How to extract files from your Tablo

Hello everyone.
I see a number of threads and thought I would make this important process available to Windows 10 users. I don’t know if this will work on other versions of windows. Testers are welcome.

Prerequisite: You need to have FFMPEG installed in e:\ffmpeg

I have developed a number of windows batch files, and will attempt to explain each of them here. Their contents are between the …

  1. Setup the environment. The first batch file is placed into your c:\windows\system32 folder. It sets the path and a few other things… copy/paste into TABLO.BAT. The reason it resides here is when you open a DOS box in windows, the default folder is c:\windows\system32 You don’t want to be here!


    NOTE: my tablo stuff is on drive e: Use another drive if you like, but make sure all references to e: are changed to whichever drive you use. Once done, you can set it and forget it.

  2. The 2nd batch file is provided by ffmpeg. It sets up the environment and dos prompt. I made some tweaks, so copy/paste this into e:\ffmpeg\ff-prompt.bat

    REM FF Prompt 1.2
    REM Copyright © 2013-2015 Kyle Schwarz


IF NOT EXIST bin\ffmpeg.exe (
ECHO bin\ffmpeg.exe could not be found.

CD bin || GOTO:error
ffmpeg -version
cd \ffmpeg
ECHO For help run: ffmpeg -h
ECHO For formats run: ffmpeg -formats ^| more
ECHO For codecs run: ffmpeg -codecs ^| more
ECHO Current directory is now: “%CD%”
ECHO The bin directory has been added to PATH


ECHO Press any key to exit.
PAUSE >nul

.3. The working batch file is presented here. You will need to modify the URL so that it points to the IP of your TABLO device. The ffmpeg parameters are minimal and they work. Modifying them will cause unpredictable results. I’ve been testing this batch file for 2 weeks, and I am quite pleased with the results. It is also called TABLO.BAT, but resides in e:\ffmpeg. You will also need to create working folder e:\ffmpeg\TABLO That is where the resultant .ts file(s) are stored when complete. Don’t forget to change the IP inside the batch file to your TABLO. Don’t touch anything else!

@echo off
setlocal enabledelayedexpansion
cd \ffmpeg
echo must be called using: TABLO pvr_id maxTSval
echo. >> e:\TABLO.log
echo START %1 %2 %date% %time% >> e:\TABLO.log
echo. >> e:\TABLO.log

if exist tablo%1.ts echo. trying to delete tablo/%1.ts >> e:\TABLO.log
if exist tablo%1.ts del tablo%1.ts

if (%1)==() goto done
if (%2)==() goto done

set /a x=0
for /l %%I in (1,1,%2) do (
set /a x+=1
set y=00000!x!
echo. Y Before trim: “!y!”
set y=!y:~-6!
echo. Y="!y!"
for /l %%a in (1,1,10) do if “!y:~-1!”==" " set y=!y:~0,-1!
echo. Y after trim: “!y!”
set t=!y!.ts
echo. T= “!t!”
set new=%1.!y:~-3!
echo. NEW=!new!

ffmpeg -i!t! -c copy -copyts tablo/!t!  

 cd tablo
if not /%3/==/ts/ rename !t! !new!
 cd ..

if not /%3/==/ts/ goto end
cd tablo
copy /b *.ts %1.out
del *.ts
ren %1.out %1.ts
goto done

cd tablo
copy /b %1.* %1.out
ren %1.out %1.ts
if exist %1.0* del %1.0*
if exist %1.1* del %1.1*
if exist %1.2* del %1.2*
if exist %1.3* del %1.3*
if exist %1.4* del %1.4*
if exist %1.5* del %1.5*
if exist %1.6* del %1.6*
if exist %1.7* del %1.7*
if exist %1.8* del %1.8*
if exist %1.9* del %1.9*

echo. >> e:\TABLO.log
echo END %1 %date% %time% >> e:\TABLO.log
echo. >> e:\TABLO.log

Note that this batch file expects the pvrID and the number of files within that pvrID. I will show you how to find these here as well. I keep track of this info by jotting down this info in my journal.

The default of this batch file is to create pvriID.ts file. This video file can be played by VLC media player. A slightly different approach is used by added a third parameter ‘ts’ (no quotes). The result is the same.

.4. Where to find the recID’s:

Create a bookmark in your browser as follows. You will want to use this regularly once you get the hang of things.
change the to the IP of your TABLO. The resulting display will look something like this:


Each of these 5 digit numbers represents a recorded episode or movie.

To determine how many pieces you need to extract, follow this next link for each recID. The sample can be saved also as a bookmark in your browser. I am using 80434 in this example.

