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    HowTo: Download YouTube videos (the easy way)

    Many people have been asking how to download youtube videos, and kept being pointed to useless software which will do it for them.

    Here is the easy way:

    Step 1: Find the video you want to download and wait for it to completely finish loading.

    Step 2: Minimize your browser (do NOT close it, some browsers delete the temp directory upon closing), and navigate to the directory /tmp

    Step 3: Drag the flash file onto your desktop. Voila!

    This definitely works with firefox, and probably most other browsers aswell. Enjoy!

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    Re: HowTo: Download YouTube videos (the easy way)

    Here is a simple way also: Find the video you want to download...let's say this one here:http://youtube.com/watch?v=2BCoZiSbGtY
    You don't need to watch it or anything...then in the address bar on top of ANY browser put kiss in front of the youtube...so the address will be http://kissyoutube.com/watch?v=2BCoZiSbGtY
    That will take you to a page that will give you the preview of the video(like youtube) and a lot of links ...and one of them is Download Now (guess what it does )

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    Re: HowTo: Download YouTube videos (the easy way)

    There are also a few services I've seen floating around, web-based, that grab the YouTube FLA file, and convert it to MPEG-4.

    Google it..

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    Re: HowTo: Download YouTube videos (the easy way)

    Cool, that's really neat, didn't know that.

    Check out this nice bash script.
    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    flash=$(ls -t /tmp/Flash* | head -n 1)
    destination=$(find ~/.mozilla -name sessionstore.js -exec sed 's/.*title:"\([^"]*\).*selected.*/\1/' {} \;)
    echo "waiting for download to finish ..."
    size=$(du $flash)
    while sleep 5s; do
    	if [ "$size" != "$(du $flash)" ]; then
    		size=$(du $flash)
    		continue
    	else
    		break
    	fi
    done
    cp "$flash" "$HOME/${destination////%2f}.swf"
    Load a YouTube web page, wait a few seconds, run it, then look in your home directory. n_n
    Last edited by bashologist; September 13th, 2007 at 09:11 PM.
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    Re: HowTo: Download YouTube videos (the easy way)

    Another approach is to install firefox extension unplug. This extension will give you download link to the youtube videos.

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    Re: HowTo: Download YouTube videos (the easy way)

    Quote Originally Posted by Belinrahs View Post
    There are also a few services I've seen floating around, web-based, that grab the YouTube FLA file, and convert it to MPEG-4.

    Google it..
    These usuall take ages though.

    I'm assuming people can convert the videos themselves if they see it necessary.

    Personally, I use WinFF to convert all my videos. You can also use to it convert to iPod format

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    Re: HowTo: Download YouTube videos (the easy way)

    Quote Originally Posted by bashologist View Post
    Cool, that's really neat, didn't know that.

    Check out this nice bash script.
    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    flash=$(ls -t /tmp/Flash* | head -n 1)
    destination=$(find ~/.mozilla -name sessionstore.js -exec sed 's/.*title:"\([^"]*\).*selected.*/\1/' {} \;)
    echo "waiting for download to finish ..."
    size=$(du $flash)
    while sleep 5s; do
    	if [ "$size" != "$(du $flash)" ]; then
    		size=$(du $flash)
    		continue
    	else
    		break
    	fi
    done
    cp "$flash" "$HOME/${destination////%2f}.swf"
    Load a YouTube web page, wait a few seconds, run it, then look in your home directory. n_n
    That's brilliant, thanks. I've been wanting to save a few youtube videos and this worked perfectly.
    A computer without Microsoft is like a chocolate cake without mustard.

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    Re: HowTo: Download YouTube videos (the easy way)

    Have a look at http://code.google.com/p/vdown/ , too, it has a little GTK-GUI and downloads from many video portals (all supported by videograb.de), it saves the files with the original name of the video. You can also download video lists with it.

    greetings

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    Re: HowTo: Download YouTube videos (the easy way)

    I'd suggest installing the package "youtube-dl" available from the unverse repo. From a terminal:

    sudo apt-get install youtube-dl

    Using the download-script is easy. Start a terminal, and type:

    youtube-dl <link to youtube video>

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    Re: HowTo: Download YouTube videos (the easy way)

    There's also a firefox extension called download helper:

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3006

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