command line streaming URL scraping tool

Rudy Vener salt at
Wed Jul 21 16:59:28 UTC 2010

Thank you Chris.

This is EXACTLY what I needed.

It worked like a charm.

My only difficulty was that  my version of mplayer could
not play the playlist file directly. I had to
first download the playlist file and get the actual streaming 
URL  from there.


On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 04:43:04AM -0500, Chris Brannon wrote:
> Rudy Vener wrote:
> > 
> > I'm trying to locate a tool which when given a web page with a "Listen Live"
> > link, can return the actual URL of  an audio stream which can be handed
> > off to mplayer.
> The shoutcast-search script may be useful for you.
> It locates online streams that are registered with
> Here's the link to the homepage:
> When I type
> shoutcast-search wabc
> I get the following:
> The URL points to a playlist, and you can pass it to mplayer, like so:
> mplayer -playlist
> Note that shoutcast-search can (and often does) give multiple results.
> E.G., the command "shoutcast-search classical" gives me 308 stations
> at the moment.
> You can also get verbose output from the tool:
> shoutcast-search -v wabc
> # Gives me the following output:
> Search summary
> ------------------------------
> # Lots of noise snipped from output.
> WABC-AM [64kbps audio/mpeg]
> 	talk, 70 listeners
> 	Now playing: 
> Hope this helps,
> -- Chris
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