Download Youtube Videos in Linux

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Here are the commands:

sudo apt-get install youtube-dl

youtube-dl –help

sudo youtube-dl –update

youtube-dl -o Filename.mp4 “url of video”

It will automatically download the highest quality available 😉


  1. didnt work for me. tried to update and got this message… $ sudo youtube-dl –update
    $ It looks like you installed youtube-dl with a package manager, pip, or a tarball. Please use that to update….Tried it out anyway and got lots of WARNINGS then this message "WARNING: Warning: Falling back to static signature algorithm
    ERROR: unable to download video data: HTTP Error 403: Forbidden".. Looks like youtube doesnt like it bro

  2. @mithunghoshtutun It may be that your DVD player doesn't support the codecs that are used in the videos. There are a couple codecs for both the audio and video in an MP4 that can be used. You could try converting one of the videos to a codec set you know works with your DVD player. You could probably find out what it supports by going to the manufacturer's web page.

  3. I have downloaded video files from youtube with extension mp4, mpeg, mpg, avi, wmv……but not a single one is running in my DVD player through pen drive….. why is it so?………..But my onida DVD plyer can play mpeg4 files….

  4. @testingte ok, there are a couple things you should try.
    1. Make sure you are downloading from youtube
    2. Make sure your video is named with .mp4 after it
    3. Make sure youtube-dl is updated

    If you get an error, please send me what is in the terminal in a personal message and I will try to help 🙂

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