How to download youtube videos online

KeepVid Youtube is the biggest video sharing site on the Internet. And also, arguably, the biggest source of interesting videos on the planet. If you’re like me, you’d also want to save a copy of all the interesting videos you find on youtube and on other video sites, to your computer. That, depending on who you talk to, can be quite a difficult thing to do.

If you ask me, downloading videos from youtube to your computer is not that difficult, and I’ve written about this earlier. The only problem with my solution is that it required the user to be using Linux or have access to a machine that’s running Linux.

What if you don’t use Linux and would still like to download interesting videos to your computer ?

Well, KeepVid is here to your rescue.

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Download youtube videos to your computer on Linux

YouTubeYoutube is by far the most popular site for sharing videos. The only problem with uploading your videos to youtube is that there really is no easy way to download those videos back to your computer. Your only option than is to view them online. There are also times when you watch a video so hilarious/interesting that you want to keep a copy for your own use.

To get over these restrictions, a lot of people have written really neat utilities which let the user download videos directly from the site. In this post, we’ll be talking about one such utility for Linux.


Youtube-dl is a console only application which is the simplest utility I’ve found till now for downloading videos from youtube.

To install youtube-dl, if you’re using Ubuntu, use apt-get.

apt-get install youtube-dl

Now, using a browser, browse to the video that you want to download. Copy the URL of the video page.

Now, at the console, give the following command.

youtube-dl <URL of the video>


That’s all. youtube-dl will now download the video to your computer and save it in the default .flv format which Youtube uses to save it’s videos. FLV files can be easily played back on Linux using the excellent VLC media player.