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Download audio from Bandcamp

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download audio from


bandcamp-dl URL


From PyPI

pip3 install bandcamp-downloader

Some linux distros may require that python3-pip is installed first.

From Wheel

  1. Download the wheel (.whl) from PyPI or the Releases page

  2. cd to the directory containing the .whl file

  3. pip install <filename>.whl

[OSX] From Homebrew

brew install bandcamp-dl

[Arch] From the AUR

yay -S bandcamp-dl-git

From Source

  1. Clone the project or download and extract the zip

  2. cd to the project directory containing the

  3. python install


bandcamp-dl is a small command-line app to download audio from It requires the Python interpreter, version 3.4 (or higher) and is not platform specific. It is released to the public domain, which means you can modify it, redistribute it or use it how ever you like.


    bandcamp-dl [options] [URL]

    URL         Bandcamp album/track URL


    -h --help               Show this screen.
    -v --version            Show version.
    -d --debug              Verbose logging.
    --artist=<artist>       The artist's slug (from the URL, --track or --album is required)
    --track=<track>         The track's slug (from the URL, for use with --artist)
    --album=<album>         The album's slug (from the URL, for use with --artist)
    --template=<template>   Output filename template.
                            [default: %{artist}/%{album}/%{track} - %{title}]
    --base-dir=<dir>        Base location of which all files are downloaded.
    -f --full-album         Download only if all tracks are available.
    -o --overwrite          Overwrite tracks that already exist. Default is False.
    -n --no-art             Skip grabbing album art.
    -e --embed-lyrics       Embed track lyrics (If available)
    -g --group              Use album/track Label as iTunes grouping.
    -r --embed-art          Embed album art (If available)
    -y --no-slugify         Disable slugification of track, album, and artist names.
    -c --ok-chars=<chars>   Specify allowed chars in slugify.
                            [default: -_~]
    -s --space-char=<char>  Specify the char to use in place of spaces.
                            [default: -]
    -a --ascii-only         Only allow ASCII chars (北京 (capital of china) -> bei-jing-capital-of-china)
    -k --keep-spaces        Retain whitespace in filenames
    -u --keep-upper         Retain uppercase letters in filenames

Filename Template

The --template option allows users to indicate a template for the output file names and directories. Templates can be built using special tokens with the format of %{artist}. Here is a list of allowed tokens:

  • trackartist: The artist name.

  • artist: The album artist name.

  • album: The album name.

  • track: The track number.

  • title: The track title.

  • date: The album date.

  • label: The album label.

The default template is: %{artist}/%{album}/%{track} - %{title}.


Bugs should be reported here. Please include the URL and/or options used as well as the output when using the –debug option.

For discussions, join us in Discord.

When you submit a request, please re-read it once to avoid a couple of mistakes (you can and should use this as a checklist):

Are you using the latest version?

This should report that you’re up-to-date. About 20% of the reports we receive are already fixed, but people are using outdated versions. This goes for feature requests as well.

Is the issue already documented?

Make sure that someone has not already opened the issue you’re trying to open. Search at the top of the window or at Issues. If there is an issue, feel free to write something along the lines of “This affects me as well, with version 2015.01.01. Here is some more information on the issue: …”. While some issues may be old, a new post into them often spurs rapid activity.

Why are existing options not enough?

Before requesting a new feature, please have a quick peek at the list of supported options. Many feature requests are for features that actually exist already! Please, absolutely do show off your work in the issue report and detail how the existing similar options do not solve your problem.

Does the issue involve one problem, and one problem only?

Some of our users seem to think there is a limit of issues they can or should open. There is no limit of issues they can or should open. While it may seem appealing to be able to dump all your issues into one ticket, that means that someone who solves one of your issues cannot mark the issue as closed. Typically, reporting a bunch of issues leads to the ticket lingering since nobody wants to attack that behemoth, until someone mercifully splits the issue into multiple ones.

Is anyone going to need the feature?

Only post features that you (or an incapable friend you can personally talk to) require. Do not post features because they seem like a good idea. If they are really useful, they will be requested by someone who requires them.

Is your question about bandcamp-dl?

It may sound strange, but some bug reports we receive are completely unrelated to bandcamp-dl and relate to a different or even the reporter’s own application. Please make sure that you are actually using bandcamp-dl. If you are using a UI for bandcamp-dl, report the bug to the maintainer of the actual application providing the UI. On the other hand, if your UI for bandcamp-dl fails in some way you believe is related to bandcamp-dl, by all means, go ahead and report the bug.


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