Is it possible to watch a video as it is downloading using VLC using MacOS?

  • My connection is metered, so I'd like the video to be downloaded locally, but I wish not to wait for it to download completely before I can start watching it.

An example video link I like to do this with:

I have tried checking "Streaming/Save" in the dialogue that opens when I click "Open Network ... (Command-N)", but it doesn't quite work.


I have finally found THE answer :D

youtube-dl -o - address | tee filename.mp4 | mpv --cache -

This allows you to treat the downloaded part just like a local file (seek, fast-forward, etc). You need to install mpv and youtube-dl though (both installable by Homebrew).

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