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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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Nuclear is a Multi-Source Desktop Music Player

If you feel there’s a gap in your life for an Electron-based, cross-platform music player capable of streaming from multiple online sources, I’ve a plug for you. Nuclear is a (rather naughty) music streaming app that “pulls in content from free sources all over the internet”. In aim it’s somewhat similar to Tomahawk, but visually owes more to an ultra […]

This post, Nuclear is a Multi-Source Desktop Music Player, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Floating YouTube Videos on the Ubuntu Desktop

yout youtube playlist playerLooking for a neat-o way to play YouTube playlists on your desktop, outside your browser? Take a looksie at Yout, an Electron app that lets you add and watch YouTube playlists on your desktop, floating window stylee. Yout is not the most user-friendly of apps. The first time you run it you won’t be entirely sure how you […]

This post, Floating YouTube Videos on the Ubuntu Desktop, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Download Torrents And YouTube Videos With FrostWire

FrostWire is a free, open source Java downloader, BitTorrent client and media player, which comes with a built-in multi-tracker search (like TPB, Yify, Mininova, etc.) as well as YouTube and SoundCloud search/download support. The application is available for Linux, Windows, Mac OS X and Android.
FrostWire Ubuntu
The app is not new but I’ve never covered it on WebUpd8 and after receiving a review request and trying it recently, I decided it deserves an article here since it’s a really good app, despite being a bit bloated.

Probably the most important FrostWire feature is its ability to search multiple BitTorrent trackers in the same time as well as YouTube, SoundCloud and Archive.org. The search results are filtered by file type audio, video, images, documents or apps so the results don’t get cluttered with stuff you don’t need which is much needed, considering the multiple sources the app is able to search:

FrostWire Ubuntu

FrostWire will connect to all the major BitTorrent indexes of the internet and pre-fetch torrents (via the libtorrent DHT or via HTTP if it can’t find it on the DHT), it will then index locally all the available metadata that’s indexed by the torrent file, as the user searches, the local index gets better and better to yield richer and instant results“.

At the time I’m writing this article, FrostWire supports searching and downloading content from TPB, FrostClick, KAT, Yify, BitSnoop, Extratorrent, Mininova, Monova, TorLock and BTJunkie BitTorrent trackers / search engines as well YouTube, SoundCloud and Archive.org.
For YouTube, the app allows downloading the audio only or the complete video and you can choose which format to download (1080p video downloads are supported).
Another very important FrostWire feature is the ability to play audio and video while downloading from the BitTorrent networks and previewing the content from YouTube or SoundCloud before downloading:

For this, the app comes with a built-in media player but you can also use external players such as VLC. For YouTube and SoundCloud previewing though, only the internal player is supported or at least that was the case in my test.
There’s even an integrated media library which organizes your downloads in various categories (audio, video, images, programs, books/docs) and there’s also a huge list of online radio stations available and an option to add more stations (one note though: many of the stations I’ve tried didn’t work):

And finally, the last major feature available in FrostWire is the ability to easily share content with your friends or between multiple devices (such as your desktop and Android device) – for how to send files from an Android device to a desktop, see THIS video. It’s important to mention that once you share a file, it’s available to everybody on the BitTorrent network so keep this in mind before using this feature.
Under the hood, FrostWire uses frostwire-jlibtorrent, a swig Java interface for libtorrent for the BitTorrent part and MPlayer for media playback, along with H2 database and Lucene indexes for the search. For more information, see its GitHub page.
The application was updated recently (v6.1.3) with lots of fixes (including a fix for saving downloads on external drives), Windows 10 compatibility, fixed Soundcloud search and download, resumable Archive.org downloads as well as important changes on the way the BitTorrent engine works which allowed simplifying seeding settings.

Download FrostWire

Download FrostWire – binaries available for Linux (64bit only): deb, rpm and generic, Windows, Mac OS X and Android as well as source

Report any bugs you may find in the desktop version HERE.

Thanks to Giancarlo

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mps-youtube Migrates To YouTube API v3, Gets Ubuntu Sound Menu Support

mps-youtube 0.2.4 was released today and with this version, the app was migrated to YouTube API v3. This is an important change because the old v2 API was shut down recently so previous mps-youtube versions no longer work.

Another important change in this release is the addition of MPRIS v2 support, which means that mps-youtube can now make use of Ubuntu’s Sound Menu, GNOME Shell Media Player Indicator extension and so on.

mps-youtube is a command line YouTube audio player which supports both local and YouTube playlists (with built-in YouTube search).
By default, the app plays only the audio (it only downloads the audio stream, great for those with limited data plans) however, you can enable video playback from its options and in this case, mpv or mplayer is used to play the videos (other players might work, but only mpv and mplayer are officially supported).

Other mps-youtube features include downloading YouTube audio/video (including 1080p videos) – either single videos or complete YouTube playlists, transcode audio to mp3 and other formats (requires ffmpeg or avconv), optional system notifications as well as many other small but useful features.

mps-youtube 0.2.4

The latest mps-youtube 0.2.4 brings support for Data API v3, an important change because the old v2 API was shut down recently so previous mps-youtube versions no longer work.
Another important change in mps-youtube 0.2.4 is the addition of MPRIS v2 support. This allows integrating mps-youtube with the Ubuntu Sound Menu, GNOME Shell Mediaplayer Indicator extension and others.
To get this to work with the Ubuntu Sound Menu (used by default in Ubuntu w/ Unity and Xubuntu), you need to install a desktop file for mps-youtube. To speed things up, I created a desktop file for you and to install it, along with an YouTube icon, simply use the following commands (or download it from HERE and install it manually):
sudo apt-get install wget
cd /tmp
wget https://github.com/hotice/webupd8/raw/master/mps-youtube.tar.gz
tar -xvf mps-youtube.tar.gz
sudo cp /tmp/mps-youtube/youtube.png /usr/share/pixmaps/
sudo desktop-file-install /tmp/mps-youtube/mps-youtube.desktop
Then, start playing a song/video in mps-youtube and it should show up in the Ubuntu Sound Menu:

For GNOME Shell Mediaplayer Indicator extension, mps-youtube doesn’t need a desktop file and it should work without any tweaks:

Besides these changes, mps-youtube 0.2.4 includes bug fixes:

  • Fix issue with rate-limiting in “album” command
  • Fix display issue with small terminal width

For how to install and configure mps-youtube, see THIS article.

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