Sep 262012

Sometimes I find a long and interesting video on youtube or vimeo about Linux events or presentations, documentaries or movies that I’d like to see in a second moment, maybe when I’m offline or from my TV that has an usb port but no wireless. There are dozen of extensions for Firefox and Chrome to do this kind of task, but today I’ve found an interesting program that can download a video from a long list of website and convert that video into another format: xVideoServiceThief

xVideoServiceThief (a.k.a xVST) is an open source tool for downloading your favourite video clips from a lot of video websites (currently supports 93 websites ) and it also provide you the ability to convert each video in themost popular formats: AVI, MPEG1, MPEG2, WMV, MP4, 3GP, MP3 file formats.

Main Features of xVST

  • Download from Youtube & Co. – Download Videos from a lot of important Web Video Services: YouTube, Yahoo, Google Videos, Metacafe, etc…
  • Convert downloaded videos – Convert each video to one of most popular format: AVI, MPEG1, MPEG2, WMV, MP4, 3GP, MP3.
  • HTTP & RTMP support – Download almost any video from internet via HTTP and RTMP protocols.
  • Schedule configuration – Configure your own download shcedules and let the xVST to download your videos when you are not using your computer!
  • Search videos – Search videos inside the xVST and download (or play) them!
  • Pause and resume downloads – Pause, resume or cancel your downloads if you need more connection to perform other important tasks.
  • Session Manager – Save and Restore your download lists automatically.
  • Children protection – Disable adult website support and protect your children from porn sites.
  • Language manager – Install and uninstall languages inside the xVST and don’t worry about download and install manually the new languages.


The software is available as binary package on the official website, the ffmpeg lib is not included, to enable the video conversions you should install the ffmpeg lib.

Or if you use Ubuntu or Debian and you prefer to install from a repository you can use the get deb repository, to add this external repository go to System-Administration-Software Sources, Third-Party Software tab, Add:
deb precise-getdeb apps

To add the repository GPG key, open a terminal window and type:

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Update now the list of packages available to your system, to do this run from the terminal:

sudo apt-get update

And now you can get xvst with the command:

sudo aptitude install xvst

Or as alternative you can use Ubuntu Software Center.

xvst usage

Now you can type xvst in a terminal or run the program from the menu, usually this program is located under Multimedia, the first screen you’ll see is this one:


The first thing to do is to take a look at the options, to do this click on the lower right area, where it’s wrote “more options” you’ll see the following window:


In this menu you can set the following options:

Downloads : here you can define the default folder where you want to download the movies.
FFmpeg Lib : Here you should see the full path to ffmpeg
Convert Videos to Mpeg/DivX/Etc. : This is a checkbox that you can set if you want to automatically convert all video into a new format, you can choose which output format , video and audio quality and if delete the original video once the conversion is done.

Now you can simply click on “add video” and type the url of the video you want to download, or as alternative click on the search icon (in the top right area the small icon with a magnifier) that will allow you to put a string to search on the known websites or just on some such as youtube or google video.


This program is not updated from some time, but i don’t see this as a big problem, the software is really easy to use and with a few clicks you can download on your PC a large collection of videos coming from different sources.

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  3 Responses to “Download your favorite video with xVideoServiceThief”

  1. How to convert already download video (from hard disk)?

    • If you work on the command line I suggest ffmpeg otherwise in the past I’ve tested Yakito

      • I did try with ffmpeg, but I can’t to do all this.
        Convert all file in folder (mp4, flv, etc) to avi for watching on my TV with “home DVD player”.
        See progress bar in time or %.
        And see does ffmpeg use my AMD GPU.

        I need all that with ffmpeg or some GUI app that can do that.

        For now, I start VirtualBox Windows XP and use Freemake Video Converter, best tool ever for video conversation.

        Does linux have tool like that?

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