Start Guide

Last updated: February 28th, 2023


Download the installer from the homepage

Get podRacer


Run the installer

The installer is archived in a zip file. You will need to un-pack it first to run the installer. Double-click '' to un-pack the installer, then run the installer itself.

Note: You may get a message that MacOS cannot run the application. This is because the app isn't verified by Apple yet.
You can right-click on it and select 'Open', or allow it through System Settings under Security & Privacy

Install Process

podRacer does a handful of 'pre-flight' checks to ensure functionality during installation.

| Pre-Flight Checks:

  • Checking for software updates
  • Detecting System Architecture
    • Detect X86_X64 or ARM64 instruction set
    • Check DST Root CA X3 certificate (OS <= Mojave)
    • Verify macOS version compatibility
  • Download latest version of podRacer for your system

Once the installer finishes, you will find podRacer within your /Applications directory

Fetch Calls

Fetch calls is how podRacer communicates with RSS feeds.

Each call sends a request to retrieve feed data, which is then presented to you with an array of follow-up actions.
To begin, enter the URL of an RSS feed and click 'Fetch'

Fetch Status

The application will conduct a quick survey of your environment and will return one of the following results:

Successful Fetch

Returns podcast information and displays user options

Invalid Fetch

Unable to parse RSS feed, usually due to an invalid URL

Failed Fetch

Unable to run a fetch call, usually due to a network error

Fetch Results

Fetches retrieve and display various data about the podcast on the interface.

| At a glance, podRacer will show you:

  • Title
    • Show / Podcast Title
  • Author
    • Creators / Hosts
  • Episode Count
    • How many episodes the show has published
  • Last Updated
    • Date of the most recently published episode


Downloads audio from fetched podcast

| When downloading audio assets:

  • Naming
    • Files are named after their episode titles
  • Sorting
    • Episodes are sorted from newest to oldest
  • Duplicates
    • Existing episodes are skipped by default
  • Freemium Content
    • Flags free episodes fetched from premium feeds
Fetch Queue

If you want to Fetch and download multiple podcasts, you can load up a Fetch Queue via
'File > Load Fetch Queue'

| When using Fetch Queues:

  • Fetch
    • Insert multiple RSS feeds to fetch
  • Download
    • Download all content in succession
Selective Download

If you want more manual control over what content to download, you can turn off automatic downloading via
'Edit > Preferences > Downloading and un-check 'Automatic'.

| When downloading manually:

  • Individual Episodes
    • Seperate individual episodes via commas
  • A range of Episodes
    • Download a range of episodes using dashes
  • You can choose to download podcast episodes individually, or within a range of episodes — or both.
File Formats

All audio downloads are converted to '.mp3' by default. If you prefer a more lossless file format, you can choose to have podRacer convert the files to '.wav' instead.

You can do this by enabling the conversion via 'Edit > Preferences > Downloading > Save As...' and checking 'WAV'.

Conversions run in the background, but don't finalize until the file being converted has fully completed downloading. This ensures the integrity of the files are not comprimised and also that you're not left with unwanted bandwidth consumption.

Note: To overwrite existing entries using a different file format, ensure that the 'Overwrite' box is checked


Metadata Report

Upon a successful fetch call, podRacer will generate a report consisting of various data. These reports include the title of the show, titles of all the episodes, the description of every episode, and the original date of publication of each episode.

You can read more about how this works here

Clipboard Integration

Clipboard integration was added to make data retrieval easier and more convenient.
Simply click on any section of the report and it will automatically be copied to your clipboard.

If you need to copy lots of data in succession, simply keep the report open in a seperate window and use the 'command ⌘' key on your keyboard to click on an element in the report. This will retain the focus on your main window while still allowing you to copy information from the report.

Menu Bar Actions

podRacer has several useful menu bar items that perfom various actions


That's it for the starter guide, but there's a lot we have not covered! If you would like to learn more about how podRacer works, checkout the functionality page. For additional questions, have a look at the FAQ section on the support page.

Download podRacer and try its features out for yourself! If you have any questions about how it works, feel free to contact me or checkout the support page.