YouTube-to-Mp3 Converter :: PHP Script Documentation v1.0
YouTube-to-Mp3 Converter :: PHP Script
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Table of Contents
- Server Requirements
- Server Configuration
- Software Installation
- Support Options
- Extended License
A) Features - top
This software does the following for you:
- Converts YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Facebook, Metacafe, VK, SoundCloud, Instagram, AOL, RedTube, XVideos, Pornhub, Vevo, Google Drive, and Twitter content (15 of the most popular video/audio hosting sites in the world)
- Outputs converted files to mp3, aac, m4a, mp4, webm, f4v, and/or 3gp formats
- Enables volume adjustment prior to conversion via jQuery slider control
- Displays download AND conversion progress via corresponding progress bars
- Leverages the power of FFmpeg (http://ffmpeg.org/) to create crisp, clean, quality conversions of audio/video files.
- Reduces server load by skipping FFmpeg conversion for video/audio file types (i.e., mp4 or mp3) that are already available from the video/audio hosting sites
- Further reduces server load by providing users with a conversion "cancel" button that aborts ongoing conversions and subsequently kills unnecessary FFmpeg processes
- Minimizes bandwidth required for YouTube video conversion to audio formats (like mp3, aac, and m4a) by directly downloading audio from YouTube if it is available!
- Provides options to cache converted files, drastically and even further reducing the consumption of server resources (primarily CPU and bandwidth).
- Includes a tool that crops converted audio AND video files (with live preview of converted media during cropping process!)
- Provides an editor for converted mp3/aac/m4a file meta data (ID3 tags), to control track information displayed on some audio players.
- Automatically adds (album) cover art to MP3 files following post-conversion file cropping and/or editing.
- Integrates Dropbox and OneDrive "Saver" buttons that enable converted files to be saved to site users' accounts in the "cloud" -- in addition to regular file download.
- Features a completely "responsive" default design (leveraging the Bootstrap framework) to provide optimal viewing for ALL device types and sizes!
- Enables multi-language support via a corresponding drop down menu and XML translation files
- Dynamically changes HTML title and meta tag content to reflect information about the currently converting video/audio (i.e., the song title)
- Allows a user to share a "direct-to-conversion" URL and post it on a variety of social networking sites following download/conversion, so that the user's friends can automatically download/convert the same video/audio by simply clicking on the posted link! This feature is triggered when the user clicks to download his/her converted file, and the frequency that the share option appears is adjustable.
- Enables the easy integration of "interstitial" ads (like adf.ly) to generate additional website income! When this feature is activated and a user clicks to download his/her converted file, an interstitial ad opens in a new browser tab where the user is prompted to download the file after a brief waiting period.
- Provides the ability to easily incorporate static pages (i.e., About, FAQ, and Contact pages) as well as rudimentary "templating" support for (primarily) static pages via common header/footer files
- Initiates conversions via form submission (POST request) as well as URL query string (GET request)
- Automatically updates the code required to decipher changing, encrypted, YouTube video signatures
- Optionally rotates between multiple outgoing IPs for YouTube downloads/conversions to avoid temporary IP bans and/or CAPTCHAs imposed by YouTube.
- Validates video/audio URLs prior to conversion
- Facilitates the addition of more video hosting sites as well as converted file types (by editing the code)
- Expanded Config file for a more customizable interface (i.e., easy access to FFmpeg commands for different converted file types and the ability to configure default video/audio qualities, default volume, and maximum allowed length of video/audio content)
- Secures access to the server so that FFmpeg commands can only be run if a unique token is present
- Includes script that can be run as a scheduled task on the server, that regularly deletes old converted files
- Comes with a "config check" utility that facilitates software installation and helps resolve server configuration issues
- Features a simple, one-click installation of both FFmpeg and cURL on Linux (via the included "config check" utility)!
