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How to Download YouTube Videos with youtube-dl


cwade12c
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Over 10 years ago, I made a tool to download YouTube videos. It was called YouTools. I made it free for everyone to use and made some YouTube videos showing people how to use it.

10+ years later, YouTube removed the videos and gave my account a strike for violating their harmful and dangerous content policy.

So what's the best course of action? Make a new video tutorial showing people how to download YouTube videos, of course!

YouTube didn't like that and gave my account a second strike. One more, and cwade12c is nuked from YouTube. Alright, fine. I've uploaded the video to Odysee and will be sharing it far and wide.

https://odysee.com/@cwade12c:9/download-youtube-videos:0

Additionally, here are some basic written instructions:

1. Download youtube-dl. It is free open-source software and isn't limited to downloading just YouTube videos. You can even extract the audio from a video and save just that, or do cool stuff with converting videos (re-encoding).

2. Add the bin to your $PATH.

3. In command or terminal:

youtube-dl <URL>

 That's it. GG YouTube.

Check here for the other options and let me know if you have any questions.

 

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It really is. It has great options, too. For instance, just pulling the audio. You can also use youtube-dl with many other sources beyond YouTube. It works with Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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