How to download videos from YouTube in Ubuntu

Posted: May 7, 2011 in Ubuntu
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Hello everybody.

Let’s see today how we can download videos from YouTube using a terminal. You will see that, it is simple and easy. Obviously, since we know the right tools that permit to do that.

So, open a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install youtube-dl

Now, run the following command to start the download:

youtube-dl -t [URL]

Where URL, is the http address to the video you want to download. For example:

youtube-dl -t

The option -t will use the video title to create the file. After complete the download, press enter to finish it.

That’s it. See you next time.

  1. Well, cli tools are good ok. but when it comes to downloading youtube videos you really don’t (or wouldn’t) want to leave the browser. I have been using quvi, clive and youtube-dl for quite some time but then a friend linked me to

    It makes downloading really easy,l since you can start the download with one click (it uses a bookmarklet)

    you might want to check it out, or the other softwares for that matter


    • buildall says:

      Hi Ilana.

      Thank you for your suggestion. It’s another good way to download videos from YouTube.
      I showed here of this way because sometimes we need to do script to automatize some process and we can use this resource. In the next posts I will post here others ways to do that.

      Feel free to make comments or suggestion.

      Thank you very much.

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