I have downloaded a youtube video using the terminal but now I don't know how to play it. I have checked the download folder but I didn't find anything.

So, how can I play this file?

  • Execute ls -a and check if in selected directory video really exists. You can also do this by Ubuntu default file explorer, pressing CTRL+H in directory where video should be. Fastest way to play video is double-click the icon in file explorer.
    – roomcayz
    May 20, 2014 at 22:25
  • What did you use to download it , and what were your current location ?
    – nux
    May 20, 2014 at 22:30
  • i have used youtube-dl YouTube-video-youtube.com/watch?v=ES6OyV-RfHU
    – Freddy
    May 20, 2014 at 22:32
  • i got it it was there at home
    – Freddy
    May 20, 2014 at 22:34
  • The download location is the working directory from where you issued the youtube-dl command.
    – thiagowfx
    May 21, 2014 at 1:30

1 Answer 1


The simplest approach is to just download the file to your current directory and play it from there. This can be done with the following command:

totem "$(youtube-dl youtube.com/watch?v=ES6OyV-RfHU |& grep -oP 'Destination:\s\K.*')"

The command above will both download the video, and extract the file name from the output and automatically launch the default video player to play the file.

Note that the player will not open until the file has finished downloading.

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