youtube-dl Reviews

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simple but efficient commandline tool. I used it to download complete playlists of videos from Youtube with there original subtitles.

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Good command-line tool that does what it says: download videos (and optionally, convert them to other formats, including grabbing the audio part only) from YouTube and many, many other websites. One downside: it can't download music clips from YouTube--it gives an error message. Strange, since it CAN grab the audio portion only of a video on YouTube; but apparently it can't handle an audio-only file on YouTube. Apart from that, works okay though.

[Edited by LB7979, September 02]

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Excellent

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Does what it needs to do, has format options, no bullshit. Also downloads from other video hosts. You know what I mean.
Non-technical users may find the CLI weird, welcome to computers!
Remember to update frequently.

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youtube-dl can appear daunting at first, because i...

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Simple, after learning the main commands

youtube-dl can appear daunting at first, because it is a Terminal-only script at the moment: therefore, some knowledge of Terminal is necessary.

However, after learning the key commands for downloading videos at the highest quality, youtube-dl became surprisingly simple. On the first night, I downloaded about 30 videos at the best quality possible.

With the closure of KeepVid, many users had to find an alternative, and it can be really hard to find out which one automatically combines the video and audio without substantial quality loss, and which one forces the user to fill a “survey”, only to leave empty-handed or worse.

As such, youtube-dl is a promising alternative to the increasingly fragmented landscape of online video downloading services. My suggestion for improvement is that youtube-dl could introduce a graphical user interface (GUI) to attract users who do not know Terminal well: a GUI for youtube-dl will be game over for the online video downloading services.*

[Edited by bird, February 25]

*I was made aware of Youtube-DLG after the original version of the review. My bad there, sorry.

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It works brilliantly, what more can one add?

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The real deal, thanks for existing.

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Perhaps the most simple and effective YouTube download utility around. When paired with the YouTube-DLG it is a breeze to use.

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Simple and works well

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One simple command line program that does it all.

Whether it's downloading a Youtube video, extracting audio from Youtube videos or download a whole playlist, this does it all and it's intelligent enough to recognize video URLs.

  • +for being a CLI application
  • +for being released in public domain
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