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Install mps-youtube console based youtube player

Why do I need console based youtube player? The answer is very simple. When I'm working in my Workshop I want to listen music from youtube. OK. I know that there are uncountable way to listen music online. I have some old desktop PC which have very limited resources, and can't able to play youtube clip in browser. This old PC is connected to an as old HIFI system as the PC itself. So I needed a lightweight youtube player which can be run on an old PC. After some gooleing I found mps-youtube. It is very simple to install and use it. I love it. :) This is exactly what I wanted.

Here is the steps to install mps-youtube: Install python pip3:
apt-get install python3-pip

Install dependencies:
apt-get install mplayer2 mpv

Install mps-youtube:
pip3 install mps-youtube

Install youtube-dl:
pip3 install youtube_dl

Set player to mpv
Run mpsyt Type: set player /usr/bin/mpv


Bonus: Some youdube-dl example.

  • Download youtube video in MP3 format:
youtube-dl --restrict-filenames --no-mtime --extract-audio --audio-format mp3 --audio-quality 0 -o /path/to/dir/%\(title\)s.%\(ext\)s [LINK]

Where: * --restrict-filenames Restrict filenames to only ASCII characters, and avoid "&" and spaces in filenames * --no-mtime Do not use the Last-modified header to set the file modification time * -x, --extract-audio Convert video files to audio-only files (requires ffmpeg or avconv and ffprobe or avprobe) * --audio-format mp3 Save output as MP3. * audio-quality Specify ffmpeg/avconv audio quality, insert a value between 0 (better) and 9 (worse) for VBR or a specific bitrate like 128K (default 5) * -o /path/to/dir/%\(title\)s.%\(ext\)s Output directory and file pattern.

  • Download Video File

Simply run youtube-dl [LINK], this will save the video in mp4 format.

  • Process URLs from file:

youtube-dl --batch-file list.txt

Last update: October 29, 2021