How to Install YouTube-DL GUI in Ubuntu 16.04, 17.04

YouTube DL GUI

Looking for a graphical front-end of youtube-dl, the popular cross-platform command-line YouTube downloading tool?

Well, youtube-dlG is an open-source front-end GUI written in wxPython. The tool is quite simple, all you need to do is simply

  • paste the video URLs (one URL per line) in the box
  • set the format, quality, subtitles, etc in the Options dialog
  • and finally click the Download button.

The software depends on wxPython, Python 2.7+. And FFmpeg is required as optional if you want to convert downloaded video to audio files.

How to Install YouTube-DL GUI via PPA in Ubuntu:

The tool is available in this PPA for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and derivatives.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:flexiondotorg/youtube-dl-gui

Type in your password when prompts and hit Enter.

youtube-dl-gui-ppa

2. Then check updates and install the tool via either your system package manager or commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install youtube-dlg

For those who don’t want to add the PPA, grab the .deb package from the PPA packages page (See the link above).

launch-youtube-dl-gui

Uninstall:

To uninstall the GUI for youtube-dl, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt remove youtube-dlg && sudo apt autoremove

And remove the PPA by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Oher Software tab.

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