Livestreamer: command-line streaming extractor

18 Nov

I have always preferred to watch internet streams in a video player rather than a browser. In the early days was only a way to avoid to have Flash in the loop, but even in the age of H264 and WebM it is always good to get rid of the browser and website layer and getting the machine to focus only on the bare streaming task.

Here it comes Livestreamer, a command-line utility available in the form of Python Package, that detects the streaming component from a given supported website and redirects it to the player of your choice (default is VLC).

Installation and operation in Linux is straightforward as they show on their main page.

At first we have to install the Python Package Index on our distribution, on Ubuntu is simply:

# sudo apt-get install python-pip

Then from pip we will install the livestreamer script:

# pip 
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