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How to download YouTube videos



There are billions of hours of video on YouTube. Literally. And it's hardly the most astounding statistics about the site, which has gone to the destination of uploading and video surveillance since 2005. It is sometimes said that you really want or need one of those videos on your own computer or phone.

When the topic for downloading YouTube videos comes up, there is a side decision that must be brokased: Is it legal?

On the copyright front as long as you download a video for your own personal offline use, you're probably okay. It is more black and white when you consider Google's YouTube Terms of Use which reads: "You may not download any content unless you see a" download "or similar link displayed by YouTube on the Service for that content."

When you watch YouTube videos offline via unofficial channels, money goes out of Google's pocket and wallets to the video creators. There is reason for YouTube to run pre-roll ads: people live this way. The video below from Video Creators explains it; It refers to YouTube Red which is now YouTube Premium, but the legal issues remain the same.

Let's be clear: stealing video from YouTube is a big no. If you want to share a video, do YouTube, and most other video pages, easily, from embedding to email to sharing via social networks. You simply do not need to download a video for the most part.

However, you have your reasons. If you have to download a YouTube video, you need, just for yourself and not for dissemination, and not be a total shower nozzle – this is how.

Note : This story is frequently updated because the tools concerned are changing regularly. Some of these changes are not always pleasant, such as software so full of "extras" that are flagged as malicious code by antivirus tools . The same applies to the helpdesk websites. A change in a site's ad network can also create problems with malware .

  Related story If you are interested in programs and websites that only download music, read How to convert YouTube videos to MP3 files .

We want to prevent this from being a wash list of programs and websites that can download YouTube vids, because there are too many of these tools. The program must be with:

  • Support 4K downloads even in the free version.
  • Work with three three video pages: YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo .
  • Download the full playlists or channels in one batch (on YouTube), at least with a paid version.
  • Output to MP3 for audio (or offering companion software that does it).
  • Has an interface that does not suck .
  • Don't collect your personal information beyond your email address.
  • Does not contain malware . If there is still some of it in the air, even a PUP is out there.

The programs, services, and pages in this story are all tricky spam / virus / hassle with this writing, but caveat emptor . Great. Especially if you are not really emptor -ing.


Desktop Software

Third-party software is where you get the best control over downloading online videos. Usually, paste the URL of the YouTube video you want into the program, and it retrieves the highest quality version it can find. For 1080p High Definition (HD) format videos, it is usually an MP4 file. For ever higher in quality-4K and even the 8K-videos file format, MKV is usually.

It used to be that YouTube videos were all Flash-based so your download was an FLV file, but they tend to be harder to play. MP4, short for MPEG-4 Part 14 multimedia format plays everywhere on something.

Note that the MKV file, also called Matroska, is a container file can contain video in any number of codecs. The stupid way to play them all is to use VLC Media Player for Windows, which plays everything. For downloaders, here are the best options.

4K Video Downloader

Free Basic Features, $ 15 for Lifetime License on 3 Computers ;

  4K Video Downloader

Multilingual 4K Video Downloader (4KVD) is frequently updated and has clear download links on the program's website. no ad traps here. The software does what it advertises in a simple interface: captures videos up to 8K in quality and downloads into lots of formats. Just copy a YouTube URL and click the Paste Link button to get started. 4KVD will also capture subtitles, entire playlists and all video clips in a channel that you subscribe to. The supported sites are limited to the big names like YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and some others, but cover most of what you need.

In tests, I had to make a switch from MP4 to MKV format to get my test video to download in 4K. 4KVD snagged the 579.4MB file in about 43 seconds. It goes back to 1080p HD, so I made the same switch when I downloaded an Ultra High Definition (8K) playlist . If you enable Smart Mode and its presets, 4K Video Downloader can then make one-click downloads to your favorite format. If you want to download more than 25 videos at a time or subscribe to YouTube channels to directly download the latest, it requires the $ 15 paid version. Playback of the MKV file via VLC Media Player was flawless.

