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Download youtube videos of different filetypes.

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downyt - Downloading from YouTube

This project is deprecated! This little tool was written to fill a void that turned out it wasn’t there. After I found youtube-dl I can only recommend it for completeness and robustness:


downyt is a simple commandline tool to make youtube videos available for offline watching. It takes a youtube video URL or even just the video ID and download it to your local storage. That’s it! Nothing more, nothing less. It might not change your life but it’ll probably take the spinner out of your underground commute…


downyt is primarily implemented in Python 3.3. I’m planning on making it work with Python 2.7 as well but it is currently untested and might now work. All instructions assume that you have Python 3.3 setup.

It’s simple, just get it from PyPI:

pip install downyt

or install the latest version from github:

pip install git+


You can download a video from YouTube by providing it’s URL or video ID. An example would be:



downyt '1coLC-MUCJc'

Both command will download the video into the current directory in the MP4 format. Alternatively, you can specify the output format and directory like this:

downyt '1coLC-MUCJc' -t webm -o ~/Downloads

In addition, you can define the default download directory in a config file in your home directory. Put the following in $HOME/.downyt/config.yml and it will be used if no output directory is specified:

output_dir: /home/username/Downloads

That’s all there is to know.


This project is released under the MIT License.

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  • Added changelog file to package manifest.


  • Initial release of the project.

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