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    Open Source youtube-dl Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to youtube-dl is Youtube-DLG. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to youtube-dl and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to youtube-dl are ClipGrab (Free, Open Source), Tartube (Free, Open Source), Youtube Video and Audio Downloader (Free, Open Source) and yt-dlp (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jan 20, 2022
    1. Youtube-DLG is a program to download videos from YouTube and a other sites.


      The project is no longer developed. Last version, 0.4, released in July 2017, can be still downloaded from the official website

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      Youtube-DLG vs youtube-dl opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Youtube-DLG is a great alternative to youtube-dl.
      Youtube-DLG is a frontend for youtube-dl. It still requires youtube-dl to function.
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

      This is the best program I could find.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      Very simple and efficient
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

    2. ClipGrab is a free downloader and converter for YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe, Dailymotion and many other online video sites. It converts downloaded videos to MPEG4, MP3 or other formats in just one easy step.


      The default Windows installer contains Opencandy. A version with no third-party offers is available in Download options.

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      ClipGrab vs youtube-dl opinions
      Almost everyone thinks ClipGrab is a great alternative to youtube-dl.
      JamieTechTo This is a bundleware installer
      Comment 3 months ago

    3. Tartube is a GUI front-end for youtube-dl, partly based on youtube-dl-gui and written in Python 3 / Gtk 3. It runs on MS Windows, Linux and BSD. It probably works on MacOS, but the authors have not been able to confirm this.
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    4. Youtube Video and Audio Downloader is an open-source project, downloading Youtube videos (using Firefox download manager) in all available formats (FLV, MP4, WebM, and 3GP) with video quality of your choice.
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    5. yt-dlp is a youtube-dl fork based on the now inactive youtube-dlc. The main focus of this project is adding new features and patches while also keeping up to date with the original project.
      yt-dlp vs youtube-dl opinions
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      headlines yt-dlp is a fork of youtube-dl, so you get all of the original features, but also with SponsorBlock integration, faster downloads (throttle evasion), and a few other nice features:
      Positive comment 5 days ago

    6. Features: * Download from all kind of platforms: YouTube, vimeo, twitter & many more * Download multiple videos/playlists/channels in one go * Select the resolution and format you want to download in * Download private videos (currently only tested on YouTube) *...
    7. Bulk Media Downloader grabs and downloads all sort of media resources in bulk. You can filter different types to prevent cluttering the grabber window. It also has a pause button to stop appending more resources.
    8. Free and open-source media downloader for YouTube and many other sites Features Supports several sites Choose video and audio quality (with 4K support) Convert audio and video to different formats: (mp3, aac, flac,m4a, opus, vorbis, wav) (default, mp4, webm, mkv) Download...
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    9. Terminal based YouTube player and downloader.
    10. TubeMaster++ is a powerful tool which can capture multimedia files you are watching or listening from your internet browser (FLV,MP3,MP4). Captured files can be saved directly on your computer or converted to other popular video or audio formats (AVI, MPEG, MP3, MP4, IPod, PSP ..


      The project seems to be no longer maintained and the official website is no longer available. The last version, v2.7, can be still downloaded from Softpedia and the source code is available on SourceForge (v2.5).

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