18 Free Ways To Download Any Video Off The Internet

It seems like everyone these days wants to download videos to watch and share from sites like YouTube, Google Video, MetaCafe, DailyMotion, Veoh, Break, and a ton of other similar sites. Whether you want to download video on your iPod while working out, insert it into a PowerPoint presentation to add some spice, or simply download a video before it’s removed, it’s quite essential to know how to download, convert, and play these videos.

There are basically two ways how to download videos off the Internet and that’s how I’ll split up this post: either via a web app or via a desktop application. Personally, I like the web applications better simply because you don’t have to clutter up and slow down your computer with all kinds of software!

Video downloaders for your desktop

If you prefer to have a desktop application that can download videos for you, check out the following list:

1. Freecorder – This is a handy browser extension that supports Google Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer on any PC with Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP. Once installed, Freecorder will provide several downloading options; including downloading videos from YouTube and other video-sharing sites, records songs and any audio from just about any site, and finally, downloads torrents as well.

   18 Free Ways To Download Any Video Off The Internet

2. Orbit Downloader – It can download videos and music from MySpace, YouTube, Pandora, Rapidshare, and lots more. It’s good but it might try to install junkware during setup.

   18 Free Ways To Download Any Video Off The Internet

3. VDownloader – A small little application that can download videos from many sites and converts them to AVI or MPG format.

   18 Free Ways To Download Any Video Off The Internet

4. VideoDownloader – A useful FireFox add-on that supports more than 60 video sharing sites. It can also download other objects on a web page, such as movies, MP3s, flash files, and Quicktime movies directly.

5. Ares Tube – Another popular video download application that is very small and very easy to use. You can download videos in batches by entering URLs into a queue and Ares Tube can convert them into different formats such as iPod, MP4, MPG, etc.

   18 Free Ways To Download Any Video Off The Internet

6. YouTubeGrabber – Not a very fancy program, it simply takes your URL and downloads the file. No conversion is done and you’ll need to install an FLV player to watch the videos.

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7. KeepV – Downloads videos from YouTube, MySpace, and Google and converts them to either MOV, 3GP, AVI, iPod, or PSP format.

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Free Web services to download videos from video-sharing sites

ClipNabber allows you to download videos from YouTube, Metacafe, etc by simply copying and pasting the URL. You’ll then get a link whereby you can download video files to your computer, iPod, iPhone, or any other media player. You’ll need to have an FLV player for the YouTube videos. Quick and very easy to use!

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Zamzar is a free online file conversion web application that can not only convert videos off the Internet to AVI, MPEG, 3GP, MP4, MOV, etc, but also converts between audio, image, and document formats. Paste the URL into Step 1 and then convert the file to your favorite format.

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Vixy.net is another site that not only downloads videos online, but will also convert them AVI, MOV, MP4, 3GP, or MP3 (if you want to extract the audio from the file). Using this site, you don’t have to worry about downloading a FLV player as you can convert it to Windows format. (Same as Zamzar)

   18 Free Ways To Download Any Video Off The Internet

KeepVid also supports just about any video sharing site out there and the only difference about this site is that it also has a Top Videos section, so you can quickly download the most watched videos around the web.

   18 Free Ways To Download Any Video Off The Internet

Media Converter is similar to ZamZar and vixy.net, but requires you to create an account and log in. Also, it seems like it only supports downloading and converting videos from YouTube. You can also download their video download program, but it only supports 5 sites.

Hey! Watch is an online video encoding web service that encodes video into different formats including HD very quickly. The graphical interface is very nice and there are lots of features and options, such as the ability to download videos from the web directly to an FTP server or to online storage.

   18 Free Ways To Download Any Video Off The Internet

YoutubeX, as the name suggests, allows you to download videos from YouTube. Obviously, it only supports YouTube, but it has a couple of other features, such as the ability to play your video on the site and find popular videos quickly.

VideoRonk searches across multiple video-sharing sites such as Google Video, YouTube, MetaCafe and DailyMotion to find the most popular videos on each of them. You can either watch them on VideoRonk or download them to your computer in FLV format.

   18 Free Ways To Download Any Video Off The Internet

VidDownloader supports about 10 sites including the major ones and can download videos in DivX AVI format. It’s very easy to use and can also extract only the audio from a video by choosing “Just Audio” on the download page. You don’t have to worry about having an FLV player since it converts the files to Windows format.

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Kcoolonline: According to their web site, they support more than 98 video sites including MySpace, CollegeHumor, iFilm, etc. You’ll have to rename the files you download from YouTube with the .FLV extension at the end.

   18 Free Ways To Download Any Video Off The Internet

Uziek is a foreign site, but is easy to use and supports most of the major sites. You can also download a free FLV player off their site to play videos from YouTube.

   18 Free Ways To Download Any Video Off The Internet

DownThisVideo has a nice tag cloud at the top that you can click on to find videos quickly. From what I could tell, this site is mostly used by Japanese because the popular videos are mostly Anime, etc. However, you can still use it to download any YouTube video.

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Hopefully, using one of the tools above, you can download videos you want! I’m sure the arsenal of web services and desktop apps will grow, so this list will be updated as needed.

