[Freedom-misc] youtube-dl through tor?

mason at masonhock.com mason at masonhock.com
Tue Jun 9 07:24:46 CEST 2020

 > So which is the better way?

There are two questions: (1) what should happen when the user attempts to  
download from an onion domain without Tor, and (2) when downloading a video  
through Invidious (whether via Tor or not) should Invidious proxy the video  
or provide a googlevideo.com URL for yt-dl to access (via Tor if  

In the case of (1) I prefer avideo's behavior.  I consider yt-dl's behavior  
dangerous.  If a user is bothering to use an Invidious onion instance, they  
likely want to download the video anonymously.  If they accidentally forget  
to use the "--proxy" option with yt-dl then Google will receive their IP  
address along with the ID of the video they are downloading.  It's safer for  
the program to fail like avideo does, and force the user to either specify  
"--proxy" if they want to be anonymous or specify a non-onion URL if they  

In the case of (2) I can see a case for either behavior.  Proxying puts a  
large load on the Invidious server, so if possible the ideal behavior would  
probably be to respect the default set by the instance admin unless overriden  
with "local=true" or "local=false" in the URL as per   

More information about the Freedom-misc mailing list