Stream videos with mpv in the quality your choice.
Download videos onto your hard drive.
Only download audio files and save as mp3.
Stream without the help of a browser to decrease the CPU load. As a result higher quality videos can be watched on older hardware.
As a consequence of not streaming videos on a browser no ads are going to pop up during the video.
VidStarter uses available Linux OpenSource programs and thus does not require any additional adjustment.
xsel reads links from your temporary storage,
youtube-dl obtains the titel and download-links,
libnotify displays notifications and
mpv starts playing.
You can also download videos or save the audio file as mp3 (or whole playlists). Following the descriptions given above
xfce4-terminal is going to pop up and your file will be saved in your home-folder. If necessary the file is going to be converted to mp3 by using ffmpeg.
If your desktop/panel supports quicklists (Plank, Unity, Gnome3…) you can pick any of the selection options by right-clicking the main icon on your panel.
For other desktops there are special starters for every option.
VidStarter uses self-actingly
youtube-dl to obtain VideoURLs, that’s why it works with several websites. By default, it uses the best available quality. At the present state of development quality-options work for these sites:
Youtube, Vimeo, Twitch, Dailymotion, Dmax
I’m confident that I’m able to add more sites so that you can choose from more and more option regarding to quality. You can find more informations about this topic down below.
If you know any streaming-website that offers different quality settings and works with youtube-dl, please email (Credits) me and I will gladly add it to these scripts.
Please also send me a message if existing sites change their video formats and quality-options don’t work anymore.
You can check available formats with:
youtube-dl -F url
Take a look at the FAQ section.
Command » Explanation
vidstarter_audio.sh » Saves Audio to mp3
vidstarter_download.sh » Saves Videos in the best possible quality
vidstarter_stream360p.sh » Streams Videos in 360p or less
vidstarter_stream480p.sh » Streams Videos in 480p or less
vidstarter_stream720p.sh » Streams Videos in 720p or less
vidstarter_stream1080p.sh » Streams Videos in 1080p or less
vidstarter_streambest.sh » Stream Youtube Videos in the best quality and if possible in 60FPS
vidstarter_streamdefault.sh » Stream Videos using a lot of Cache and best quality (Youtube 720p)
This includes a install script to automatically process all required steps on
 Ubuntu 14.04,
 Ubuntu 16.04 and newer/Mint/Debian
 and Manjaro/Arch.
For all other distributions you can use  to move all scripts and icons. You have to install the following programs by yourself in order to make them work:
mpv, youtube-dl, xsel, ffmpeg, libnotify, xfce4-terminal
(possibly unfree codecs)
Using the Installer:
- Unpack the downloaded tar.gz folder in your home directory
- Open a terminal and switch to the VidStarter_en folder
- Run install script and choose the right option for you
- Now all starters should be available in your programs.
After you installed these scripts using option 1-4 you can choose more options from an additional menu:
- Round Icons
- Don’t close terminals after downloads
- youtube-dl updates for Ubuntu/Mint/Debian
- Uninstall VidStarter
You can install „Updates“ by downloading the new version and using the Install-script with option .