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  1. #1

    YouTube downloader problem

    Hi everyone

    I installed youtube downloader and when I type in terminal:

    youtube-dl and here the link of the video

    I get this:

    ERROR: unable to download video (format may not be available)

    Who knows how to fix this?

  2. #2

    [HOWTO] Modify youtube-dl to make it bandwidth friendly by adding option to download lowest quality video | The _khAttAm_ blog

    That will download video with format code 34 if available. 34 is 360p flv format. You will need to know the formats to be able to use this options and all this information is available in Youtube Wikipedia Article. If the format you requested is not available, it will print the message:

    ERROR: unable to download video (format may not be available)
    So I assume the default format being requested is NOT AVAILABLE for that video. Try another format or another video.

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    You could also try a website like KeepVid, which will give you a list of all of the formats they have. You can't do it using the CLI, but still... :P

  6. #5
    I tryed to edit gksu gedit /usr/bin/youtube-dl ,lines 938,939,940,941,942,943.
    When I try to download the video,I get this error:

    File "/usr/bin/youtube-dl", line 909
    video_url_list = [(existing_formats[0], get_video_template % existing_formats[0])] # Best quality
    IndentationError: expected an indented block

    I edited the lines as was writen on the tutorial HROAdmin26 gaved me.

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