How to convert YouTube videos to MP3 audio files on Linux

Firstly install the latest version of youtube-dl.

Even if this is available in your version of Linux it’s best to grab the latest version from the yt-dl site.

sudo apt-get install ffmpeg

sudo apt-get remove -y youtube-dl
sudo wget -O /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

sudo chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

hash -r

To converting a YouTube video to MP3 files just use the below command and add the YouTube url after at the end

youtube-dl -x --audio-format mp3

If you can’t download youtube-dl from their site or your Linux repository, you can try using Python pip

$ pip install youtube_dl

If you don’t have pip installed, you have to install python:

$ apt install python

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