by fent



A youtube downloader written in Javascript. To be used with the command line. If you're looking to use it in your node program, check out ytdl-core.

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Streams to stdout by default

ytdl "" | mpv -

To save to a file

ytdl "" > myvideo.mp4


ytdl -o "{} - {title}" ""

Download video and convert to mp3 (Requires ffmpeg)

ytdl | ffmpeg -i pipe:0 -b:a 192K -vn myfile.mp3

Supported options

Usage: ytdl <url> [options]

url     URL to the video.

   -v, --version                  Print program version.
   -q ITAG, --quality ITAG        Video quality to download, default: highest
   -r INT-INT, --range INT-INT    Byte range to download, ie 10355705-12452856
   -b INT, --begin INT            Time to begin video, format by 1:30.123 and 1m30s
   -o FILE, --output FILE         Save to file, template by {prop}, default: stdout
   --filter STR                   Can be video, videoonly, audio, audioonly
   --filter-container REGEXP      Filter in format container
   --unfilter-container REGEXP    Filter out format container
   --filter-resolution REGEXP     Filter in format resolution
   --unfilter-resolution REGEXP   Filter out format resolution
   --filter-encoding REGEXP       Filter in format encoding
   --unfilter-encoding REGEXP     Filter out format encoding
   -i, --info                     Print video info without downloading
   -j, --info-json                Print video info as JSON without downloading
   --print-url                    Print direct download URL
   --no-cache                     Skip file cache for html5player
   --debug                        Print debug information


npm -g install ytdl


Tests are written with mocha

npm test