stored.

The default template is ’${feedtitle}/${itemtitle}${extension}’

The available variables in the template include these that are information about the feed: feedtitle, feedauthor, feedurl

And these that are information about individual items in the feed: itemtitle, itemauthor, itemsummary, itemdescription, itemrights, itemid.

Also, title is itemtitle but falls back to feedtitle if the item has no title, and author is itemauthor but falls back to feedauthor.

(All of the above are also added as metadata when annex.genmetadata is set.)

The extension variable is the extension of the file in the feed, or sometimes ".m" if no extension can be determined.

The template also has some variables for when an item was published.

itempubyear (YYYY), itempubmonth (MM), itempubday (DD), itempubhour (HH), itempubminute (MM), itempubsecond (SS), itempubdate (YYYY−MM−DD or if the feed’s date cannot be parsed, the raw value from the feed).

(These use the UTC time zone, not the local time zone.)


By default, gitignores are honored and it will refuse to download an url to a file that would be ignored. This makes such files be added despite any ignores.

−−jobs=N −JN

Runs multiple downloads parallel. For example: −J4

Setting this to "cpus" will run one job per CPU core.


Specifies which key−value backend to use.


Enable JSON output. This is intended to be parsed by programs that use git-annex. Each line of output is a JSON object.


Include progress objects in JSON output.


Messages that would normally be output to standard error are included in the JSON instead.

Also the git-annex−common−options(1) can be used.





Joey Hess <[email protected]>

Updated 2024-01-29 - |