a cli program to download video at m3u8 url
m3u8downloader is a tool to download video at a m3u8 link. HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) is becoming popular. m3u8 playlist is used by HLS to serve video fragments of different quality to different clients. This tool supports HLS master playlist and media playlist. If master playlist is given, it selects the highest resolution automatically. HLS fragment encryption is supported. Resume from partial download is supported, just rerun the same command to continue.
ffmpeg is used to convert the downloaded fragments into final mp4 video file.
To install m3u8downloader, simply:
$ sudo apt install -y ffmpeg $ pip install --user m3u8downloader
Example command line usage:
downloadm3u8 -o ~/Downloads/foo.mp4 https://example.com/path/to/foo.m3u8
If ~/.local/bin is not in $PATH, you can use full path:
~/.local/bin/downloadm3u8 -o ~/Downloads/foo.mp4 https://example.com/path/to/foo.m3u8
Here is built-in command line help:
usage: m3u8downloader [-h] [--version] [--debug] --output OUTPUT [--tempdir TEMPDIR] [--concurrency N] URL download video at m3u8 url positional arguments: URL the m3u8 url optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit --version show program's version number and exit --debug enable debug log --output OUTPUT, -o OUTPUT output video filename, e.g. ~/Downloads/foo.mp4 --tempdir TEMPDIR temp dir, used to store .ts files before combing them into mp4 --concurrency N, -c N number of fragments to download at a time
This command line tool doesn’t have extra documents.
This tool only parses minimum m3u8 extensions for selecting media playlist from master playlist, downloading key and fragments from media playlist. If a m3u8 file doesn’t download correctly, it’s probably some new extension was added to the HLS spec which this tool isn’t aware of.
- fix a regression in v0.8.4. the v0.8.4 release should be avoided. Either use v0.8.3 or v0.8.6+
- minor bugfix: still try rewrite path when using m3u8 file from cache. when rewrite path in m3u8 file, do not rewrite if path has already been rewritten before. This is a minor change, it only fix things when process is killed when .m3u8 file is downloaded but path in it has not been rewritten yet.
- bugfix: ensure output file name and temp dir name is always valid for windows platform.
- bugfix: should rewrite key uri to local file path.
- some bugfix for windows platform.
- v0.8.0 2019-03-31
- add logrotate for log handler
- v0.7.8 2019-03-09
- bugfix: fragment url rewrite fail for some cases
- v0.7.7 2019-03-08
- bugfix: always rewrite fragment url to local abs path
- v0.7.5 2019-03-07
- set default log level to INFO
- v0.7.4 2019-03-07
- initial release
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