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I get the following error when i try to download video using youtube-dl.

WARNING: Warning: Falling back to static signature algorithm ERROR: unable to download video data: HTTP Error 403: Forbidden

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did you try the updated version. Try running sudo youtube-dl -U to update it –  Stormvirux Jul 11 '14 at 11:53
    
yes i have tried the updated version still doesn't work –  abhi Jul 11 '14 at 12:30
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I suggest you to install DownloadHelper in firefox. It is fast and effective. CLI takes a long time! –  A Umar Mukthar Sep 11 '14 at 12:46

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The solutions above didn't work for me. I used the following commands from the official youtube-dl website.

http://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/download.html

Use

wget: sudo wget https://yt-dl.org/downloads/2014.09.25/youtube-dl -O /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

sudo chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

This fixed it for me.

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This is how youtube-dl should always be downloaded, in my opinion –  geoffmcc Jan 1 at 14:41

Did you installed via apt-get? It seems this version is outdated. This was happening to me:

$ sudo youtube-dl -U
It looks like you installed youtube-dl with a package manager, pip, setup.py or a tarball. Please use that to update.

I downloaded from the official website and now it works, no more error 403 :)

$ sudo youtube-dl -U
youtube-dl is up-to-date (2014.09.10.1)
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Install pip-python if you haven't already, then type :

sudo pip install --upgrade youtube_dl

This fixes the problem all right.

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Those facing new problems with the youtube-dl with this error Warning: Falling back to static signature algorithm should first install python-pip with sudo apt-get install python-pip (if they have not already installed it, of course) and then use sudo pip install youtube-dl --upgrade to fix the error.

This is what worked for me this morning (as at the time of posting this answer).

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