The result follows:

Index of /pvr/80434/segs/

Name Last Modified Size Type
Parent Directory/ - Directory
00001.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:23:57 651.4K video/MP2T
00002.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:23:59 762.8K video/MP2T
00003.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:24:01 757.1K video/MP2T
00004.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:24:04 1.1M video/MP2T
00005.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:24:07 1.1M video/MP2T
00006.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:24:10 1.2M video/MP2T
00007.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:24:13 1.7M video/MP2T
00008.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:24:17 2.9M video/MP2T
00009.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:24:21 2.3M video/MP2T
00010.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:24:26 2.5M video/MP2T
00011.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:24:31 2.7M video/MP2T
00012.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:24:37 4.7M video/MP2T
00013.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:24:43 4.8M video/MP2T
00014.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:24:50 4.1M video/MP2T
00015.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:24:57 2.8M video/MP2T
00016.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:25:05 4.4M video/MP2T
00017.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:25:13 7.6M video/MP2T
00018.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:25:22 4.6M video/MP2T
00019.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:25:31 5.5M video/MP2T
00020.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:25:41 7.5M video/MP2T
00021.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:25:51 7.0M video/MP2T
00022.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:26:01 6.2M video/MP2T
00023.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:26:11 5.7M video/MP2T
00024.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:26:21 5.0M video/MP2T
00025.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:26:31 4.9M video/MP2T
00026.ts 2015-Oct-16 22:26:41 6.7M video/MP2T

Here are 26 .ts files saved for this episode. You need to run the TABLO.BAT file in e:\ffmpeg as follows:

TABLO 80434 26

This tells the batch file to start at 1 and end at 26. The result will be e:\ffmpeg\tablo\80434.ts You can now rename the file to whatever it represents… ie blindspot.s01e02 Once you are happy with the result, you can delete the episode using your tablo app.

Are you ready to remove commercials? I have a solution for that as well. It is, however, a manual process and takes about 5 minutes per episode(give or take). The best utility I’ve found so far is called Smart.Cutter. Costs about $50 but is well worth it if you have a library of episodes without commercials.

I welcome any comments, questions and suggestions for improvement.


Or you can just use Tablo Exporter :wink:


Or Tablo Ripper


Or Surla Tablo

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Or Firefox with the Tablo plugin… lots of ways to pull files off the Tablo. I’ve played with the Tablo plugin for Firefox, as well as Tablo Ripper, but haven’t tried Tablo Exporter yet. Just installed the Java Runtime Environment on an old laptop, and will play with it when I get a chance.

Nice to have so many options for pulling content off the Tablo.


Does your Ripper program read from the Tablo system… OR does the HD have to be unplugged from Tablo and plugged into a PC?

Any cable connections required other than existing setup?

I have stopped development of my batch file development as I now use tablo ripper found in this thread. It works very well and does not need any additional programming. You require FFMPEG to be installed on your windows system and you need to know the local ip of your Tablo device(although the ripper will find it anyway). Good luck.


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Tablo Exporter reads from the Tablo’s from the network

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Any ideas for us Mac users? Anyway we can rip stuff of the TABLO too?

There is one tool thats java based that works fine on Macs/OSX… TabloExporter … just run (double click) in the jar file.

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SurLaTablo and tablo2go are both Python scripts that work fine on Macs. Check threads in this forum:

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Be nice if we could get functionality built into the iOS and Android apps to download content into those apps so less technical folks can watch offline… as it is, I may just need to run an extraction script on a linux VM and import them into Plex, but that just seems like a lot of stuff to do when it could be built into the app…

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I’ve been using TabloExporter for a few months. At first it was flawless. Everything recorded could be extracted to my local HD. Lately (past 6 weeks or so) I’m running into files that inexplicably fail, seemingly randomly–new files MAY extract, but they also might not. They all play back fine through the Tablo interface; I just can’t extract them for some reason. I’ve tried all the usual things. Reinstalling TExporter, reestablishing the Save To directory to a new directory; at one point my Tablo froze requiring a reboot, but that didn’t change the behavior of extracting files that didn’t extract before.

So, now I’m beginning to wonder: Could the firmware updates for Tablo possibly affect how TExporter operates? For instance the drive was originally formatted with an earlier firmware version which is slowly migrating away from the original that the TExporter jar was installed with. Is it possible that forcing a reformat of the HD (ie a factory reset) could also get TExporter’s jar to extract recorded files properly?

Maybe some java experts have some insight on the interplay between firmware of the app, the formatting of drives, and the host computer’s java implementation?

You should probably post that in the TabloExporter thread. The author might not be watching this one for issues.

Thanks! Good point. I dIdn’t look closely and so didn’t realize there might be one beyond General Discussion. (Now I just have to avoid running afoul of cross-posting rules…)