How to Install ClipGrab Video Downloader via PPA in Ubuntu 20.04

Last updated: March 22, 2021

Want to install the ClipGrab YouTube video downloader via classic deb package? Here’s a PPA available for Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, and Linux Mint 20.

ClipGrab is a free and open-source downloading and converting application for YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and many other video sites.

Thanks to Youtube-DL and Qt framework, it provides a simple UI with ability to search videos via keywords. By clicking a video from the search result, it automatically inputs the video URL to “Downloads” tab.

You can also copy & paste the video URL directly from YouTube web page, and then select downloads format, MPEG4, MP3, etc, and choose the quality.

Finally click on “Grab this clip!” to start downloading process.

Install ClipGrab via Ubuntu PPA:

The software offers official Linux binary via non-install Appimage package in its website.

If you prefer the classic .deb package with better integration, the “xtradeb packaging” team maintains the software package in an unofficial PPA, which so far supports for Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 20.10.

1.) Open terminal from system app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xtradeb/apps

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2.) After adding the PPA, run command to install the tool:

sudo apt install clipgrab

And it will install the most recent YouTube-DL package, if you don’t have it or have an older version, from the PPA repository.

Uninstall ClipGrab:

To remove the Ubuntu PPA, either go to Software & Updates -> Other Software or run command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:xtradeb/apps

To remove the video downloader software, run command:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove clipgrab


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7 responses to How to Install ClipGrab Video Downloader via PPA in Ubuntu 20.04

  1. Thanks! Appreciate the links for the simple copy/paste commands to install clipgrab. I think you may have left out a step, though. I believe ‘sudo apt update’ is required before ‘sudo apt install clipgrab’.

    Nicely formatted instructions with excellent graphics. Thank

    • Adding PPA now automatically refresh the package cache in 20.04, ‘sudo apt update’ command is no longer required.

  2. Luis Fernandes June 21, 2021 at 7:40 am

    Can I install update, clipgrab to the last version in Ubuntu 18.04, command mode?

  3. You are the Man !!!
    Thx very much!

  4. On Raspi Ubuntu I got the following response:

    Package clipgrab is not available, but it is referenced in an other Package
    This may mean that the package is missing or replaced or is only available in an other source.
    E: For package “clipgrab” no installation candidate exists.

  5. You can find more information in our website:
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    failed to remove PPA: ‘[Errno 2] No such file or directory: ‘/etc/apt/sources.list.d/xtradeb-apps-jammy.list”