Unable to add youtube videos

Hi there

I am getting the following error message when trying to add any youtube video

Server Error: Command '[‘youtube-dl’, ‘-e’, u’https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr9eAtwcYlo’]’ returned non-zero exit status 1

any ideas?



I was facing the same issue lately - looks like the youtube downloader in screenly OSE is outdated.

Check out:

sudo -H pip install --upgrade youtube-dl and a reboot fixed it for me.


That sounds like the proper soloution, @akimdarov. I imagine that “youtube-dl” is essentially playing Whac-A-Mole with the YouTube team. YouTube blocks them and “youtube-dl” works around it.

sorted it now i reimaged the sd card with the latest version and all is good now

Thanks for your help chaps

Hi I am having issues again downloading any YouTube videos now, any ideas?


My money would be on that it’s either an outdated youtube-dl or a broken SD card. I’d suggest starting a fresh with a new SD card and the latest developer version.

use 4kdownloader (google it to find their site) to grab the video from YT and then upload it as a regular video. Never have to deal with YT whackamole again. Note, that a lot of videos require you to log into YT (google) and 4KDL has the ability to do that in settings. it has a 99% success rate if you do this.