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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: 19MB
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1.21.2 (July 25, 2022)


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

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MacMac OS

Version history / Release notes / Changelog / What's New

Version 1.21.2 – More bug fixes + ARM64 native code

With this release MacYTDL no longer requires Rosetta 2 to be used. It also has a number of classic bug fixes. In summary:

MacYTDL no longer requires use of Rosetta 2. This has been achieved by:
sourcing Apple Silicon builds of FFmpeg and FFprobe from;
using Homebrew to build an ARM64 version of AtomicParsley then merging that with an x86-64 version with lipo to make a Universal 2 version; and
using the same procedure to build a Universal 2 version of ets.
The “Settings” dialog should no longer show missing values in drop down boxes for non-English languages.
Timestamps should now be correctly provided in log files. There was a bug in the path to ets in MacYTDL code.
MacYTDL should function normally when the path to its location includes a space or special character.
The “Adviser” should display correctly when the path to MacYTDL’s location includes a space or special character.
Apostrophes should show correctly in the “SBS Chooser” dialog.
MacYTDL should no longer show an error when subtitles are specified for more than one episode in the “SBS Chooser”.
There should be no permission error when using the “Adviser” to open a log file after a download encountered an error.
Auto-downloads should now work when subtitles are specified.
MacYTDL no longer crashes if downloading a new version of MacYTDL when downloads folder is not available.
The "Show settings before download" setting is ignored if "Auto download" is operating.

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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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