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Convert Youtube videos to MP3

Terminal - Convert Youtube videos to MP3
youtube-dl -t --extract-audio --audio-format mp3 YOUTUBE_URL_HERE
2011-11-15 20:11:20
User: menachem
Convert Youtube videos to MP3

youtube-dl has this functionality built in. If you're running an older version of youtube-dl, you can update it using `youtube-dl -U` (although if you have an older version, it probably doesn't download youtube videos anyway.)

youtube-dl --help will show you other options that may come in useful.


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
url="put_url_here";audio=$(youtube-dl -s -e $url);wget -q -O - `youtube-dl -g $url`| ffmpeg -i - -f mp3 -vn -acodec libmp3lame - > "$audio.mp3"
2011-11-15 19:09:52
User: o0110o
Functions: wget
Tags: youtube mp3

Make your own MP3s from Youtube videos.

Know a better way?

If you can do better, submit your command here.

What others think

Tried 3 different URLS and got this each time:

"WARNING: unable to obtain file audio codec with ffprobe"

[~ ]$ youtube-dl -v


Comment by zlemini 236 weeks and 3 days ago

zlemini you must install ffmpeg

menachem i prefer the "-l" option

youtube-dl -l --extract-audio --audio-format mp3 URL
Comment by mouths 236 weeks and 1 day ago

Not far off menachem thanks, was trying this on a mac, the version of ffmpeg I had installed from macports did not include ffprobe.

+1 for the command.

Comment by zlemini 236 weeks and 1 day ago

Here is how I dl mine. Just add the alias to .bashrc.

alias youtube='youtube-dl --extract-audio --audio-format mp3 --audio-quality 0 --prefer-ffmpeg'

youtube "your-URL-here'
Comment by nowhereman88 105 weeks and 2 days ago

Your point of view

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