Youtube-dl for android


youtube-dl-android Android CI

Android library wrapper for youtube-dl executable. Based on yausername's youtubedl-android but with ability to download binary files at runtime to decrease apk size.

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Step 1 : Add jitpack repository to your project build file

allprojects {
    repositories {
        maven { url '' }

Step 2: Add the dependency

dependencies {
    implementation ''

Optional FFmpeg dependency can also be added

dependencies {
    implementation ''
    implementation ''


  • youtube-dl executable and python 3.7 are bundled in the library.
  • Initialize library, preferably in onCreate.
try {
} catch (YoutubeDLException e) {
    Log.e(TAG, "failed to initialize youtubedl-android", e);
  • Downloading / custom command (A detailed example can be found in the sample app)
File youtubeDLDir = new File(Environment.getExternalStoragePublicDirectory(Environment.DIRECTORY_DOWNLOADS), "youtubedl-android");
YoutubeDLRequest request = new YoutubeDLRequest("");
request.setOption("-o", youtubeDLDir.getAbsolutePath() + "/%(title)s.%(ext)s");
YoutubeDL.getInstance().execute(request, (progress, etaInSeconds) -> {
    System.out.println(String.valueOf(progress) + "% (ETA " + String.valueOf(etaInSeconds) + " seconds)");
  • Get stream info (equivalent to --dump-json of youtube-dl)
VideoInfo streamInfo = YoutubeDL.getInstance().getInfo("");
  • Get Playlist info (equivalent to --dump-single-json of youtube-dl)
PlaylistInfo playlistInfo = YoutubeDL.getInstance().getPlaylistInfo("");
  • youtube-dl supports myriad different options which be seen here

  • youtube-dl binary can be updated from within the library



If you wish to use ffmpeg features of youtube-dl (e.g. --extract-audio), include and initialize the ffmpeg library(you only need to Initialize FFmpeg library youtube-dl already initialize in this).

try {
} catch (YoutubeDLException e) {
    Log.e(TAG, "failed to initialize ffmpeg", e);

Sample app

Download Example Streaming Example


  • Though not required for just using this library, documentation on building python for android can be seen here. Same for ffmpeg here.
  • youtubedl-android uses lazy extractors based build of youtube-dl (youtubedl-lazy)
  • Cannot download some videos

    Cannot download some videos


    Cannot download this video.

    But original youtube-dl can that. Original youtube-dl was update in 2020.11.01.

    Best regards.

    opened by MimuraKyosuke 7
  • Permission Denied Permission Denied

    I always get permission denied error. I don't understand what did I do wrong

    String url = ""; try { VideoInfo streamInfo = YoutubeDL.getInstance().getInfo(url); System.out.println(); } catch (YoutubeDLException e) { e.printStackTrace(); } catch (InterruptedException e) { e.printStackTrace(); }

    com.bawaviki.youtubedl_android.YoutubeDLException: Cannot run program "/data/user/0/xxxxxx/files/youtubedl-android/packages/usr/bin/python": error=13, Permission denied

    opened by codaman 6
  • Add code for sample app

    Add code for sample app

    You show a gif of your sample app in your Readme, could you upload that code as well? Maybe in an extra repository, if you don't want to include it in this one, that would be very helpful :)

    opened by JohannesPertl 2
  • Downloading from YouTube is very slow

    Downloading from YouTube is very slow

    Downloading from YouTube has been very slow for a few days. There seems to be no problem using yt-dlp, but I'm not sure.

    Can you fix it?

    opened by MimuraKyosuke 0
  • Permission denied

    Permission denied

    From android version 10.. google restricted execution of executable outsite of native lib dir. This library save python binary in data folder which is not permitted from android 10 onwards.

    To Reproduce

    • just make target sdk to 29.(from november 1st this is mandatory requirements)

    Is there any workaround available for this after targetting 29 ?

    opened by cse-ariful 1
  • Update downloads when content deleted

    Update downloads when content deleted

    I like the app thank you.

    Feature request: can you add a remove feature to remove downloads.

    Alternatively add a way to update the in app content list once downloads are manually deleted. I removed several downloads manually but they still show in the app.

    Thank you

    opened by leopard3 0
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