Youtube-dl

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Youtube-dl is a very handy python script for downloading video files from the popular service Youtube.

[edit] Usage

  • youtube-dl "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foobar"

You can save to an alternative filename (default is foobar.flv) using -o:

  • youtube-dl -o vid.flv "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foobar"

.flv files from Youtube can be played in MPlayer and converted to other formats using mencoder. Xine-based players play .flv without sound.

[edit] Minor features

youtube-dl honors the http_proxy (if set), so you can download the videos anonymously if you are using proxy software such as Tor.

[edit] Download

(Gentoo users: It's not in portage, but it is in the optional Sunrise overlay)

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