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How to listen to podcasts on the Linux desktop with CPod

Are you in need of a good, elegant podcast client for your Linux desktop? If so, you need to try out CPod. It’s a friendly little app that makes listening to your favorite shows fast and easy on Linux. Here’s how to use it.

Installing CPod on Linux

Cpod is an excellent podcast client for the Linux desktop. It’s straightforward to use, beautiful and handles podcast shows really well. However, it doesn’t come pre-installed on any Linux operating system by default. 

As CPod isn’t a default application, you’ll need to install it yourself. To install the latest release of CPod on Linux, start by opening up a terminal window on the Linux desktop. You can open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard or searching for “Terminal” in the app menu. With the terminal open and ready to go, follow the instructions outlined below that corresponds with the Linux OS you currently use.

Ubuntu

CPod is installable on Ubuntu Linux via a downloadable DEB package. To get your hands on this DEB package for your own use, run the following wget download command.

wget https://github.com/z-------------/CPod/releases/download/v1.28.0/CPod_1.28.0_amd64.deb

After downloading the latest DEB package release to your computer, you’ll be able to install it.  Using the apt install command below, set up CPod on your Ubuntu system.

sudo apt install ./CPod_1.28.0_amd64.deb

Debian

Those using Debian Linux will be able to get CPod working by downloading the installable DEB package from the developer’s GitHub release page. To start the download, make use of the following wget download command below.

wget https://github.com/z-------------/CPod/releases/download/v1.28.0/CPod_1.28.0_amd64.deb

After downloading the package, use the dpkg -i command to install the latest CPod DEB package to your computer. 

sudo dpkg -i CPod_1.28.0_amd64.deb

Following the installation of CPod on your Debian Linux system, you’ll need to correct any dependency issues that may have arisen during the installation process. To do that, execute the following apt-get install -f command.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

The CPod application is available for all Arch Linux users through the Arch Linux AUR. First, however, you’ll need to install the Trizen AUR helper tool. To do that, use the following commands below in your terminal.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git

cd trizen/

makepkg -sri

After setting up the latest release of Trizen on your computer, use the trizen -S command to get the CPod application set up on your Arch Linux system.

trizen -S cpod

Fedora/OpenSUSE

If you’re using Fedora Linux or OpenSUSE, you won’t be able to install CPod on your computer with an RPM package file. Instead, if you want to use this application, you’ll have to set it up via Flatpak.

Flatpak

CPod is available on the Flathub app store as a Flatpak. However, to get it working, you’ll first need to set up the Flatpak runtime. To get the runtime working, follow along with our guide on the subject.

After setting up the Flatpak runtime on your computer, the installation can begin. Open up a terminal window on the Linux desktop. Then, using the two commands below, install the latest release of Cpod onto your Linux computer.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

flatpak install flathub com.github.z.Cumulonimbus

Listen to podcasts on the Linux desktop with CPod

To listen to your favorite podcasts with CPod on Linux, start by opening up the application on the desktop. You can open up CPod on your computer by searching for “CPod” in the app menu. Once the CPod app is open, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Find the RSS URL of your favorite podcast(s). These RSS URL links are usually available on the podcast’s website or their RSS feed page.  Alternatively, if you do not know the RSS URL to your favorite podcast, type in the name of it into the CPod search box and press Enter.

Step 2: After pressing the Enter key on the keyboard, CPod will load up search results. Look through the results for the show you wish to add to your podcast library. Then, click on the “Subscribe” button to subscribe to the show.

Step 3: Once you’ve subscribed to a podcast, click on the “Home” button on the left-hand sidebar. When you do, you’ll see a list of unheard podcasts you can listen to on Cpod. Look through the list and select the play button to play it.

Want to download a podcast onto your computer to listen to for later? Select the download button inside of the Cpod app, rather than the play button to download any podcast episode you wish to your Linux computer.

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