How Do I Specify Video Quality on Youtube-Dl?

If you’re a frequent user of Youtube-dl, you might have noticed that the video quality of the downloaded files can sometimes be less than satisfactory. You might be wondering how to specify the video quality on Youtube-dl to ensure that your downloads are always of the highest quality. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to do just that.

What is Youtube-dl?
Before we dive into how to specify video quality on Youtube-dl, let’s quickly go over what it is. Youtube-dl is a command-line program used for downloading videos from various websites including YouTube, Vimeo, and others. It’s open source and available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

Specifying Video Quality on Youtube-dl
By default, when you download a video using Youtube-dl, it will download the best available quality of that video. However, if you want to specify a particular quality level for your download, you can do so by using the “-f” or “–format” option followed by the desired format code.

Here’s an example:

youtube-dl -f 22

In this example command line, we’ve specified the format code “22”. This format code corresponds to 720p resolution with H264 encoding and AAC audio. You can find a list of all available format codes by running the following command:

youtube-dl -F

This will display a list of all available formats for that particular video along with their corresponding format codes.

Downloading Audio Only
If you’re not interested in downloading the video portion of a file and only want to download its audio track, you can use the “–extract-audio” or “-x” option followed by the desired audio format.

youtube-dl -x --audio-format mp3

In this example, we’ve used the “-x” option to extract only the audio track and then specified the desired audio format as “mp3”. You can replace “mp3” with any other supported audio format such as “m4a”, “aac”, or “opus”.

Now that you know how to specify video quality on Youtube-dl, you can download your favorite videos in the resolution and format of your choice. Keep in mind that not all videos may be available in all formats, so be sure to check the available formats before specifying a particular format code. Happy downloading!