How to install Clipgrab on Linux Mint 20.1 to download videos


Well, here we see how to install and use Clipgrab on Linux Mint 20.1, Ubuntu 21.04 / 20.4 / 18.04 including Debian, Elementary OS, Kali, MX Linux and others. Also, learn the steps to create the desktop shortcut.

Clipgrab is a graphics program with which videos can be downloaded from online multimedia platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion or Facebook etc. and converted if desired (e.g. to MP3, OGG Vorbis / Theora or WMV). It’s really handy because if you don’t need a video and are interested in its audio, save the media file in MP3 format. FFmpeg is used in the background for the conversion.

The user interface is fairly clear and simple, so no instruction is required even for beginners. In addition to Linux, Clipgrab is available for Windows and Mac OS X and licensed under GPL3. Best of all, if you don’t have the url of a particular video, you can search videos with keywords on Clipgrab.

ClipGrab can automatically download videos when a video link is found on the clipboard. It is also possible to use a proxy server.

Install and Clipgrab on Linux Mint 20.1

1. Perform system update

This is not necessary, but still make sure that the system is using the latest updates for security reasons,

sudo apt update

2. Install dependencies – FFmpeg & Python 2

To convert videos with Clipgrab we need FFmpeg on our system and to let the software browse Youtube or other videos we also need to install Python 2 on Linux Mint.

sudo apt install ffmpeg

It comes with Python 3 by default, but we need Python 2, so run the command given below to automatically select python-is-python2 instead of Python.

sudo apt install python

3. Download Clipgrab for Linux mint 20.1. down

Clipgrab is available in APP image format and can therefore be run on any Linux system regardless of its base or code. So we’ll download the same first and then we’ll see how it’s used.

Visit the official Clipgrab page to download the AppImage file. Here is the link. Select the Linux binary.

Download the image of the Clipgrab app

4. Move the YouTube downloader file to a safe place

By default, the file is in your Downloads Folder because we got it from the browser. However, there is a chance it could be accidentally deleted, so let’s move it to a safe place.

cd Downloads

sudo mv ClipGrab-*-x86_64.AppImage /opt/clipgrab.AppImage

#Download logo


sudo cp clipgrab.png /opt/

5. Create a shortcut for the Cligrab Desktop and the Application launcher

Let’s create a desktop shortcut for this YouTube downloader so that we can easily access it under Linux Mint.

nano ~/Desktop/Clipgrab.desktop

Copy and paste the entire block of text given below into the file.

Desktop Entry]
Comment=Download and convert videos from various portals (e.g. YouTube)

to save the file by pressing g- Ctrl + X, Art Yes, then press the Enter Key.

Likewise, Copy the shortcut to Applications Folder so we can access it through the launcher.

sudo cp ~/Desktop/Clipgrab.desktop /usr/share/applications

Now, You will have it in the application launcher

Link to the Clipgrab application

also, also make desktop shortcut executable, click on it with the right mouse button, select properties >> Permissions Tab and select “Allow the file to run as a program“Box.

Linux Mint desktop shortcut for Clipgrab youtube

6. Run Clipgrab on Linux Mint

Finally, with the shortcuts, run this YouTube video downloader and use either keyword or url to download videos.

Install the Clipgrab YouTube Downloader on Linux Mint with a desktop shortcut

Also, check out another lightweight Snap Video Downloader – Lightweight Video Downloader for Linux Mint 20.1

7. Remove or uninstall

To remove this video download platform we just need to delete the files that we have downloaded and created so far:

sudo rm -r /opt/clipgrab.AppImage
sudo rm -r /opt/clipgrab.png
sudo rm -r /usr/share/applications/Clipgrab.desktop

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