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Youtube video analysis with youtube_dl inconsistent, sometimes giving errors
4 projects | reddit.com/r/webdev | 15 Sep 2021
You might get more consistent results with a fork, most of which have already fixed this issue. Some popular ones are yt-dlp/yt-dlp, blackjack4494/youtube-dlc and animelover1984/youtube-dl. Please note though these might not be drop-in replacements
youtube-dl is (possibly) dead
7 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 24 Aug 2021
Months before the lawsuit, there were plenty of people complaining that youtube-dl's maintainers closed issues without any reason given. Here is one illuminating example:
And there is also an entire fork that fixes the support for just a single provider, Niconico, because the maintainers ignored its issues.
A quote from its README:
All code in this project is licensed solely with the condition that any portion of it is not permitted to be used in the main youtube-dl fork, either directly or indirectly. It is also not permitted to be used in any project that contains contributions from either remitamine or dstftw.
It seems that youtube-dl was a dysfunctionally managed project at the time of the lawsuit, and happened to ride out on the good PR for a couple of months, before returning to stagnation once again.
To me it sounds like a plugin system would have prevented centralization and the need for forks, but would have made distribution harder for average users.
Horahora: youtube-dl Frontend for Niconico, Bilibili, and Youtube
3 projects | reddit.com/r/youtubedl | 15 Aug 2021
It does, I wrote the tool. I started https://github.com/animelover1984/youtube-dl to add features for Horahora.
Niconico videos don't download because of Unable to find video URL error
2 projects | reddit.com/r/youtubedl | 21 Jun 2021
In addition to animelover1984/youtube-dl, non-live videos work with yt-dlp as well
Bilibili Playlist Downloading
2 projects | reddit.com/r/youtubedl | 11 Jun 2021
Bilibili doesn't have playlists afaik. Do you mean channels/anthologies? If so, both animelover1984/youtube-dl and yt-dlp can download them
niconico / nicovideo.jp no longer working?
3 projects | reddit.com/r/youtubedl | 4 Jun 2021
Other than animelover1984/youtube-dl, yt-dlp also works3 projects | reddit.com/r/youtubedl | 4 Jun 2021
How can I install animelover1984's youtube-dl branch on Windows?
2 projects | reddit.com/r/youtubedl | 16 May 2021
Also, if you already have git installed, the easiest way is py -m pip install git+https://github.com/animelover1984/youtube-dl
yt-dlp release 2021.03.21
4 projects | reddit.com/r/youtubedl | 21 Mar 2021
[niconico] Partial fix adapted from animelover1984/[email protected] (login and smile formats still don't work)
Nico Nico requires Login now, but copying the cookie isn't working and notes a rate limit error
2 projects | reddit.com/r/youtubedl | 17 Mar 2021
Niconico is broken now. animelover1984/youtube-dl has a (partial?) fix and I'm working on getting the patch to my fork yt-dlp will be
What are some alternatives?
yt-dlp - A youtube-dl fork with additional features and fixes
spotify-downloader - Download your Spotify playlists and songs along with album art and metadata (from YouTube if a match is found).
youtube-dl - Command-line program to download videos from YouTube.com and other video sites
Simple-YouTube-Age-Restriction-Bypass - A simple browser extension to bypass YouTube's age verification, disable content warnings and watch age restricted videos without having to sign in!
ytdl-patched - Possibly missing fixes on youtube-dl. brew install nao20010128nao/my/ytdl-patched [GET https://api.github.com/repositories/287858674: 403 - Repository access blocked]
funimation-downloader-nx - Download videos from Funimation via cli.
udemy-dl - A cross-platform python based utility to download courses from udemy for personal offline use.
stash - An organizer for your porn, written in Go. Documentation: https://docs.stashapp.cc
Monkey-DL (Anime Downloader) - Bulk download your favourite anime episodes from your favourite anime websites
NewPipeExtractor - NewPipe's core library for extracting data from streaming sites
widevine-l3-decryptor - Mirror of the original repo
yt-dlg - A cross platform front-end GUI of the popular youtube-dl written in wxPython.