Mainly i want to update youtube-dl on my mac. I have used Linux so for that updating any app is very simple: apt-get update youtube-dl. But how to do it on Mac using home-brew. Is there any kind of general command or something which will work for all the apps?

  • The (crossplatfom) instructions to update youtube-dl can be found as the first Q&A in the Youtube-dl FAQ.
    – Dɑvïd
    Aug 20, 2015 at 19:56

2 Answers 2


Run brew update first, then you can use brew upgrade to update all packages, or brew upgrade youtube-dl to update only youtube-dl.

  • Same situation, same question as OP. I installed with "brew" but trying to run the upgrade just now threw this error: Error: youtube-dl 2015.07.28 already installed. The -U option mentioned in the other answer worked with sudo, though.
    – Dɑvïd
    Aug 20, 2015 at 19:48
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    @Davïd: I forgot to mention you need to run brew update first. If that doesn't work, maybe no one updated the youtube-dl formula and you should use -U if you need to update.
    – 0942v8653
    Aug 20, 2015 at 20:25

Not for brew, but from the documentation, you can run youtube-dl -U to update.

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