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youtubeDLFrontEnd is a Windows front-end (GUI) for the amazing youtube-dl. Youtube-dl is a command line tool that lets you download videos from many sites. This front-end adds organization, multiple simultaneous downloads, and download priorities. Requires youtube-dl, .NET Framework 4+ and maybe also ffmpeg/ffprobe.

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1.2.2 (April 26, 2017)


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

v1.2.2; 2017-04-22

ADDED: Duration column added. Fill it in via the context menu, or have it auto-filled via a setting. Note that duration can't always be retrieved, and creates extra traffic.
ADDED: New ways to set priority: Select the downloads you want to set, then ctrl or alt-click a column header to prioritize by that column. For example: alt-click the duration column to download the shortest videos first, control-click it to prioritize the longest videos.
ADDED: "Additional args" setting now has a default location filled in to give guidance in new installs.
CHANGED: Icon now white-outlined to show on dark backgrounds.
CHANGED: Help links loads youtube-dl help page instead of showing the command line reference.
FIXED: Misc bugs fixed.

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Make sure you have the .exe version of youtube-dl, this program is just a wrapper for that tool. It may also need ffmpeg/avconv/ffprobe for certain features. The user is assumed to have used it before.

No installation; just unpack and run. A settings file and ancillary files may be created in the program folder.


First go into settings (button at the bottom left) to configure the tool: Make sure the path to youtube-dl.exe is correct. (Do note that, once it's there, you can also update youtube-dl.exe from this settings window.) Also set up any other arguments you want sent to youtube-dl. Mine look like this:

-i --write-description -o "%(extractor)s\%(uploader)s.%(upload_date)s.%(title)s-%(id)s.%(ext)s"
Those args will download a description and put downloaded items into semi-organized folders. Click the help link in the settings window to see how to use args.

Then start adding videos!

Adding items:

Paste video page URLs in the textbox in the bottom half of the program; or enable 'capture links from clipboard' for quick collection.
Optionally set the priority of added items in the box below the 'Add URL(s)' button. Higher priority downloads will be started first. (Downloads that have already been started are never paused automatically, even if higher priority items are added later)
Then click 'Add URL(s)' or hit ctrl+d on the keyboard to add them to the download list. Downloading will start automatically.
The download list can be manipulated via a right click menu; there are also some keyboard commands:

Enter: Tries to play the selected items in the default media player. (There's a safety check that prevents more than 10 files from being launched at once)
Ctrl+C: Copies the URL's of the selected items to the clipboard
Ctrl+L: shows the selected items logs.
Delete/Backspace: Removes the selected items from the list (deleted something important? check the log)
Digits 0-9: Changes the selected items priority to the pressed digit.
Ctrl+R: randomizes the selected items priority.
Pause: Pauses the selected items.
Escape: Hides the app (send to tray)
Notes about the list columns:

P: Priority, items with higher numbers get downloaded first. Set this by pressing a number key, or right click->'Set Priority'.
URL: always the original url sent to youtube-dl; pressing ctrl+c on the listview will copy this value for the selected items.
Status: The latest status from youtubeDL. View the item's log for a full list of status updates. If errors or warnings are encountered, a counter will be appended, eg: [1W2E] means there is 1 warning and 2 errors in the log.
DL'ed: The total data this item has downloaded, summing merged audio/video streams and multiple downloads from play-lists.
Destination: the last file created by youtubeDL. There may be a note appended to count how many total files have been created. Separated files that will be merged are not counted.
Final note: The windows start menu / desktop shortcuts can be used to provide hotkey functionality. If you want that: go into settings and check the 'Add Shortcut to Start Menu' box, then click the edit link. You can add a hotkey there (under 'shortcut key').

Command Line Usage:

-startHidden If an instance of the program is not already running, starts the program and immediately hides it.

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Rating by eonmc2 on May 19, 2019 Version: 1.2.2 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Rating by Lilljebjorn on Jan 21, 2018 Version: 1.2.2 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

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Review by Baldrick on Apr 1, 2017 Version: 1.2 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10

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