Echo360 Videos Downloader
echo360 is a command-line Python tool that allows you to download lecture videos from any university's Echo360 system and echo360 Cloud platform. All that's required is the particular course's url. See the FAQ for tips on how to find it.
The way this script works should support all university's echo360 system in theory, see FAQ for details.
See it in action:
Linux / MacOS
./run.sh COURSE_URL # where COURSE_URL is your course url
run.bat COURSE_URL # where COURSE_URL is your course url
The scripts will boostrap all installation and download all needed files on the fly.
- ffmpeg (for transcoding ts file to mp4 file) See here for a brief instructions of installing it in different OS.
The provided script automated every operations, and install all dependency in a local python virtual environment. You can also use the system-wise python installation by manual installation. Get started by first install all requirements:
pip install -r requirements.txt # or with: python -m pip install -r requirements.txt
Then run with:
- OS X
NOTE THAT all the below command you can substitute
python echo360.py with
run.bat if you are in windows)
>>> python echo360.py \ https://view.streaming.sydney.edu.au:8443/ess/portal/section/2018_S1C_INFO1001_ND
>>> usage: echo360.py [-h] [--output OUTPUT_PATH] [--after-date AFTER_DATEYYYY-MM-DD)] [--before-date BEFORE_DATE(YYYY-MM-DD] [--unikey UNIKEY] [--password PASSWORD] [--setup-credentials] [--download-phantomjs-binary] [--chrome] [--firefox] [--echo360cloud] [--interactive] [--alternative_feeds] [--debug] [--auto | --manual] ECHO360_URL Download lectures from portal. positional arguments: ECHO360_URL Full URL of the echo360 course page, or only the UUID (which defaults to USYD). The URL of the course's video lecture page, for example: http://recordings.eng ineering.illinois.edu/ess/portal/section/115f3def-7371 -4e98-b72f-6efe53771b2a) optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit --output OUTPUT_PATH, -o OUTPUT_PATH Path to the desired output directory. The output directory must exist. Otherwise the current directory is used. --after-date AFTER_DATE(YYYY-MM-DD) Only download lectures newer than AFTER_DATE (inclusive). Note: this may be combined with --before- date. --before-date BEFORE_DATE(YYYY-MM-DD) Only download lectures older than BEFORE_DATE (inclusive). Note: this may be combined with --after- date --unikey UNIKEY, -u UNIKEY Your unikey for your University of Sydney elearning account --password PASSWORD, -p PASSWORD Your password for your University of Sydney elearning account --setup-credentials Open a chrome instance to expose an ability for user to log into any website to obtain credentials needed before proceeding. (implies using chrome-driver) --download-phantomjs-binary Force the echo360.py script to download a local binary file for phantomjs (will override system bin) --chrome Use Chrome Driver instead of phantomjs webdriver. You must have chromedriver installed in your PATH. --firefox Use Firefox Driver instead of phantomjs webdriver. You must have geckodriver installed in your PATH. --interactive, -i Interactively pick the lectures you want, instead of download all (default) or based on dates . --alternative_feeds, -a Download first two video feeds. Since some university have multiple video feeds, with this option on the downloader will also try to download the second video, which could be the alternative feed. Might only work on some 'echo360.org' hosts. --debug Enable extensive logging. --auto Only effective for 'echo360.org' host. When set, this script will attempts to automatically redirects after you had logged into your institution's SSO. --manual, -m [Deprecated] Only effective for 'echo360.org' host. When set, the script requires user to manually continue the script within the terminal. This is the default behaviour and exists only for backward compatibility reason.
>>> python echo360.py \ "041698d6-f43a-4b09-a39a-b90475a63530" \ # Note this default to USYD's echo360 --output "~/Lectures" # Use full URL for other University
Download all available lectures
>>> python echo360.py \ "041698d6-f43a-4b09-a39a-b90475a63530" \ --output "~/Lectures"
Download all lectures on or before a date
>>> python echo360.py \ "041698d6-f43a-4b09-a39a-b90475a63530" \ --output "~/Lectures" \ --before-date "2014-10-14"
Download all lectures on or after a date
>>> python echo360.py \ "041698d6-f43a-4b09-a39a-b90475a63530" \ --output "~/Lectures" \ --after-date "2014-10-14"
Download all lectures in a given date range (inclusive)
>>> python echo360.py \ "041698d6-f43a-4b09-a39a-b90475a63530" \ --output "~/Lectures" \ --after-date "2014-08-26" \ --before-date "2014-10-14"
Use chrome driver (instead of phantomjs)
Note: sometime it works better than phantomjs in some system
>>> python echo360.py \ "041698d6-f43a-4b09-a39a-b90475a63530" \ --chrome
Is my university supported?
