A Shortcuts Front End for YouTube-dl/dlc and Gallery-dl



SW-DLT ("Shortcuts Wrapper for -DL Tools") allows you to easily use, install and manage the popular and open source utilities Youtube-dl or Youtube-dlc and Gallery-dl. Compatible with iOS 14 ONLY. Final iOS 13 version here.


a-Shell Terminal (~800MB)


a-Shell Mini Terminal (~250MB)

Download media from a massive (1 or 2 & 3) collection of websites.

  • Videos with quality & framerate selector
  • Audio only files (or audio extraction from video)
  • Video or audio playlists
  • GIFs, clips, images (From single items to massive albums or entire webpages/profiles)

SW-DLT Welcome

Graphics made with MediaKit.

Demo Video Download

  • Using my own video

Other Features

  • Independent Downloads: You can interrupt and resume downloads as they take place in a-Shell. Shortcuts app does not need to be running. This does not mean background downloads. Downloads can be resumed either by re-opening a-Shell or re-opening the shortcut.
  • Embedded troubleshooting: Checks all components of the installation and fixes anything that might be missing (useful if you delete the a-Shell app unexpectedly or change utilities).
  • Embedded deletion option: to safely delete utility installation without deleting a-Shell.
  • Embedded documentation: a documentation page is available in the shortcut (under utilities menu). It contains further details about the features included.
  • Utility Swap: Change between YouTube-dl or YouTube-dlc (community maintained fork).
  • App Swap: Change between a-Shell or a-Shell mini easily and save storage space by using the lightweight version.


If you would like to donate, donations are welcome and appreciated to continue making shortcuts and maintaining them with periodic bug fixes and improvements. Donations are accepted through this BTC address:



  • You should only use this shortcut on media you own and need to download.
  • Read the documentation AND use the troubleshooter before reporting issues.
  • All software used (YouTube-dl, YouTube-dlc, Gallery-dl, FFmpeg, FFprobe, SW-DLT, & a-Shell) is open source and free.

Latest Release Notes

2E7 - Jan. 21, 2021, 5:37 p.m.

Changed command for gallery-dl downloads, requires using the self-troubleshooting. Fixed issue with iPhone 12 devices not displaying downloaded media. Thanks to u/back1n7ime for help in the debug process.

Version history