April 11, 2009

Downloading Videos From Youtube

Downloading videos from Youtube becomes necessary at times. There are a number of ways of doing this.

Using UTube Ripper

Please check it out yourselves : Shainky's Blog: UTube Ripper.

Click here to see how to use UTube Ripper.

When I tried using it, the download did take place, but the file was not being saved where it was supposed to be. After downloading, clicking Open Directory button, copying the file from there to some other location, say /home (if necessary) and then converting it into a .flv file by browsing for the file and clicking Convert would have been enough.

I faced many problems:

1. Utube Ripper got hanged for sometime.

2. The downloaded video was not to be found under Open Directory.

If you still want to try, then click this link.

Using DownThemAll

This is actually an addon for Firefox. All you have to do is install it, and right click the URL of the video you want to download, and select one of the two options- Save form target with DownThemAll! and Start saving form target with dTa OneClick! I installed it, to see whether it works or not. I tried both, but in either case, the entire webpage was getting saved on my computer.

Using Keepvid

So, after this, I tried Keepvid. But this did not yield any result. No download!

Using Youtube-dl

Then I came to know about youtube-dl. Thanks to Roshan Singh. I installed it using the sudo apt-get command. Then, for downloading any video,

youtube-dl URL of the video on youtube

For example, for downloading the video from this URL, all you have to do is, open the command prompt, and type:

varsha@varsha-laptop:~$ youtube-dl http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkNxbyp6thM&eurl

[1] 20403
[2] 20404
varsha@varsha-laptop:~$ Retrieving video webpage... done.
Extracting URL "t" parameter... done.
Requesting video file... done.
Video data found at http://v22.lscache5.googlevideo.com/videoplayback?id=9243716

Retrieving video data: 100.0% ( 2.20M of 2.20M) at 23.95k/s ETA 00:00 done.
Video data saved to kkNxbyp6thM.flv

This really works! It'll take a few minutes, and there you are!


Copy-Paste From Directory /tmp

I got yet another solution, which requires just a simple copy-paste. Click the following link, and enlarge the picture, to have a closer look.

But make sure you buffer the video first.


  1. Another great way of downloading videos, animations and other media content from YouTube like and other sites is by using 'Video DownloadHelper' Add-On in Firefox.
    It also gives many options regarding capture of videos in different formats, e.g. .mp4, .flv etc.

  2. Thanks for sharing. Keepvid.com and Wantyoutube.com are both good tricks I often use to download Youtube videos. Nice article! Very informative!