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Google Video
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Status Closing in 2011-04-29[1]
Archiving status In progress...
Archiving type Unknown
IRC channel #archiveteam-bs (on hackint)

Google Video is a video sharing website which is shutting down.

If you want to save your own videos, see the announcement and tools below.

If you want to help archive Google Video, get some machines running and join us in IRC (EFNet #archiveteam / #googlegrape)

Joining the archival effort

The automatic scripts only work on FreeBSD, Linux, Windows and maybe OS X. They also seem to work fine in Cygwin. Alternatively, you can run *nix in a virtual machine (given you have a fast enough machine).

To help scrape videos

First of all, please add your name/nickname to this list, along with the storage and bandwidth you have available.

On Linux Systems

  • Download youtube-dl or from your distribution.
    • Make sure it's marked executable: chmod +x youtube-dl
  • Download and install wget for your distribution
  • Download googlegargle (Norc's updated, dupe-safe version of googlegargle is here.)
  • Get aria2 from your distribution (or if you're on Mac OS X, MacPorts) or SourceForge
  • Pick a seed list from below, save it under the filename "list" and add your name to the list (you will need a wiki account)
  • Change the first few lines of the googlegargle script to reflect your installation
    • If you're using youtube-dl from your distro, run "which youtube-dl" or "sudo updatedb; locate youtube-dl" to find the location of the command. Change DLSCRIPT to this.
  • For older aria versions, some options need to be removed (--max-connection-per-server=16 --min-split-size=1M)
    • You might need to upgrade your version from your system package manager, however the most recent version still may not suffice.
  • Change the ARIA variable in the script to the location of your ARIA executable. Usually (ubuntu) at /usr/bin/aria2c, change ARIA variable to this.
    • To know where aria2 is located you can use either of these commands:
      • "sudo updatedb; locate aria2"
      • "which aria2" / "which aria2c"
  • Invoke googlegargle
  • Check with your OS settings to insure that your computer will not auto suspend or sleep after long periods of inactivity.

On Windows Systems

Don't forget to join the IRC channel to coordinate who's getting what!

To help index videos (low bandwidth/storage)

On Linux Systems

Note: This will only work on machines with X running. To run it on a headless server, use Xvfb (virtual framebuffer). On Ubuntu/Debian: 'apt-get install xvfb', then use xvfb-run to start your main script. An X server will now be made available to any programs that need it.

  • Get the tools needed to build phantomjs (a headless web browser) and run the script: Qt WebKit, git, and curl. On Debian or Ubuntu Maverick and up, install the packages build-essential, curl, git, libqtwebkit4, libqtwebkit-dev, and libqt4-dev by issuing the command:
sudo apt-get install build-essential curl git libqtwebkit4 libqtwebkit-dev libqt4-dev

On Ubuntu Lucid 10.04: Since Lucid comes with Qt4.6, not the required 4.7, you may need to add a ppa before trying to install the needed packages.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports && sudo apt-get update

Additionally, in Lucid, the git package is named git-core, so:

sudo apt-get install git-core

or, on Fedora:

sudo yum install curl git qt-webkit qt-webkit-devel qt-devel
  • Run the following command to get the phantomjs source code:
git clone
  • Enter the directory that was just created by using the following command:
cd phantomjs
  • Build phantomjs by issuing the command:
qmake && make -j2
  • Move the phantomjs binary somewhere in your path by issuing the command:
cd bin && sudo mv ./phantomjs /usr/local/bin
  • Extract the above downloaded file (Right-click and Extract To.. or use tar -zxvf ./google_video_related.tar.gz)
  • In a terminal, navigate to the folder where you extracted the google_video_related file (above) and run the following command to help scrape Google Video:
while : ; do ./ ; done

On Windows Systems

Grab the following archive which comes with full instructions:

Once the script's running simply leave it running and head on over to #ggtesting on EFnet (IRC) if you need any assistance or in case the script has any issues. The script will contact the server to get a page to index the related video links, do that indexing, send back the results and repeat! It takes very little processing and bandwidth on your end (a couple of kb/sec, if that).

