I feel like this should be a really simple thing to do, but I don't know how to do it.

I recently updated the config file for youtube-dl and I also upgraded to the latest version. The update message says to restart the program to complete the upgrade, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how. The documentation doesn't give a command to do so, and running service youtube-dl restart returns that the service cannot be found.

I installed it using the manual installation method and thus upgraded using youtube-dl -U. I'm on Ubuntu Server 14.10.


There is no permanently running service. The message given after update is kind of confusing, but basically means that if you have an instance of youtube-dl running currently, it must be restarted to benefit from the update. Since it rarely takes longer to download a video, than it does to update, I suspect the number of people who actually 'need' to restart anything is close to zero.

  • Ah, perfect. I had to log out and log in again from a different location, and upon logging back in I checked the version and it was indeed the new version. (I assume you're correct in that it updated immediately, I'm just reporting the full story that I had to log out/in). The main reason I asked was because I updated the config file but it was still using the old config for new downloads, but that has resolved itself now as well. Thank you!
    – vaindil
    Nov 11 '14 at 17:26

You don't have to do anything, this means that if its running right now then you have to stop it and start again, such as:

pkill youtube-dl

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