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I am unable to download videos from Youtube using youtube-dl. Below is the code. Please help!

root@itzamlan10:~# sudo apt-get install youtube-dl
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
youtube-dl is already the newest version.

0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 82 not upgraded.
root@itzamlan10:~#
root@itzamlan10:~# youtube-dl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wNvUHBVw5U
[youtube] 2wNvUHBVw5U: Downloading webpage
ERROR: Unable to download webpage: HTTP Error 429: Too Many Requests (caused by HTTPError()); please report this issue on https://yt-dl.org/bug .
Make sure you are using the latest version; type  youtube-dl -U  to update. Be sure to call youtube-dl with the --verbose flag and include its com
plete output.
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    I have version 2015.07.04. Maybe you need to uninstall your olde version and update from http://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl because the one in the repo is old. – DK Bose Jul 7 '15 at 6:33
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    Please read the message and act on it: Downloading webpage ERROR: Unable to download webpage: HTTP Error 429: Too Many Requests (caused by HTTPError()); please report this issue on yt-dl.org/bug This is NOT an Ubuntu related problem; it is an issue with that website. – Rinzwind Jul 7 '15 at 6:33
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Your problem is almost certainly because you're running an older version of youtube-dl.

You should uninstall the apt version with

apt-get purge youtube-dl

and then install it with pip instead.

pip3 install youtube-dl

If you don't have pip3, you can install it with,

apt-get install python3-pip

or see this for more help on that.

The youtube-dl package in the apt repo for jessie(and maybe even trusty) hasn't been updated in almost a year.

  • it's not working. – Virtual Travels Jul 21 '15 at 9:20
  • @VirtualTravels Do you still have the same error? Has anything changed since the last time? – Kasisnu Jul 21 '15 at 9:34
  • no. it's the same error. – Virtual Travels Jul 23 '15 at 6:53
  • @VirtualTravels Can you add the output of which youtube-dl and youtube-dl --version to your question? – Kasisnu Jul 27 '15 at 5:34
  • it's the same error. – Virtual Travels Jul 27 '15 at 14:07
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Generally, 429 means that you may have downloaded too much. Practically, this is very common problem running youtube-dl on OVH/AWS/etc. You may want to workaround this by using --proxy or --source-address (see youtube-dl FAQ). You may also want to read this thread.

  • Ah, you might be right about that. – Kasisnu Jul 8 '15 at 16:32
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You can try adding '-4' or '-6' flags for forcing the download over IPv4 and IPv6 respectively. The video you were trying to download is unavailable now but the following command works for me :

youtube-dl -4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJFgo9H6zNo

You can refer this thread for more information.

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