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Download Youtube video with wget!

Terminal - Download Youtube video with wget!
wget http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ -qO- | sed -n "/fmt_url_map/{s/[\'\"\|]/\n/g;p}" | sed -n '/^fmt_url_map/,/videoplayback/p' | sed -e :a -e '$q;N;5,$D;ba' | tr -d '\n' | sed -e 's/\(.*\),\(.\)\{1,3\}/\1/' | wget -i - -O surprise.flv
2011-01-25 04:19:06
User: Eno
Functions: sed tr wget
Download Youtube video with wget!

Nothing special required, just wget, sed & tr!


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oops! it's not working for me. I'm getting this error:

sed: 1: "/fmt_url_map/{s/[\'"\|] ...": extra characters at the end of p command

No URLs found in -.

Comment by kaartz 252 weeks and 5 days ago

I'm having the same problem with kaartz... I'm running OS X with the wget being ported to OS X.

Comment by TCorbin 252 weeks ago

Weird, it's working fine on GNU/Linux, I'll check that tomorrow on OSX ;)

Comment by Eno 251 weeks and 6 days ago

the command works fine for me on Cygwin. for OS X, the sed implementation does support replacing with "\n" and hence the error. i tinkered with the command a bit and made it work on OS X using awk instead.

wget "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ" -qO- | 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 -i - -O surprise.flv
Comment by ixseven 251 weeks and 2 days ago

Hi, With Firefox plugin, DownloadHelper you can get the real URL. So when you have the real link you can do :

screen wget -O fileName.flv "http://v21.lscache7.c.youtube.com/videoplayback?sparams=id%2Cexpire%2Cip%2Cipbits%2Citag%2Calgorithm%2Cburst%2Cfactor%2Coc%3AU0dYTVZST19FSkNNOF9OTFND&fexp=901316&algorithm=throttle-factor&itag=34&ipbits=0&burst=40&sver=3&signature=72BE5F2A3EDB50B05354CA542AE807B50C9F2CE1.87EA6771ABAB2B13E867C17E7F8894F77209DD68&expire=1298671200&key=yt1&ip="
Comment by ilanehazout 248 weeks and 4 days ago

Now it's not working since unicode symbol substitution. to get it work you should add "sed 's/\\u0026/\&/g' " at first. So that the result command is:

wget http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ -qO- | sed 's/\\u0026/\&/g' | sed -n "/fmt_url_map/{s/[\'\"\|]/\n/g;p}" | sed -n '/^fmt_url_map/,/videoplayback/p' | sed -e :a -e '$q;N;5,$D;ba' | tr -d '\n' | sed -e 's/\(.*\),\(.\)\{1,3\}/\1/' | wget -i - -O surprise.flv
Comment by aikikode 244 weeks and 5 days ago

Hi all

I have tried all the command to DL a youtube vid from a playlist

Here come what work for me:

mplayer -dumpstream -dumpfile "$i.flv" $(curl -s "

Just made a loop to take all the vid from a playlist but the only problem is the time that it take because it really read the vid and put it in a file :x

Hope it will work for you guys

Comment by BlckG33k 233 weeks and 3 days ago

I tried it in RHEL 6 and got the error.

Check this.

[chankey@localhost ~]$ wget http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss_MZMJ28_Y -qO- | sed -n "/fmt_url_map/{s/[\'\"\|]/\n/g;p}" | sed -n '/^fmt_url_map/,/videoplayback/p' | sed -e :a -e '$q;N;5,$D;ba' | tr -d '\n' | sed -e 's/\(.*\),\(.\)\{1,3\}/\1/' | wget -i - -O surprise.flv

--2011-07-19 10:54:25-- http://o-o.preferred.nrt04s02.v12.lscache7.c.youtube.com/videoplayback?sparams=id%2Cexpire%2Cip%2Cipbits%2Citag%2Cratebypass

Resolving o-o.preferred.nrt04s02.v12.lscache7.c.youtube.com..., 2404:6800:4004:3::c

Connecting to o-o.preferred.nrt04s02.v12.lscache7.c.youtube.com||:80... connected.

HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 400 Bad Request

2011-07-19 10:54:25 ERROR 400: Bad Request.

Comment by ChankeyPathak 228 weeks ago


Comment by ZhaoZijie 160 weeks ago

No working :

No URLs found in -.


i'm looking for this since 1 years :'(

Comment by kaldoran 115 weeks ago

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