Search and play youtube videos directly to terminal (no X needed)

pyt() { id=$(curl -s 'https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query='$(tr ' ' + <<<"$1") | grep -om3 '"[[:alnum:]]\{11\}"' | awk NR==3 | tr -d \"); youtube-dl -q 'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v='"$id" -o - | mplayer -vo null /dev/fd/3 3<&0 </dev/tty; }
pyt 'Stairway to heaven - Led Zeppelin' pyt 'brain damage - Pink Floyd' No web browser or even X needed. Just a cli and internet connection! mplayer is pauseable and can skip ahead This may break if youtube changes their search html.

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2015-07-20 05:30:27

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  • Same as other command, however uses youtube-dl internal search (thanks to qoxxxx mentioning this) It does however seem to be a little buggy and youtube-dl crashes sometimes. ## pyt 'Stairway to heaven - Led Zeppelin' pyt 'brain damage - Pink Floyd' No web browser or even X needed. Just a cli and internet connection! mplayer is pauseable and can skip ahead This may break if youtube changes their search html.


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    pyt() { youtube-dl -q -f bestaudio --max-downloads 1 --no-playlist --default-search ${2:-ytsearch} "$1" -o - | mplayer -vo null /dev/fd/3 3<&0 </dev/tty; }
    snipertyler · 2015-07-27 15:19:59 1

What Others Think

Ooh, you've edited the command. Even better. I especially like the redirection -- folding /dev/tty into /dev/fd/3 -- ingenious.
flatcap · 165 weeks and 3 days ago
thank you very much, this is awesome! Now, if we found a way to exclude some search terms, such as "live", it would be perfect :) I always wondered if there is a build-in option to search for search for videos with a specific title in youtube-dl, but apparently there is none, if I'm not mistaken?
pukeko · 164 weeks and 6 days ago
@pukeko There is : man youtube-dl ... --default-search PREFIX Use this prefix for unqualified URLs. For example "gvsearch2:" downloads two videos from google videos for youtube-dl "large apple". Use the value "auto" to let youtube-dl guess ("auto_warning" to emit a warning when guessing). "error" just throws an error. The default value "fixup_error" repairs broken URLs, but emits an error if this is not possible instead of searching. ... See also "--list-extractors"
qoxxxx · 164 weeks and 6 days ago
@pukeko Try something like: pyt 'stairway to heaven -live'
snipertyler · 164 weeks and 6 days ago

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