Have you ever wanted to save a YouTube video for offline use? Well now it’s super simple to do with the easy to use command line utility youtube-dl.
Start by installing the utility either through your package manager (always the recommended approach) or from the project GitHub page here.
sudo apt-get install youtube-dl
This utility comes packed with loads of neat options that I encourage you to read about on the project page but if you just want to quickly grab a video all you need to do is run the command:
So for example if you wanted to grab this year’s YouTube Rewind you would just run:
and the video would end up in whatever directory your terminal is currently in. Can’t get much easier than that!
The machine I am running Kubuntu on is primarily used for streaming media like Netflix and Youtube, watching files off of a shared server and downloading media.
I decided to try to install Netflix first since it is something I use quite often. I am engrossed in watching the first season of Orange is the New Black and the last season of The West Wing.
Again, I resorted to Googling exactly what I am looking for and came across this fantastic post.
I opened a Terminal instance in Kubuntu and literally copied and pasted the text from the link above.
After going through these motions, I had a functioning instance of Netflix! Woo hoo.
So I decided to throw on an episode of Orange is the new Black, it loaded perfectly…. without sound.
Well shit! I never even thought to see if my audio driver had been picked up… so I guess I should probably go ahead and fix that.