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A YouTube/Youku video downloader written in Python 3.

Project description


You-Get is a video downloader runs on Python 3. It aims at easing the download of videos on YouTube, Youku/Tudou (biggest online video providers in China), etc., in one script.

See the project homepage for further documentation.

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Supported Sites (As of Now)


  • Python 3
  • (Optional) FFmpeg
    • Used for converting and joining video files.


  1. Install via Pip:

    $ pip install you-get

    Check if the installation was successful:

    $ you-get -V
  2. Install via EasyInstall:

    $ easy_install you-get

    Check if the installation was successful:

    $ you-get -V
  3. Install from Git:

    $ git clone git://

    Use the raw script without installation:

    $ cd you-get/
    $ ./you-get -V

    To install the package into the system path, execute:

    $ make install

    Or (on Windows):

    > install

    Check if the installation was successful:

    $ you-get -V
  4. Direct download:

    $ wget -O
    $ unzip

    Use the raw script without installation:

    $ cd soimort-you-get-*/
    $ ./you-get -V

    To install the package into the system path, execute:

    $ make install

    Or (on Windows):

    > install

    Check if the installation was successful:

    $ you-get -V
  5. Install from AUR (Arch User Repository):

    Click here.

Examples (For End-Users)

Display the information of the video without downloading:

$ you-get -i

Download the video:

$ you-get

Download multiple videos:

$ you-get

By default, program will skip any video that already exists in the local directory when downloading. If a temporary file (ends with a “.download” filename extension) is found, program will resume the download from last session.

To enforce re-downloading of videos, use ‘-f’ option (this will overwrite any existing video or temporary file, rather than skipping or resuming them):

$ you-get -f

Set the output directory for downloaded files:

$ you-get -o ~/Downloads

Use a specific HTTP proxy for downloading:

$ you-get -x

By default, Python will apply the system proxy settings (i.e. environment variable $http_proxy). To cancel the use of proxy, use ‘–no-proxy’ option:

$ you-get --no-proxy

Command-Line Options

For a complete list of all available options, see:

$ you-get --help

Examples (For Developers)

In Python 3 (interactive):

>>> import you_get

>>> you_get.__version__

>>> you_get.youtube_download("", info_only = True)
Video Site:
Title:      If you're good at something, never do it for free!
Type:       WebM video (video/webm)
Size:       0.13 MB (133176 Bytes)

>>> you_get.any_download("")
Video Site:
Title:      Mort from Madagascar LIKES
Type:       WebM video (video/webm)
Size:       1.78 MB (1867072 Bytes)

Downloading Mort from Madagascar LIKES.webm ...
100.0% (  1.8/1.8  MB) [========================================] 1/1

API Reference

See source code.


You-Get is licensed under the MIT license.



Date: 2012-12-12

  • YouTube: fix some major issues on parsing video titles.


Date: 2012-12-10

  • YouTube: downloading the highest available quality now.
  • Add support for:
    • SoundCloud


Date: 2012-12-01

  • Add support for:
    • QQ
  • Small fixes merged from youku-lixian.


Date: 2012-11-30

  • Fix issue #30 for bilibili.


Date: 2012-11-29

  • Fix issue #28 for Tudou.
  • Better support for AcFun.


Date: 2012-10-30

  • Nothing new.


Date: 2012-10-30

  • Fix issue #20 for AcFun.


Date: 2012-10-23

  • Move on to Python 3.3!
  • Fix issues:


Date: 2012-10-16

  • Add support for:
    • Google+


Date: 2012-10-09

  • Fix issue #16.


Date: 2012-10-02

  • Fix issue #15 for AcFun.


Date: 2012-09-28

  • Fix issue #6 for YouTube.


Date: 2012-09-26

  • Fix issue #5 for YinYueTai.


Date: 2012-09-25

  • Add support for:
    • Dailymotion


Date: 2012-09-18

  • Use FFmpeg for converting and joining video files.
  • Add ‘–url’ and ‘–debug’ options.


Date: 2012-09-17

  • Add danmaku support for AcFun and bilibili.
  • Fix issue #2 and #4 for YouTube.
  • Temporarily fix issue for iQIYI (use .ts instead of .f4v).


Date: 2012-09-02

  • Add support for:
    • ifeng


Date: 2012-09-02

  • Add support for:
    • Vimeo
    • AcFun
    • bilibili
    • CNTV
    • iQIYI
    • Ku6
    • PPTV
    • Sina
    • Sohu
    • 56


Date: 2012-09-01

  • Playlist URLs are now automatically handled. (‘–playlist’ option is no longer needed)
  • Handle KeyboardInterrupt silently.
  • Fix Unicode character display on code pages.


Date: 2012-09-01

  • First PyPI release.
  • Fix issue #1.


Date: 2012-08-21

  • Initial release, forked from iambus/youku-lixian; add:
    • YouTube support.
    • Pausing and resuming of downloads.
    • HTTP proxy settings.

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