How to using youtube-dl

-dl is one of the best open source downloader programs to videos from YouTube and other platforms like DailyMotion, Although, it works through the line interface, it is easy to use.

YouTube-dl is based on . Therefore, you will need interpreter to use the program.

Using YouTube-dl, you can download a video, a full Playlist, a full YouTube channel, or even extracting an audio part of a video. Moreover, you can choose the video quality to download.

Note: YouTube-dl can be installed on any distribution through the . Do not download and the application from the Internet because it has many issues and bugs

1. Install YouTube-DL

  • First, open the Terminal Ctrl+Alt+T, and execute the following command to install YouTube-DL:

sudo wget https ://yt-dl.org/latest/youtube-dl -O / usr / local / bin / youtube-dl
sudo chmod a + x / usr / local / bin / youtube-dl

  • Now, you are ready to start downloading videos from Youtube.

2. How to download a video form Youtube

To download one video from Youtube via youtube-dl, type the following command in the Terminal (the program name followed by the video link):

youtube-dl URL_VIDEO

  • Example:

youtube-dl https: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVpbFMhOAwE

  • The video will be saved in the Home by default.

3. How to download a Playlist from Youtube

  • To download a Playlist via youtube-dl, type the following command in Terminal (the program name followed by the Playlist link):

youtube-dl URL_PLAYLIST

  • Example:

youtube-dl https ://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDoPjvoNmBAzH72MTPuAAaYfReraNlQgM

4. How do I specify a video or playlist quality to download?

  • By default, youtube-dl will download a video at the highest quality, but if you want to specify the quality of a video, you should use the option -f followed by the video format you want (either 3gp, mp4, flv, or webM).
  • Example of downloading a video in flv format:

youtube-dl -f flv https ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVpbFMhOAwE

  • Example of downloading a 3gp playlist:

youtube-dl -f 3gp https ://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDoPjvoNmBAzH72MTPuAAaYfReraNlQgM

5. Keep a video title

  • You can use the -t option to keep the video title as it is, for example:

youtube-dl -t https ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVpbFMhOAwE

6. Extracting audio from a video

  • To extract the audio only in mp3 or aac format without downloading the video itself, use the followig command:

-extract-audio-audio-format = XXXXX

  • Where extract-audio downloads the audio part without specifying the desired format, but youtube-dl will choose the default format.
  • While audio-format = XXXXX indicates the desired format, replacing XXXXX with the desired format code.
  • Example:

youtube-dl –extract-audio – audio-format = mp3 https ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVpbFMhOA

7. Download a specific part of a Playlist only

  • To download a specific set of videos from a Playlist without downloading the entire list, you should use the following commands:

“–playlist-start and playlist-end”

  • Where playlist-start marks the first video in the playlist.
  • playlist-end marks the last video you want to download.
  • Example:

youtube-dl –playlist-start = 5 – playlist-end = 10 https ://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDoPjvoNmBAzH72MTPuAAaYfReraNlQgM

  • If you want to download a Playlist starting from a particular video (for example video 7) to the end of a Playlist (the last video in the list), use the following command:

youtube-dl -t –playlist-start = 7 https ://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDoPjvoNmBAzH72MTPuAAaYfReraNlQgM

  • If you want to download a Playlist from the beginning up to a specific video (eg video 13), use the following command:

youtube-dl -t –playlist-end = 13 https ://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDoPjvoNmBAzH72M

8. Download an entire channel from Youtube

  • Simply type youtube-dl followed by the channel link.
  • Example:

youtube-dl https ://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJbPGzawDH1njbqV-D5HqKw

9. Reminder

Thank you for reading, and I hope you liked this Tutorial.

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