Command-line program to download videos from and other video sites (by animelover1984)

Youtube-dl Alternatives

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Reviews and mentions

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  • Youtube video analysis with youtube_dl inconsistent, sometimes giving errors | 2021-09-15
    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 | 2021-08-24
    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 | 2021-08-15
    It does, I wrote the tool. I started to add features for Horahora.
  • downloading niconico videos problem | 2021-08-02
    animelover1984's fork have a unique niconico extractor, supports livestreams
  • Niconico videos don't download because of Unable to find video URL error | 2021-06-21
    In addition to animelover1984/youtube-dl, non-live videos work with yt-dlp as well
  • Having trouble with youtube-dl fork.
    Hello. I'm currently trying to download some Niconico videos that will be deleted at the end of this month, using this fork of youtube-dl. However, when I try to run a command, I get this error:
  • Bilibili Playlist Downloading | 2021-06-11
    Bilibili doesn't have playlists afaik. Do you mean channels/anthologies? If so, both animelover1984/youtube-dl and yt-dlp can download them
  • niconico / no longer working? | 2021-06-04
    Other than animelover1984/youtube-dl, yt-dlp also works | 2021-06-04
  • How can I install animelover1984's youtube-dl branch on Windows? | 2021-05-16
    Also, if you already have git installed, the easiest way is py -m pip install git+
  • Horahora: Collaborative Video Archival and Hosting for Niconico/Bilibili/YT, now in Alpha | 2021-04-05
    (this project uses a yt-dl fork I contribute to,
  • yt-dlp release 2021.03.21 | 2021-03-21
    [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 | 2021-03-17
    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 | 2021-03-17
    relevent issue reports
  • Download album and separate tracks/chapters | 2021-03-08
    animelover1984/youtube-dl has this feature using --split-tracks


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animelover1984/youtube-dl is an open source project licensed under GNU General Public License v3.0 or later which is an OSI approved license.

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