Download videos from Yle Areena

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yle-dl (previous known as RTMPDump-YLE) is a command-line program for downloading media files from the two video streaming services of the Finnish national broadcasting company Yle: Yle Areena, Elävä arkisto, and Yle news.

The videos are saved in Flash video (FLV) format. At least VLC player is able to play them back.


yle-dl [options] yle_video_page_url

Options include:

-o filename
Save stream to the named file
--destdir dir
Save files to dir
Download the latest episode from the page
Print stream title, don't download
--proxy uri
Proxy for downloading stream manifests. Example: --proxy socks5://localhost:7777

See yle-dl --help for the full list of options.

For example:

yle-dl http://areena.yle.fi/tv/1515302


yle-dl http://areena.yle.fi/tv/1515302 -o /your/video/dir/video.mp4


Source code

Stable yle-dl 2.12 (24.9.2016)

Development version

The source code is available under GNU GPLv3 license.

Required packages: python (version 2.6 or newer), pycrypto, a PHP interpreter and the following PHP extensions: bcmath, curl, mcrypt and SimpleXML. Optionally, for downloading Areena audio streams, rtmpdump (version 2.4 or newer, the latest development version from the project homepage is recommended).


Install yle-dl by running (requires root priviledges): make install

Installer and frontend packages created by others



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