Initial Setup

Please make yourself aware of the Fair Usage Policy, especially if you plan on encoding your YoutubeDL Content. It is your responsibility to ensure usage is within acceptable limits. Ignorance is not an excuse.


In this guide, we’ll be setting up Youtube-DL for the first time. Installation is as simple as running two commands via SSH in your Slot.

curl -L -o ~/bin/youtube-dl  
chmod a+xr ~/bin/youtube-dl

Ensure the install is successful by running

youtube-dl -h

Downloading a Video using Youtube-DL

We recommend creating a folder for your video downloads.

mkdir -p ~/media/Youtubedl

Then enter the directory you just created

cd ~/media/Youtubedl

For this doc we will issue a simple one video download using a URL, Yotube-DL is able to download Playlist, it can download from a list of URLs in a text document, it can also output to a specified folder. To learn more about the massive number of options on offer please refer to the Github link provided in the overview, alternatively some of the options are explained with the `youtube-dl -h` command.

So now we are inside the folder we wish the completed video to reside in we can issue the download command.

That is as simple as

youtube-dl URL for example youtube-dl This will output something similar to this

[dashsegments] Total fragments: 15

[download] Destination: Transdrone_Transdroid With

[download] 66.7% of \~2.41MiB at 55.48MiB/s ETA 00:04

Upon completion you will find the completed video in the folder.

Confirm this with a ls command.

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Created Tue, Mar 23, 2021 5:16 PM by Joe
Updated Tue, Mar 23, 2021 5:50 PM by Joe