This is first built for the echo system in the University of Sydney, and then validated in several other universities' echo system. In theory, as long as the url are in the format of:
... then it should be supported.
$(UUID) are what differentiate different University's echo360 system. If there is no credentials needed (ie no need to login before accessing the page), then 90% of the time it should works. If login is needed, some extra work might need to be put in before it works for your university. If that is the case, create an issue to let me know.
echo360.org, see this.
How do I retrieve the Course URL for a course?
You should go to the main Echo360 Lecture page, which usually composed of all the lecturer recordings in a list format as shown below. It's the main page that lists all the recorded lectures and gives you the option to stream them or download them individually. This is important for downloading all the available videos from within the course.
You can usually find this link on your course's main webpage. If your course webpage only links directly to videos, then you should be able to navigate back by clicking the title of your course name (top of page).
The URL for the University of Sydney - 2017 semester 2 of CIVL4903 looks like
which you can verify is correct in the above screenshot. This should be the full URL you enter into the script, for all other universities' echo system.
The UUID (Unified Unique IDentifier) is the last element of the URL. So in the above example it's,
Echo360 cloud refers to websites in the format of
https://echo360.org[.xx]. This module now officially support this platform.
This method requires you to setup SSO credentials, therefore, it needs to open up a browser for you to setup your own university's SSO credentials.
To download videos, run:
[.xx] is an optional country flag specific to your echo360 platform and
$(UUID) is the unique identifier for your course. This should the url that you can retrieve from your course's main page like the following.
Note that this implies
setup-credential option and will use chrome-webdriver by default. If you don't have chrome or prefer to use firefox, run it with the
--firefox flag like so:
./run.sh https://echo360.org[.xx]/section/$(UUID)/home --firefox
After running the command, it will opens up a browser instance, most likely with a login page. You should then login with your student's credentials like what you would normally do. After you have successfully logged in, the module should automatically redirects you and continues. If the script hangs (e.g. failed to recognises that you have logged in), feel free to let me know.
I'm not sure of how to run it?
First, you'd need to install Python in your system. Then, you can follow the youtube tutorial videos to get an idea of how to use the module.
- For Windows users (and showcased how to retrieve actual echo360 course url)
My credentials does not work?
You can setup any credentials need with manually logging into websites, by running the script with:
./run.sh ECHO360_URL --setup-credential
This will open up a chrome instance that allows you to log into your website as you normally do. Afterwards, simply type 'continue' into your shell and press enter to continue to proceeds with the rest of the script.
My credentials does not work (echo360.org)?
For echo360.org, the default behaviour is it will always require you to setup-credentials, and the module will automatically detect login token and proceed the download process. For some institutions, this seems to be not sufficient (#29).
You can disable such behaviour with
./run.sh ECHO360_ORG_URL --manual
for manual setup; and once you had logged in, type
in your terminal to continue.
How do I download only individual video(s)?
You are in luck! It is now possible to pick a subset of videos to download from (instead of needing to download everything like before). Just pass the interactive argument like this:
./run.sh ECHO360_URL --interactive # or ./run.sh ECHO360_URL -i
...and it shall presents an interactive screen for you to pick each individual video(s) that you want to download, like the screenshot as shown below.
My lecture has two video feeds, how can I download both of them?
You can add argument
--alternative_feeds or simply
-a to download both video feeds.
The current script uses a web-driver to emulate as a web-browser in order to retrieve the original streaming link. There are current two options for the web-driver: PhantomJS and Chrome. It then uses a hls downloader to simultaneously download all the smaller parts of the videos, and combined into one. Transcoding into mp4 will be performed if ffmpeg is present in your system, and all files will be renamed into a nice format.
Credits to jhalstead85 for which this script is based upon. This script has then been adopted to be usable for USYD echo360. It was then extended to work in canvas (which uses a human-readable name instead of UUID); and later automated the entire process and become usable for all other universities.