Cherry picking

The seed files do currently not include all videos, so you might want to save precious videos explicitely. To do that, add IDs (docid URL parameter of the Google Video) to the "list" file in the same directory as the script, for example:


and start ./googlegargle

To request a cherrypick, add it to this list:

If you download something from that list, add its docid to so that others won't download those videos for the second time.

Custom keyword searches

Linux Bash Command

If you want to grab videos by your own custom keyword search term, you can use this command:

SEARCH='my+search+term';for i in `seq 0 10 990 `;do curl -A "AT, Bitches" "$$i&sa=N"|grep -o "docid=[0-9-]*"|sort -u|tee -a seed_videos_$SEARCH;done

Change "my+search+term" to your search term, and remember to use a plus sign instead of spaces (or url encode the text for other special characters).

Linux Bash Script

An alternative search script which sorts and dedupes results and can restrict searches to long, medium and short videos is here. <-- Please evolve the script and upload to Github?

Searches Undertaken

Since we want to minimize overlap, here are some search terms that are already in progress of being downloaded (and the user who downloads them):

  • Darkstar: "rare", "vintage", "commercial"
  • NomDuClavier: "douglas adams", "richard dawkins", "charles darwin"
  • oli: "australia history"
  • dnova: "microelectronics"
  • Lightblb: "documentary" (medium and long videos), "lecture" (medium and long videos)
  • ttuttle: "astronomy"

Also check the specificrequest PiratePad under Cherry Picking on this page.

Seed List Downloads

  • Original Lists:
  • PLEASE add your custom searches and their details to this table!
  • Words suggestions: conference, hack, wiki, linux, creative commons
Seed list Videos (lines) Downloader Complete? (Size?)
seed_videos_ml_documentary_dedupe 1975 Lightblb Lightblb: aa
NomDuClavier: ac, ad
seed_videos_ml_lecture_dedupe 1898 Lightblb Lightblb: aa

gribozavr: ad (in progress)

seed_videos_ml_atheism_dedupe 764 seed_videos_ml_interview_dedupe 986
seed_videos_ml_atheism_dedupe 764
seed_videos_ml_interview_dedupe 986
seed_videos_2_a 25,761 swebb 8.6G (4/17/2011)
seed_videos_2_k 19,266 (24,242) Lightblb, ARc[Clone, crackbab1, Pentium100, Mqrius, arketype Split 49 chunks of 500

Lightblb: aa ab ac ad ae
crackbab1: af (Done: 11GB) working on ak, al
Mqrius: Done: ag - ak: 26 GB, am - ao: 24 GB. Working on: aq ar as
arketype: Working on ap
Pentium100: az (complete, 5.15GB), ay, ax, aw, av, au, at, ba, bb
ARc[Clone: bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw

seed_videos_2_l 22,641 ndurner, wgfreewill Split 46 chunks of 500
ndurner: 338;
wgfreewill I am running the whole set now from the unplit file to have a complete copy.
seed_videos_2_m 24,465 Jade Falcon Jade @ 2854/24465 ~77G and counting...(100 concurrent threads!)
balrog running in reverse
seed_videos_2_o 25,049 travelinlibrarian Split 51 chunks of 500

travelinlibrarian 60/1-500
perfinion downloading seed_videos_2_ob[n-y]

seed_videos_2_p 23,713 oli, Xentac, db48x, otro Split 48 chunks of 500

oli: paa to paj
Xentac: pbt (finished), pbu (finished), pbv (finished), pbp (7.2G finished), pbk-pbr
db48x: pbu (1.44GB, finished), pbv (187MB, finished), pba-pbf
otro: pbs

seed_videos_2_q 17,727 DoubleJ
seed_videos_2_t 25,301 businux Split 51 chunks of 500
seed_videos_2_u 23,528 barbich, negge Split 48 chunks of 500

barbich: currently processing 0 to 29 (40% done, 190G)
negge: getting the whole list (16 threads)

