How to use VLC to Download YouTube Videos

1. Go to YouTube and copy the desired URL from the video your want to copy. Ctrl-C.

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2. Open VLC Player, and go to Media – Open Network Stream. (Update VLC to make sure you have the latest version.)

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3. Under the Network tab, paste in the the URL and click on the Play button at the bottom.

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4. When the codec box opens up, click your mouse and on the Location box and do a Ctrl A – to select the entire link and then a Ctrl-C to copy it. OR – try Tools – Media Information – Location. 

5. Now open a NEW tab in your browser and paste – Ctrl-V- that link into the browser. then click the Enter button.

6. When the video starts to play, right click on it and choose – File – Save As. You will need to give it a new name with an .mp4 extension.

The process is not that hard, but takes the six steps shown above.

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2 Responses to How to use VLC to Download YouTube Videos

  1. Lamont Briggs says:

    Has VLC been able to download videos before this, or is it new? I’ve been using the torch browser, but always like to have a back up method. Didn’t know VLC could be used this way.

  2. Tom Terrific says:

    I’m not sure about VLC past capabilities – I like this method even though it takes a few more extra steps and I trust VLC.

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