Download courses from learning sites with
You can download whole courses from an array of tutorial sites with the CLI tool
youtube-dl. In the example further down I'm using my Pluralsight account to get videos from a course at their site. Here is a list of all supported sites that you can download from with this tool
The flags you have to supply may vary depending on which site you make a request to.
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brew for macOS:
brew install youtube-dl
npm install youtube-dl
Or you can
wget the thing:
sudo curl -L https://yt-dl.org/downloads/latest/youtube-dl -o /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl sudo chmod a+rx /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl
sudo wget https://yt-dl.org/downloads/latest/youtube-dl -O /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl sudo chmod a+rx /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl
Download with npm as above or just download the
exe-file from the link below and put the
exe in your PATH.
Or download with
npm like above.
Example: download from Pluralsight
Run the following command in your terminal to download all the videos to the folder you are currently in. Substitute the example credentials with your own and supply a link to the course.
youtube-dl --username "email@example.com" --password "yourPassword" --verbose --sleep-interval 120 "link to course"
--all-subs if you want subtitles downloaded and
--restrict-filenames if you have a problem with failing filenames on download.
I haven't used this in a while and not tested it lately. But according to comments below by @mercxry (thank you!) this should work on atleast MacOS where you replace the username, password and path to your folder to your own credentials. This will also let you format the output better and categorize the files.
youtube-dl --username "username" --password "password" -o "~/path/to/course/folder/%(playlist)s/%(chapter_number)s - %(chapter)s/%(playlist_index)s - %(title)s.%(ext)s" --min-sleep-interval 30 --max-sleep-interval 60 https://app.pluralsight.com/library/courses/python-big-picture/ --playlist-start 1
I do not know which length of sleep-interval to use anymore, you have to try for yourself. Higher value -> safer but also slower.
--sleep-interval 120 is important. It means that the program will wait 120s (2 minutes) before it downloads the next video. If you don't use this flag Pluralsight will ban you because you are doing too many requests under a short period of time. This interval was the sleep interval that was suggested 2 years ago when I first wrote this based on issues in the
youtube-dl-repository. I have no idea how the interval holds up, it can probably be shorter.
We have blocked your account because our security systems have flagged your Pluralsight account for an unusual amount activity. This does mean a high volume of requests that are in the realm of a request every 10-30 seconds for a prolonged period of time. Please note that this high volume of activity is in violation of our terms of service [https://www.pluralsight.com/terms].