What are the Best Youtube Video Downloader for Ubuntu.
Downloading videos from Youtube to your PC comes in handy especially when you know you are going to be offline for long periods of time, for instance when you are catching a flight or a train.
What's more is that it gives you the convenience of watching your videos without interference should the internet connection suffer some degradation. In this article, we will see the different tools that you can use to download YouTube videos in Ubuntu 18.04.
Read and know how to install each on your Linux machine.
Youtube-dl supports download of videos in different file formats as well as audio from Youtube and other sites. By default, Youtube-dl will download the highest quality of the videos being downloaded but in case of a slow internet connection, a lower quality can be downloaded by passing some arguments. Some of the notable features of Youtube-dl include.
Downloading all video files from a playlist Ability to resume interrupted downloads Ability to convert video files into MP3 files Ability to download videos of varying resolutions e.g 4K , 1080p , 720 p Ability to set the maximum download rate.
There are 3 ways you can use to install Youtube-dl on your Linux system.
install using apt.
To install Youtube-dl using apt, log in as root and run the following command.
install using pip.
Additionally, you can install the tool using the pip package manager. But first, let's install pip.
Once pip is installed, install Youtube-dl by running.
To accomplish this run the command below.
Next, assign execute permission to the file.
You can always update youtube-dl to the latest release by running.
How to Use youtube-dl.
Upon successful installation of Youtube-dl, You can now begin downloading videos. To download a video from YouTube, the syntax will be.
Checking available video formats.
Youtube-dl supports a myriad of video formats, e.g Mp4, mkv, webm, FLV e.t.c. To list available video codes, use -F option. E.g.
Downloading a Specific video format.
After generating a list of available video formats, you can proceed to download a specific format using youtube download linux -f format-number. E.g.
You can also download audio using youtube-dl like below:
This will extract audio from the video and save it to disk.
Downloading a video playlist.
Youtube-dl saves all videos on a playlist by default. Just copy playlist URL and pass it to youtube-dl command line tool.
You can also start from a specified number.
Force resume of partially downloaded files.
To force resume of partially downloaded files without overriding completed, use -cwi options:
Installing a Graphical User Interface for Youtube-dl.
If you are not keen on operating from the terminal, you can install a GUI form of youtube-dl.
Run the following commands.
2) YouTube-DL GUI.
To download a video, paste the video's URL into the URL box. Click on the Add button next to it.
After the video is added to the queue, You can add more to download videos in bulk youtube download linux or use the button on the bottom right to begin the download. The video will save to whatever location is chosen in the Download Folder option in the Preferences tab.
Clipgrab is yet another useful tool that helps you download videos from Youtube and youtube download linux other sites such as Vimeo and Daily Motion. With just a few clicks, you simply copy the Video Url and paste it in Clipgrab, as you define the resolution then finally hit Grab this Clip button.
To install Clipgrab, use the official PPA by the Clipgrab team.
Update the System.
To launch Clipgrab run.
4) 4K video downloader.
Just like Clipgrab, 4K Video Downloader only requires you to copy the video Url and paste it on the GUI interface. To install 4K Video Downloader, first head out to the download page and download the latest Debian file for Ubuntu. Once downloaded run.
5) XDM (Xtreme Download Manager)
Xtreme Download manager is a powerful video downloader that lets you scale download speed by up to 500 %, thereby saving on time. You can save videos from a myriad of sites such as Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook, and Daily motion to mention a few. In addition, you can resume dead/broken downloads, schedule as well as convert downloads. This download tool easily integrates with Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Vivaldi.
To download the tool head out to XDM's page and scroll down to the 'downloads' section. You should be able to see a section like the one shown below that allows you to download the required tarball based on your system's architecture.
Once downloaded, extract the tarball.
You will notice the existence of two files.
To install youtube download linux XDM run.
To launch XDM on a terminal run.
To download a video from YouTube, click on the download button as shown below.
This will pop open a window where you will paste the link of the YouTube video you desire to download. Once done, click on 'Download '.
The download will thereafter begin.
In this article, we have discussed a few tools you can use to download YouTube videos In Ubuntu on Terminal and using the Graphical User Interface . Give it a try and let us know your experience and advise if you know about any other tools.
How to Download YouTube Videos on Linux.
Save YouTube videos to your computer to watch them offline.
Download YouTube videos using Linux using tools like youtube-dl , Clipgrab , Nomnom , and Python-pafy . Ytd-gtk is often used along with youtube-dl since it provides a GUI for easier use. Downloading YouTube videos using youtube-dl is just one of many of our favorite Linux terminal commands.
To get the MP3 version of a YouTube video, listen to the YouTube video as an MP3 audio file on your computer, phone, or tablet.
Download and install youtube-dl using the relevant package manager for your Linux distribution. If you're using Ubuntu, you can install youtube-dl from the Ubuntu Software Centre or with apt-get.
Download a Video Using 'youtube-dl'
Before you can download a video, find its URL so that youtube-dl knows which video to get.
Open YouTube and search for the video, or click the link to the video if you received the YouTube URL over an email or in some other application. Once you're on YouTube, go up to the very top of the page where the address is located, and select all of it so that it's highlighted. Use the Ctrl + C keyboard shortcut to copy the location to the video. Open a terminal window and type youtube-dl . Put a space youtube download linux and then right-click the terminal window and paste the link. Press Enter to run the youtube-dl command and download the video.
What you should see in the terminal window before downloading the video might look something like this:
If you get an error about anconv not being updated, run two commands to fix it then try the youtube-dl command again:
Download and Install 'ytd-gtk'
The same tool used to install youtube-dl can be used to get ytd-gtk , which is the program-like version of youtube-dl that might be easier to use for some people.
So, either use the graphical package manager supplied with your distribution or jump into the command line tool again.
How to Use the YouTube Downloader.
Start the YouTube download directly from the terminal window by typing the following:
The ampersand at the end lets you run a process in the background so that control is returned to your terminal window.
Alternatively, run the YouTube downloader by using the menu system for your distribution.
The Youtube Downloader has three tabs: Download , Preferences , and Authentication . Here's what to do to get the YouTube video:
From the Download tab, paste the video's URL into the URL box and press the plus symbol next to it. After the video is added to the queue, either add more so that you can download videos in bulk, or use the button on the bottom right to start the download. The video will save to whatever location is chosen in the Download Folder option in the Preferences tab.
The Preferences tab is important because when you click the download link for the first time you might get an error stating the requested format is not available. The reason for this is that the