Download YouTube videos the light way

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Download YouTube videos the light way

Postby longtom » Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:53 pm


I have an oldish PC …. ok – it's an old brick, I know I know. That means that downloading videos from the popular hosting sites like YouTube always meant use of quite some resources. So I was browsing around for a program that could do this cheaply in a terminal. I found youtube-dl.

I tried it and it worked very well. Figured out how to make sure the resolution I like is downloaded, the file name is the way I want it etc ….

Longtomjr felt it would be a lot cooler to make this easier to use with a bash script and zenity.

So this is what you need to do.

Download youtube-dl from here. Right click on the date and choose "save link as"
Download from here

Create a folder /home/you/bin .
Copy youtube-dl and into /home/you/bin

At that point I renamed youtube-dl to

Run in a terminal. It will run without a terminal but than you can't see the progress.

We decided to make a .desktop file in order to have it in the menu in LXDE.

If you like that - here is the .desktop file.

Save it in /home/you/.local/share/applications/

That's were we called it a day. It does what we wanted and some. Maybe you find some use for it too.
Last edited by longtom on Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:29 am, edited 3 times in total.


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Re: Download YouTube videos the light way

Postby exploder » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:04 pm

Very nice longtom. :D Thanks for posting this terrific how to.


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Re: Download YouTube videos the light way

Postby Jamesc359 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:53 pm

Have you tried minitube? It works great on my rather old machine.

Nice script btw. :)
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