Install ClipGrab Video Downloader in Ubuntu 14.04

Last updated on April 4th, 2019

This quick tutorial shows you how to install ClipGrab, a simple video downloader and converter, and create a launcher icon in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty LTS.

ClipGrab is a simple graphical tool that allows you to search and download videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe, and other video sites. It allows to save original video format or convert to MPEG4, MP3, WMV, OGG.

This free app supports HD 1080p videos after ffmpeg or avconv is installed.

ClipGrab has an Ubuntu PPA, but Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty is not supported yet. Below steps will show you how to install the .tar.gz package from its web site.
[ac-box style=”info”]For easy way, you can grab the deb directly from ubuntuupdates. Remember to install libav-tools to get HD 1080p support.[/ac-box]

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run below command so the app will support HP 1080p videos.

sudo apt-get install libc6 libgcc1 libqt4-network libqt4-xml libqtcore4 libqtgui4 libqtwebkit4 libstdc++6 libvorbis0a libogg0 libavcodec-extra-54 libav-tools

2. Download ClipGrab for Linux from its website:

[ac-button size=”large” color=”blue” url=”http://clipgrab.org/” target=”_blank”]Download ClipGrab[/ac-button]

So far, it is clipgrab-3.4.2.tar.gz.

3. Extract the package to /opt/ for global use:

cd /opt/ && sudo tar -xvzf ~/Downloads/clipgrab-*.tar.gz

In file browser, go to Computer -> opt -> clipgrab-3.4.2 and you’ll see the app executable files. Run below command to allow executing them as program and finally click one to launch ClipGrab.

cd /opt/clipgrab-3.4.2/ && sudo chmod +x *

Create a launcher icon for ClipGrab:

Besides “lock to launcher” after you launched ClipGrab, you can create a shortcut icon manually by running below command:

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/clipgrab.desktop

Paste below content when the file opens. You may change the PATH to exec and icon to yours.

[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0
Type=Application
Terminal=false
Name=ClipGrab
Exec=/opt/clipgrab-3.4.2/clipgrab-3.4.2.x86_64
Icon=/home/handbook/Pictures/clipgrab-logo-icon.png
Comment[de_DE]=Videos von Online-Portalen wie YouTube herunterladen und konvertieren
Comment=Download and convert videos from various portals (e.g. YouTube)
Categories=Application;Network

Save the file and done.