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Can I use BBC Sounds on my computer?

To use the BBC Sounds website, your computer or laptop will need to run a supported operating system. You'll also need to use one of our supported internet browsers.

  • Not sure what a browser is? It’s a piece of software installed on your computer that gives you access to websites. Check this BBC Webwise page for more information.
  • Not sure what an operating system is? The operating system controls and manages the hardware and software on your computer. It’s the interface between you and your computer. Find out more about operating systems on the BBC Bitesize website.


Here are the browsers we’ve tested to work with BBC Sounds. Click on a browser for details on how to install it:

Due to the resources required to develop, test and support BBC Sounds for each individual browser currently available, and in the interest of delivering value for the licence fee, we only support the most popular browsers currently used. We'll continue to follow user trends and support the top browsers accordingly, as and when they change.

We recognise that some users may choose to use another browser, however, we cannot guarantee a problem-free BBC Sounds experience. As such, we may not be able to offer support to those using browsers or operating systems not listed here.

Operating Systems

We’ve tested the internet browsers listed above on the following operating systems:

  • Mac OS 10 and above
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 10 

We use two different formats of media software platforms for our BBC Sounds website: Adobe Flash and HTML5. Visit to check what format your browser is currently using and to switch across to the HTML5 player (if you’ve been offered Flash by default). If you don’t see an option to switch over to HTML5, it’s because you’re already using the HTML5 player.

Head to the How do I use BBC Sounds on my computer? page to find out how to get the most out of BBC Sounds on your computer or laptop.


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