Using YouTube DL with Reddit is a valuable skill that allows you to easily download videos from Reddit posts. As a tech enthusiast and avid Reddit user, I have found this tool to be incredibly useful in obtaining high-quality videos that I can enjoy offline.
Before diving into the details, let me introduce you to YouTube DL. It is a command-line tool that allows you to download videos from various platforms, including YouTube, Vimeo, and yes, even Reddit. One of the reasons I love this tool is its versatility and the fact that it is open-source and free to use.
Step 1: Install YouTube DL
The first step is to install YouTube DL on your device. Fortunately, it is available for most operating systems, including Windows, macOS, and Linux. To install it, simply visit the official YouTube DL website, https://ytdl-org.github.io/youtube-dl/, and follow the installation instructions specific to your operating system.
Step 2: Find the Reddit Post
Once you have YouTube DL installed on your device, it’s time to find the Reddit post that contains the video you want to download. As a Reddit user, I’m sure you are already familiar with navigating through the platform.
Locate the post that includes the video you want to download and note its URL. You can find the URL by clicking on the post’s title or the “Share” button below the post. Make sure to copy the entire URL to ensure that YouTube DL can identify the correct post.
Step 3: Download the Video
With the Reddit post URL in hand, open your command-line interface. In Windows, you can use Command Prompt, while macOS and Linux users can utilize Terminal.
Type the following command:
youtube-dl [Reddit Post URL]
Replace “[Reddit Post URL]” with the actual URL of the Reddit post you want to download from. Hit Enter, and YouTube DL will start analyzing the post and extracting the video.
Wait patiently as YouTube DL fetches the necessary information, including the video’s quality options. Once completed, it will display the available formats and resolutions for you to choose from.
Step 4: Choose the Format and Resolution
After YouTube DL has fetched the available formats and resolutions, it’s time to choose the one that suits your preferences. Note the format code and the resolution (in pixels) of the desired video.
Type the following command:
youtube-dl -f [format code] -o [output file name] [Reddit Post URL]
Replace “[format code]” with the code of your desired format and “[output file name]” with the desired name of the downloaded video file. You can also specify the output directory if you prefer.
For example, if you want to download a video in MP4 format and 720p resolution, your command would look like this:
youtube-dl -f mp4 -o myvideo.mp4 [Reddit Post URL]
Hit Enter, and YouTube DL will proceed to download the video onto your device. The download speed may vary depending on your internet connection and the video’s size.
Using YouTube DL with Reddit is a powerful combination for downloading videos shared on the platform. With just a few simple steps, you can have your favorite Reddit videos saved locally, ready to be enjoyed anytime, anywhere.
Remember to use YouTube DL responsibly and respect the intellectual property rights of content creators. Ensure that you have the necessary permissions before downloading any videos from Reddit or other platforms. Happy downloading!