quvi-get man page

quvi-get — The vilified media stream extraction tool


quvi get [OPTIONS] [ARGS]


This command saves the media stream to a file.

Default Behaviour

The command will attempt to determine if any of the libquvi-scripts(7) accept the input URL before exiting with an error. The script type {playlist,media,...} determines how the command will handle the input URL.

Playlist URLs

The entire playlist of media URLs will be extracted.

Media URLs

The media will be extracted.


The support for the media hosts is determined by the current selection of libquvi-scripts(7).


See quvirc(5) for more information about the groups and the variables that quvi parses.


The command will read stdin by default. The input is expected to contain URLs. The command arguments are expected to be either URLs or file paths. If the input is read from either stdin or a file, the contents are read as RFC2483. The input may contain file URIs.



-o, --check-mode-offline

Do not resolve URL redirections before passing the URL to the libquvi-scripts(7) to determine whether the URL is accepted by any of the scripts.

config: core.check-mode-offline=<boolean>

-B, --print-subtitles

Query and print the available media subtitles. See also --print-format.

-S, --print-streams

Query and print the available media streams. See also --print-format.

-l, --subtitle-language PATTERN[,PATTERN,...]

Match a subtitle language using a regex PATTERN. The value may be a comma-separated list of regex PATTERNs (left-to-right order) that are matched against the available selection.

The value may also contain the reserved keyword croak which will cause libquvi(3) to exit with an error when reached.


The first available subtitle language will be chosen if nothing matched the PATTERN

config: core.subtitle-language=<PATTERN[,PATTERN,...]>

-s, --stream PATTERN[,PATTERN,...]

Match a stream using a regex PATTERN. The value may be a comma-separated list of regex PATTERNs (left-to-right order) that are matched against the available selection.

The value may contain the following reserved keywords:


croak - instructs libquvi(3) to exit with an error when reached


best - instructs libquvi(3) to choose the best quality stream

The best quality is determined by the libquvi-scripts(7) by comparing the media quality properties, e.g. the video height property, although the actual method may vary depending on the data provided by the media hosting service.


The first available stream is selected if nothing matched

config: core.stream=<PATTERN[,PATTERN,...]>

-L, --subtitle-export-format FORMAT (default: srt)

Export the subtitle language to the specified FORMAT. The available FORMATs are determined by the current selection of the subtitle export libquvi-scripts(7).

config: core.subtitle-export-format=<FORMAT>

-b, --verbosity LEVEL (default: verbose)

Specify the verbosity level of the command. LEVEL may be:


debug - verbose + enable verbose output for libcurl (CURLOPT_VERBOSE)


verbose - default


quiet - errors only


mute - nothing at all

config: core.verbosity=<LEVEL>


-A, --exec-dump-argv

Print the argument array used to execute the child program.

config: exec.dump-argv=<boolean>

-E, --exec-enable-stderr

Do not discard child program’s standard error.

config: exec.enable-stderr=<boolean>

-O, --exec-enable-stdout

Do not discard child program’s standard output.

config: exec.enable-stdout=<boolean>

-e, --exec COMMAND

Execute a child program asynchoronously after parsing the media properties. COMMAND may contain any of the following property sequences. Each occurence will be replaced by the command before the COMMAND is executed:

%s  Media property: start time (ms)
%T  Media property: thumbnail URL
%d  Media property: duration (ms)
%u  Media stream property: URL
%I  Media stream property: ID
%t  Media property: title
%i  Media property: ID
%e  File extension[1]
%f  Path to the saved media file[2]
[1]: The file extension is parsed from the HTTP content-type header.
     quvi-get(1) replaces this sequence with HTTP media streams only.
     quvi-dump(2) replaces it only when --query-metainfo is used with
     HTTP media streams.
[2]: This sequence is unique to quvi-get(1)

This option may be specified multiple times. In the quvirc(5) file, specify the commands in a comma-separated list.

config: exec.external=<COMMAND[,COMMAND,...]>


-w, --overwrite

Overwrite the existing file.

-g, --output-regex PATTERN (default: multiple)

Apply a regex PATTERN against a media property.

The PATTERN will be used to match/replace all occurences — this is similar to the g modifier of Perl. The option supports the m// (match, m is optional) operation and the s/// substitution operation.

