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nightly rustube

A YouTube video downloader, originally inspired by pytube, written in Rust

4 releases

0.2.2 Jan 9, 2021
0.2.1-beta.0 Jan 7, 2021
0.2.0-beta.0 Jan 6, 2021
0.1.1-beta.0 Jan 5, 2021

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A complete (WIP), and easy to use YouTube downloader. rustube is still in development and may see breaking changes!

Table of content


  • download normal videos
  • download age restricted videos
  • asynchronous API
  • blocking API
  • full video info deserialization
  • feature based opt-in deserialization of video info
  • CLI
  • testing suite
  • benchmarks
  • Python bindings
  • C / C++ bindings


rustube provides an extremely easy to use API. If you just want to download a video and don't care about any intermediate steps and any video information, this is all you need:

async fn main() {
    let url = "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edx9D2yaOGs&ab_channel=CollegeHumor";
    println!("downloaded video to {:?}", rustube::download_best_quality(&url).await.unwrap());

Of course, rustube has a lot more capabilities than just downloading videos. It also aims at deserializing the complete video information provided by YouTube (this is still WIP). So finding out the view count of a video is as simple as:

use rustube::{Id, VideoFetcher};

let id = Id::from_raw("https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edx9D2yaOGs&ab_channel=CollegeHumor").unwrap();
let descrambler = VideoFetcher::from_id(id.into_owned())

let view_count = descrambler.video_details().view_count;
let title = descrambler.video_title();
println!("The video `{}` was viewed {} times.", title, view_count);

For more examples, an overview of the blocking API have a look at the API documentation.


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