I downloaded youtube_dl and found it where it is on my C drive - being a New User for Linux Mint Cinnamon I do not know how to Run the youtube_dl to DOWNLOAD Songs etc. like I did on Realplayer in the past!

Can some one advise how to RUN it ----I tried SUDO -youtube_dl etc. NO LUCK!!!


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    "C drive?" On Linux? I'm guessing this is a newbie mix of terms--suggested reading: unix.stackexchange.com/a/3253/74085
    – zedmelon
    Commented Aug 8, 2021 at 21:05
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    what was the result of running SUDO -youtube_dl etc?
    – jsotola
    Commented Aug 8, 2021 at 22:52

2 Answers 2


The standard to download using this tool is simply

youtube-dl https://www.youtube.com/watch?<videoid>

in your terminal application.

This will download the video file. If you just want the audio (as you mention getting songs), add the -x parameter:

youtube-dl -x https://www.youtube.com/watch?<videoid>

That's about it. For more information, have a look at the tutorial for beginners.


Use the package manager to install software

You can try this.

First: Sync the package database.

sudo apt update

Then: Install youtube-dl.

sudo apt install youtube-dl

After installing it this way you just run the command

youtube-dl "https://......"

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