Clive – Download videos from YouTube & other video sharing websites


  1. It is worth mentioning that one should always wrap the URL with quotes (‘single quotes’ or “double quotes”), especially when the URL contains “&” (e.g. a youtube link that comes from a related page, and which hence contains a “&related=…”) because if not, the shell will interpret the left side of the “&” as a command to put into background, and then try to execute what’s on the right side of the “&” as a command.

    Specifically, if you’re less experienced with a shell, just make sure to always use the following:
    clive ''
    instead of

    Single quotes are even safer, as they’d also work properly if the URL contains “$” (which is interpreted by the shell as a variable substitution… unless it’s wrapped in single quotes :))

  2. Hi there,

    FTA: “Clive converts the downloaded Flash Video into a MP4”

    Can you specify how this conversion is done? Is it simply transcoding MP4 compressed video from a FLV container to an MP4 container, or is it re-encoding the FLV into an MP4? Basically, is there quality loss in the video, or is it simply changing the container?

    Thank you,

  3. I found a nice site where you can download videos from youtube and metacafe

    It also is usefull to convert files format

    I hope it help, there all files I tried worked

  4. Hi Everyone

    Thank you for this useful information.

    Here is another great free resource to download Youtube videos online and convert them into various different formats.

    This tool also supports Youtube High Definition videos.

    Hope you find this useful.

  5. Thank you , but I suggest you to take a look at this site : it will help to download youtube videos in both FLV and 3GP formats.

  6. and not even the clive website attached. shame on you

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