Thursday, September 9, 2010

Download YouTube videos in Ubuntu

There are plenty of ways to download videos from services such as YouTube to your hard-drive – ranging from command line foo & dedicated desktop applications, down to a simple bit of file-browsing.

ClipGrab is another of these, albeit with a slightly fresher-looking interface than most. It not only lets you download videos from sites like YouTube to your hard-drive but chucks in the ability to convert them to other popular formats – including audio only – as well.

"With ClipGrab the download of online videos is a breeze."

What makes the tool particularly attractive its competitors is the cross-platform nature; if you use OS X or Windows alongside Ubuntu but want to maintain a degree of familiarity between them then ClibGrab is well worth considering.

Supported sites

  • YouTube
  • Clipfish
  • College Humor
  • Daily Motion
  • MyVideo
  • MySpass
  • Sevenload
  • Tudou
  • Vimeo

Download & Install

You won’t be surprised to learn that ClipGrab has a PPA, right? Add it using a terminal: -

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:clipgrab-team/ppa

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install clipgrab

Video downloaded with ClibGrab

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1 comment:

  1. I have been using the "downloadhelper" Firefox add-on for a long time and it's turned to be fast and reliable.

    In Firefox, go to Tools, Add-ons and search for all add-ons. Once installed, open any page containing videos or other media you want to download. When a video starts playing, for example, the three downloadhelper balls will start revolving in the menu bar. Click on the little arrow next to the revolving balls and choose the media you want to download.

    As easy as that.


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