youtube-dl VS yt-dlp

Compare youtube-dl vs yt-dlp and see what are their differences.


Command-line program to download videos from and other video sites (by ytdl-org)
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youtube-dl yt-dlp
1,082 2,362
128,997 72,753
0.8% 5.4%
8.4 9.8
10 days ago 4 days ago
Python Python
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  • FFmpeg 7.0 Released
    11 projects | | 4 Apr 2024
    You can put these options in a config file and they will become the default:
  • Google fights Invidious (a privacy YouTube Front end)
    8 projects | | 31 Mar 2024
    Yep. yt-dlp and youtube-dl

    Will also start to feel the impact. My theory is that we will see a bunch of new video hosting sites as youtube itself attempts to lock down its ecosystem. They haven't paid attention in any adversarial way as far as I can tell.

    When they do, it wont be great.

  • XZ: A Microcosm of the interactions in Open Source projects
    7 projects | | 30 Mar 2024
    The points you make aren't unreasonable.

    It is necessary to establish clear boundaries of what can and can be provided by the maintainers. If not done at an earlier stage of the project, the support burden becomes too much to bear at which point the maintainer transfers ownership, and the project suffers from catastrophic consequences such as the xz backdoor we're talking about here, or other cases where the project mostly stalls and serves as an ego-boosting platform for the new maintainer, as was the case with PhantomJS[6].

    This can also happen in your life, where a "friend" sees that you possess a certain skill, and then gradually tries to push an inordinate amount of their personal work related to this field onto you.

    Personally, I think it's best to use an approach with extremely clear communication as to what the maintainer can and cannot provide. This can be seen, for example, in yt-dlp[1], where the consumer is clearly informed upfront that not providing detailed information as requested will lead them to block said consumer; or sqlite where their position regarding contributed patches[2] and support[3] is similarly made clear.

    Having a shouty BDFL like Torvalds can also help improve code quality[4] and questionable contributions[5], though it is better that the shouty BDFL makes statements that are professional and do not show as much aggression; so for example, "Mauro, shut the fuck up"[7] would become "Mauro, your response is completely unbecoming for a Linux kernel maintainer, and is not in line with the promise of not breaking userspace."








  • Doom Running on a Toothbrush
    1 project | | 29 Feb 2024
    Or just "yt-dlp "

    yt-dlp ( ) still works pretty well at the current state of Twitter.

  • Show HN: I create a free website for download YouTube transcript, subtitle
    2 projects | | 18 Feb 2024
  • Using LangServe to build REST APIs for LangChain Applications
    3 projects | | 16 Feb 2024
    To download audio from YouTube videos, you'll utilize the widely used yt-dlp library, which can be installed using the pip command as follows:
  • YouTube-dl has been taken down
    5 projects | | 30 Jan 2024
  • Ask HN: YouTube – how to batch scrape comments and details for 300 videos?
    2 projects | | 15 Jan 2024
    Use: `yt-dlp with --write-comments --no-download --batch-file FILE`

    - FILE is a text file with a list of YouTube id's/URL's



    1 project | | 14 Jan 2024
  • Forget spaceships; I just want my music
    7 projects | | 12 Dec 2023
    > Then youtube-dl wasn't a thing anymore (maybe it is again?)...

    yt-dlp is definitely a thing: <>

What are some alternatives?

When comparing youtube-dl and yt-dlp you can also consider the following projects:

spotify-downloader - Download your Spotify playlists and songs along with album art and metadata (from YouTube if a match is found).

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!

pytube - A lightweight, dependency-free Python library (and command-line utility) for downloading YouTube Videos.

tiktok-scraper - TikTok Scraper. Download video posts, collect user/trend/hashtag/music feed metadata, sign URL and etc.

you-get - :arrow_double_down: Dumb downloader that scrapes the web

youtube-dl-gui - A cross platform front-end GUI of the popular youtube-dl written in wxPython.

udemy-dl - A cross-platform python based utility to download courses from udemy for personal offline use.

youtube-dlc - Command-line program to download various media from and other sites

twitch-dl - CLI tool for downloading videos from Twitch.

youtube-dl - Command-line program to download videos from and other video sites

Monkey-DL (Anime Downloader) - Bulk download your favourite anime episodes from your favourite anime websites

Crunchyroll-Downloader-v3.0 - Downloader for Crunchyroll