seed_videos_2_w 21,732 nickmoorman Split 34 chunks of 500 (already de-duped)

nickmoorman: aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj
zachtib: ak al am an ao
Dr.Sweety: ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh (Currently in progress)

seed_videos_2_x 19,733 ksh 35% / 30GB
seed_videos_2_y 20,965 negge 216G done (100%)
seed_videos_2_z 18,877 flare
seed_videos_a 1000 Dr.Sweety Currently in progress
seed_videos_a_related This list contain errors Dr.Sweety Done, 44G total. What about the errors, will there be an updated list?
seed_videos_b 999 bjwebb 136/999
seed_videos_c 981 dnova 700/981
seed_videos_d 999 nomduclav complete
seed_videos_e 999 nomduclav 548/992
seed_videos_f 999 DoubleJ Done (25GB)
seed_videos_g 999 dnova 802/999
seed_videos_h 999 ARc[Clone Done
seed_videos_i 999 DeCarabas 915/999
seed_videos_j 999 joethehuman Done (36.7 GB)
seed_videos_k 999 aggroskater 803/999 (22.9 GB so far)
seed_videos_l 999 yipdw 804/999, 51.5 GB
Status update, updated every 30 minutes or so
(login as guest:guest if you get an authorization error)
seed_videos_m 999 TJ__ Done (34.7GB)
seed_videos_n 999 ndurner Done (38 GB)
seed_videos_o 999 com_lab, grelbar (list) ~38GB (com_lab), in progress (grelbar)
seed_videos_p 999 Pneu
seed_videos_q 996 nomduclavier Done (~24Gb)
seed_videos_r 996 Pentium Done (26.5GB), two bad IDs (-6997682955012239023, -5475489738249304784)
seed_videos_s 999 Pentium Done (48.9GB), two bad IDs (2103424227166759427, -8954969329395485241)
seed_videos_t 999 joethehuman In Progress (806/1000 43.6 GB)
seed_videos_u 999 perfinion, 0xDEADBEEF, norc 0xDEADBEEF 516/1000 24GB. norc 500-1000 done, 24GB. Perfinion done, 44GB.
seed_videos_v 999 masterme1 162/999 (~11GB)
seed_videos_w 1000 com_lab Done (~5.7GB)
seed_videos_x 1000 Dark-Star Done (~33GB)
seed_videos_y 1000 beremat 613/1000, (~37.76GB)
seed_videos_z 1000 ksh Done (27GB)
1267 dnova 17/1267 (1.15GB)
"singularity" 174 db48x (grabbed 8am UTC April 18th 2011)
"Feynman" 28 db48x completed, 2.20GB (grabbed 9am UTC April 18th 2011)
"police" 998 lutostag (grabbed 8am UTC April 18th 2011)
"eliezer" 1000 norc 200/1000, 7G (grabbed 8am UTC April 18th 2011)
"obama" 1000 ryan__ started dl 4/18/2011 10am EDT (list created at 8am UTC April 18th 2011)
"cia" (grabbed 8am UTC April 18th 2011)
"charlie" 1000 ryan__ started dl 4/18/2011 10am EDT (list created at 8am UTC April 18th 2011)
IDs from the metafilter thread 28 db48x completed, 6.17GB (grabbed 9am UTC April 18th 2011)
IDs from the reddit thread (grabbed 9am UTC April 18th 2011)
"rare" ~3100 Darkstar done (~70gb)
[ "douglas adams",
"richard dawkins",
"charles darwin"
NomDuClavier] 513 videos, done (one de-duped list for the 3 terms)
"australia history" 846 oli Done
"Bugs Bunny" 153
"rodney mullen" 176 com_lab Done, 1.7GB
"tech talks" 946 tahu 37 videos, 3.8GB, 2011-04-18 17:34:59 UTC
"rick astley" 17 db48x completed, 272.8MB (grabbed 13:00 UTC April 18th 2011)
"CERN" 912 vled (grabbed 13:00 UTC April 18th 2011)
multiple: "michio kaku",
"brian cox",
"vernor vinge">,
"carl sagan",
"simon singh"
176 nomduclavier: 67/176
1547 leftfield In progress -leftfield I'd love if someone could take this one. -dnova
"foia" 89 com_lab Done, 4.1GB
"creative commons" 1000 aikidork In Progress
Total >324,788 Archive Team In progress (>1.2 TB and counting)

Broken DocIDs



DocID scripts


Aria2c (APT)

Aria2c (RPM)

Fedora and CentOS have RPMs available.

