Linux: download and convert videos and audio Clipgrab, vlc, DamnVid, youtube-dl, downverter

There are many programs to grab videos, videoclip, music and audio files  ( youtube, vimeo … )  in linux. Here are some of the most interesting applications for download from the Internet.  GUI programs:clipgrabvlc, damnviddownverter .  Programs to download video for the command line,youtube-dl, movgrab, wget


Clipgrab  ( command nameis a good application to download video and audio files from the most popular portals youtube, vimeo, daily-motion … Allows you to choose audio formats (mp3, ogg, hd, …) and / or to download video (mpeg4, theora, wmv, …)

Install cliprgrab from the terminal using the Personal Package Archive (PPA):

Add clipgrab ppa

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:clipgrab-team/ppa

sudo apt-get update

install clipgrab

sudo apt-get install clipgrab


Remove ClipGrab and his ppa

to remove the clipgrab ppa

sudo add-apt-repository  --remove  ppa:clipgrab-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update

the remove clipgrab package

sudo apt-get remove clipgrab

grab videos, music using vlc

Who does not want to install too many programs and has already installed VLC can download video from youtube simply copying the url of the video that is of the type

in Media >Convert/Save

vlc youtube

vlc youtube

then press Save/Convert, and select the desidered format in Profile

vlc youtube donwload

vlc youtube donwload

download using DamnVid

DamnVid  ( damnvid – DamnVid, a video downloader/converter that sucks less. – Google Project Hosting – damnvid comand name )  is another interesting application platform (windows-linux-mac os x). The specific ppa has not yet upgraded to ubuntu 12.10 still can be installed by downloading the package directly to ubuntu 12.04 64-bit or 32-bit

Download DamnVid  64 bit using wget or browser


installa with

sudo dpkg -i damnvid_1.6-1ubuntu6.12.04.1_amd64.deb

Then fix the missing dependencies with

sudo apt-get install -f

to start from the terminal video grabber, type



Damnvid previous version in Ubuntu
for older versions of ubuntu you can install using  ppa 

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:damnvid/ppa

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install damnvid python-gdata
Remove damnvid e its ppa

First remove clipgrab ppa

sudo add-apt-repository  --remove  ppa:clipgrab-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update

remove damnvid

sudo apt-get remove damnvid

Downverter download videos and songs

Downverter another GUI application for quickly and easily download videos and songs from youtube and convert them to a format of your choice. Downverter is available for linux, windows and mac. Download using a browser from YouTube Downloader,  then  install using

sudo dpkg -i downverter-64.deb 
sudo dpkg -i downverter-32.deb 


Youtube-dl download videos from youtube via terminal in linux

To download videos from youtube using the terminal, so without using programs with graphical interface, you can use program such as youtube-dl.

Install youtube-dl with

sudo apt-get install youtube-dl

Then to download  video


:~$ youtube-dl
 Setting language
 fZyN8AROi-Y: Downloading video webpage
 fZyN8AROi-Y: Downloading video info webpage
 fZyN8AROi-Y: Extracting video information
[download] Destination: fZyN8AROi-Y.flv
[download] 100.0% of 14.36M at 100.37k/s ETA 00:00

Download internet video using terminal e wget

If you know the URL of the video to download the easiest way to download the video from the terminal is to use wget. For example to download the mp4 video with last television news of the local station ( url: )


Other audio video downloader:

Others programs  to downlaod video and music in linux from internet:

Programs without graphic interface: Movgrab.

Programs with Graphic user interface:
Minitube useful to see the videos youtube without flash player also allows you to download files


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