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Client-side YouTube to MP3 using ffmpeg.js in a Chrome Extension

A server-less chrome extension to convert youtube videos to mp3 files for download. If available, files are persisted to Sia SkyNet for future downloads by all users.

This Youtube to MP3 chrome extension is different in a few ways:

  1. The conversion takes place on your machine, not a server, so there’s no server costs we need to cover with ads
  2. The conversion logic exists on your machine, and is resilliant to takedowns
  3. Your conversions are cached with Sia SkyNet for quick download without conversion in the future by everyone
  4. This extension is open source and available for you to inspect the integrity of it yourself

Installation

Download Extension Zip

Steps to Install:

  1. Download extension zip file and unzip
  2. Navigate to chrome://extensions in your browser
  3. Enable developer mode in the top right
  4. Click “Load unpacked” in the top left

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Usage

Just navigate to any youtube video and click the “Download MP3” button next to the Subscribe button.

If the file has not yet been converted, your machine will download the youtube video and convert it to an mp3. This process may take 30+ seconds depending on video size, your internet connection and your computers processing power. Once the file is converted a download will trigger on your browser for the file.

If someone has previously converted the video to mp3 using the extension already, the download will start in just a few seconds.

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