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Stream YouTube URL directly to MPlayer

Terminal - Stream YouTube URL directly to MPlayer
yt () mplayer -fs -quiet $(youtube-dl -g "$1")
2010-09-29 18:48:19
User: elfreak
Stream YouTube URL directly to MPlayer

A function for streaming youtube to mplayer.

The option "-g" for youtube-dl tells it to output the direct video URL, instead of downloading the video.

"-fs" tells MPlayer to go FullScreen, and "-quit" makes it less verbose.

Requires: youdube-dl ( http://bitbucket.org/rg3/youtube-dl/ )

(Tested in zsh)


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now, if only I could define which monitor to output to...

Comment by zed 394 weeks and 4 days ago

-xineramascreen 1


Comment by zed 394 weeks and 4 days ago

404 on your link

Comment by TheMightyBuzzard 394 weeks and 4 days ago


Thank you, comandlinefu parsed the last parentheses as part of the URL.

Now fixed.

Comment by elfreak 394 weeks and 4 days ago

Unfortunately, this entry did not get listed as an alternative to the existing YouTube / MPlayer one-liners (my bad). Any way to do that now?

Comment by elfreak 394 weeks and 4 days ago

should I firs make an alias from this comand?

How should I invoke this? I will be appreciate for details.

Comment by noisy 394 weeks and 4 days ago

yt is a function. You either add it (as it is) to your .bashrc / .zshrc, or just paste it in a terminal (it will be available for that session only). After that, as you can see from the sample output, you invoke it by typing yt and the YouTube URL:

yt "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZvCqslpp6M"

(The quotation signs are needed because zsh interprets the '?' as a special character)

Comment by elfreak 394 weeks and 4 days ago

I don't get the usefulness of this command. I download videos for two reasons: 1. I one to keep them on my disc to watch them again later, and 2. When streaming on browser is slow.

So I don't get the point of this. If you're going to stream it, then just see it on the browser.

Comment by conan 394 weeks and 3 days ago

just what I was looking for. thanks :)

Comment by erikano 394 weeks and 3 days ago

You use youtube-dl for those reasons, and if that's what you want, great ;) I made this function to avoid using YouTube's proprietary flash player. Here is a list, from the top of my head, of why: 1) I generally dislike flash, and I will do everything I can do to avoid it. 2) Fullscreen does not work well with my window manager (Xmonad). 3) I would like to be able to use my remote to control the video. 4) I want to be able to start a YouTube video on my mediapc (connected to the TV), from any of my computers. (I just SSH and give yt the link (probably going to make a script to automate that). 5) I want to be able to view YouTube videos without having X11. 6) I regularly do not want to store the videos, since I usually only watch them once. If it lags, then I will download it to /tmp. 7) I regularly do not want to wait while the video is downloading. The beauty with YouTube is that they have a massive collection of videos, instantly available to you. Bottom-line, if YouTube's proprietary flash player works for you, that's wonderful; otherwise, here's an alternative :)

Comment by elfreak 394 weeks and 3 days ago

Wow! This is great! It works perfectly!

Comment by unixmonkey12633 394 weeks and 3 days ago

I have added "-vo null" option in mplayer so it does not stream video when I listen to music only! This way it does not fil in the cache quickly. (:

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