How do I install BBC iPlayer Downloads on a PC or Mac?

To install the BBC iPlayer Downloads application on your computer, go to the BBC iPlayer installation page and select the link to download.

If you already have a version of the BBC iPlayer Downloads application installed, you'll need to uninstall this first or the new version will not work correctly. 

Installation page on BBC iPlayer website for BBC iPlayer Downloads application

Using a Mac?

Mac users must install the BBC iPlayer Downloads application in their application folder. To do this: 

  • Double-click the file after it's been downloaded
  • A window with a BBC iPlayer Downloads icon should appear
  • Drag the BBC iPlayer Downloads icon into the Applications folder (shown in the same window)
  • Open the Applications folder in Finder and double-click BBC iPlayer Downloads

You can now start downloading programmes. Just remember that the application needs to be open before you download. 

Using Windows?

Once you've selected the link to download and the file has downloaded, click on it and select Run to install the app. 

If you're using Firefox you may need to click on Choose before selecting BBC iPlayer Downloads from the list. You can also set this in the Applications section found in Firefox settings.  

Confirming that downloads will be used with the app

Depending on your browser, you may need to confirm that any programme you choose to download will be used with the BBC iPlayer Downloads application. This may happen during installation or when you attempt to download a programme, so be sure to tick the box to allow your browser to remember these settings. 

Warning! This pop-up box may be hidden behind your browser or an open app, so check this if you haven't seen such a request and you're not able to download programmes. 

Need more help downloading programmes?

For more guidance in downloading, read How do I download programmes on my computer or laptop?