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The Google-owned YouTube web­site is in­dis­putably the world’s favourite video-host­ing ser­vice and a pop­u­lar source of en­ter­tain­ment for many peo­ple. Some­times, though, you might want to take your favourite videos with you when you’re out and about, or sim­ply down­load and store them lo­cally. This way, you don’t have to de­pend on an in­ter­net con­nec­tion, and you can also can get rid of those an­noy­ing ad­ver­tise­ments that at­tack you on­line.

YouTube-DL is a ded­i­cated com­mand-line util­ity for ex­tract­ing YouTube videos and stor­ing them in your filesys­tem. The ap­pli­ca­tion uses the of­fi­cial YouTube pub­lic API for query­ing video de­tails, get­ting the list of avail­able qual­ity op­tions and ob­tain­ing down­load links. The sim­plest com­mand syn­tax looks like this: $ youtube-dl com/watch?v=XXXX To get the nec­es­sary link, sim­ply copy it from your web browser’s ad­dress bar and pro­vide to YouTube-DL. By de­fault, you’ll prob­a­bly get your video in mod­er­ate or low qual­ity, such as 360p. For bet­ter re­sults, ask YouTube-DL to query what’s avail­able for your video: $ youtube-dl -F com/watch?v=XXXX

You’ll see the num­bered list of qual­ity and file for­mat pre­sets, usu­ally pop­u­lated with var­i­ous com­bi­na­tions of 3GP, Webm and MP4, to­gether with dif­fer­ent video res­o­lu­tions. Find the de­sired vari­ant and pass its num­ber to the com­mand. For ex­am­ple: $ youtube-dl -f 137 https://www. If you want to es­cape the com­mand line rou­tine, take a look at the YouTubeDL GUI project at https://github. com/MrS0m30n3/youtube-dl-gui. This is a sim­ple graph­i­cal front-end to YouTube-DL, writ­ten in Python and wxWid­gets. A new ver­sion 0.4 was re­cently re­leased, which has a cleaner de­sign and lets you eas­ily put many YouTube down­loads in a queue.

“A ded­i­cated com­man­d­line util­ity for ex­tract­ing YouTube videos”

Paste in URLs and then hit Add to in­clude them in the down­load queue.

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