Although I seldom actually "use" YouTube (and when I do it's with some heavy uBlock filters), there are a handful of channels I like keeping up with including NotJustBikes, PBS Spacetime, and Science Fiction with Isaac Arthur - just to name a few. One of the more useful programs I've been using for the past year is yt-dlp, a fork of youtube-dl (which hasn't been updated in a few years and very slow and painful as a result). yt-dlp has been a real blessing from the computer gods. It's a commandline program written in python for downloading audio and video from YouTube. I use yt-dlp with my rss reader newsboat that lists a handful of YouTube channels I follow. This means I rarely ever need to go to youtube.com.
If you're using Arch Linux, yt-dlp can be installed via the main arch repo. Otherwise, instructions can be found on the project's GitHub page. Below are some basics commands.
|yt-dlp [video URL]||Download YouTube video at highest quality|
|yt-dlp [video URL] -F||Lists all avalable formats of specified video, including videos of different resolutions and audio of different bit rate|
|yt-dlp -f [number] [video URL]||Download specified audio or video format from the output with the "-F" flag from above|
|Command||Description||yt-dlp -x [video URL]||Downlad audio only|
|yt-dlp --audio-quality 0 [video URL]||Download audio at max quality (0 is the highest, 9 the lowest)|
|yt-dlp --all-subs --skip-download [video URL]||Download all available subtitles|
|yt-dlp --list-subs [video URL]||Lists all available subtitles|
|yt-dlp [video URL] --merge-output-format mkv||Merges the output of file into an MKV|
Arch Wiki: yt-dlp
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