How to download video from youtube using python module ?

Author: neptune | 26th-May-2021 | views: 31

We are going to learn how to download youtube videos using python module.

First of all you need to install the youtube-dl module. For installation follow the steps and commands.

Note: Windows user use pip instead of pip3.

~$ pip3 install youtube-dl
Collecting youtube-dl
Downloading youtube_dl-2020.6.16.1-py2.py3-none-any.whl (1.8 MB)
|████████████████████████████████| 1.8 MB 273 kB/s
Installing collected packages: youtube-dl
Successfully installed youtube-dl-2020.6.16.1

After installation you need a single command to download video, copy the link of video form the browser. As shown below paste the link in command prompt or terminal followed by youtube-dl.

~$ youtube-dl
[youtube] jppi2eUAq2w: Downloading webpage
[download] Destination: Stay Home And Sing With Me-jppi2eUAq2w.mp4
[download] 0.4% of 758.49MiB at 241.61KiB/s ETA 53:20^Z

Downloading started.

You can also create a python script to download multiple videos at once.

For that create a python file (eg. and paste the below script or code into the file.

import youtube_dl

def download():
video_url = input("Enter URL: ")
video_info = youtube_dl.YoutubeDL().extract_info(
url=video_url, download = False
file = f"{video_info['title']}.mp3"
with youtube_dl.YoutubeDL(options) as ydl:[video_info['webpage_url']])

if __name__ == '__main__':

With the help of this you can also download entire playlists, metadata, thumbnails, subtitles, annotations, descriptions, audio, and many more more easily.

  1. 'format':'bestvideo+bestaudio' it will download the file in best quality.
  2. 'writethumbnail':'writethumbnail' download thumbnail image of video.
  3. 'writesubtitles':'writesubtitles' if subtitle is avilable then it will download.
  4. 'writedescription':'writedescription' write video description in a file.

I hope you successfully download the video if you face any problem plz let me know in the comment section.

Thanks for Reading!

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