Download videos from youtube and metacafe

Are you still downloading youtube and metacafe videos from sites like

No more, here is the easy/fast way to download them.

1. Go to synaptic (system -> administration -> synaptic package manager)

2. Press the search button and enter “youtube-dl” (without the ” “)

3. Download and install youtube-dl and metacafe-dl

4. Go to any youtube video or metacafe video you want.

5. Open a terminal (give the terminal program a shortcut like f12 to speed up things)

6. type: youtube-dl (just type youtube-dl and then paste the video url)

7. The file will be downloaded to your home folder.


youtube-dl terminal screenshot

How is that for easy and fast?

    • cartam
    • May 25th, 2009


    • cartan
    • May 25th, 2009


  1. Thanks, I tried this and could finally download this you tube video. Admittadly, it took a while (with my ancient modem), I’m excited I finally got it!

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