The program itself has the ability to extract audio to MP3 format, so you don't even need to 4K YouTube to MP3 companion program if you

WinX YouTube Downloader

Free

  WinX YouTube Downloader

Digiarty's multilingual WinX claims you allow downloads from 300+ websites ] – including adult sites. Perhaps the biggest selling point for everyone is the claim that "There is no malware, adware, spyware or virus. 100% clean." The latest version also has a much better interface. There are ads, but during the installation I was asked to upgrade to their $ 29.90 product for Windows and macOS called VideoProc which makes everything WinX does but for 1000 sites, plus offers a little editing for high-end 4K / UHD video.

When copying a YouTube URL (even for a playlist), click in the WinX software to launch. You start with the "analyzer", which controls all options. This tool also attempted to default to the 1.920-by-1.080 version in MP4; I chose the 4K version (3,840 of 2,160 pixels) in WebM format a subset of the MKV format. You can rename a .webm file to a .mkv and it works well. In the settings there are options for default to WebM at highest res. You can set a number of videos to back up before even clicking the download button. The 4K 575.4MB file took 1 minute and 39 seconds to download, more than twice the size of the 4K Video Downloader.

I couldn't find closed caption download options. It's another strike against, if you need that feature. But WinX takes it up by supporting so many download sites and having a price that is equal to nothing.

Gihosoft TubeGet

Free or $ 29.95 for Personal Pro Edition ;

  Gihosoft TubeGet

Gihosoft's free version has limits. There is no one-click download, it does not support all 10,000 sites, you only get five downloads per day and download speeds of 1 Mbps which connection speed you have You can also only capture audio in M4A and cannot get subtitles. If you pay, all these limitations will go away.

But even free, you can take 4K video from YouTube without any problem. A 575.4 MB file took over 10.5 minutes – no surprise with the speed limit but still troublesome pain. There is an option to convert the file to MKV, AVI or WMV when you download it. If you want a playlist, you can do it at a set, but in my test, the TubeGet would only allow a maximum of 1080p HD on the 8K video playlist.

YouTubeByClick

Free or $ 19.99 premium ;

 YouTubeByClick

YouTubeByClick records video from over 40 sites. Before you even make the first download, you can use "dials" on the interface to set a preferred download format (MP4 video or MP3 audio) and a standard download quality as high as 8K, even on the free version. Downloading a 580 MB MKV file in 4K only took 55 seconds – not at all bad, but it was with the unlimited speed of the premium version. The free edition took much longer with the 2MB speed limit. You also need the premium version to download playlists and channels, make conversions, avoid ads and get closed captions.

One thing you can do on YouTubeByClick that is unique is set up anytime you copy a URL from YouTube, the program will notice if it runs in the background. Enter your account details for YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and a couple of other foreign websites to get instant private downloads.

5KPlayer

Free ;

 5K Player

Completely free, 5KPlayer from DearMob is a media game tool that is much more than a downloader, but it has got one heck of a downloader integrated. Promising no viruses, ads or plugin requirements is a good start. Unfortunately, it is one of the few I have tested that asks for registration of your name and email. You must do so to download the entire download feature over 300+ websites . You can still use it if you do not register. I did not and could download 4K vids from YouTube.

When downloading, the program tries to hide certain things. Paste the URL of a YouTube video and the analysis engine runs, showing only a few download options. Click the Gear icon, then the Show All button and you will see more including the ability to get a 4K 3,840 by 2160 file in WebM format. 577 MB WebM Test Download took about 6.75 minutes s. Captive playlists were possible, but you need to adjust the download settings one video at a time. The confusing interface makes it difficult to go back to other videos in the playlist.

