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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: 18MB
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1.23 (January 22, 2023)


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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 / What's New

Version 1.23 – New settings, Pause/Resume & yet more bug fixes Latest

Release 1.23 adds some new features and has work on quite a number of bugs:

Added a “Pause/Resume” function to the “Monitor” dialog. A download can be resumed for as long as the Monitor dialog is displayed.
Added a “Force overwrite” setting. By default, MacYTDL will not delete an existing download file. This setting forces MacYTDL to look for an existing file and if found, offers to delete the file.
Added a “QT compatible video” setting which converts downloaded video into a format which can be shown in Quicktime Player – NOTE: the re-encoding can take a very long time.
MacYTDL should no longer crash when checking playlists.
Change naming of log files from “response” to “log”.
Changed shortcut for “Cancel” from [command-c] to [command-.]. This enables [command‑c] to be used to copy text in dialogs.
There should no longer be an errant full stop in the log file name when downloading a video which has a four character file name extension.
Progress text in Monitor dialog should be centre aligned in all versions of macOS.
Only the first item of audio-only playlists will be checked for available formats. Previously used to check all items which took a long time. There was no need as formats are usually the same for all items.
The “Cookies” file text box is larger to accommodate longer file names.
The window position is now saved if the “Utilities” or “Settings” dialogs are moved.
Should no longer get this warning on some YouTube videos: “yt_dlp/ FutureWarning: Possible nested set at position 3”.
There should no longer be a crash if “Force overwrites” and “Auto download” are on, the download file already exists and user chooses “Return”.
MacYTDL is now released in “Run-Only” format – which is slightly smaller and faster. This means that its AppleScript code cannot be opened. However, text copies of each script are published on GitHub.
MacYTDL now identifies YouTube “Handle URLs” as channels.
YouTube channels, including “tabs”, are now handled in the same way as playlists.
The rare case of warning text showing in log file names should no longer occur.
MacYTDL should no longer crash if choosing not to download from a channel when auto-download is invoked.
MacYTDL now warns if there are more than 20 items in a playlist or channel (previously would warn if there were more than 35 items).
Downloading from YouTube channels using youtube-dl is no longer supported.
There should be fewer problems with ABC iView URLs.

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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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