Youtube Downloader using PHP

This short tutorial will show you how to download videos from Youtube using PHP. CURL is needed for this script because many webhosting now prohibit remote_fopen.

First function, get HTML content from an URL:< ?php
function get_content_of_url($url){
$ohyeah = curl_init();
curl_setopt($ohyeah, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt($ohyeah, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
$data = curl_exec($ohyeah);
return $data;

Second function, get string that contain the clue of where the video file is located:< ?php
function get_flv_link($string) {
if (eregi("watch_fullscreen?video_id=(.*)&title=", $string, $out)) {
$outdata = $out[1];
return ''.$outdata;

Next function, “visit” the link that we got from second function above. We will read the header and find out the real file location:< ?php
function get_http_header($url){
$uh = curl_init();
curl_setopt($uh, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
curl_setopt($uh, CURLOPT_HEADER, 1);
curl_setopt($uh, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
$res = curl_exec($uh);
return $res;

Function above will return a bunch of HTTP headers and we don’t need them all. This function will parse the HTTP headers and only return the video location:< ?php
function show_url($http_header){
$arai = explode("n",$http_header);
foreach($arai as $ini){
if(eregi("location",$ini)) $url = $ini;
list($sampah,$hasil) = explode("Location:",$url);
return str_replace("n","",trim($hasil));

Last thing to do, is bundle all functions above:< ?php
function download_youtube($url){
$data = get_content_of_url($url);
$next_url = get_flv_link($data);
$data = get_http_header($next_url);
return show_url($data);

Wait, how to use the youtube downloader? It’s very simple:< ?php
$url = "";
echo download_youtube($url);

That’s all folks. It’s a very interesting and chalenging moment when I wrote any kind of grabbing scripts. Hope it helps yo all.


  1. siborjong

    bro aku ga bisa download source codenya. tolong di upload lagi dunk source codenya atau kirim ke emailku.sorry ya merepotkan 🙂

  2. Matt

    Hello. I pasted the code together however I can’t get it to run. Do you have the full source code available for me to look at?

  3. Vivek Thomas


    Do you have a similar script for Google Videos. I tried altering your above code but was not that successful.

    So if you have a working Google Video Downloader please let me know.

    Thank you very much.

  4. Mark

    Code is not working. Have you came up with a fix yet?

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