This is a macOS GUI front end for youtube-dl the cross-platform video downloader. It runs on any Apple Mac with OS X 10.10 or later.
It has been developed in AppleScript. The code is not protected and can be opened in Script Editor. It is code signed and should pass Gatekeeper.
Download individual videos and playlists.
Can download many videos at one time tested up to 5 concurrent downloads.
Works with YouTube, ITV, many video sites and Australian broadcasters: ABC iView, SBS On Demand, 7Plus, TenPlay, 9Now.
Can cancel individual downloads.
Options for download file format; remuxing; download a text description of the video; downloading and embedding subtitles, thumbnail images and metadata; downloading or extracting audio-only files.
Downloads chosen episodes from ABC iView show pages.
Multiple shows can be downloaded separately (in parallel) or in one process (sequentially).
Optional macOS Service for use in web browsers which copies the current URL, switches to MacYTDL and sets name of the video file to be downloaded.
All components downloaded and installed by MacYTDL, which can be controlled by the user. Component updates available in the app.
A separate log file is retained for each download enabling problem solving if a download fails.
Has a built-in uninstaller which moves all components to Trash.
Download and open the DMG file.
Read the Help file.
Click and drag MacYTDL to any location - it's best to use the Applications folder.
Click on "Yes" to install components and create a preferences folder when asked.
When main UI is displayed copy a video URL in your web browser, paste into the dialog and click on "Download".
Code signing added.
New version of browser service.
Bug fixes:ABC iView URLs should all work; URLs with unusual endings should work; path to downloads folder can have spaces and special characters.
For detail on prior versions see "MacYTDL version history" in the MacYTDL download.
Version 1.0: ==> https://app.box.com/s/9gxzfpov0byvn27tad1vrhaykt6ikeuo
Version 1.1: ==> https://app.box.com/s/71zsmzi1izhdzb7sevp4dx8np84hiluy
Version 1.2: ==> https://app.box.com/s/ovwklny6mo7y4hsya2qglxsdda46zu9b
Version 1.3: ==> https://app.box.com/s/ztzhxrqiwpjuqoqqn7gn60a97003a1v9
Version 1.4: ==> https://app.box.com/s/qnt5yrespajqlq0598gihy2j3lr8so90
Version 1.5: ==> Not available - had an installer bug
Version 1.5.1: ==> Not available - had a bug in metadata option
Version 1.5.2: ==> https://app.box.com/s/zymccu1mtmc33k8v7u5rg33ifqrsuzfg
Version 1.6: ==> Not available - had a lot installer and other bugs
Version 1.7: ==> https://app.box.com/s/ij8zxktyd2d8g0dxb3dg1mqcwtaj5nx8
Version 1.8: ==> https://app.box.com/s/8lsdoyfrh07t5e7nsskjo0tg6ffejz7c
Current version 1.9: ==> https://app.box.com/s/dgk0hgw255k34lzu4aeu4fs951cntbg4
Please post any suggestions, comments or better code to this thread, or send a private message to MacYTDL.
ฉ Vincentius, 24 April 2019
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Last edited by MacYTDL; 27th Apr 2019 at 01:30. Reason: Update to version 1.9
Great app that I had success with, with iView and Youtube. Unfortunately it didn't work for SBS on Demand. Any ideas?
Sorry you're having problems. It should work with SBS. Which show are you trying to get ? I've just downloaded a movie [Michael Clayton] with no trouble.
Check that you are using youtube-dl dated 24/9/17. Your MacYTDL dialog should have "youtube-dl version: 2017.09.24".
I am working on a new version. It traps errors, tries to fix filenames and has a nicer UI. Hope to be ready for release next week.
No need to be sorry at all mate. Appreciate the response.
Yep, using v. 2017.09.24. Tried to download the latest South Park episode: https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/1044232771617
New release! Awesome!
I just tried Michael Clayton but nothing. Am I grabbing the wrong URLs possibly?
I've sent a PM via Whirlpool. But, in case you're still there, I've just tried the link to that South Park episode - works for me. Does anything download at all ? If you have something like LittleSnitch you can see whether something is downloading (+ speed and location etc).
Which URL did you use for Michael Clayton ?
