xVideoThief, A Gui Video Downloader Tool

I spend most of my internet free time watching videos on youtube or listening to great music. As a linux geek I have to make sure that my Ubuntu machine has the right tools for downloading every video I like to have in my disk.

Most of the time I find myself using commandline tools to perform such a task, but is there any easy to use gui tool for downloading online videos from linux?

Not everyone wants to type commands, am I right?

There are many tools for downloading Youtube videos in linux and one of them is the xVideoServiceThief application that can be used to download almost any video from the internet using the HTTP and RMTP protocols.

I find this app very useful when I want to download videos from web services such as Youtube, Google, Yahoo and MetaCafe. It currently supports 93 websites, 14 languages and can convert each video in most popular formats: AVI, MPEG1, MPEG2, WMV, MP4, 3GP, MP3 file formats.

You can also save your download lists automatically in case you want to see what videos you have downloaded or want to do a re-download. A very useful feature is the Schedule configuration which can be used to schedule your downloads while you are away and not using your computer.

Do you want to protect your kids from accessing adult content? Cool, you can easily disable adult website support in xVideoServiceThief.

What’s more, this feature rich video downloader is developed under the GNU General Public License and it can be set to be updated automatically so you can receive the latest features with the best support.

Can I do simultaneous downloads?

Yes you can. It is very useful when you want to download a series of videos from youtube such as programming stuff, movie clips or films.

For some people these features are more than enough, but not for programming geeks. You can extend the functionality of your xVST by developing Javascript plugins.

How To Install xVST In Your Machine

Before installing and using xVideoServiceThief for downloading videos your machine must meet the following requirements:

– Qt 5.2.x
– QtCore
– QtGui
– QtNetwork
– QtScript
– QtWebkit

Are you curious to know where the downloaded are stored? If you are a computer geek, you should be.

The followings are the the default locations of xVST:

xVST BIN “/home/{user}/xVideoServiceThief”
xVST FILES “/home/{user}/.xVideoServiceThief/”
xVST DOWNLOADS “/home/{user}/xVideoServiceThief_downloads/”

Ok guys, lets download the xVideoThief for our linux version.

After the download is finished, open a new terminal (CTRL+ALT+T in Ubuntu) and run the following commands to extract and install the video downloader app in your machine.

Linux 32 bit:

gunzip xVST_2_5_1_x32-linux-dynamic.tar.gz
tar xvf xVST_2_5_1_x32-linux-dynamic.tar
cd xVST/xvst

Linux 64 bit:

gunzip xVST_2_5_1_x64-linux-dynamic.tar.gz
tar xvf xVST_2_5_1_x64-linux-dynamic.tar
cd xVST/xvst