edx-dl is a simple tool to download videos and lecture materials from Open
edX-based sites. It requires a Python interpreter (>= 2.7) and
very few other dependencies. It is platform independent, and should work
fine under Unix (Linux, BSDs etc.), Windows or Mac OS X.
We strongly recommend that, if you don't already have a Python interpreter installed, that you install Python >= 3.6, if possible, since it is better in general.
To install edx-dl run:
pip install edx-dl
To install all the dependencies please do:
pip install -r requirements.txt
One of the most important dependencies of
installation step listed above already pulls in the most recent version of
youtube-dl for you.
Unfortunately, since many Open edX sites store their videos on Youtube and
Youtube changes their layout from time to time, it may be necessary to
upgrade your copy of
youtube-dl. There are many ways to proceed here, but
the simplest is to simply use:
pip install --upgrade youtube-dl
Once you have installed everything, to use
edx-dl.py, let it discover the
courses in which you are enrolled, by issuing:
edx-dl -u firstname.lastname@example.org --list-courses
From there, choose the course you are interested in, copy its URL and use it in the following command:
edx-dl -u email@example.com COURSE_URL
COURSE_URL with the URL that you just copied in the first step.
It should look something like:
Your downloaded videos will be placed in a new directory called
Downloaded, inside your current directory, but you can also choose another
destination with the
To see all available options and a brief description of what they do, simply execute:
Important Note: To use sites other than <edx.org>, you have to specify the
site along with the
-x option. For example,
-x stanford, if the course
that you want to get is hosted on Stanford's site.
You can run this application via Docker if you want. Just install docker and run
docker run --rm -it \ -v "$(pwd)/edx/:/Downloaded" \ strm/edx-dl -u <USER> -p <PASSWORD>
Before reporting any issue please follow the steps below:
Verify that you are running the latest version of all the programs (both of
youtube-dl). Use the following command if in doubt:
pip install --upgrade edx-dl
If you get an error like
"YouTube said: Please sign in to view this video.", then we can't do much about it. You can try to pass your credentials to
youtube-dl(see https://github.com/rg3/youtube-dl#authentication-options) with the use of
--youtube-dl-options. If it doesn't work, then you will have to tell
edx-dlto ignore the download of that particular video with the option
If the problem persists, feel free to open an issue in our bugtracker, please fill the issue template with as much information as possible.
These are the current supported sites:
- University of Sydney
- France Université Numérique
- GW Online SEAS - George Washington University
- GW Online Open - George Washington University
See the contributors to the project in the AUTHORS.md file. If you have contributed to the project, we would like to gladly credit you for your work. Just send us a note to be added to that list.