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121 Comments -

Brainiac

Thanks for the detailed list, I usually just watch stuff online and never really download anything, but in case I will ever want to I know where to go now.;-)

Casper

I think VideoRonk doesn’t work. Or is it just me?

Aibek

I think so too. Search function is fine but download option never works.

Torley

Great compilation, thanks for providing this resource! I am looking for a way to download YouTube videos I’ve created so they can be streamed in Second Life with hopefully minimal loss of quality. I’ve tried Vixy, Zamzar, and some others before, but am wondering if there’s something even better for my needs — I’ll be trying more of these tools.

Thanx again for posting this, Aseem! (How long did it take you? I reckon it’s time well-spent!)

James

I got to use http://youconvertit.com

they are amazing, they have got Document, Images, Audia and Video plus unit conversion.

I foind out that they also provide sending large files up to 300MB of size but it does not easily show, you have to upload the file then select the first option which is “Just upload to send”

Try it, it is lovely and can save lot of time

jasion23

yeah, good stuff guys so far the best site that i have seen to download youtube videos is http://www.vidmetro.com it not only allows you to Download youtube videos but also videos from other sites like metacafe, dailymotion and so on

bratthetthai

Another way to download videos is to go into your computer’s cache where most videos are stored one they are viewed for the first time.
Once you are finished watching a video it should usually be there.
You may have to copy , paste it and then apply an extension like .mov or .flv to get it to work
Try this site. It has examples of how businesses are using video on the internet
http://www.tvwebpro.com
They’re on the ‘sample” page.
Play each one and see if you can find them on your cache

Aibek

Thanks for sharing. I knew about cached copies but had no clue where to find them.

Bryan

Here is a great gateway site to lots of places to download video from.

http://go-alt.com

Corey

How do you down load from foriegn sites? The ones I tried so far won’t do it.

Mac

YOU DON’T REALLY NEED ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS AND USING THEM IS JUST A WASTE OF TIME & BANDWIDTH..

Most of the time you decide whether you want to save a particular video or not is taken only after you have seen the video and liked it. So when you decide to save it using any of these tools, you would essentially be downloading the same video twice.

A better alternate is to open the cache file of your browser and find the *.tmp file that corresponds to the size of the video.. (if you sort it by size, it would mostly show up at top)..copy this tmp file to the folder you want to save and rename the extention as *.flv.. The only thing you need to take care is not to close the tab/window of the web page before copying the tmp to a safe directory.

GreenEyes

So true, Mac. Best advice ever where online videos are concerned.

SLee

I am trying to download some music video from the site 56.com. I try most of the free site that is listed above, but it doesn’t work. Is there any other way? Any help would be grateful. Thanks.

Aibek

Check othe the link in the comment above. It lists one app, know as FreeMusicZilla, it should work.

YouTubeLoader

There is also a nice plugin available on YouTubeLoader.com to integrate into firefox, it allows you to add a download link under your YouTube clips. There is also a good tutorial on how to install it here. You really should try it. It makes downloading from YouTube so easy

tadass

http://www.extractvideo.com – here you can search, view and download YouTube, MetaCafe and Break.com videos.

Danbar

Is there a way i can d/load a divx movie that is playing on the net.. plz help me …. Thanks

John

Orbit Downloader is very nice, but it usually would bring down my FireFox 2 when ever it started. his vas on my new Vista machine. Not sure that it would have any problems on XP.

jack a

Is there a way to capture part of a video embedded in a website? Or, pull just the video from an embedded website and then I can edit it?

Nice article and very useful site…

dave

another new video site is http://www.gisbornetv.com

steveking

NG

maximillian_willy

Hey, guys! Check this out! This aTube Catcher got a bunch of site to DL from, nice isn’t it?

softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Other-VIDEO-Tools/YouTube-Catcher.shtml

jerry

extractyoutube.com – my favorite!

Andrew

How would you download those “difficult multimedia files” that open in another window without Safari?

ddkrust

I used to use tubezoid.com

lostguru585

There’s another Firefox extension now called Video DownloadHelper.
As long as the site you’re on has some type of streaming content, you can download it.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3006

Kaps

Hi

I found a software called Arache on tomatoapps.com. It seems to be able to download most of the online videos. Give it a try if you feel like it.

Umar

just so you know some of the links arent working anymore but this is a great post

Pawan Kumar

Hi..

I want a Tool through which I can Dwonload any kind of Video from any web site easily & faster.

Plase suggest me Some Options

Thanx & regards

Pawan Kumar

margaret

Does anyone know how to download video clips off romanian websites, I have tried various video grabbers but all just throw up errors that they do not understand the URL

Louisa

is there anyway that i can download movies from TV shack? i cant find anything that will allow me to!

kaustubh

try videodownload helper extension for firefox……
works like a charm……..

Tweakwindows

Yeah. Awesome collection of tools to download.Thanks a lot

Adam

MetaTuber.com – a new way to watch, discover, download and save your favorite YouTube videos!

Mariappan

You leftout one important tool — the URL Snooper

URL Snooper was written to help users locate the urls of audio and video files so that they can be recorded.