It'd be great to have the option which
- downloads the video as mp4 (--recode-video mp4)
- adds the subtitles into the video (--embed-subs)
I think I can do both. I'll just need to add those options to the GUI and the youtube-dl command my applet issues. Can't say when it will be ready - perhaps not until April. But, I will update this topic when it's ready.
I'm also looking at some other options:
- Check for MacYTDL updates.
- Add shortcut to Dock.
- Option to add ad-hoc ytdl arguments or use the ytdl config file.
- Function to delete old 'response' files.
- Tracking download progress [which is hard in AppleScript].
- Lots of other ideas.
Since this seems to be a Mac subject, probably better posted in our Mac Forum. Moving you.
And welcome to our forums.
I have just installed your app and it seems great. I am downloading a long file but notice that it isn't getting any bigger at the desktop destination. Is it being cached elsewhere before being assembled in this final location? It just seems like nothing is happening. Also where are the log files saved, perhaps I could check there?
[your Mac]/Users/[Your Home]/Library/Preferences/MacYTDL/Response files have names like this: "youtube-dl_response-World_War_II_Myths_Misconceptions_and_Surprises.tx t".
You can see the download progress before it finishes - click once on the response file and press the space bar. Downloads are at the speed of your internet connection or less if the source location is slow.
Response files store details echoed back by youtube-dl as it runs. The amount of detail can be increased by choosing the "verbose" option.
I'm hoping one day to have a true download progress meter.
Last edited by MacYTDL; 17th Mar 2018 at 21:17.
Hello, I just installed MacYTDL v. 1.6 on my Mac, and the installation seemed to go well, but when I try to run it, I get the following error message: "sh: /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl: Permission denied". I can choose between "OK" - which simply makes the error message disappear - and "Change" - which opens the Script Editor with the MacYTDL script in it... Since I do not know anything about scripts/the Script Editor, I do not know how to proceed, or what is the problem. Can anyone help please ? Thanks in advance !
The GPU on my iMac has died and so, it's difficult for me to do much at present. It does seem that something went wrong with the MacYTDL installation process on your Mac. All I can suggest right now is:
- Have a look in that folder: press command-shift-g then type usr/local/bin
- Does that folder exist ? Is there anything inside ? You should see youtube-dl, ffmpeg and ffprobe (at least).
- It looks like youtube-dl is in there. So, select it and press command-i (to get info on it). The details should look like the attached picture. It should be 1,702,856 bytes. If it is something else, delete it and restart MacYTDL.
- If youtube-dl is not in that folder, start MacYTDL again. It should recognise that youtube-dl is missing and ask you if you wish it installed. Just answer affirmative and then wait. It can take time and look like nothing is happening. Note, that it can't install if you don't give an administrator and password when asked.
- If none of this works could you please tell it to open Script Editor when asked. It should open at the line of code that failed. Take a screen capture of that and upload here.
I'm sorry about all this. MacYTDL does work I just need to figure out what went astray with installation for you.
In the folder /usr/local/bin I found only youtube-dl, not ffmpeg or ffprobe. However, it was not the correct filesize, so I deleted it and restarted MacYTDL. It detected indeed that youtube-dl was not there anymore and asked if I wanted to reinstall it, to which I answered positive. I also let ffmpeg and ffprobe install, but then I got the message: "Trying to install FFmpeg but you are not connected to the internet. You can run MacYTDL and change settings but downloads will not work until you are online and FFmpeg is installed.". However, I checked, and I am definitely connected to the Internet...
Try closing MacYTDL then starting again. You should get that message again saying FFmpeg is not installed - say yes. Hopefully, it will go ahead and download and install FFmpeg and FFprobe. Don't try to interrupt it - MacYTDL doesn't say it's doing anything at this point until it has finished (that's my lack of programming skill combined with AppleScript]. You should see FFmpeg.dmg appear on your desktop; it will mount, install then eject and delete the dmg file. Same for FFprobe. Just wait until MacYTDL pops a message saying they are installed.
If it still can't get FFmpeg, and you really want this to work (!), go to this web page: https://evermeet.cx/pub/ffmpeg/. Download "ffmpeg-4.0.2.dmg"; open it; drag the "ffmpeg" file to usr/local/bin. Do the same with FFprobe from https://evermeet.cx/pub/ffprobe/.