Supported Version

gPodder is tested on Windows 10, but it should also work on Windows 7 and later.

gPodder 3.11.2 and later is known not to work on Windows 7. Although, it might be possible to build gPodder yourself using an older version of msys2. gPodder 3.11.4 is known to work after installing api-ms-win-core-path-l1-1-0.dll. The x86 version goes in SysWOW64 and the x64 version goes in System32.

gPodder 3.10.9 and later is known not to work on Windows XP.

Changing the gPodder Home/Download Folders on Windows

See the User Manual for background on changing the gPodder Home and Download folders.

Debugging gPodder on Windows

Both the portable and installer version of gPodder come with a console version for debug messages. To launch it:

  1. Choose Start > Run… or use the Win-R shortcut
  2. enter cmd and press OK
  3. navigate to the gPodder binary directory (C:\Program Files (x86)\gPodder\bin for the installer version, gpodder-portable-x.y.z\data\bin for the portable version)
  4. drag and drop gpodder-cmd.exe from the windows explorer to the console window
  5. add a space and -v to the text and press the Enter key

You’ll see all the debug information you want.

gPodder 3 on Windows (from Git)

See the Windows installer build documentation.

Panucci on Windows

Panucci is a resuming podcast and audiobook player, originally developed for Maemo and Linux, but it’s also usable on Windows.

  1. Install Python from
  2. Install PyCairo, PyGObject and PyGTK from
  3. Install the GTK+ bundle from
  4. Install GStreamer (GPL) + PyGSt from
  5. Add the bin/ folders for both GTK+ and GStreamer to your PATH variable (Win+Break, Advanced, Environment variables)
  6. Grab the source code from using Git (or use a snapshot)
  7. Grab panucci-win32.patch and apply it (e.g. using patch)
  8. Grab a Mutagen release from and extract it
  9. Copy the mutagen/ folder from the Mutagen release to src/ in your Panucci folder
  10. Open a console window and enter: python bin/panucci
  11. Have fun :)

Alternatively, do the first 5 steps from above, make sure that Python is available in your PATH and then download

Additional hint: If you want to have proper Windows themeing, copy share/themes/MS-Windows/gtk-2.0/gtkrc to etc/gtk-2.0/ in the folder where you installed GTK+.

MP3 Synchronization

Warning: this section has not been updated for gPodder 3.10.0 and later!

This is some hackery to get synchronization for an MP3 player to work in the bin directory.

Switching to a dark theme variant

To use a dark theme variant, add the gtk-application-prefer-dark-theme = true line to your settings.ini:

  1. Locate the etc\gtk-3.0\settings.ini file in your gPodder installation (for instance C:\gpodder-3.10.3-portable\data\etc\gtk-3.0\settings.ini);
  2. open it with notepad;
  3. add a new line reading gtk-application-prefer-dark-theme = true

Example settings.ini:

gtk-font-name = Segoe UI 10
gtk-application-prefer-dark-theme = true

Changing the theme

It is possible to switch gPodder to any Gtk3-compatible theme by copying it to C:\Users\YOUR_USER.themes and referencing it by name in GPODDER_INSTALL_DIR\etc\gtk-3.0\settings.ini.

For instance, to use the low contrast theme Equilux:

  1. I created a .themes folder in my user directory C:\Users\IEUser
  2. I downloaded Equilux-compact.tar.xz and extracted in C:\Users\IEUser.themes
  3. I edited C:\gpodder-3.10.3-portable\data\etc\gtk-3.0\settings.ini to look like this:
gtk-font-name = Segoe UI 10
gtk-theme-name = Equilux-compact
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