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.


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).



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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ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.


  1. Thank you very much!

  2. Thank you bro

  3. Thank you! This installation worked, whilst an other one with the repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 didn’t. Should I remove that repository?

  4. Does not work in Linux mint 17.3