Bulk downloader for bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk
This program downloads all 16,000+ sounds from BBC’s Sound Effects library, found at http://bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk/. The samples downloaded by this program are BBC copyright and subject to the RemArc License. BBC also offers licenses for commercial usage of these samples.
This program requires Python 3. Download and extract the repository ZIP and with Python installed, run
download.py by double-clicking the file or entering
python download.py or
python3 download.py in a command prompt or terminal window. The downloaded samples will be saved in the
sounds/ directory of the folder containing
The total size of the sample library is
By default, the program will download 10 samples at a time. This amount figures to be a safe value to avoid sending too many simultaneous requests to BBC’s servers, but the value can be easily modified by changing the value of
THREAD_COUNT in the code. When determining what to download, the program first checks what already exists in the
sounds/ directory to avoid redownloading samples (i.e. if any downloads fail or the program is stopped without downloading the entire library).
Tested on Windows 10, macOS High Sierra, and Ubuntu 18.04. Uses only Python’s standard library—no additional packages need to be installed. I have only tested this program up to a few hundred downloads, so please report any unexpected bugs/problems by opening Issues.
Download BBC Sound Effects using Python
git clone https://github.com/FThompson/BBCSoundDownloader.git
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