Download YouTube Videos in Ubuntu Without Any Dedicated Application

How to download YouTube videos in Ubuntu is probably among the first things a newbie Ubuntu user will ask for. There are simply a number of application to do the same, but there is an even better way. Downloading YouTube videos is Ubuntu is not the right keyword, you can actually copy-paste the YouTube video. As simple as that. Lets see how.
  • While watching YouTube videos in Ubuntu(in any browser), let the video to buffer/load completely. Afterwards in your file browser(nautilus), browse to the /tmp directory, like shown in the screenshot below.

  • Now in the /tmp directory, you will have the YouTube video you just saw. It should be with a filename similar to the one in the below screenshot.
  • Simply copy paste the file to some other place other than the /tmp directory, say Desktop, for example. Remember, you will have to copy-paste the file before closing the browser tab that contain the YouTube video. Thats it. Wasn't that easy. Have fun.
  • If anyone is wondering why the Nautilus in the screenshot above looks different, just one two words, Nautilus Elementary.
PS: This was actually our very first post published some 4 months ago. From that one post wonder, we have grown much bigger and we cater to a much larger crowd now. This is a modified version of the original post and hope everyone finds it useful as before.