5K Player also has the DLNA server playback so that video clips you can watch on any device on your DLNA home network. It supports AirPlay for fast playback to supported devices. Select a video in the library and you can quickly convert to MP4, MP3 or even ACC (an audio format is preferred by iOS devices). The player did not like to play the excessively large 4K file and experienced buffer problems. VLC had no problem with the same file. In the end, there is a lot to like about 5K Player, from the price to the features, especially if you look at them as extra features on a downloader. But the interface and playback problems can make you look elsewhere.


Help Pages

Want to avoid installing software? Video download help pages work for you to download, provide conversion, and then a download link – you don't need to install anything on your computer. It may take much longer, depending on the size and quality of the video you want. A typical two minute 1080p movie trailer can be about 30 MB, but you can't beat the convenience.

There are hundreds of of these types of websites out there – it seems that everyone who has a modicum of coding ability has set up one. Such sites can easily go from useful to suspects, especially if they become popular. If your browser (or your instincts) throws up warnings, you avoid and move to the next.

Some of these sites make it easy to take video by allowing you to change the URL of a video on YouTube something, so the service takes over. We note some of them below.

NOTE: : Beware of ad falls on some help sites. Ads that look like they should be the download button to get the desired content, but they are not. Also, depending on the ad network used by the site, your own virus detection software may throw up some warnings. The more developers of websites rely on ads they do not control, or think of trying to make you place something on your system as "payment", the worse we all are.

Here are some helpers who stand out. Everyone does a basic thing: you give them a YouTube URL (or other video page if supported), they analyze it, allow you to choose what size you want and give a link to that download. Everyone is free if not listed and works across all platforms.

TubeNinja

  TubeNinja

Despite some previous issues, TubeNinja sports an easy-to-use site with nothing that seems like an ad trap. It supports a large number of websites (including so many adult sites), multiple languages ​​and has the ability to add features via a browser bookmark. Download size is limited to 720p resolution, max.

  • You add "dl" to a YouTube URL ("dlyoutube.com") for quick downloads.

YouTubNow

  YouTubNow

It's a "tub" not a "tube" on that name, but YouTubNow still works with YouTube and offers up to 720p MP4 downloads, plus many audio options. There are no ads and the downloads are unlimited. Paste the box is also a YouTube viewer.

  • Change a YouTube.com URL to say youtubnow.com (no "e") and hit back for instant options.

YoutubeMonkey

One of the few help sites that support 4K downloads, YoutubeMonkey offers a super-simple interface – there is simply the form-pasting URL and a download link – over a very ugly list of popular videos that have downloaded with the service.

  • Add "monkey" to the URL after "YouTube" "youtubemonkey.com" – for immediate download.

SaveFrom.net

  SaveFromNet

SaveFrom.net has made a name for itself in recent years. It can make web-based downloads, but it also provides software to install and a browser extension that it presses. It does not support 4K, but few helpers who go to a 1,440 MB webmail are an option, but it does not come with sound. The only format that makes it is 720p MP4. You also can't use SaveFrom.net to make an MP3. Of course, these options are available in the downloadable software.

  • Add "ss" in front of "youtube.com" ("www.ssyoutube.com") for immediate download.

VidPaw

  VidPaw

VidPaw offers the usual functions, but on a relatively spartan interface. Although it shows how YouTube can ever crack these things – VidPaw's own tutorial video, hosted on YouTube, was "no longer available for the YouTube account associated with this video to be completed." Currently, the site is working with 1,000+ other sites . It does not offer video / audio combo downloads larger than 720p MP4s; You can get the video alone as a 2160p WebM format if you want.

  • Add "paw" to the end of "youtube" in a URL ("www.youtubepaw.com") to instantly get VidPaw to run.

Extensions

A browser extension can save you one step. But you will encounter some video download problems from YouTube, especially if you are using Chrome as your primary browser.

