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YT-DLP is a fork of Youtube-DLC which in turn is a fork of Youtube-DL. YT-DLP can download video from many streaming video sites. Command line software.

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2023.01.06 (January 6, 2023)


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

yt-dlp 2023.01.06

Fix config locations by Grub4k, coletdjnz, pukkandan
[downloader/aria2c] Disable native progress
[utils] mimetype2ext: weba is not standard
[utils] windows_enable_vt_mode: Better error handling
[build] Add minimal pyproject.toml
[update] Fix updater file removal on windows by Grub4K
[cleanup] Misc fixes and cleanup
[extractor/aitube] Add extractor by HobbyistDev
[extractor/drtv] Add series extractors by FrederikNS
[extractor/volejtv] Add extractor by HobbyistDev
[extractor/xanimu] Add extractor by JChris246
[extractor/youtube] Retry manifest refresh for live-from-start by mzhou
[extractor/biliintl] Add /media to VALID_URL by HobbyistDev
[extractor/biliIntl] Add fallback to video_data by HobbyistDev
[extractor/crunchyroll:show] Add language to entries by Chrissi2812
[extractor/joj] Fix extractor by OndrejBakan, pukkandan
[extractor/nbc] Update graphql query by jacobtruman
[extractor/reddit] Add subreddit as channel_id by gschizas
[extractor/tiktok] Add TikTokLive extractor by JC-Chung

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The major new features from the latest release of blackjack4494/yt-dlc are:

SponsorBlock Integration: You can mark/remove sponsor sections in youtube videos by utilizing the SponsorBlock API

Format Sorting: The default format sorting options have been changed so that higher resolution and better codecs will be now preferred instead of simply using larger bitrate. Furthermore, you can now specify the sort order using -S. This allows for much easier format selection than what is possible by simply using --format (examples)

Merged with youtube-dl commit/379f52a: (v2021.06.06) You get all the latest features and patches of youtube-dl in addition to all the features of youtube-dlc

Merged with animelover1984/youtube-dl: You get most of the features and improvements from animelover1984/youtube-dl including --write-comments, BiliBiliSearch, BilibiliChannel, Embedding thumbnail in mp4/ogg/opus, playlist infojson etc. Note that the NicoNico improvements are not available. See #31 for details.

Youtube improvements:

All Feeds (:ytfav, :ytwatchlater, :ytsubs, :ythistory, :ytrec) and private playlists supports downloading multiple pages of content
Search (ytsearch:, ytsearchdate:), search URLs and in-channel search works
Mixes supports downloading multiple pages of content
Most (but not all) age-gated content can be downloaded without cookies
Partial workaround for throttling issue
Redirect channel's home URL automatically to /video to preserve the old behaviour
255kbps audio is extracted (if available) from youtube music when premium cookies are given
Youtube music Albums, channels etc can be downloaded (except self-uploaded music)
Cookies from browser: Cookies can be automatically extracted from all major web browsers using --cookies-from-browser BROWSER[:PROFILE]

Split video by chapters: Videos can be split into multiple files based on chapters using --split-chapters

Multi-threaded fragment downloads: Download multiple fragments of m3u8/mpd videos in parallel. Use --concurrent-fragments (-N) option to set the number of threads used

Aria2c with HLS/DASH: You can use aria2c as the external downloader for DASH(mpd) and HLS(m3u8) formats

New extractors: AnimeLab, Philo MSO, Spectrum MSO, SlingTV MSO, Cablevision MSO, Rcs, Gedi,, mildom, audius, zee5,, wimtv,, niconico users,, mediathek, NFHSNetwork, nebula, ukcolumn, whowatch, MxplayerShow, parlview (au), YoutubeWebArchive, fancode, Saitosan, ShemarooMe, telemundo, VootSeries, SonyLIVSeries, HotstarSeries, VidioPremier, VidioLive, RCTIPlus, TBS Live, douyin, pornflip, ParamountPlusSeries, ScienceChannel, Utreon, OpenRec, BandcampMusic, blackboardcollaborate, eroprofile albums, mirrativ, BannedVideo, bilibili categories, Epicon, filmmodu, GabTV, HungamaAlbum, ManotoTV, Niconico search, Patreon User, peloton, ProjectVeritas, radiko, StarTV, tiktok user, Tokentube, voicy, TV2HuSeries, biliintl, 17live, NewgroundsUser, peertube channel/playlist, ZenYandex, CAM4, CGTN, damtomo, gotostage, Koo, Mediaite, Mediaklikk, MuseScore, nzherald, Olympics replay, radlive, SovietsCloset, Streamanity, Theta, Chingari

