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YouTube video download oneliner
Posted on 02-18-2011 04:04:15 UTC | Updated on 03-25-2011 01:41:40 UTC
Section: /software/shell/ | Permanent Link

So Adobe decided to change the way it uses temp files in Flash for its newer 10.2r152 version in Linux. Before when you went to YouTube and watched a video it would temporarily put the video in your /tmp dir in the format /tmp/FlashXX*. It stayed there while you kept the webpage open. You could then copy the video from /tmp to wherever for your own use. Now the temp file is nowhere to be found. To take its place how about a shell oneliner to download a YouTube video from the command line?

Here's a oneliner bash script that uses wget, sed, awk, and tr to download a video from YouTube. Works on BSD, Linux, and Mac. Just put the code below in a file (I'll call mine ytd.sh) and make your file executable chmod +x ytd.sh.

#!/bin/bash
## Get Youtube Video using wget
## (compatible with Linux, BSD and OSX)
#
## Two arguments
#  $1 Youtube URL
#  $2 You name for the video
#
wget -c --no-check-certificate --user-agent="" $1 -qO- | \
sed 's/\\u0026/\&/g'| \
awk '/fmt_url_map/{gsub(/[\|\"]/,"\n");print}' | \
sed -n "/^fmt_url_map/,/videoplayback/p" | \
sed -e :a -e '$q;N;2,$D;ba' | tr -d '\n' | \
sed -e "s/\(.*\),\(.\)\{1,3\}/\1/;s/\\\//g" | \
wget -c --no-check-certificate --user-agent="" -i - -O $2.flv

After putting in in a file and making it executable just go get your YouTube url and fire off the download. Here's an example.

./ytd.sh 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J---aiyznGQ' keycat

This will make the file keycat.flv in your dir. Use a recent VLC or Mplayer to play the file.

Its very likely that this script will be out of date (broken) soon but hopefully it will be a good blueprint for anyone else in the future. Thanks to our friends at calomel.org for the fun code!

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