Written by Kaylee Wood | Last updated: April 30, 2020
At the time since early 2009, people had discovered VLC YouTube download function and used it to download YouTube videos. As time goes by, we find precious few users are talking about the VLC YouTube download feature compared to its playback ability in VLC forum, though VLC media player has already got millions of fans worldwide. If you just know VLC YouTube downloader, hope this guide will help you download YouTube videos via VLC media player easily.
You need VLC YouTube downloader free alternative 5KPlayer if VLC YouTube download not working error occurs. It is a versatile and free online video music downloader that can help download YouTube MP4 MP3 one by one or in playlist, fast and in high quality, and also download media from Dailymotion, SoundCloud, Facebook, and more.
To download YouTube videos with VLC media player, first download VLC and install it on your computer. Then, follow the below guide.
Step 1. Find a video you want to download on YouTube, open it and copy the video URL from the address bar.
Step 2. Launch VLC media player, click on Media on top left corner of the main UI to choose "Open Network Stream…".
Step 3. Paste the copied YouTube video link in the box and click on Play.
Step 4. After VLC streaming the YouTube video, choose "Media Information" or "Codec Information".
Step 5. In the bottom of the new popup window, there is a Location box. Just select all the text in the box and copy it.
Step 6. Go back to your browser and paste what you just copied in the address bar. Then, you will see the source file directly on YouTube's servers.
Step 7. Right-click the video and select Save Video As, and now you can successfully download YouTube video to your computer through VLC YouTube downloader free.
Notice: If you just need a clip or part of a YouTube video, you can use VLC media player to record the clip by clicking on Playback > Record to save YouTube videos to computer as well.
After VLC version 3.0.4 update, it seems that VLC YouTube download feature has encountered a problem. Many people said that their VLC media player couldn't open YouTube network stream completely but only showed a message "Your input can't be open: VLC is unable to open the MRL…". After ransacking the VLC official forum about VLC YouTube download not working issue, there is a solution that has helped some users.
Step 1. Close VLC media player if your VLC is opened.
Step 2. Open this link in your web browser: https://github.com/videolan/vlc/blob/master/share/lua/playlist/youtube.lua
Step 3. Select all the text inside the box and copy it.
Step 4. Open the Notepad and paste the copied content in it.
Step 5. Save the file as youtube.luac, and select All Files in the Save as field.
Step 6. Copy the youtube.luac file to the following location:
On Windows 64-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\playlist\
On Windows 32-bit: C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\playlist\
If lucky, you can once again stream YouTube links and download YouTube videos with VLC downloader for YouTube.
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