  • yum install aria2


Bash script to search for terms on Google Video, includes dedupe and ability to restrict search by video length.


  • /usr/bin/aria2c: unrecognized option '--max-connection-per-server=16'
    • The Aria version available in many linux distributions is not up to date and will throw errors.
    • To fix this remove the option from the goooglegargle script line starting with "ARIAOPTIONS="
  • User 'negge' on IRC reports the following ARIA command line works for Debian Squeeze,
    • --max-overall-download-limit=1024M --file-allocation=falloc --max-connection-per-server=4 --min-split-size=1M --log-level=notice --remote-time=true
  • or for ext3 on Debian Squeeze,
    • --max-overall-download-limit=1024M --file-allocation=prealloc --max-connection-per-server=4 --min-split-size=1M --log-level=notice --remote-time=true


  • Is there any estimate on how many videos are on Google Video?
    • Wikipedia said it has 2,500,000 videos, a semi-official Google blog mentioned 2.8M
  • Is there anything about grabbing metadata for vids? like descriptions?
    • Googlegrape does that, it saves the html of the video download page
  • What happens to the data after you claim a seed on the wiki and download it?
    • We've got 100TB of space allocated to us on, and can get more
  • Is there already some space where it can be uploaded to?
    • Not yet, the effort is still young and things take time to organize.
  • How can I split seed files if I want to download fewer videos or share the task with others?
    • On *nix machines use: split --lines=500 [seedfile] [seedfile] to create a set of files each 500 lines in length in the form seedfileaa seedfileab ... etc.
  • How can I check if there are duplicates in a seed file?
    • On *nix machines use: sort [infile] | uniq -d to show all duplicates.
  • How can I remove duplicates from a seed file before I start to use it?
    • On *nix machines use: sort [infile] | uniq -u > [outfile] to produce a new seed file with duplicates removed.

Announcement: Uploaded video content no longer available

On April 29, 2011 videos that have been uploaded to Google Video will no longer be available for playback. We’ve added a Download button to the Video Status page, so you can download videos that you want to save. If you don’t want to download your videos, you don’t need to do anything. (The Download feature will be disabled after May 13, 2011.)

How do I download videos that I've uploaded?

On the Video Status page, click Download Video located on the right side of each of your videos in the "Actions" column.Once a video has been downloaded, an "Already Downloaded" message will appear. If you have many videos on Google Video, you may need to use the paging controls located on the bottom right of the page to access them all. This download option will be available through May 13, 2011.

I've downloaded my videos. Now what do I do with these FLV files?

FLV files are videos that have been encoded in the Flash Video Format. You can upload your videos in FLV format to other video hosting sites like YouTube or Picassa Web Albums. If you would like to playback your videos on your computer and they don’t seem to be working, you might need to install an FLV player. In order to find an FLV player to install, try doing a Google search for [ FLV player ].

External links

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-8196546459051063200 Ethiopia - Ethiopian Talk Show - Dr. Kinfe M Kassaye seed_videos_m
6012309833489564165 I'm gonna miss you forever seed_videos_m
1006201176909432045 Nick "KNUCKLEHEAD" Thomas Learning to Ride A KX 65 seed_videos_2_k_br
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515155312540224448 Prof. Stephen Berk - The Six Day War -- (Only downloads 106MB & manual seek fails) seed_videos_m
8233620694803027158 Tien Kiem Ky Hiep 12a seed_videos_2_k_bs
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