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YouTube-DL GUI 0.4 Ships With New User Interface, More [PPA]

After two years since the previous version, a new YouTube-DL GUI (YouTube-DLG) version was made available for download recently. The new 0.4 version ships with a a new user interface, easier format and save path selection and more.

YouTube DL GUI

YouTube-DL GUI is, like its name suggests, a graphical user interface for the powerful command line tool youtube-dl, available for Linux and Windows. In case you’re not familiar with youtube-dl, this is a popular tool that allows downloading videos from YouTube and around 1000 other websites.

YouTube-DL GUI features include:

  • options to select the video and audio format;
  • post-processing options such as: extract audio from video file, embed thumbnail in audio file, add metadata, select audio quality;
  • can embed subtitles into the video file (mp4 only);
  • configurable filename format for the downloaded audio/video file;
  • supports authentication;
  • allows using a proxy;
  • can specify user agent and referrer;
  • supports passing extra youtube-dl command line options.

YouTUbe-DL GUI automatically downloads (and updates) the youtube-dl binary so you don’t have to worry about having an old youtube-dl that no longer works. By default, the binary is saved under the ~/.config/youtube-dlg directory.

For post-processing, the application uses FFmpeg, so you’ll need this installed for some options, like merging DASH files, etc.

Changes in YouTube-DL GUI 0.4:

  • new user interface;
  • easier format selection (now available directly in the main UI, and not in the app settings);
  • easier save path selection (now available directly in the main UI, and not in the app settings);
  • added new options to move item in queue, pause, play, delete, pause, etc.;
  • added new supported youtube-dl options: -v, –ignore-config, –hls-prefer-native, –no-mtime, etc.;
  • added option for embedding thumbnails to audio files;
  • support for new output templates;
  • added generic video formats (3gp, mp4, webm, etc..);
  • added dynamic format options: the “default” format option in the UI downloads the best available format (“best” option in youtube-dl), while setting the default format as well as enabling the ‘Extract audio from video file’ option will download the best audio (“bestaudio” option in youtube-dl) available;
  • post-processing:
    • calculate final size of post process files;
    • extract final extension after merging process;
    • extract final extension after recording process;
  • bug fixes and various other changes.

For more information, see the YouTube-DL GUI changelog.

Using the new YouTube-DL GUI is fairly easy. Simple enter the URL (or multiple URLs) in the “Enter URLs below” box, then click “Add”. To start downloading, click the start button (cloud icon in the bottom right hand side corner of the app window).

Install YouTube-DL GUI in Ubuntu or Linux Mint

YouTube-DL GUI is available in the main WebUpd8 PPA, for Ubuntu 17.04 and 16.04 / Linux Mint 18.x. To add the PPA and install the application, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install youtube-dlg

If you don’t want to add the PPA, you can grab the deb from HERE. Important: you’ll also need the twodict package (new dependency), which is available HERE.
The latest YouTube-DL GUI doesn’t work in Ubuntu 14.04 because it requires wxPython 3 which is not available in the official Trusty repositories. The old version still works though.

For other Linux distributions and Windows, see the YouTube-DL GUI GitHub page.

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Why Rhythmbox Looks Very Different in Ubuntu 17.10

Rhythmbox Alternative Toolbar OverviewThe Rhythmbox music player will look very different in Ubuntu 17.10, due for release later this year. But the changes on show aren’t because there’s been a new release. Instead, Ubuntu devs plan to make use of a new third-party plugin to give the player a dramatic new look and feel. According to this bug […]

This post, Why Rhythmbox Looks Very Different in Ubuntu 17.10, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Nemo 3.4 Without Cinnamon Dependencies Available In PPA For Ubuntu 17.04 And 16.04

Nemo 3.4 (3.4.7 at the time I’m writing this article) without Cinnamon dependencies and with Unity patches is now available in the WebUpd8 Nemo 3 PPA, for Ubuntu 17.04 and 16.04.
While it comes with some Unity patches, this Nemo version should work with other desktop environments as well, like GNOME (Shell), etc.

Nemo 3.4 file manager

Nemo was forked from the old Nautilus 3.4 (before it lost quite a few features) and is the default file manager of the Cinnamon desktop environment. It includes features that are no longer available in Nautilus, such as dual panes, configurable toolbar and much, much more.

Among the changes in Nemo 3.4 are:

  • separate processes for Nemo and the desktop handling;
  • a new desktop icon mode is available: desktop grid. This new mode allows changing the icon size (smaller, normal, larger) as well as the icon orientation (horizontal or vertical), sort by name, date, type or size, auto-arrange or manual layout, and align to grid;
  • simpler date formats for the last modified column in list view;
  • wildcard support in file searches;
  • Firefox-like support for middle-click and Ctrl key in Nemo navigation buttons to open new tabs;
  • you can now change the desktop font (font face and size). To do this, use Dconf Editor (under org > nemo > desktop > font);
  • other improvements and bug fixes.

Nemo 3.4 file manager

Note that the new desktop grid mode is set as default. If you want to use the old desktop layout, use Dconf Editor to enable it (go to org > nemo > desktop > use-desktop-grid and set it to false).
You can configure the spacing for the new desktop grid layout. You can do this using Dconf Editor, under org > nemo > desktop > horizontal-grid-adjust (or vertical-grid-adjust).
I also have to mention that if you set the layout to horizontal while using the new desktop grid, this will also affect the old desktop layout if you go back to it. I’m not sure if this is intended or it’s a bug. Also, while using the old desktop layout with a horizontal icon orientation, there’s a bug – when moving a file when moving a file or folder from one desktop to another, the file/folder continues to show up on the original desktop until that desktop is refreshed (e.g. using Ctrl + r).

Install Nemo 3.4 without Cinnamon dependencies and with Unity patches in Ubuntu 17.04 or 16.04


For how to install the latest Nemo 3.4 in Ubuntu 17.04 and 16.04 (and derivatives), see THIS article (it was initially posted for Nemo 3.2, but the PPA now provides Nemo 3.4).

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A Small Unity Feature Missing in GNOME Shell [Video]

Ubuntu mouse by Shannon BlackA world of change is headed to Ubuntu as the distro switches from Unity to GNOME Shell. Long time Unity users accustomed to the workflow, feature set and quirks of Ubuntu’s incumbent releases will need to adapt to different ways of doing familiar things in its upcoming ones. Thankfully there’s no major interaction gulf between […]

This post, A Small Unity Feature Missing in GNOME Shell [Video], was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Notes, the Mac-Inspired Note Taking App, Has Been Updated

Remember that Mac-inspired Notes app we mentioned well over a year ago? Well it just received a big ol’ update, and we reckon some of you will want to know about it. The new release is “about creating a robust core-experience” according to its developer, and among the changes in this update: Design tweaks System tray […]

This post, Notes, the Mac-Inspired Note Taking App, Has Been Updated, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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