yt-dlp Helper

Helps quickly download videos from social media via yt-dlp


yt-dlp Helper is a fairly simple Mac Shortcut that lets you download videos from most social media sites, YouTube with being the main feature of it.

Requirements for this script to run properly: - yt-dlp (obviously duh, - FFmpeg - HandBrake

With this shortcut, for YouTube video downloading, you have 3 options: 1. Video + audio 2. Audio only 3. Video only

For options that include video, if the resulting file is either a MKV or WebM file, by default the Shortcut will ask if you want to open the file in HandBrake. For audio, if it's a WebM file, it'll prompt you if you want to convert it into ALAC.

With other social media sources like Twitter, if the resulting file is either MP4 or MOV file, the Shortcut will ask if you want to import the file into the Photos app (handy for quickly downloading spicy meme videos).

Currently, the only "built-in" customization option is the download location. For other changes, you just need to delete or change code to your liking.

Before you ask, I created this Shortcut for my personal use originally, as I have found that most other social media downloaders seem to break with each major software version. Not to mention, they don't download the highest quality versions as there's no FFmpeg for iOS, which is what all Shortcuts I have found are optimized for.

Latest Release Notes

1.0 - Nov. 12, 2022, 9:08 p.m.

Initial release