Friday, 2 November 2012

Download Youtube Videos on Ubuntu / Linux Mint

It is very easy to download youtube videos on windows using dedicated software in your preferred format.So to download youtube videos on ubuntu here are some tools


ClipGrab is a free downloader and converter for YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and many other online video sites.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:clipgrab-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install clipgrab

Minitube is a native YouTube client for Linux (as well as Windows and Mac OS X) which you can use to watch videos without Flash Player. Further more, Minitube can also be used to download videos from YouTube.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install minitube

youtube-dl is a small command-line program to download videos from and a few more sites. It requires the Python interpreter, version 2.x (x being at least 6), and it is not platform specific. It should work in your Unix box, in Windows or in Mac OS X. It is released to the public domain, which means you can modify it, redistribute it or use it however you like.
sudo apt-get install youtube-dl
Download Youtube video through commandline
youtube-dl <video URL>
To download the file in your preferred format, type

youtube-dl -f <format code> <video url>


  1. Liked ClipGrab. It's Easy (UI you Know!!). Most awesome feature is clipboard manager.

    Thanks For Sharing.

  2. Youtube downloader Free is intended for any user looking to view download youtube videos offline or for personal backup purposes.

  3. umesh@linuxmint ~ $ sudo apt-get install clipgrab
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
    ffmpeg libav-tools libavdevice53 libavfilter2
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
    clipgrab ffmpeg libav-tools libavdevice53 libavfilter2
    0 upgraded, 5 newly installed, 0 to remove and 342 not upgraded.
    E: Could not get lock /var/cache/apt/archives/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock directory /var/cache/apt/archives/
    umesh@linuxmint ~ $

    this is the message i gotwhen i tried clipgrab wonder whats wrong?pls guide...

    1. you were trying to install clipgrab while you were installing updates or other software or you must forcefully stopped installation earlier.simply type in terminal when you get error like this .
      $ sudo rm /var/cache/apt/archives/lock && sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/lock

      ubuntu installs only one software at a time if you want to install multiple software type
      $ sudo apt-get install app1 app2 app3 .....

    2. i will try thx .great to see someone helping linux ... i like it yet to get my hands dirty on it lolol thx again

  4. Fetched 812 kB in 26s (30.9 kB/s)
    W: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found

    W: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found

    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

    now this error.... using mint 14

  5. thanks for thi list! I would like to addd here: 4K Video Downloader for LInux, it's free and can download full playlists and channels.

  6. Thanks YouTube for trying to make sure that everyone on your site has s good time! Keep up the GREAT work. 

    Youtube Technical Support