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NAME

youtube-dl - download videos from youtube.com  

SYNOPSIS

  youtube-dl [options] url ...

DESCRIPTION

youtube-dl is a script to download videos from youtube.com.

Once it is installed in your system, you should be able to call it from the command line. Usage instructions are easy. Use youtube-dl followed by a video URL or identifier. As an example, consider:

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

The video will be saved to the file "foobar.flv" in that example. Many YouTube.com videos are in Flash Video format and their extension would be "flv". Other videos are encoded in H.264 and these usually have the extension "mp4". In Linux and other unices, video players using a recent version of ffmpeg can play them. That includes MPlayer, VLC, xine, among others.  

OPTIONS

youtube-dl accepts options in the following categories
-h, --help
Print help text and exit.
-v, --version
Print program version and exit.
-U, --update
Update this program to the latest stable version.
-i, --ignore-errors
Ignore errors during download and continue processing.
-r L, --rate-limit=L
Limit the download speed to the specified maximum L (e.g., 50k or 44.6m).
-R R, --retries=R
Number R of retries for a given download (default is 10).
--playlist-start=N
The number N of the video in a playlist where we should start downlading (default is 1).
--playlist-end=N
The number N of the video in a playlist where we should stop downloading (default is -1, which stands for the last video in the playlist).
--dump-user-agent
Display how youtube-dl will identify itself (the User-Agent string) to the remote server.
-u UN, --username=UN
Specify the youtube account username UN. Some videos require an account to be downloaded, mostly because they're flagged as mature content.
-p PW, --password=PW
Like the username, specifies the account password to be PW.
-n, --netrc
Get authentication data from the standard unix .netrc file on the user's home directory. The machine name is youtube regarding this usage.
-f FMT, --format=FMT
Specify the video format (quality) in which to download the video.

For youtube.com, in particular, the meaning of the format codes is given as:

WebM video at 480p: 43
WebM video at 720p: 45
H264 video in MP4 container at 480p: 18
H264 video in MP4 container at 720p: 22
H264 video in MP4 container at 1080p: 37
H264 video in FLV container at 360p: 34
H264 video in FLV container at 480p: 35
H263 video at 240p: 5
3GP video: 17

Note that not all videos are available in all formats and that other sites supported by youtube-dl may have different conventions for their video formats.

--all-formats
Downloads all formats for which a video may be available.
--max-quality=FMT
Limit the maximum quality of the videos to downloads to FMT.
-q, --quiet
Activates quiet mode, avoiding many messages being written to the terminal.
-s, --simulate
Simulate the operation, but do not download the video. Useful for testing.
-g, --get-url
Simulate the operation, like quiet mode, but show the URL that would be used to download the video. Can be used with other download tools like wget or aria2c.
-e, --get-title
Simulate the operation, like quiet mode, but show the title of the video that would be downloaded.
--get-thumbnail
Simulate the operation, like quiet mode, but print the URL of of the video's thumbnail.
--get-description
Simulate the operation, like quiet mode, but print the description of the video.
--get-filename
Simulate the operation, like quiet mode, but print the output filename.
--no-progress
Do not print the progress bar during downloads.
--console-title
If possible, set the title of the console window with the progress of the download.
-t, --title
Use the title of the video in the file name used to download the video.
-l, --literal
Use the literal title of the video in file name used to download the video. Can contain ``weird'' characters that are not filtered like with the -t option.
-A, --auto-number
When downloading multiple videos from a playlist, automatically number them, in sequence, starting from 00000.
-o TPL, --output=TPL
Specify a template TPL for the names of the files to be created when they are downloaded. The default filename is video_id.flv. But you can also use the video title in the filename with the "-t" or "--title" option, or preserve the literal title in the filename with the "-l" or "--literal" option.
-a F, --batch-file=F
Specify the name of a file containing URLs of videos to download from youtube in batch mode. The file must contain one URL per line.
-w, --no-overwrites
Do no overwrite already existing files.
-c, --continue
Resume partially downloaded files.
--cookies=F
Store the received cookies to file F (the ``cookie jar'').
--no-part
Do not append the .part suffix do files that have not yet been completed.
--no-mtime
Do not use the Last-modified header to set the file modification time.
--extract-audio
Create an audio-only file extracted from the video downloaded. Requires that ffmpeg and ffprobe be installed.
--audio-format=FORMAT
Set the audio format to be used for the extraction. Possible values are best, aac, mp3, with best being the default.

OUTPUT TEMPLATE

The -o option allows users to indicate a template for the output file names. The basic usage is not to set any template arguments when downloading a single file, like in youtube-dl -o funny_video.flv ``http://some/video''. However, it may contain special sequences that will be replaced when downloading each video.

The special sequences have the format "%(NAME)s". To clarify, that's a percent symbol followed by a name in parenthesis, followed by a lowercase S. Allowed names are:

id
The sequence will be replaced by the video identifier.
url
The sequence will be replaced by the video URL.
uploader
The sequence will be replaced by the nickname of the person who uploaded the video.
title
The sequence will be replaced by the literal video title.
stitle
The sequence will be replaced by a simplified video title, restricted to alphanumeric characters and dashes.
ext
The sequence will be replaced by the appropriate extension (like "flv" or "mp4").
epoch
The sequence will be replaced by the Unix epoch when creating the file.

As you may have guessed, the default template is "%(id)s.%(ext)s". When some command line options are used, it's replaced by other templates like "%(title)s-%(id)s.%(ext)s". You can specify your own.

AUTHOR

youtube-dl was written by Ricardo Garcia Gonzalez and many contributors from all around the internet. This manpage was written by Rogerio Brito <rbrito@users.sf.net>.
Web development by Mathieu Rodic, last updated on August 2011  -  Source : Debian Archive