A command-line program to download videos from and a few more sites


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Youtube-dl is a command-line program to download videos from Youtube and a few more sites. It requires the Python interpreter (2.6, 2.7, or 3.2+), and it is not platform specific. youtube-dl should work in your Unix box, in Windows or in Mac OS X. It is released to the public domain, which means you can modify it, redistribute it or use it however you like.


To install it right away for all UNIX users (Linux, OS X, etc.), type:

sudo curl -L -o /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl
sudo chmod a+rx /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

If you do not have curl, you can alternatively use a recent wget:

sudo wget -O /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl
sudo chmod a+rx /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

Archlinux users can install it directly from pacman. 1.47MB

sudo pacman -S youtube-dl


youtube-dl [OPTIONS] URL [URL…]

There is a massive list of configs which you can apply to youtube-dl. They are available in the Github page.

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