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How To download Youtube videos and Playlists in Ubuntu


Today we will learn how to download YouTube videos as video or Mp3, using youtube-dl, as well as how to download full YouTube playlists.


Step 1

Connect to your server as the admin user via SSH or open a command prompt.
ssh [email protected]p

Step 2

We will download the latest youtube-dl to make sure we have the latest one


If in the future youtube-dl stops working repeat these command to update it to the latest version

sudo wget https://yt-dl.org/downloads/latest/youtube-dl -O /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl
sudo chmod a+rx /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

Step 3

Downloading as Video

Pretty Simple just run the command on the url you want to download and youtube-dl will download the video in the best quality available, try to chose a video that offers HD quality for best results.

youtube-dl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Yhyp-_hX2s

Downloading as Mp3

This command will extract the audio only and save it as Mp3

youtube-dl --extract-audio --audio-format mp3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Yhyp-_hX2s

Downloading Full Playlists

This is probably the most powerfull feature of youtube-dl, as it allows us to download multiple files with one command.


Make sure to get the playlist Full list URL not the individual video


Full Playlist URL


Downloading as video

To download the full playlist run this command

youtube-dl -cit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1yPx49iVsPbisAIcry9koh0d1RYEd8Wk

Downloading as Mp3

To download the full playlist as Mp3 run this command

youtube-dl -cit --extract-audio --audio-format mp3 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1yPx49iVsPbisAIcry9koh0d1RYEd8Wk

That's It if you have any questions or comments please post in the bottom of this post.

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Jaco Toledo

Jaco Toledo

Hi, I am a System Administrator that Lives in Jacksonville Florida and loves to experiment with anything IT, my favorite Linux Distro is Ubuntu I Love its simplicity.

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