The following dependencies are necessary:
Option 1: Install via pip
$ pip3 install you-get
Option 2: Install via Antigen (for Zsh users)
Add the following line to your
antigen bundle soimort/you-get
Option 3: Download from GitHub
You may either download the stable (identical with the latest release on PyPI) or the develop (more hotfixes, unstable features) branch of
you-get. Unzip it, and put the directory containing the
you-get script into your
$ [sudo] python3 setup.py install
$ python3 setup.py install --user
you-get to a permanent path.
Option 4: Git clone
This is the recommended way for all developers, even if you don’t often code in Python.
$ git clone git://github.com/soimort/you-get.git
Then put the cloned directory into your
PATH, or run
./setup.py install to install
you-get to a permanent path.
Option 5: Homebrew (Mac only)
You can install
you-get easily via:
$ brew install you-get
Option 6: pkg (FreeBSD only)
You can install
you-get easily via:
# pkg install you-get
Completion definitions for Bash, Fish and Zsh can be found in
contrib/completion. Please consult your shell’s manual for how to take advantage of them.
Based on which option you chose to install
you-get, you may upgrade it via:
$ pip3 install --upgrade you-get
or download the latest release via:
$ you-get https://github.com/soimort/you-get/archive/master.zip
In order to get the latest
develop branch without messing up the PIP, you can try:
$ pip3 install --upgrade git+https://github.com/soimort/you-get@develop
Download a video
When you get a video of interest, you might want to use the
-i option to see all available quality and formats:
$ you-get -i 'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNQXAC9IVRw' site: YouTube title: Me at the zoo streams: # Available quality and codecs [ DASH ] ____________________________________ - itag: 242 container: webm quality: 320x240 size: 0.6 MiB (618358 bytes) # download-with: you-get --itag=242 [URL] - itag: 395 container: mp4 quality: 320x240 size: 0.5 MiB (550743 bytes) # download-with: you-get --itag=395 [URL] - itag: 133 container: mp4 quality: 320x240 size: 0.5 MiB (498558 bytes) # download-with: you-get --itag=133 [URL] - itag: 278 container: webm quality: 192x144 size: 0.4 MiB (392857 bytes) # download-with: you-get --itag=278 [URL] - itag: 160 container: mp4 quality: 192x144 size: 0.4 MiB (370882 bytes) # download-with: you-get --itag=160 [URL] - itag: 394 container: mp4 quality: 192x144 size: 0.4 MiB (367261 bytes) # download-with: you-get --itag=394 [URL] [ DEFAULT ] _________________________________ - itag: 43 container: webm quality: medium size: 0.5 MiB (568748 bytes) # download-with: you-get --itag=43 [URL] - itag: 18 container: mp4 quality: small # download-with: you-get --itag=18 [URL] - itag: 36 container: 3gp quality: small # download-with: you-get --itag=36 [URL] - itag: 17 container: 3gp quality: small # download-with: you-get --itag=17 [URL]
By default, the one on the top is the one you will get. If that looks cool to you, download it:
$ you-get 'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNQXAC9IVRw' site: YouTube title: Me at the zoo stream: - itag: 242 container: webm quality: 320x240 size: 0.6 MiB (618358 bytes) # download-with: you-get --itag=242 [URL] Downloading Me at the zoo.webm ... 100% ( 0.6/ 0.6MB) ├██████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████┤[2/2] 2 MB/s Merging video parts... Merged into Me at the zoo.webm Saving Me at the zoo.en.srt ... Done.
(If a YouTube video has any closed captions, they will be downloaded together with the video file, in SubRip subtitle format.)
Or, if you prefer another format (mp4), just use whatever the option
you-get shows to you:
$ you-get --itag=18 'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNQXAC9IVRw'
- At this point, format selection has not been generally implemented for most of our supported sites; in that case, the default format to download is the one with the highest quality.
ffmpegis a required dependency, for downloading and joining videos streamed in multiple parts (e.g. on some sites like Youku), and for YouTube videos of 1080p or high resolution.
- If you don’t want
you-getto join video parts after downloading them, use the
Download anything else
If you already have the URL of the exact resource you want, you can download it directly with:
$ you-get https://stallman.org/rms.jpg Site: stallman.org Title: rms Type: JPEG Image (image/jpeg) Size: 0.06 MiB (66482 Bytes) Downloading rms.jpg ... 100.0% ( 0.1/0.1 MB) ├████████████████████████████████████████┤[1/1] 127 kB/s
you-get will scrape the web page and try to figure out if there’s anything interesting to you:
$ you-get http://kopasas.tumblr.com/post/69361932517 Site: Tumblr.com Title: kopasas Type: Unknown type (None) Size: 0.51 MiB (536583 Bytes) Site: Tumblr.com Title: tumblr_mxhg13jx4n1sftq6do1_1280 Type: Portable Network Graphics (image/png) Size: 0.51 MiB (536583 Bytes) Downloading tumblr_mxhg13jx4n1sftq6do1_1280.png ... 100.0% ( 0.5/0.5 MB) ├████████████████████████████████████████┤[1/1] 22 MB/s
- This feature is an experimental one and far from perfect. It works best on scraping large-sized images from popular websites like Tumblr and Blogger, but there is really no universal pattern that can apply to any site on the Internet.
Search on Google Videos and download
You can pass literally anything to
you-get. If it isn’t a valid URL,
you-get will do a Google search and download the most relevant video for you. (It might not be exactly the thing you wish to see, but still very likely.)
$ you-get "Richard Stallman eats"
Pause and resume a download
You may use Ctrl+C to interrupt a download.
.download file is kept in the output directory. Next time you run
you-get with the same arguments, the download progress will resume from the last session. In case the file is completely downloaded (the temporary
.download extension is gone),
you-get will just skip the download.
To enforce re-downloading, use the
-f option. (Warning: doing so will overwrite any existing file or temporary file with the same name!)
Set the path and name of downloaded file
-o option to set the path, and
-O to set the name of the downloaded file:
$ you-get -o ~/Videos -O zoo.webm 'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNQXAC9IVRw'
- These options are helpful if you encounter problems with the default video titles, which may contain special characters that do not play well with your current shell / operating system / filesystem.
- These options are also helpful if you write a script to batch download files and put them into designated folders with designated names.
You may specify an HTTP proxy for
you-get to use, via the
$ you-get -x 127.0.0.1:8087 'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNQXAC9IVRw'
However, the system proxy setting (i.e. the environment variable
http_proxy) is applied by default. To disable any proxy, use the
- If you need to use proxies a lot (in case your network is blocking certain sites), you might want to use
you-getwith proxychains and set
alias you-get="proxychains -q you-get"(in Bash).
- For some websites (e.g. Youku), if you need access to some videos that are only available in mainland China, there is an option of using a specific proxy to extract video information from the site:
Watch a video
-p option to feed the video into your media player of choice, e.g.
vlc, instead of downloading it:
$ you-get -p vlc 'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNQXAC9IVRw'
Or, if you prefer to watch the video in a browser, just without ads or comment section:
$ you-get -p chromium 'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNQXAC9IVRw'
- It is possible to use the
-poption to start another download manager, e.g.,
you-get -p uget-gtk 'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNQXAC9IVRw', though they may not play together very well.
Not all videos are publicly available to anyone. If you need to log in your account to access something (e.g., a private video), it would be unavoidable to feed the browser cookies to
you-get via the
- As of now, we are supporting two formats of browser cookies: Mozilla
Reuse extracted data
-u to get a list of downloadable resource URLs extracted from the page. Use
--json to get an abstract of extracted data in the JSON format.