youtube-dl – download Youtube videos from linux command Line

Youtube-dl is a small command-line program to download videos from YouTube website and other sites that don’t provide direct links to the videos served.

youtube-dl allows the user, among other things, to choose a specific video quality to download (if available) or let the program automatically determine the best (or worst) quality video to grab. It supports downloading entire playlists and all videos from a given user.

In this article we will discuss how to install youtube-dl and download youtube videos in Ubuntu linux

Installation of youtube-dl Using Synaptic Package Manager :

Open the Synaptic Package Manager , search youtube-dl , as shown below :

youtube-dl-synaptic

Click on youtube-dl and  Select  ‘Mark for Installation’ , then click on Apply.

Installation of youtube-dl from the terminal

Open the the terminal type the below command
#  sudo apt-get install youtube-dl

Downlaod Videos using youtube-dl

Step1: Go to youtube website and search the video that you want to download

Step:2 Copy the Video URL from the browser’s navigation(address) bar .

Open the terminal  type below Command :

# youtube-dl <video URL>

Example:
# youtube-dl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mmF8zOlh_g

youtube-dl

Download Videos in the format of your Choice

# youtube-dl -F  {video URL}

Example :

# youtube-dl -F  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mmF8zOlh_g

youtube-dl-file-formats

Suppose You want to download ‘mp4’ format , then  use the below Command

# youtube-dl -f  {format code} {video URL}

So as per above ouput mp4 format code is 18.

# youtube-dl -f  18  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mmF8zOlh_g

Download list of videos using youtube-dl

To download a list of video files,  first create a file & place all the video urls  that you want to download.

# youtube-dl -a videos_url.txt

Update YouTube-DL

youtube-dl itself can be updated to the latest version using the below command.

# youtube-dl -U

3 Responses

  1. Pranish says:

    How to download all videos in the playlist in 720p format?

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