This is a glossary of all the common issues in ytdl-org youtube-dl
  • 27-Dec-2022
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This is a glossary of all the common issues in ytdl-org youtube-dl

Troubleshooting Common Issues in ytdl-org youtube-dl

Lightrun Team
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Project Description


youtube-dl is a command-line program to download videos from and a few more sites. It requires the Python interpreter (2.6, 2.7, or 3.2+), and it is not platform-dependent. ytdl-org is a website that provides information about youtube-dl and how to use it. It also provides documentation for the tool and links to download the latest version.

To use youtube-dl, you will need to install it on your computer. Once installed, you can use it to download videos by running the following command in your terminal or command prompt:

youtube-dl [OPTIONS] URL [URL...]

where URL is the URL of the video you want to download and [OPTIONS] are optional arguments that allow you to specify the format, quality, and other download options.

For example, to download a video in the best available quality, you can use the following command:



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The following issues are the most popular issues regarding this project:

Retrieve JSON data in unicode (Encoding UTF-8)


Evaluating this opportunity could be worth considering:

diff --git a/youtube_dl/ b/youtube_dl/
index 5d654f55f..d7374e820 100755
--- a/youtube_dl/
+++ b/youtube_dl/
@@ -1535,7 +1535,7 @@ class YoutubeDL(object):
         if self.params.get('forceformat', False):
         if self.params.get('forcejson', False):
-            self.to_stdout(json.dumps(info_dict))
+            self.to_stdout(json.dumps(info_dict, ensure_ascii=False))
         # Do nothing else if in simulate mode
         if self.params.get('simulate', False): support


Sharing the same sentiment for convenience, my goal is to find a playlist without having to use web browsers. By crafting scripts and batch files I was able to acquire access to, which works marvelously due in part to running this program on Linux as opposed to Windows – where CPU heat is an issue – rather than introducing it through conventional means of browser usage. Additionally, there are other webcam sites that adhere just as well but youtube-dl support should be restricted only to the main URL in accordance with those seen at

[SSL: DH_KEY_TOO_SMALL] dh key too small


A solution to this problem has been presented in the form of a simple script, providing a temporary fix:

cat <<EOF > ssl_conf
openssl_conf = default_conf

[ default_conf ]

ssl_conf = ssl_sect


system_default = system_default_sect

MinProtocol = TLSv1.2
CipherString = DEFAULT:@SECLEVEL=1

export OPENSSL_CONF="$(pwd)/ssl_conf"

youtube-dl "$@"

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