error: unable to extract uploader id; please report this issue on . make sure you are using the latest version; type youtube-dl -u to update. be sure to call youtube-dl with the –verbose flag and include its complete output.

Error: Unable to extract uploader ID

Follow these steps to resolve the issue:

  • Update youtube-dl to the latest version:

Open your terminal or command prompt and run the following command:

youtube-dl -U

If the issue persists, enable the –verbose flag to get detailed output:

Run the following command, replacing


with the video URL you’re trying to download:

youtube-dl --verbose URL

If the error still occurs, report the issue on the youtube-dl bug tracker:

Visit and click the “New issue” button. Provide a title for the issue and describe it in the comment box. Make sure to include the complete output from step 2. The youtube-dl developers will be able to analyze the issue and work on a fix.

Alternative: yt-dlp

In the meantime, you can try using an alternative video downloader, such as


. Install it using the following command:

    • For Windows (using pip):
pip install yt-dlp
    • For macOS (using Homebrew):
brew install yt-dlp

Then, use it as you would use youtube-dl:

yt-dlp URL



with the video URL you’re trying to download.

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