Download videos from Yle Areena

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yle-dl 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) or in MP4 format. At least VLC player is able to play them back.


sudo pip install yle-dl

Required packages: Python 2.7 or 3.5+, pip, pycrypto, wget, ffmpeg, 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).


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 codes

Stable yle-dl 2.31 (10.2.2018)
MD5 digest: 2f115d0499415ae00077d7b149fa64fc

Development version

The source code is available under GNU GPLv3 license.

Installer and frontend packages created by others