Download YouTube videos the command line way in openSUSE linux

We can use a small nifty command line utility called youtube-dl to download our favorite YouTube videos in different resolutions as supported by YouTube. It can even download the videos that require users to sigining in to Google (for age or other restrictions) without logging in. I use openSUSE 13.1 presently and will show the steps for downloading a video in openSUSE 13.1. This utility can easily be installed in openSUSE 13.1 systems through Yast software installer. Since it is a command line tool, the method is similar in other distros as well.

Once you have youtube-dl installed in your system,  first copy the video url from YouTube (See screenshot below )
Then open terminal and type:
youtube-dl -F “video url” (See screenshot below)
The -F flag is used to list out all the available formats and resolution of the video against some numbers. In this example, the highest resolution is (1280×720) is defined by the number 22.
We will download in this resolution by typing
youtube-dl -f 22 “video url”
(Please note:The flag  -f is used not -F)
The video will be downloaded and stored in the default video directory. Enjoy!



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Neel Kalita

Published on, November 9, 2014
Neel Kalita is a hobbyist blogger with interests in technology, science and photography. He is very enthusiastic tech user and finds deep interest in tinkering with software products. He likes to take macro shots of flowers. He is also efficient in creating digital graphic designs. Professionally, he is a food analyst and involved in quality assurance and analysis of food. He holds a PhD in Chemistry with specialization in Materials Chemistry.

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