I have downloaded youtube videos using youtube-dl. But due to network problem or other problem sometimes I am not able to download video completely. Later, I need to download that video from beginning.

Is there any way to pause and resume download? I use both Chromium and Mozilla.


You can do that with -c option. For instance, if you previously started a download using:

youtube-dl <some_youtube_URL>

You may, if it was stopped or interrupted, resume that download later with:

youtube-dl -c <some_youtube_URL>

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    Will this work for resuming in the middle of a playlist (i.e. a channel)? – ike Mar 7 '14 at 12:06
  • Yes, it does continue playlists. It will check each video and report "has already been downloaded and merged". – fiedl Mar 24 '17 at 11:38

In Firefox, You can Install Add-ons to Download videos. Install Video-Download-Helper and Down-Them-All add-ons.

There will be Video-Download-Helper icon below the video. There is a Down-Arrow button with it. click on it. There is a menu option to download with Down-Them-All.

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When Down-Them-All starts downloading, it can be resumed later.

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    Marked down. This answer has nothing to do with youtube-dl, which is what the question is about. – inspirednz Nov 24 '16 at 2:05
  • I agree. No connection between this answer and the actual question. – user594707 Aug 2 '17 at 13:07
  • The question isn't purely about youtube-dl. The title asks how to pause and resume YouTube downloads and the question specifically allows for solutions that use Chromium or Mozilla. Nowhere does it specify that the solution needs to use youtube-dl. – Chai T. Rex Nov 30 '17 at 6:26

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