I recently updated my ubuntu from 15.10 to 16.04 and since then youtube-dl does not work. I get the following error

youtube-dl https://www.youtube.com/v=KV2ssT8lzj8
  Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "/usr/local/bin/youtube-dl", line 7, in <module>
      from youtube_dl import main
    ImportError: No module named 'youtube_dl'
  • Try youtube-dl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV2ssT8lzj8 – DK Bose May 10 '16 at 17:11
  • @DKBose still the same error persists – rookie01 May 10 '16 at 17:29
  • Try installing youtube-dl again: sudo apt-get install --reinstall youtube-dl – user423626 May 10 '16 at 17:31
  • @BharadwajRaju same error even after reinstalling – rookie01 May 10 '16 at 17:52
  • try sudo pip install --upgrade youtube_dl – nicandris May 10 '16 at 18:07

try sudo pip install --upgrade youtube_dl. If a module is missing this is how you install it (in this case upgrade/reinstall)


Many users on similar QA all had problems because they didn't follow the official installation instructions.

If you used apt-get, remove the old version like this :

sudo apt-get autoremove --purge youtube-dl

Install the new one by using these commands :

sudo wget https://yt-dl.org/downloads/latest/youtube-dl -O /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl
sudo chmod a+rx /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

Try again : youtube-dl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV2ssT8lzj8



Python 2.7 reached end of life on January 1st, 2020.

If you installed youtube-dl using pip, uninstall with pip...:

sudo pip uninstall youtube_dl

(Note the _ in youtube_dl. Skip this to retain the old version.)

The other option is to keep the old one, and install it again with apt:

sudo apt-get install youtube-dl

If you do it this way, the path will be under /usb/bin.


Did you try reinstalling youtube-dl ? And after reinstalling try this command

youtube-dl -cit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50VWOBi0VFs

Hope it helps

  • yes i did still the error persists. here is what i didsudo apt-get purge youtube-dl followed by sudo apt-get update then installed it using sudo apt-get install youtube-dl and finally did youtube-dl --update sadly the same error :( – rookie01 May 10 '16 at 18:10
  • Remove it and install it directly from their website sudo wget yt-dl.org/downloads/2016.05.10/youtube-dl -O /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl – Volshebnik May 10 '16 at 18:23

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