Ok so I found this answer to someones question about how to download youtube videos via youtube-dl. It had all of the information that I needed, except how to open the video.

Here is what I have so far:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install youtube-dl
youtube-dl youtube-video-link

It downloads ok, I just don't know how to open it. Again, thanks for your help.

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    Double click over file? – Lucio May 4 '14 at 23:36
  • No it is not a link, it is a terminal program. – BJsgoodlife May 4 '14 at 23:38
  • So you do youtube-dl URL, where URL is the URL of the video. – Nattgew May 4 '14 at 23:39
  • Yes I did this too, all it says is the video has already been downloaded. What I am wondering is how to open the downloaded video. – BJsgoodlife May 4 '14 at 23:42
  • "I found this answer to someones question" Could you give the link? This answer is what you are looking for. – Lucio May 4 '14 at 23:43

You can specify the directory where the video will be saved using the -o option.


youtube-dl -o "/home/<User>/Downloads/%(title)s" {URL}

The syntax to open any file in its default application is:

xdg-open $file

If you are using VLC player, you can use so:

cd /path/videos
vlc "Videoname.avi"

If VLC Player is not installed, you can install it so:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/stable-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc

Ok I found the answer. As Lucio stated, you double click on the file, I just didn't know where to find it to do this, and it is in the home folder.

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