The Best YouTube Downloader Of 2020

Youtube-dl is a free, public domain tool for downloading Youtube videos. It’s easy to use and quite reliable.

It is available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. The program is command-based — it runs in a terminal window.

It has a number of useful features including:

  • The ability to download entire YouTube playlists
  • The ability to download videos in several formats such as MP4 or WebM
  • The ability choose the quality of the video being downloaded — if the video is available in 4K, you can download it in 4K, 1080p or 720p
  • The abillity to download videos from hundreds of sites besides YouTube (see the full list here)
  • Automatic pausing and resuming video downloads
  • The ability to bypass YouTube geo-restrictions

A Few Notes On Operating Youtube-dl

If the video URL has an ampersand (“&”) in it, you must put the URL in quotes

Use this format for downloading entire playlists:

youtube-dl -cik –yes-playlist VIDEO_PLAYLIST_LINK

Here’s what the command line arguments mean:

The “c” means to resume partially downloaded files. The “i” means to ignore any errors. The “k” means to keep the video on the disk after the post-processing is finished. The “–yes-playlist” portion affirms that the URL points to a video playlist.

Youtube-dl requires the Python interpreter. Python is pre-installed on all Macs. The developers also provide a Windows executable that includes Python.

3 thoughts on “The Best YouTube Downloader Of 2020”

  1. Another method is to copy and paste the YouTube playlist url to
    Allavsoft and click Download button. It has both Mac and Windows version

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