[Update] Download youtube videos in linux

Posted on Mon 10 November 2008 in Technology • 1 min read

I had posted long back about a bash wrapper over youtube-dl to fetch youtube videos using your own download manager. The youtube-dl script had changed long since then. And good news is now we don’t need to change the script in any way to get the download url. So here we go!

Grab the latest youtube-dl from here

Minor update to the linux youtube-dl script:


if [ \$# -ne 2 ]


echo “Usage : \$0 ”

echo “e.g : \$0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1R-jKKp3NA steve_jobs”



todnload=\$(youtube-dl -g \$1) # youtube-dl is in path, right?

echo “Got the file..”\$todnload

axel -n 100 \$todnload -o \$2″.flv” # wget -c \$todnload -O \$2″.flv” .if you don’t use axel

echo “Download Completed…”

ffmpeg -i \$2″.flv” \$2\$outputfile # get the avi file


Enjoy :)

Thanks Jay for pointing this out!