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MacYTDL is a macOS GUI front end for youtube-dl the cross-platform video downloader. It runs on any Apple Mac with OS X 10.10 or later. It has been developed in AppleScript. The code is not protected and can be opened in Script Editor. It is code signed and should pass Gatekeeper.

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OS: Mac
File size: 10MB
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Latest version

1.16 (January 8, 2021)


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Software License

Free software / FOSS (Free download and also Free and Open Source Software)

Supported operating systems

MacMac OS

Version history / Release notes / Changelog

Version 1.16 – New options and bug fixes

Version 1.16 adds new options and more bug fixes:

New option to limit download speed – download rate specified in MB/sec.
Does not work if downloading is delegated to FFmpeg e.g. some HLS downloads
New option to download auto-generated subtitles (or “captions”) from YouTube.
MacYTDL respects youtube-dl behaviour – if both author and auto-generated subtitles are available, author is downloaded.
Australian SBS “OnDemand” show pages are now parsed – provides a list of episodes from which to choose.
Implemented Spanish localisation.
Main, Utilities and Settings dialogs reformatted to more suit Spanish.
New option to set the codec format for audio-only downloads.
Audio format options removed from File format chooser as they are not supported by youtube-dl.
Container can now be remuxed when audio-only is specified. However, audio codec is automatically changed to be compatible with the container.
MacYTDL can now be renamed without crashing e.g. “MacYTDL v1.16”. However, not all functions perform ideally so, it's best not to change the name.
Better handling of YouTube playlists.
Simulate stage waits till end of simulation before reporting errors.
Playlist name shown in response file name, Monitor dialog and Adviser dialog for most downloads.
The “Adviser” script, when requested, opens the user’s default text editor instead of TextEdit.
Removed duplicated code which checked for install of youtube-dl and FFmpeg.
Better handling of warnings and errors in the simulation step.
Handles more gently attempts to download from the Australian 7Plus, 10play and 9Now show pages.
Monitor dialog more often shows name of download instead of “the-error” or “the-warning”.
“avi” and “mkv” removed from File format chooser as they are not supported by youtube-dl.
Minor code changes to reduce errors.
Utilities dialog should work properly for users who install a custom brewed version of FFmpeg.
“IOError: CRC check failed” cases handled more elegantly.

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All features

• Download individual videos and playlists.
• Can download many videos at one time – tested up to 5 concurrent downloads.
• Works with YouTube, ITV, many video sites and Australian broadcasters: ABC iView, SBS On Demand, 7Plus, TenPlay, 9Now.
• Can cancel individual downloads.
• Options for download file format; remuxing; download a text description of the video; downloading and embedding subtitles, thumbnail images and metadata; downloading or extracting audio-only files.
• Downloads chosen episodes from ABC iView show pages.
• Batch downloads.
• Multiple shows can be downloaded separately (in parallel) or in one process (sequentially).
• Optional macOS Service for use in web browsers which copies the current URL, switches to MacYTDL and sets name of the video file to be downloaded.
• All components downloaded and installed by MacYTDL, which can be controlled by the user. Component updates available in the app.
• A separate log file is retained for each download enabling problem solving if a download fails.
• Has a built-in uninstaller which moves all components to Trash.


• Download and open the DMG file.
• Read the Help file.
• Click and drag MacYTDL to any location - it's best to use the Applications folder.
• Run MacYTDL.
• Click on "Yes" to install components and create a preferences folder when asked.
• Wait.
• When main UI is displayed copy a video URL in your web browser, paste into the dialog and click on "Download".

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Rating by Leonardo on Aug 15, 2019 Version: 1.10.1 OS: MacOSX Ease of use: 6/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

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