The video will be saved to the file "foobar.flv" in that example. Many
YouTube.com videos are in Flash Video format and their extension would
be "flv". Other videos are encoded in H.264 and these usually have the
extension "mp4". In Linux and other unices, video players using a
recent version of ffmpeg can play them. That includes MPlayer, VLC,
xine, among others.
youtube-dl accepts options in the following categories
Print help text and exit.
Print program version and exit.
Update this program to the latest stable version.
Ignore errors during download and continue processing.
-r L, --rate-limit=L
Limit the download speed to the specified maximum L (e.g., 50k or 44.6m).
-R R, --retries=R
Number R of retries for a given download (default is 10).
The number N of the video in a playlist where we should start downlading
(default is 1).
The number N of the video in a playlist where we should stop downloading
(default is -1, which stands for the last video in the playlist).
Display how youtube-dl will identify itself (the User-Agent string) to the
-u UN, --username=UN
Specify the youtube account username UN. Some videos require an
account to be downloaded, mostly because they're flagged as mature
-p PW, --password=PW
Like the username, specifies the account password to be PW.
Get authentication data from the standard unix .netrc file on the user's
home directory. The machine name is youtube regarding this usage.
-f FMT, --format=FMT
Specify the video format (quality) in which to download the video.
For youtube.com, in particular, the meaning of the format codes is given as:
WebM video at 480p: 43
WebM video at 720p: 45
H264 video in MP4 container at 480p: 18
H264 video in MP4 container at 720p: 22
H264 video in MP4 container at 1080p: 37
H264 video in FLV container at 360p: 34
H264 video in FLV container at 480p: 35
H263 video at 240p: 5
3GP video: 17
Note that not all videos are available in all formats and that other
sites supported by youtube-dl may have different conventions for
their video formats.
Downloads all formats for which a video may be available.
Limit the maximum quality of the videos to downloads to FMT.
Activates quiet mode, avoiding many messages being written to the
Simulate the operation, but do not download the video. Useful for
Simulate the operation, like quiet mode, but show the URL that would be
used to download the video. Can be used with other download tools like
wget or aria2c.
Simulate the operation, like quiet mode, but show the title of the video
that would be downloaded.
Simulate the operation, like quiet mode, but print the URL of of the video's
Simulate the operation, like quiet mode, but print the description of the
Simulate the operation, like quiet mode, but print the output filename.
Do not print the progress bar during downloads.
If possible, set the title of the console window with the progress of the
Use the title of the video in the file name used to download the video.
Use the literal title of the video in file name used to download the
video. Can contain ``weird'' characters that are not filtered like with
the -t option.
When downloading multiple videos from a playlist, automatically number them,
in sequence, starting from 00000.
-o TPL, --output=TPL
Specify a template TPL for the names of the files to be created when
they are downloaded. The default filename is video_id.flv. But you can
also use the video title in the filename with the "-t" or "--title"
option, or preserve the literal title in the filename with the "-l" or
-a F, --batch-file=F
Specify the name of a file containing URLs of videos to download from
youtube in batch mode. The file must contain one URL per line.
Do no overwrite already existing files.
Resume partially downloaded files.
Store the received cookies to file F (the ``cookie jar'').
Do not append the .part suffix do files that have not yet been completed.
Do not use the Last-modified header to set the file modification time.
The -o option allows users to indicate a template for the output file
names. The basic usage is not to set any template arguments when
downloading a single file, like in youtube-dl -o funny_video.flv
``http://some/video''. However, it may contain special sequences that will
be replaced when downloading each video.
The special sequences have the format "%(NAME)s". To clarify, that's a
percent symbol followed by a name in parenthesis, followed by a
lowercase S. Allowed names are:
The sequence will be replaced by the video identifier.
The sequence will be replaced by the video URL.
The sequence will be replaced by the nickname of the person who uploaded
The sequence will be replaced by the literal video title.
The sequence will be replaced by a simplified video title, restricted to
alphanumeric characters and dashes.
The sequence will be replaced by the appropriate extension (like "flv"
The sequence will be replaced by the Unix epoch when creating the file.
As you may have guessed, the default template is "%(id)s.%(ext)s". When
some command line options are used, it's replaced by other templates
like "%(title)s-%(id)s.%(ext)s". You can specify your own.
youtube-dl was written by Ricardo Garcia Gonzalez and many contributors
from all around the internet. This manpage was written by Rogerio Brito