how to download videos from youtube

Asked by koushik

I am fond of music of different genres and frequently watches you tube listings. I also like to download some videos from you tube/ or other sources to my pc for future viewing while I would be off-line. Can you suggest some programmes which would help me to do that? I am very recent convert to Ubuntu and earlier while I was using the Windows o.s., I was using the Realplayer .

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Best Rohit R (rr0hit) said :

easiest way is install addon called video download helper .[ ]

You can also try youtube-dl software that you can install from synaptic. To use it open terminal and type youtube-dl followed by the url of the video in youtube. For further options see man youtube-dl.

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Vu Do Quynh (vu-do-quynh) said :


Besides using the extension for Firefox video download helper, you can just open /tmp in Nautilus (file explorer) : everytime you'll watch a video on youtube, you'll notice a file being downloaded in /tmp which is actually the flash video you're watching. When the download is complete, you'll see the thumbnail turned to a video file. You can then just save the file to your Desktop and change its name to your wish (with the extension .flv, if you wish to use it on systems like Windows).

Be aware that you need to save this file, or change its name, before starting to watch an other video file as the new video will immediately replace the temporary file in /tmp.

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koushik (koushikchatto) said :

Thanks rohit, that solved my question.