download youtube video in ubuntu

This post will explain about some simple methods to Download YouTube videos on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.You can do it either from command line or Terminal or in graphical interface by using some plugins in Firefox.Two common methods are explained here,which surely works in Ubuntu 10.04.

Method #1 : From Command Line

It’s very simple and fast.There is a simple utility called youtube-dl for downloading videos from terminal.So install the youtube-dl package.

First open the terminal(CTRL+ALT+T) and install youtube-dl package by typing the command(=>Password)-

$ sudo apt-get install youtube-dl

Then you can open youtube and copy the url of the video you want to download.Enter the url with the command to download the video.

youtube-dl "URL"


youtube-dl ""

Method #2 : Firefox Plugin

If you don’t want to mess with command line then surely you will go with this method.What you have to do is to install a plugin which will automatically indicate a link when any videos are available to download in youtube or any other sites.

Plugin Name : Flash and Video Download

Download Youtube videos

Install it from Firefox Plugin Directory or from Firefox Add on Manager.

After installing the plugin,open youtube and play the video you want to download.Then you will notice an arrow link in Bottom Right Corner of the Browser.Just click on that,it will allow you you to download any flash files available on youtube or any other website,simple by clicking on the selected video files.

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  1. thanks bro… very use full methods… but the first one is showing an error “format not for video”… or some thing like that..!!!
    any way… other method works perfectly… once again… thanking you very much bro..

  2. this is what I get when I try to download video on my ubuntu 10.10 64bit machine

    [youtube] Setting language
    [youtube] 5qF_qbaWt3Q: Downloading video webpage
    [youtube] 5qF_qbaWt3Q: Downloading video info webpage
    [youtube] 5qF_qbaWt3Q: Extracting video information
    ERROR: no fmt_url_map or conn information found in video info

  3. its not working for me i’m using ubuntu 10.04 lts 64bit any suggestions ???
    Even while watching youtube videos it ill save in /tmp/ folder, i cant able to see that too..
    where it ill store and in which folder..


  4. I managed to download the video, but can’t find it anywhere. I have made a search in all folders for the name of the file destination.

    [youtube] C4DLX0Au9WE: Downloading video webpage[youtube] C4DLX0Au9WE: Downloading video info webpage[youtube] C4DLX0Au9WE: Extracting video information[download] Destination: C4DLX0Au9WE.webm[download] 100.0% of 502.93M at  391.01k/s ETA 00:00 

  5. I managed to download the video, but can’t find it anywhere. I have made
    a search in all folders for the name of the file destination.
    kishaloy@kishaloy-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install youtube-dl
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    youtube-dl is already the newest version.
    The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
    libgio-cil docky-dbg
    Use ‘apt-get autoremove’ to remove them.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 92 not upgraded.
    kishaloy@kishaloy-laptop:~$ youtube-dl 2463
    kishaloy@kishaloy-laptop:~$ [youtube] Setting language
    [youtube] PihBlU6QgPw: Downloading video webpage
    [youtube] PihBlU6QgPw: Downloading video info webpage
    [youtube] PihBlU6QgPw: Extracting video information
    [download] Destination: PihBlU6QgPw.webm
    [download] 100.0% of 939.04M at 318.76k/s ETA 00:00

    What will be my next step to download the movie????
    After downloading what will be the location of the movie??????
    I mean in which folder I will get the movie after downloading the movie???????

    I watch movies in VLC………so after downloading the movie can I watch it in VLC?????How it will be possible?????????

    A line of reply from your end is awaited as I am enveloped in great tension…………

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