YouTube-DL is no more

DaveC davec2468 at
Fri Dec 18 19:32:57 UTC 2020

The primary failure yesterday of youtube-dl gave this verbose output.

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Daves-Mac-mini:~ davec$ youtube-dl -v -x
[debug] System config: []
[debug] User config: ['--output', 
[debug] Custom config: []
[debug] Command-line args: ['-v', '-x', 
[debug] Encodings: locale UTF-8, fs utf-8, out UTF-8, pref UTF-8
[debug] youtube-dl version 2020.05.08
[debug] Python version 3.6.10 (CPython) - 
[debug] exe versions: ffmpeg 4.2.4, ffprobe 4.2.4
[debug] Proxy map: {}
[youtube] RXawa90YU2s: Downloading webpage
ERROR: RXawa90YU2s: YouTube said: Unable to extract video data
Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "/opt/local/bin/youtube-dl/youtube_dl/", line 797, 
in extract_info
     ie_result = ie.extract(url)
   File "/opt/local/bin/youtube-dl/youtube_dl/extractor/", line 
530, in extract
     ie_result = self._real_extract(url)
   File "/opt/local/bin/youtube-dl/youtube_dl/extractor/", 
line 1820, in _real_extract
     'YouTube said: %s' % unavailable_message, expected=True, 
youtube_dl.utils.ExtractorError: RXawa90YU2s: YouTube said: Unable to 
extract video data

> The YouTube-DL github page was taken down per DMCA request.
> Before learning of this I tried to DL a video and use the -x option to 
> extract the audio. This failed so in ignorance I successfully updated 
> MacPorts and when I repeated the audio DL, this time it succeeded 
> resulting in an audio file.
> This brings up 2 questions for me:
> 1. Why did this fail? I had a functioning youtube-dl since last MP 
> update with all the required bits (ffmpg, Python, etc) and I don’t 
> update component individually; they were last updated with the last MP 
> update earlier this year. I haven’t updated MacOS for years. So if 
> it was functioning earlier this year, why did it fail yesterday?
> 2. Next time(?) I update MP I presume YouTube-dl won’t update. Will 
> it be removed? Will it no longer work? Is there a way to keep the port 
> I have currently functioning?
> Feel free to also answer any questions I haven’t asked about the 
> impact this news will have.
> Thanks,
> Dave

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