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In this tutorial I’ll show you how to download Youtube Video and convert to animated gif base on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise or 12.10 Quantal.

To download Youtube Videos:

There are quite a few ways to download Youtube videos from Ubuntu Linux. Here’re some of them:

1.) If you’re Firefox user, install Video DownloadHelper plugin. It downloads any embedded object including Youtube videos.

2.) Install the tool youtube-dl:

sudo apt-get install youtube-dl

Then download videos via command line way:

youtube-dl YouTube-video-link

3.) Install Minitube which is available in Ubuntu Software Center. From this application you can watch and download youtube videos:


To convert Youtube video to animated gif:

QGifer is a simple GUI tool for extracting part of a video to an animated GIF file. It works on Windows and Linux.


  • GIF extraction from a video file
  • Color palette editor
  • Variable color palette support
  • Dithering
  • Text rendering
  • Graphics insertion
  • Object interpolation
  • Cropping
  • Filtering
  • Looping by appending reversed copy
  • GIF optimization through ImageMagick
  • Project management
  • Translations: English, Swedish, Polish, Russian

See the video:

To install it on Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04:

1.) Install the required dependencies:

sudo apt-get install libopencv-core2.3 libopencv-highgui2.3 libopencv-imgproc2.3

2.) Run following 3 commands one by one to install the app from ppa:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:samrog131/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install qgifer


Ubuntu 13.04 Raring comes with workspaces disabled by default. So you’re unable to switch between workspaces via hot-keys or shortcut icon on Unity Launcher.

To enable this feature, search and open Appearance in Unity Dash.


Then you can easily switch on or off the wordspaces as well as the shortcut keys at Behaviour tab.


After enabled this feature, use Ctrl+Alt+ Up (Down, Left, Right) key combination to switch between wordspaces. Or click the “Workspace Switcher” icon on Unity Launcher to view workspaces.