The Best and Cleanest Way to Download a Youtube Video

The best and cleanest way is with the small, open-source utility youtube-dl:

This is a command-line only tool. Works across all OSs (Windows, macOS, Linux). Read the docs or run youtube-dl --help to get a list of options (there are many).

But in general you don’t need any of the fancy options, and downloading a video is as easy as running the program from the command line via this simple command:


The program is constantly updated to keep up with any changes youtube makes to their protocols.