 Video Downloader Professional

Chrome Web Store – where you get Chrome browser extensions – is controlled by the YouTube Owner Alphabet / Google. Even an extension that is obvious for this purpose, as they apparently named Video Downloader Professional above states, just in its description, "Downloading YouTube videos to the hard drive is locked due to limitations in the Chrome Store . "Generally, with Chrome add-ons, it is not possible to download any RTMP protocol video (protected videos) or streaming video.

It is the same with other extensions as vGet . Of course, you can use them on other websites with video. Just not YouTube.

Do you want to get around? Get an extension that doesn't come from Google's online store. Some of the above programs and helpers have an extension component and spell out how to do the extension installation without the help Chrome users usually get from the Chrome Web Store.

Other browsers can do the job if you don't get them from Google.

FastestTube

Free ; Opera, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, IE, Chrome based browser

 FastestTube

This download tool is available on all platforms, with a Chrome installer that skips the Chrome Web Store. It adds a "download this video" menu directly to any YouTube page you load, with all the form options displayed.

Video DownloadHelper

Free ; Firefox, Chrome

 Video DownloadHelper

In order not to be confused with the unrelated "pro" above, Video DownloadHelper supports a large number of websites – even those for adults. You know that a video can be downloaded when the extension icon animates when you are on the web page. Video DownloadHelper for Chrome has stopped working with YouTube, so it can be placed in the Chrome Web Store. You can get around it by using the Video DownloadHelper extension for Firefox. The developer has a Kiva initiative page where it prefers you to donate money to those who need, which has increased over $ 137,700.

Threelly SmartView

Free or $ 33 / year up to $ 133 / year for business ; Chrome

 Threelly

This is a Chrome add-on that actually works from the webshop, as it does not let you download YouTube videos. It shows the times you can share (from YouTube only). First create an account and log in. The expansion icon turns green on a YouTube page – click it to create the times you want, and they are then saved and shared easily. viewer goes back to YouTube and sees what you enter. Saving a video for offline use isn't really close, but can be useful in some circumstances.


Mobile

Remember that the problem of using Chrome extensions from Google's online store? You'll get an even bigger issue when you want to download from YouTube with an Android app from the Google Play store where Google has a smoother grip. (You also can't download anything with your officially approved YouTube apps. If you don't live in India .)

 InsTube

That being said, with Android it possible to install apps without going through Google. The latest is InsTube – Free Video and Music Downloader just for Android – you can only download it on the Instus website. You download the APK file (Android application package) to page on an Android device. Find it in device downloads and click it to install. (You may need to enter your security settings and enable "Unknown Sources.") There is a similar page download program from YTD .

On iPhones and iPads, you think there would be no such limitation because Apple and Google are not exactly the best of friends. But on the few apps I tried in the first edition of this story, they wouldn't just download from YouTube, they're not even available anymore. One of these apps says in its description, "Downloading from YouTube is prohibited due to the terms of use." Apple ensures that program managers play by the rules – including Google's rules. Better getting Google to block someone who is finally doing something illegal with iTunes downloads.

Chances are you'll find an iOS app that can download YouTube videos, it gets "fixed" or banned. The only real option is to jailbreak your iPhone and use page-loaded apps to download whatever you want.

There are solutions. One uses a free iOS file management app such as Documents by Readdle . Use the Safari browser to visit a YouTube video and use the Share option to find the Copy link. Then go back to Docs and use the built-in browser in the app to browse to a video download help page like SaveFrom.net. Paste the link into the form (hold your finger down on it until you get the "Paste" menu to show up). The site gives you the links to download, and you can save the file to Docs. Hold and drag up the file until you are back on the main screen and then drag it to the Pictures folder. You must authorize documents to access photos for the first time. You can then access the video as if you had any video taken on the phone or tablet in the Photos app.

Another solution: Return to the desktop and try AnyTrans ($ 39.99 for a single computer), a file manager for iOS devices that has an integrated downloader that supports 900 sites, including YouTube and Facebook. It transfers the video to the iPhone for you via the USB cable. Even if you do not pay for AnyTrans, the download option remains and it is free forever.



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