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Ubuntu Tips: How to Grab Facebook Videos from the Command Line


How to Download Facebook Videos on Ubuntu




Have you ever watched a video on Facebook and wanted to save it on your computer for later viewing or sharing? If you are using Ubuntu, a popular Linux-based operating system, you might be wondering how to do that. In this article, we will show you two easy methods for downloading Facebook videos on Ubuntu, using free and open-source tools. We will also compare the pros and cons of each method, and give you some tips on how to get the best results.




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Introduction




What is Facebook and why download videos from it?




Facebook is a social media platform that allows users to create profiles, post updates, share photos, videos, and links, chat with friends, join groups, and more. It has over 2.8 billion monthly active users as of December 2020, making it one of the most popular websites in the world.


One of the features that makes Facebook appealing is its video content. Users can upload their own videos, watch videos from other users, pages, or groups, or stream live videos. Facebook also has a video platform called Watch, where users can discover original shows, sports, news, and entertainment videos.


Downloading videos from Facebook can have many benefits. For example, you might want to:


  • Watch videos offline or without buffering



  • Save videos for personal use or backup



  • Edit or remix videos for creative purposes



  • Share videos with others who don't have Facebook accounts



  • Avoid ads or distractions on Facebook



What is Ubuntu and why use it for downloading videos?




Ubuntu is a free and open-source operating system based on Linux. It is designed to be user-friendly, secure, and reliable. It can run on various devices, such as desktops, laptops, servers, tablets, phones, and more. It has a large and active community of developers and users who contribute to its development and support.


Using Ubuntu for downloading videos can have many advantages. For example, you can:


  • Enjoy a fast and smooth performance



  • Access a wide range of free and open-source software



  • Customize your system according to your preferences



  • Protect your privacy and security



  • Support the open-source movement and community



Methods for Downloading Facebook Videos on Ubuntu




Method 1: Using youtube-dl




What is youtube-dl and how to install it?




youtube-dl is a command-line program that allows you to download videos from various websites, including YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion, and more. It supports many formats, resolutions, subtitles, playlists, channels, and more. It is written in Python and released under the public domain.


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To install youtube-dl on Ubuntu, you can use the following commands in the terminal:


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install youtube-dl


This will add a third-party repository that provides the latest version of youtube-dl. Alternatively, you can download the binary file from the official website and run it directly.


How to use youtube-dl to download Facebook videos?4>How to use youtube-dl to download Facebook videos?




To use youtube-dl to download Facebook videos, you need to follow these steps:


  • Find the URL of the Facebook video you want to download. You can do this by right-clicking on the video and selecting "Show video URL". Copy the URL to your clipboard.



  • Open the terminal and navigate to the folder where you want to save the video. You can use the cd command to change directories.



  • Type youtube-dl followed by a space and paste the URL of the video. Press Enter to start the download. You can also add some options to customize the download, such as -f for format, -o for output, -a for batch file, and more. You can see the full list of options by typing youtube-dl --help.



  • Wait for the download to finish. You can see the progress, speed, size, and time of the download in the terminal. Once the download is complete, you can find the video file in the folder you specified.



Pros and cons of using youtube-dl




Using youtube-dl has some pros and cons that you should consider before choosing this method. Here are some of them:



Pros


Cons


- It is free and open-source


- It requires some technical skills and familiarity with the command-line


- It supports many websites and formats


- It may not work with some videos that require login or have DRM protection


- It has many options and features to customize the download


- It may need frequent updates to keep up with the changes in the websites


- It is fast and reliable


- It does not have a graphical user interface (GUI)


Method 2: Using Video DownloadHelper


What is Video DownloadHelper and how to install it?




Video DownloadHelper is a browser extension that allows you to download videos from various websites, including Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, and more. It detects the video content on the web page and offers you a menu to choose the format, resolution, and quality of the down


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