The syntax is similar to Perl-syntax except that this option expects a leading "property sequence" that specifies the media property to apply the regex PATTERN against. See the section called “Exec” for a complete list of the supported "property sequences".

This option may be specified multiple times. Inside the quvirc(5) file, specify the PATTERNs in a comma-separated list. Double any backslashes inside the quvirc(5) in the PATTERN.

The command applies the following PATTERNs by default:

%t:s/\s\s+/ /

config: get.output-regex=<PATTERN[,PATTERN,...]>

-f, --output-file FILE

Write the media to the specified FILE.

-n, --output-name FORMAT (default: "%t.%e")

Specify the file name FORMAT. This value determines how the saved media files will be named. All occurences of the supported media property sequences will be replaced. See the section called “Exec” for a complete list of the supported "property sequences".

config: get.output-name=<FORMAT>

-i, --output-dir DIR (default: cwd)

Write the saved media to the DIR.

config: get.output-dir=<DIR>

-r, --resume-from OFFSET (default: 0)

Specify the offset from which the transfer should continue. If this value is 0 (default), the command will attempt to resume the transfers automatically. If the value is >0, the command will attempt to resume the transfer from the specified offset.

If the value is >=0, the command will send an HEAD request to the HTTP server to query the content-{type,length} values. These are used to build the output filename and to determine whether the transfer should be resumed; the content-length value is compared to the local file length to determine whether transfer should resume.

Use of a negative value (<0) will cause the command to disable resuming completely causing the command to skip the step that sends the HEAD request to the HTTP server, and start the transfer from the 0 offset, and effectively, overwriting the existing file. The content-{type,length} values are parsed from the returned HTTP Get response, instead.

Technical: libcurl requires setting CURLOPT_RESUME_FROM_LARGE before ‘curl_easy_perform’ is called. The the command has no way of knowing whether the transfer should be resumed if ‘content-length’ is not queried by sending a HTTP HEAD request before the transfer begins. A possible workaround is to specify from which offset the transfer should continue, but this requires that the user determines the value by hand.

config: get.resume-from=<OFFSET>

-k, --skip-transfer

Do not save the media.

config: get.skip-transfer=<boolean>

-t, --throttle RATE (default: 0)

Do not exceed the transfer RATE (Ki/s). Setting this value to 0 disables the throttle. This setting affects only the saving process of the media stream.

config: get.throttle=<RATE>


-c, --enable-cookies

Have libcurl parse the received cookies and use them in the subsequent HTTP requests.

config: http.enable-cookies=<boolean>

-u, --user-agent USERAGENT (default: Mozilla/5.0)

Identify as USERAGENT to the HTTP server.


libquvi-scripts(7) may override this value

config: http.user-agent=<USERAGENT>


· Save the stream:

$ quvi get MEDIA_URL

· Dump the available streams:

$ quvi get -S MEDIA_URL

· Save the selected stream:

$ quvi get -s foo MEDIA_URL

· Similar to the above but choose the stream "baz" if "foo" is not available:

$ quvi get -s foo,baz,best MEDIA_URL
$ quvi get -s foo,baz,croak MEDIA_URL

The first will grab whatever is the best quality if neither ("foo" or "baz") stream is available. The use of "croak" keyword will cause the command to exit with an error if neither stream is available.

· Dump the available subtitles:

$ quvi get -B MEDIA_URL

· Do not save the media stream, grab "cc_en" subtitles only:

$ quvi get -k -l cc_en,croak MEDIA_URL

Use of "croak" keyword will cause the command to exit with an error if "cc_en" subtitle was not available.

· Watch the entire playlist using mplayer(1):

$ quvi get -e "mplayer %f" PLAYLIST_URL


See quvi(1)

Exit Status

Either EXIT_SUCCESS or EXIT_FAILURE. The actual value depends on the platform, on POSIX systems they are 0 (success) and 1 (failure).

See Also

quvirc(5), libquvi(3)

Further Resources


Development code




Toni Gundogdu <legatvs@gmail.com>


Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to the quvi-devel mailing list <quvi-devel@lists.sourceforge.net> where the development and the maintenance is primarily done. You do not have to be subscribed to the list to send a message there.


quvi is Free Software licensed under the GNU Affero GPLv3+


Part of the quvi(1) suite

Referenced By

quvi(1), quvi-dump(1), quvirc(5).

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quvi 0.9.5 11/10/2013