How can youtube-dl download videos that require user authentication and 2FA? [closed]

I was able to download private videos by using the --cookies route. I had to first format the cookies to Netscape format, which is an option in EditThisCookie. Remember you’ll not only need the cookies for but also for You’ll have to do this manually with EditThisCookie Chrome plugin.

I then needed to fix the format of the cookies generated with EditThisCookie with curl. Something like: curl -b oldcookiefile.txt --cookie-jar newcookiefile.txt ''.

The --cookies flag can then be used with youtube-dl to download private videos.

I also created a blog post describing what I learned in more detail.

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