Easiest way to download youtube videos?

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  1. 212rikanmofo macrumors 65816

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    I am using OS X El Capitan 10.11.x, what's the easiest way to download youtube videos? Is there any sort of plugin or extension available that will place a button to download directly from a youtube page? Or is there an app to do this?

    Please help.
     
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    Tried your advice and all I get when I click the download button is an invitation to sign up and create an account with something called "RapidVidz" which is not what I had in mind when trying to download a video.
     
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  8. Dr. James, Apr 19, 2016
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    Youtube-dl.

    Open Terminal and write these lines, followed by an Enter:

    sudo su

    (You will be asked for your password. Type it. As you type it the characters won't show up, but it is registering keystrokes). Press Enter.

    mkdir /usr/local/bin/
    (If may say that the directory already exists)

    curl -L https://yt-dl.org/downloads/latest/youtube-dl -o /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

    chmod a+rx /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

    Close the terminal after this.

    Then to download a Youtube video, all you have to do is open a Terminal and write:

    youtube-dl link_of_youtube_video

    For example:

    Code:
    youtube-dl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMU0tzLwhbE

    The video, in its best quality, will be downloaded to your 'Home' folder.
     
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    Are you sure you downloaded Mac version? I've just downloaded the app, and it came in a dmg:

    Screen Shot 2016-05-08 at 3.32.05 PM.png
     
  11. jdillings macrumors 65816

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    The only way you are going to get the 1080p and above videos is with youtube-dl (which despite it's name, supports a lot of other streaming sites). This is because YouTube now uses DASH for anything above 720p.
     
  12. rnbwd, May 10, 2016
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    this is the best - some guis are built on top of it for people who don't want to use terminal, but I'd recommend using terminal. I use this alias in my .bash_profile
     
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    Absolutely best and cleanest method, I've been using it for years now.

    EDIT: Since we're here :) is there better way to download best quality available than
    youtube-dl -f 'bestvideo[ext=mp4]+bestaudio[ext=m4a]/best[ext=mp4]/best' ?
    If i type -f best it downloads 720p. Should i edit config file?
     
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    I usually just get audio with background pics

    Code:
    youtube-dl -x --audio-format mp3 --embed-thumbnail 
    I have a few commands aliases in the .dotfiles because I'm lazy. Also, mp3 is the only one that constantly works consistently with audio, I don't know why (weird open source codecs / bad ffmpeg conversions to m4a or whatever)
     
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    Among its many other useful features, ClickToPlugin adds a "Download Video" and "Download Video As..." to your right-click menu whenever you are viewing a YouTube video.
     
  16. KALLT macrumors 601

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    You will have to maintain this yourself though, the program is very frequently updated (multiple times per month). Depending on the YouTube video, this program will also download webm files, which neither Safari nor QuickTime support. This requires an additional video player. Alternatively, youtube-dl supports the ffmpeg library, which can convert your downloads into a useable format automatically after the download.

    I recommend using a package manager like Homebrew to maintain it more easily and install ffmpeg alongside of it. Homebrew will also be installed in /usr/local and link binaries into /usr/local/bin, so the result is exactly the same. To install Homebrew, you just have to type the command provided at http://brew.sh and then install both like this:
    Code:
    brew install youtube-dl ffmpeg

    To update both components:
    Code:
    brew update && brew upgrade

    Much easier. :)
     
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