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i want to download youtube video through youtube-dl through proxy server but it shows authentication required


http_proxy="http://username:password@proxy:port/" youtube-dl url

it shows authentication error

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proxychains youtube-dl [options] LINK

proxychans uses the tor service by default, if you have your own proxy, edit the last line of the /etc/proxychains.conf file.

sudo apt-get install proxychains tor obfsproxy

If you want to use tor, configure it to use obfs2.

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That syntax of invokation is now deprecated.

From the help page:

--proxy URL                      Use the specified HTTP/HTTPS proxy. Pass in an empty string (--proxy "") for direct connection
--cn-verification-proxy URL      Use this proxy to verify the IP address for some Chinese sites. The default proxy specified by --proxy (or none, if the options is not present) is used for the actual downloading.

So unless you're using Chinese proxies, the command should be:

youtube-dl [OPTIONS] --proxy 'http(s)://PROXY_URL:PROXY_PORT' URL

Choosing between http or https depending on the proxy type.

You could also try testing your proxy using urllib2 directly:

import urllib2
import sys
url = sys.argv[1]
response = urllib2.urlopen(url)
html_string =
print html_string
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for current version of youtube-dl you can use switch --proxy

$youtube-dl --proxy url

works for me just fine

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