How to play podcasts on the terminal in Linux.

$ pip install castero
    Defaulting to user installation because normal site-packages is not writeable
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      Downloading python-mpv-0.5.2.tar.gz (25 kB)
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    Using legacy ' install' for python-mpv, since package 'wheel' is not installed.
    Installing collected packages: zope.interface, zope.event, greenlet, gevent, python-vlc, python-mpv, grequests, cjkwrap, castero
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    Successfully installed castero-0.9.2 cjkwrap-2.2 gevent-21.1.2 greenlet-1.1.0 grequests-0.6.0 python-mpv-0.5.2 python-vlc-3.0.12118 zope.event-4.5.0 zope.interface-5.4.0


Open the interface:

$ castero

It looks like this:

Image Name

There are three viewing modes. Type a number:

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Type h for help.

Navigate with arrows left, right, up, down.

Add a podcast by typing a. Enter the RSS link.

Play an episode with Enter.

Pause with p.

Remove an annoying podcast with d.