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Download Youtube videos, channels, and playlists in bulk using youtube-dl. (Windows and Linux)



If you are looking to download Youtube videos in bulk by playlist or channel then youtube-dl is the way to go. It is open source and runs on Linux. Mac or Windows. It can be downloaded here (or found in Debian/Ubuntu repositories). If typing commands in the terminal is not your favorite thing, then you may wish to download the GUI here.

Continue reading to see what youtube-dl is capable of (the following screenshots will be showing the GUI (youtube-dlg) and will not be showing terminal commands).

Options.

Youtube-dlg has many useful options.
To get started, you can go to options and choose where you would like all of your downloads to go.

While I find that the default settings work great, you can also choose from any of the myriad of video options.
Or you can choose to download audio only.

If you have a problem connecting or need to take a break from downloading there is even an option to start downloading from a certain video. 

Downloading a single video.
To download only a single video, copy the URL (link address) of the video you would like to download.
Paste the URL, then press the "Download" button (shown in the screenshot now as a "Stop" button because it was already downloading at the time).
 Downloading all the videos in a channel.
When you are on the channel page, click on the "Videos" link. Copy the URL.

Paste the URL in youtube-dlg then press "Download." You can verify that it is working correctly by observing how many videos it is attempting to download. It should be ALL the videos in the channel.
  Downloading all the videos in a playlist.
Remember, you can always right click on a video or playlist to get the link address (URL).

Downloading a playlist is the same as downloading an entire channel, just make sure you select the correct link.

You can verify that youtube-dlg is downloading the same number of videos as there are in the playlist.

If you would like to download more videos, channels, or playlists, simply add the additional links and the videos will be added to the download queue.

About McKay Christensen

After having lived in Oregon, Alaska, and China for the past 10 years doing landscape design and English teaching, I have returned to my home state of Utah and currently work for a growing tech company.

In my free time I enjoy working on my TutorialGeek.net website where I post tutorials and reviews (and anything else I think is geeky) and I also like to write songs for my Super English Kid Youtube channel.

My favorite things to do include anything with my wife and son. Hiking, camping, and photography (or anything else outdoors). Playing Ultimate Frisbee or Ping Pong. Listening to 60s, 70s, or 80s, music. 

Feel free to contact me using my contact page. I would love to hear from any of you!

15 comments:

  1. Thank you.This is great help. So much better than all the other bloatware found online.

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    1. You are very welcome. Happy that the software is working well for you. I think youtube-dl is fantastic!

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  2. youtube dl is not installing in my windows 7

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  3. How fo u install this thing? I install phyton and then double click youtube dl exe and it's not installing. Im at windows 8.1

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    1. Try this out and please let me know if it works: https://code.google.com/p/youtube-dlg/

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  4. AWESOME helpful soft! Tahnk you very much for sharing! :-)

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  5. pls i follow the site u suggested for window 7 but it still not working pls

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  6. I was not able to hear the audio after the video got downloaded

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  7. Hello ... Installation is Fine. But it only download the video and not the audio
    Is it normal or I can tweak setting to make audio work?

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    1. Hi ....
      Video and audio working fine now after playing around the video setting in Option. Most probably I choose something wrong in setting before . Thank you for this great software :)

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  8. how do i make the playlist videos numbered?

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  9. thank you very much

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