Download all videos from a YouTube playlist

Download an entire Youtube playlist using a free command line application

The reason why you want to download a playlist of Youtube may be to bring with you the entertainment of the favorite channels where we have to face a journey and we already know that we do not have an internet line available. Or simply have a backup of a channel we love and we want to make sure the videos are viewed before the owner deletes it or makes it private. I follow this procedure to download music videos from music channels without copyright to make compilations to listen to in the car, for example.

We proceed

First we have to provide to download the software that we will use, youtube-dl, totally free, unpacking it into a folder on our computer. We will find the file youtube-dl.exe, which will be the executable that we will use at the command line. We open the command prompt, position ourselves on the path where we have moved the executable and use the command

youtube-dl [link of the playlist to download]

When the ENTER key is pressed, the procedure will begin to analyze the contents of the entire specified playlist and download all the videos one after the other in the folder where the executable is located. It is interesting to know that the videos will have the title of the video saved in YouTube as their name, and the date of the last modification of the file will coincide with the date of publication of the video. The download will work until a DRM-covered video is found in the list. This means that we will only be able to download videos that will be protected by YouTube copyright.

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Francesco

Founder and CEO of Dummy-X since 2007, I share interests, ideas, projects, and IT solutions. I do not sell products, I limit myself to describing technologies and making available the right tools to realize ideas. Everything I write is the result of my work experience and my desire to learn. I have always been studying computer science in all its angles (software, hardware, networks and security) and in recent years I have specialized in the development of web applications. I am always open to new challenges and to research and knowledge of new technologies.
 

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