YouTube-DL is no more

David Herron david at
Fri Dec 18 19:44:03 UTC 2020

The YouTube-DL Github repository is still there.  There was a period where
it had disappeared due to DMCA but thanks to the EFF that was resolved.

On Fri, Dec 18, 2020 at 10:21 AM Dave C via macports-users <
macports-users at> wrote:

> 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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