A Shortcuts front end for YouTube-dl and Gallery-dl



SW-DLT ("Shortcuts Wrapper for -DL Tools") is an iOS shortcut that allows you to easily use, install and manage the popular and open source utilities Youtube-dl and Gallery-dl.


  • iOS 15: Supported

  • iOS 14: Supported

  • iOS 13: Supported, not fully tested



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

  • 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)


Demo Video Download - Using my own video

Other Features

  • App Swap: Change between a-Shell or a-Shell mini easily and save storage space by using the lightweight version.
  • Complete uninstall: completely uninstall the shortcut and its dependencies without deleting the a-Shell or a-Shell Mini app.
  • Resuming downloads: downloads can be resumed if interrupted, for more information visit the GitHub documentation.

Documentation, Source Code & Maintenance

SW-DLT on GitHub

Planned features, Source code, bug reports, feature suggestions, and in-depth documentation are available at the GitHub repo for SW-DLT.


  • Use this shortcut for downloading media you own or are authorized to download.
  • All software used (YouTube-dl, Gallery-dl, FFmpeg, FFprobe, SW-DLT, & a-Shell) is open source and free.
  • It is recommended to have the VLC app or another universal media player app to play unsupported media formats in iOS/iPadOS.

Latest Release Notes

3E13 - Sept. 28, 2021, 10:05 p.m.

3E13: Initial iOS 15 support. Multiple fixes and stability improvements in both the shortcut and the script. Updated exception alerts to be clearer as well. Potential iOS 13 compatibility improvement. Fixes a comment issue.

Version history