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yt-dlp

https://github.com/yt-dlp/yt-dlp

Resources

Tutorial for Windows users

Installation

  1. Start “Ubuntu” from the start menu
  2. If it is not installed:
    1. Start “Terminal” from the start menu
    2. Enter wsl --install and press Enter
    3. If asked, confirm that you want to elevate permissions (click “Yes”)
    4. Restart the computer when the screen tells you to
    5. Start “Ubuntu” from the start menu
    6. Enter a username, e.g. your name, all lowercase letters
    7. Enter a password and save it somewhere, the characters will not be shown while you type, and press Enter
    8. Re-enter the same password and press Enter
  3. Copy the following command, right-click in Ubuntu to paste it, and press Enter:
    sudo ln -s /usr/bin/python3 /usr/bin/python
    
    Enter the password from step 2.g above and press Enter
  4. Copy the following command, right-click in Ubuntu to paste it, and press Enter:
    sudo apt install python3-pip
    
    Enter the password from step 2.g above and press Enter
  5. Copy the following command, right-click in Ubuntu to paste it, and press Enter:
    sudo python3 -m pip install https://github.com/yt-dlp/yt-dlp/archive/master.tar.gz
    
    Enter the password from step 2.g above and press Enter

Whenever you want to download one or several videos

  1. Open Notepad
  2. Paste all the URLs from YouTube into Notepad, one per line
  3. Save the text file in your Downloads folder with the filename “videos.txt”
  4. Copy the following command, replace USERNAME with your Windows username, then copy it again, right-click in Ubuntu to paste it, and press Enter:
    cd /mnt/c/Users/USERNAME/Downloads
    
    If you log in to Windows with a Microsoft account, your username is typically the first part (before the @) of your email address.
  5. Copy the following command, right-click in Ubuntu to paste it, and press Enter:
yt-dlp -i -a videos.txt
  1. The videos should now be downloaded to your Downloads folder. Keep the Ubuntu window open until the $ sign reappears (until it is ready for you to type another command).

FAQ

Requested formats are incompatible for merge

If however you are really keen to get the best quality video and the best quality video audio but only in an mp4 container (thus bypassing the mkv warning and subsequent Matrosk container output from youtube-dl) you can use something like the following:

youtube-dl -f 'bestvideo[ext=mp4]+bestaudio[ext=m4a]' URL

Source

Do not stop downloading when one of the files fails

  • Add -i to the command line parameters to continue downloading after a failing file