YouTube is an endless source of entertainment, be it stuff you’re proud to share you like or stuff you would rather others not know about (see: David’s history of watching old WWE Royal Rumbles). I watch a lot of YouTube in hotels and on flights when I don’t have internet access, so I use youtube-dl to download YouTube videos; it’s quick, easy, and makes online content available offline.
While youtube-dl allows you to download single videos in a variety of formats, I wanted to push youtube-dl harder to see if I could use the utility to download all of the Script & Style Show’s content to build a RSS feed for iTunes. I found it’s very easy to download a YouTube channel’s videos with one command:
# Download channel's videos in best format
youtube-dl -f best -citw -v https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYVTUh34eDCAXrB5iIWH4yA
For my purposes I want to immediately convert the videos to MP3:
# Download channel's videos in MP3 format
youtube-dl -f mp3 -citw -v https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYVTUh34eDCAXrB5iIWH4yA
youtube-dl is an amazing utility, especially when you consider all of the options available to the user.