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youtube-dl to download pluralsight videos

Download Plural Sight videos

Software required:


After installation and putting the youtube-dl in PATH

youtube-dl \
  --username YOUR_USERNAME \
  --password YOUR_PASSWORD \ \
  -o "/home/user/videos/%(playlist)s/%(chapter_number)s. %(chapter)s/%(playlist_index)s. %(title)s.%(ext)s" \
  --sleep-interval 10


  • YOUR_USERNAME is your Plural Sight username
  • YOUR_PASSWORD is your Plural Sight password
  • --sleep-internval is optional but it's a safe practice to mimic video watching.
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how to do for windows users?

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@SovietBear is right, But this is the only way I can watch their videos, since it isn't working in any browser, but I can download them and watch, from linux, so the app options is not an option. And if they do ban my account, I'll just get another. ;)

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a-eid commented Jun 12, 2017

what regexp would reproduce the same functionality on

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aboyassein commented Jul 20, 2017

i try to download 2 courses with 2 bash file and one of them give me an error

WARNING: Unable to download JSON metadata: HTTP Error 429: Too Many Requests
[pluralsight] bash-shell-scripting-m6-control-6: Waiting for 5 seconds to avoid throttling
ERROR: No video formats found; please report this issue on . Make sure you are using the latest version; see  on how to update. Be sure to call youtube-dl with the --verbose flag and include its complete output.

if I run the script again did will download from start again ??
if yes!
how to escape what already downloaded?

many thanks

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ghost commented Aug 26, 2017

Is there a way to bypass them noticing the activities. I want to download and view it locally. It's so much easier.

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Does anyone know if variables can be assigned and placed in the url ? if so could you please explain how i could go about doing this? any help is greatly appreciated thanks

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Does anyone know a workaround to the new reCAPTCHA that guards the site? After downloading a couple courses, I get a 403 error from running youtube-dl. When I go on the site and click login, I am presented with a reCAPTCHA which I think is causing the 403.

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indefinitelee commented Sep 21, 2017


Unable to download JSON metadata: HTTP Error 403: Forbidden (caused by HTTPError())

several times in a row. Then it started working, now it's stopped in the middle of a batch of dls.
Anyone have some ideas?

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@indefinitelee are you logged in in Plural in a browser session? If you are, then try to log out and use the command line. That fixed the Forbidden error for me.

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@ivocosme i tried log out in the browser, and try again the command with not success :'v.

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How can i Skip the first 10 video and start download from 11th ?

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@bedus-creation add this option: --playlist-start 10

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ITReliable commented Nov 1, 2020

works for me today 2020-10-31 with batch file for exmaple download.bat
for %%a in (%*) do (
.\youtube-dl.exe ^
--verbose ^
--add-header Referer:'' ^
--username "yourusername" ^
--password "yourpassword" ^
%%a ^
-o "%%(playlist)s/%%(autonumber)03d-%%(title)s.%%(ext)s" ^
--min-sleep-interval 90 ^
--max-sleep-interval 133 ^
--sub-format srt ^

Usage example:

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@wordmountain Is It still working with you

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@AhmedGamalGazar worked for me!

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pravinbelurkar commented Feb 17, 2021

I don't have much idea how to start. Can someone please give me all steps for windows?
I am getting below errors -

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