Is there a way to search and then download from YouTube, with the situation that I only need to download the audio only, not the video.
sudo apt-get install youtube-dl
Then download and convert the YouTube video
youtube-dl http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ -x
-x converts it to audio.
Further audio options:
-x, --extract-audio convert video files to audio-only files (requires ffmpeg or avconv and ffprobe or avprobe) --audio-format FORMAT "best", "aac", "vorbis", "mp3", "m4a", "opus", or "wav"; best by default --audio-quality QUALITY ffmpeg/avconv audio quality specification, insert a value between 0 (better) and 9 (worse) for VBR or a specific bitrate like 128K (default 5)
You can search and download using youtube-dl. All you need to do is provide the search terms in the link, like so:
youtube-dl -f bestaudio 'https://www.youtube.com/results?search_sort=video_view_count&filters=video&search_query="SEARCH TERM(S) HERE"'
Since that brings up all videos with the search term either in the title or the description (or the comments?), you can further restrict downloading to only those videos with the search term (or any other term) in the title, then use
--match-title like so:
youtube-dl -f bestaudio --match-title "<regex or caseless sub-string>" 'https://www.youtube.com/results?search_sort=video_view_count&filters=video&search_query="SEARCH TERM(S) HERE"'
You can also reject videos using
--reject-title in the same way as
--match-title, or use both in conjunction.
Incidentally, I just tried those searches and something is buggy in youtube's search facility. If you remove the "search_sort=video_view_count" part of the string, it gives many more results, some of which have none of the terms in them, although the videos were related, so be careful.
The above answer is not really complete. Youtube-dl has a built-in search facility for Google, Youtube, and Yahoo. For those three, you can use the commands
'yvsearchX:TERMS' respectively, and replace the 'X' with the number of results you want (and replace the 'TERMS' with your search terms, obviously).
An alternative to
youtube-dl has been described here: New Command Line YouTube Player And Downloader With Local Playlists Support: mps-youtube. The article is quite detailed but just to quote what seems relevant to your question:
mps-youtube is a new tool which, besides being able to download YouTube videos (either the whole video or just the audio), can also search and play YouTube videos and create local playlists, all from the command line.
By default, this is basically a YouTube audio player (and downloader), but you can enable (external) video playback from its options.
This program needs the presence of
mplayer (both of which installable by
apt-get). Then, run
sudo pip install mps-youtube and you're done.
You can read more about mps-youtube here.
- this program downloads just the audio if you so wish and hence you save on bandwidth: instead of downloading a video and then extracting the audio at your end, you download just the audio.
- if you don't wish to install all the recommends suggested by
sudo apt-get install python-pipuse
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends python-pip. That works just as well (for the specific purpose of installing
For me, what did the trick is:
- Downloading latest version of youtube-dl as specified in their README (otherwise it may crash; at least the version that my Ubuntu pulled, did).
- Use the
--extract-audioflag, as @blade19899 recommended.
- Use also the
--format bestaudioflag, as @Xenoth recommended.
./youtube-dl --extract-audio --format bestaudio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LZugKYOx80
I'm using Ubuntu 16.04, and Audacity 2.1.2, activate the Firefox add-on "download helper". While Youtube video is playing, click on the three coloured ball symbol at upper RH side of Firefox display, select the form of download (eg fast) and the system tells you when the video is downloaded. From downloads, select "show in folder" then R-click and select "open with Audacity", the audio file is then on screen. To extract as, say mp3, select "export audio", change the file extension to "mp3", select your destination, eg "music", and away you go. Before export, you can tune the audio using Audacity to remove unwanted preliminary speaking or crowd clapping.
You can use third-party tools like 4K YouTube to MP3. This allows you to extract only audio from a video clip. https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-youtubetomp3
They even have a short tutorial on how to do so https://www.4kdownload.com/howto/howto-convert-video-to-mp3
As the other answers have noted, youtube-dl is perfect for this.. to download with highest quality then you can use the command:
youtube-dl --extract-audio --audio-format mp3 --audio-quality 0 https://youtube.com/watch?v=bT-HDjub20o
If you can't or don't want to use youtube-dl, then there are several websites that can do this for you.. I personally recommend https://youtube-dlmp3.com