Mini-Review: GUIs for youtube-dl

Although I mostly use FlashGot to download Youtube videos (and also media from other websites), sometimes I turned to youtube-dl when I want to download multiple videos, subtitles, or playlists. It’s a great app, but I’ll always prefer a GUI. I suck at remembering commands, I even have to open the man page most of the time.

Fortunately, some generous people have made GUIs for this app…

YouTube DL GUI

If you want youtube-dl to be more user friendly without sacrificing features, this app will suit you. Behind its simple interface, there’s a lot of options, including video format selection, video-audio conversion, subtitles, custom filenames, authentication, and after-download shutdown. It doesn’t represent all features youtube-dl has to offer, but you can add your own commands from the Options.






YouTube DL GUI can be downloaded from Github (Windows versions are also available there) or Webupd8’s PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install youtube-dlg

YouTube Indicator

Compared to the previous app, YouTube Indicator is much simpler. It sits on your notification area, waiting for you to copy a YouTube link (or links from other sites youtube-dl supports).


When you do it, a window would appear, asking you to choose from several available formats, and you can download more than one of them at once.



It only has four options.


YouTube Indicator was made by Lorenzo Carbonell Cerezo/Atareao, the guy behind My Weather Indicator and CPU-G. You can download it from Github or PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt update
sudo apt install youtube-indicator

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