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Podify – Allows you to download videos and audio from any source supported by youtube-dl and subscribe to and watch these downloads using your favorite podcast app. (Source CodeGPL-3.0 Ruby

Podify is a self-hosted service that allows you to download videos and audio from any source supported by youtube-dl, sort the downloads into feeds, and subscribe to these feeds using your favorite podcast app (I recommend Podcast Addict if you’re on Android).

Installation using Docker

Here’s a sample docker-compose.yml.

Configuration via Environment Variables

Variable Required Description
DATABASE_URL Yes postgres:// url pointing to postgres database
REDIS_URL Yes redis:// url pointing to redis instance
URL_HOST Yes Where the app will be available, e.g. https://podify.yourdomain.com
SECRET_KEY_BASE Yes This is used to encrypt sessions, see below
STORAGE_DIR Yes Where downloads will be stored
RAILS_LOG_TO_STDOUT No Write logs to stdout so they end up in the docker container logs. "yes" or "no" (default: "no")
INITIAL_USER_EMAIL No Email of user to create at startup
INITIAL_USER_PASSWORD No Password of user to create at startup
ENABLE_SIGNUP No Allow anyone with access to the site to sign up. "yes" or "no" (default: "yes")


This is utilized to encrypt and sign sessions. It’s recommended that you generate a new one instead of using the one from the example docker-compose.yml. You can generate a new one using

docker run --rm maxhollmann/podify rails secret


docker-compose up
bundle install

bundle exec sequel -m db/migrate postgres://podify@localhost/podify_development
bundle exec sequel -m db/migrate postgres://podify@localhost/podify_test

bundle exec rails s
bundle exec sidekiq

If you have tmux and tmuxp installed you can start all required services by running dev-env/up.

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