How to Download and convert YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion Using ClipGrab in Ubuntu

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Here I’m with the very useful information for Linux/Ubuntu Newbies. It is one of the very difficult tasks for newbies to download and convert videos from sites, like, Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, etc. But here is a very useful, easy and powerful application for Ubuntu/Linux Mint to make video downloading super easy. ClipGrab.

Now you don’t need to search for online site/applications that require java etc. to work properly. ClipGrab is a free software to download and convert videos from different famous sites of the Internet. You can easily save your favorite videos from sites like Dailymotion, Youtube or Vimeo. And you can convert these videos into “usable” formats like WMV, MPEG or MP3. You can check here which sites are supported by this software. It can convert videos to WMV, MPEG4, OGG Theora, MP3 (audio only), OGG Vorbis (audio only) or simply download videos in their original format. However, downloading from some websites doesn’t allow you to select other formats from the drop-down menu, it could be an issue with site videos.

ClipGrab is capable to download from the following sites like Clipfish, Collegehumor, Dailymotion, MyVideo, MySpass, Sevenload, Tudou, Vimeo, and others. ClipGrab is even capable to download videos that are not listed. And yeah! ClipGrab can also download HD videos from sites that have support for high definition.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:clipgrab-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install clipgrab

Noobslab PPA

Install ClipGrab

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install clipgrab
start ClipGrab ubuntu

Yeah! You’ve done. Now start ClipGrab to enjoy downloading.

  • Search ClipGrab in the dash
  • Search for your desired videos

There is an official PPA available but It does not have packages for Ubuntu 15.04 (vivid vervet) and Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn). So for Vivid Vervet and Utopic Unicorn, there is noobslab PPA available that has packages for all.

Official PPA for ClipGrab

search youtube videos in clipgrab
  • Finally, choose the video format you want to download it.
download video in any format by clipgrab


andres leon October 5, 2019 at 4:24 am

Thank you. Awesome software

kde35 April 5, 2020 at 2:25 pm

Hello, I am using Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS and when I follow the above, I get

Package clipgrab is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

E: Package ‘clipgrab’ has no installation candidate

kde35 April 5, 2020 at 2:31 pm

Actually I hadn’t understood the article completely. I needed to use clipgrab-team/ppa . Thank you very much for the article.

Dave Ecklein April 21, 2020 at 4:55 am

This shows how to install clipgrab, but not how to use it. For youtubes, it is easy – but how do you save dailymotion videos.? I am using Mint. Please explain.


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