B) Server Requirements - top
This software requires the following:
- Linux, Windows, or XAMPP/WAMP server
- For commercial servers: Shared, Dedicated, and VPS hosting supported
- Apache or IIS
- PHP 5.3+
- cURL and PHP cURL extension enabled
- ffmpeg.exe (executable file, provided in Win32 distribution of this software!) for Windows & XAMPP/WAMP; FFmpeg and codecs packages (libvorbis, libvpx, libmp3lame, libx264, and/or aac codecs) installed on Linux
- MySQL, PHP MySQLi extension enabled, and additional IPs configured as "outgoing network interfaces" and/or "proxies" (only required IF using IP rotation feature)
- id3.exe (executable file, provided in Win32 distribution of this software!) for Windows & XAMPP/WAMP; 'id3v2' package installed on Linux
- That's it!
C) Server Configuration - top
Need help setting up the server?:
- When in doubt, have a pro admin or hosting provider install the required dependency packages for you. Alternatively, we can also perform the server setup for an additional cost.
- For the "Do-It-Yourselfers", general command-line instructions (for installing ALL required software dependencies) are available for the following, popular Linux distributions:
- Ubuntu 12.04
- Debian 7
- CentOS 6.x
- If you want a precompiled version of FFmpeg + codecs for your Linux server, then you can perform a simple, one-click installation of both via the software's opening "config check" utility.
- Recent, static (i.e., precompiled) builds of FFmpeg for Linux (kernels 2.6.32+) are available for download via the FFmpeg.org website.
- A compilation guide for FFmpeg + codecs, catering to an array of Linux distributions, is also available on the FFmpeg.org wiki site.
- Finally, you can check out a 3-part video tutorial series illustrating one approach to an Ubuntu 12.04 server configuration.
D) Software Installation - top
To install the software:
- Unpack/Unzip the distribution file and upload the contents to a new directory on your web server via FTP
- On Linux systems, this directory should be set to chmod 0755 permissions or lower
- On Linux systems, review the test results in the opening "config check" utility and correct any errors per the corresponding, provided instructions
- Ensure that the 'store' folder (in your new directory) has write permissions
- On Linux systems, this means setting folder permissions to chmod 0777
- Set the location of FFmpeg in "lib/Config.php" via the _FFMPEG constant
- On Windows systems, this is something like '/YourDirectory/ffmpeg.exe'
- On Linux, this will usually be '/usr/bin/ffmpeg' or '/usr/local/bin/ffmpeg'. However, if you've performed a one-click installation via the software's "config check" utility, then this will generally be something like '/var/www/html/store/bin/ffmpeg'
- Configure additional constants/variables in "lib/Config.php" as needed
- Set up schedule.php as a scheduled task (or cron job on Linux systems) if you require old, converted files to be deleted on a regular basis
- The age of files marked for deletion is configurable via the _MAX_AGE_FILES constant value in "lib/Config.php"
- It is recommended that the scheduled task run daily (at least)
- IF you want to rotate outgoing IPs for YouTube downloads/conversions:
- Set the corresponding constant values in "lib/Config.php"
- Configure additional IPs as "outgoing network interfaces" and/or "proxies"
- Use the SQL in 'docs/ips.sql' to build the required database table
- Navigate to index.php of your new directory, and start converting videos!
E) Support Options - top
Stuff you might like to know about software suport:
- 100% Free support for life!
- Ask me a question, and I'll answer it!
- Working directly on your server is not free.
- Regular updates/fixes to the software are FREE!
- Follow us on Facebook and/or subscribe to the support forum thread to be notified of new versions.
- If you purchased the software via Tradebit.com, Tinypass.com, or Sendowl.com, then you will be e-mailed links to download new versions as and when they are released.
- See The Official FAQ for ways to troubleshoot common issues.
- Human support for this script is provided via:
F) Extended License - top
If you plan to load this software on multiple websites and/or repackage all or some of the software code in your own application that is redistributed and/or sold for profit, then you MUST buy an extended license. An extended license costs $299.50 (the cost of 10 individual licenses). There are no exceptions to this rule, and violators will be prosecuted. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange the purchase of an extended license.
Once again, thank you so much for purchasing my software. As I said at the beginning, I'd be glad to help if you have any additional questions or concerns. In that case, please email me at:
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