The stable VLC in *ubuntu 14.04 is version 2.1. To get the latest stable version:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/trusty-media&&sudo apt-get update&&sudo apt-get install vlc
can do this via a specific addon.
Look up the page for instructions - among others:
- put the file in the vlc /lua/playlist folder, by default:
- Linux (all users): /usr/lib/vlc/lua/playlist/
- Linux (current user): ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/playlist/
How to use:
- Copy the URL of the youtube video or playlist (must contain "list=PL...")
- Start VLC, press Ctrl+N, paste the url then click on "Play" (or Alt+P then Enter), the video /playlist should start
(In 'Media', 'Save Playlist to File' and may open it later in VLC.)
Now I see that this answer was already given here, although with a different link.
Also, I find interesting an application that runs in the terminal, Youtube Viewer (
youtube-viewer) and uses
mpv to play the youtube video.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install youtube-viewer
By default it uses
mplayer. To make it use
mpv instead, run
youtube-viewer --video-player=mpv. So, a desktop file with this content may be useful:
Exec=bash -c 'youtube-viewer --video-player=mpv'
When running the program, a terminal window opens, saying:
=>> Search for YouTube videos (:h for help)
:h for help, you get a lot of options, amongst which
[playlist-url] : display videos from a playlistURL
:playlist=ID : display videos from a playlistID
This means that just pasting a playlist's URL will show the playlist in the terminal as a list. (Alternatively, instead of the whole URL,
:playlist=ID, where ID is the last part of the URL (after
list=). Then, to play it in the video player, type the numbers of the playlist items: for a whole playlist of 10 items,
If you really don't care about the video and want mainly the audio, you can take a look at this question on how to play only audio of youtube videos.
The idea is to use
mps-youtube, similar to Youtube Viewer, but audio only. To see a playlist there, just type
pl <url or id>. Then similarly, something like
1-10, and the sound will be played.
Youtube Viewer can be also used with audio only by adding a corresponding argument for
youtube-viewer --video-player=mplayer -novideo.
To use VLC without video, the arguments are:
cvlc --vout none <URL>
cvlc --no-video <URL>
NOTE that for some reason not all youtube playlists can be accessed in this way.