Let Tube Archivist organize your YouTube collection

And … Action!

Article from Issue 276/2023

Tube Archivist indexes videos or entire channels from YouTube in order to download them with the help of the yt-dlp tool.

YouTube videos have become an important part of many users' leisure and educational activities in recent years. Many videos now also end up on free video platforms such as PeerTube [1], LBRY [2], Invidious [3], or on NewPipe [4] for Android, but by no means do all of them. This is why, no matter what users think of Google, most will continue to rely on Google's video platform.

To archive videos and preempt deletions by content creators or Google, many YouTube fans download the videos to hardware they control. Downloading videos is prohibited by default in the terms of service for the free version of YouTube, however, content creators can grant permission through a Creative Commons license. Also, downloads for offline viewing are allowed for subscribers to the YouTube Premium edition.

Video collections have a habit of growing uncontrollably over time, to the point where things just run wild. That's why it makes sense to counter the threat of chaos by organizing everything right from the outset. This is where Tube Archivist (TA)comes in [5], a self-hosted media server for YouTube videos.


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