How to download YouTube videos with VLC

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July 23rd, 2020

Building the Future

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is one of the most flexible media tools available for any device, and it also happens to have the ability to assist download content from online sources. To do that, you’ll need to be using the desktop app, not the Android or iOS counterparts. VLC is available for download on Windows, macOS, and Linux too.

Step One

The first step is to go to the YouTube video you’d like to download and copy the URL to your clipboard.

Example video link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyQZWCkyaVI

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Step Two

Next, open VLC and select Media Menu in the toolbar.
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Step Three

Under that section, locate Open Network Stream and then click Play.
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Step Four

Next, click Tools on the video stream and find Codec Information. 

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Step Five

The Location field at the bottom of that window will include the exact URL needed to copy and paste into your browser.

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Step Six

From there, simply download the video by pressing the download icon of right-clicking the video, then click Save video as…

The last I checked, this method maxes out the resolution at 1080p.