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youtube-dl-gui – A Cross-Platform GUI for youtube-dl

youtube-dl-gui - GUI for youtube-dl
Written by Divine Okoi
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YouTube is one of the product names that will probably never require an introduction. The online video-sharing platform headquarter in California, United States. Created and ran by 3 friends in February 2005 until when it was purchased by Google in 2006, YouTube is among the world’s most visited websites; second only to Google Search.

YouTube is the one-stop-shop for all types of media content including podcasts, music videos, documentaries, movies, series, interviews, news, and cat videos. Seeing how popular it is, one can understand how it inspired the creation of an efficient youtube downloader, youtube-dl. Thanks to this fact, we can happily introduce today’s app to you.

youtube-dl-gui is a free, cross-platform Electron-based GUI for youtube-dl. Don’t know what youtube-dl is? It is an open-source command-line download manager program with which you can download audio and video from YouTube and at least 1000 other video hosting websites.

Although it is a command-line app, youtube-dl has, since January 2020, joined the list of the most starred GitHub projects – evidence of its approval rating among Internet video downloaders.

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youtube-dl-gui is an open-source application that brings the efficiency of youtube-dl to users who prefer working with graphical interfaces. Before it, we covered two similar apps namely YouTube-DLG and MPS-YouTube. If their features didn’t get you sold on the idea then check out the features packed in youtube-dl-gui.

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Features in youtube-dl-gui

  • Available on GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows.
  • Free and open-source software. Source code available on GitHub.
  • Download audio and video in all available qualities.
  • Download private videos.
  • Download and extract (mp3) audio.
  • Download channels.
  • Download playlists.
  • Displays estimated download size.
  • Lightning-fast download speeds (cache & multiple processes).
  • Colour theme customization.

Install youtube-dl-gui on Linux

youtube-dl-gui is available for Linux users as an AppImage. This is good news because all you have to do is open the AppImage on whatever distro you’re running and you’re set! The releases are listed on the software’s GitHub releases page.

Download youtube-dl-gui

Windows users can install youtube-dl-gui using the .exe file, while macOS users can lay their hands on the .dmg file. Irrespective of the distro you’re running, the default download location is your downloads folder. Of course, you’re at liberty to change this setting to fit your needs.

What do you use to download videos online? Are there any suggestions that you will like to make? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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About the author

Divine Okoi

Divine Okoi is a cybersecurity postgrad with a passion for the open-source community. With 700+ articles covering different topics in IT, you can always trust him to inform you about the coolest tech.