Fixed/improved extractors:,, skyit, instagram, itv, SouthparkDe, spreaker, Vlive, akamai, ina, rumble, tennistv, amcnetworks, la7 podcasts, linuxacadamy, nitter, twitcasting, viu, crackle, curiositystream, mediasite, rmcdecouverte, sonyliv, tubi, tenplay, patreon, videa, yahoo, BravoTV, crunchyroll playlist, RTP, viki, Hotstar, vidio, vimeo, mediaset, Mxplayer, nbcolympics, ParamountPlus, Newgrounds, SAML Verizon login, Hungama, afreecatv, aljazeera, ATV, bitchute, camtube, CDA, eroprofile, facebook, HearThisAtIE, iwara, kakao, Motherless, Nova, peertube, pornhub, reddit, tiktok, TV2, TV2Hu, tv5mondeplus, VH1, Viafree, XHamster, 9Now, AnimalPlanet, Arte, CBC, Chingari, comedycentral, DIYNetwork, niconico, dw, funimation, globo, HiDive, NDR, Nuvid, Oreilly, pbs, plutotv, reddit, redtube, soundcloud, SpankBang, VrtNU

Subtitle extraction from manifests: Subtitles can be extracted from streaming media manifests. See commit/be6202f for details

Multiple paths and output templates: You can give different output templates and download paths for different types of files. You can also set a temporary path where intermediary files are downloaded to using --paths (-P)

Portable Configuration: Configuration files are automatically loaded from the home and root directories. See configuration for details

Output template improvements: Output templates can now have date-time formatting, numeric offsets, object traversal etc. See output template for details. Even more advanced operations can also be done with the help of --parse-metadata and --replace-in-metadata

Other new options: --print, --sleep-requests, --convert-thumbnails, --write-link, --force-download-archive, --force-overwrites, --break-on-reject etc

Improvements: Regex and other operators in --match-filter, multiple --postprocessor-args and --downloader-args, faster archive checking, more format selection options etc

Plugin extractors: Extractors can be loaded from an external file. See plugins for details

Self-updater: The releases can be updated using yt-dlp -U

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12 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews

Love it! I use it for many different things. Be sure to download both ffmpeg and aria2c and put both files in the same folder as yt-dlp and that's just about all you need to get started. I run it in win terminal, but there are new GUIs being developed all the time (Stacher is one I've used with success). It's updated regularly which is always nice. Just be sure with each new update to check for any changed/new command line arguments as those can change from time to time with each update.

Review by Labryn on Aug 12, 2022 Version: 2022.08.08 OS: Windows 11 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

FAIL moving this to Python 3.7.... time to find another option ... "Thanks" for changing things and thinking of the end-user like that

Review by Robert on Aug 12, 2022 Version: Newest OS: Linux Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10

Awesome replacement for youtube-dl. Just slots in as a replacement for the old executable, and my 3rd party GUI tools/scripts are working again. Kudos to the devs

Review by SimonF on Jul 7, 2022 Version: 2022.06.29 OS: Windows 7 Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

By far the best downloader I've ever used!

Review by on Jul 1, 2022 Version: 2022.06.29 OS: Windows 10 Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Excellent program. If there is anyone else like me with low vision and that has difficulty with using CLI software, this program works well with Batch files. In fact, it's far easier than most programs. You just type "yt-dlp.exe" along with any sub-commands you need to use and the addresses of the files, one per line, and save it as filename.bat and run it.

Review by Axel Slingerland on May 19, 2022 Version: 2022-04-08 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

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