The goal of URL Snooper is to provide a one-stop easy solution to finding the URLs for all streams. It does this by watching network traffic and identifying potential urls, especially streaming media urls.

Many links to streaming audio and video that you come across on the web are hidden behind javascript or activex scripts. Because of this, it is sometimes very difficult to figure out the actual urls that correspond to the streams being played.

http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Mouser/urlsnooper/help/index.html

NORMAN

i use http://vidney.com for download video of youtube on mp4, 3gp…

submyt.com

there is nice tools/websites for download FLV movies.

Suraish Patel

pamela

startube.mobi is the site where we can search and download YOUTUBE videos without softwares (NO SOFTWARE NEEDED) just a click you can download it to your MOBILE PHONE, iPHONE and PC in the formats u like…

lazerer

Thanks bro, it helps.

lazerer

Can I put the downloaded video to my iPod ?

Kitty

if you want play the downloaded video for free, i recommend this one
applemacvideo.com/free-mac-software.html#130

Richard Hartman

thanks for the leads,here’s the link for your free movie fix
nosubscriptionrequired.net/

amit

One of the major differences between the two mobile surfing giants is that Opera Mini requires the use of JavaScript in order to start up – this can easily interfere with loading speeds.

Joel, Opera Mini requires Java & not Javascript. There’s a world of a difference between too! :)

ally

good share!

Tari Akpodiete

video hosted on Bright Cove is often quite a challenge to get. most programs and sites fail to get anything hosted on those servers most of the time.

xiaowanzi

I heard that Aimersoft Video converter could Convert MKV files , is that true? thanks

Allen McDonald, El Galloviejo

TubeHunter Ultra is not free yet it is free to try and will download most ANY video including streaming long running movies .

neoretix.com/

Unknown

makeusof rules but i tried Orbit, it sucks. The others are all rite.

Michel Morrissette

I would like to know how to download video stream from cbs survivor & the amazing race

Thank you Kindly

Oliver

I always use video-download-capture.com to download online videos

Teddy

Hey can somebody help me out? Im trying to find a free software that can convert my files. The problem is that my video camera records in MOV. files and I have windows. Now I have at least 200 MOV videos and I want a program that can convert them ALL at once without me having to standby for hours. thanks

Mark O’Neill

convert them ALL at ONCE? Do you realise how much CPU power that is likely to take up on your computer? It’s better to do a few at a time.

When you say “mov”, do you mean Apple Quicktime “mov”? If so, try cocoonsoftware.com Quick Media Converter. I have been using this software for a long time to convert my files from one format to another and it is fantastic. But I doubt it can handle 200 files at once. Try doing 10 at a time.

Ray Summers

You all are trying to do this the hard way by downloading. Just get a TV card for your computer and record what you are watching right on to a dvd or tape. Done and Done.

Tari Akpodiete

truly a stupid/unhelpful/useless ‘suggestion’. forget about anything interesting that one might stumble across online. it assumes that one sits in front of a tv all day every day. watching every channel in the world every language all at the same time. and who uses tape on a regular basis any more? would that be VHS or Beta, Ray?

Ray Summers

ever heard of a timed recording on a dvd recorder, Tari? Can do the same on a vcr if you like to be that old-time. Just start it and go about your business. Maybe a little too technical for ya ?

Tari Akpodiete

Ray, your follow up comment continues to illustrate the fact that you did not grasp the meaning of the original post, and further illustrates that your first comment was off the mark. no one was talking about using their computers or vcrs or dvd recorders. the point of the post was explain how to download video off the internet, and the questions in the comments are about that too. however, you had to come along and opine to people that they are doing it all wrong and then tell them the right way to do it even according to you even though you didn’t get it and still don’t. way to help people there, Ray. are you always so helpful?

Sarah

how do i make videos from other sites like cbc, to play on my computer and burn a a cd?

Smily

They seem to have missed filsh.com

It downloads from almost any site, and immediately converts it into several forms of video and audio. An added bonus for the video downloads, is an option of the ratio you want the video in such as 4:3 and 16:9

Also, if you want to convert anything, use winff which is a free download.

steadyboy

Nice info. Thanks a lot!

jessy

If you want to convert your video into flash files, there’re several websites you can download. But most need to pay for it.

1. http://www.flash-on-tv.com/video-to-flash.html#135

Video Flash to Encode: It is powerful utility to convert video to flash, create stunning flash video easily and keep all the originals of video. (Have free trial)

2. http://www.geovid.com/Video_to_Flash_Converter/

Video to Flash Convertor: It is an easy to use program for converting your AVI digital video to SWF Flash format.

3. http://www.wildform.com/

Flash Text Effects Animator: Choose from over 400 animated text effects for your Flash or video projects, it can output to MOV, AVI, DV, and MP4 and video formats.

I download this software’s demo, but I can’t install it because I don’t have registered and pay for it.

4. http://www.blue-pacific.com/products/turbinevideo/download/default.htm

Turbine Video Encoder 2.0: More than converting video to the universal Flash format, TVE can bring magic into your video with beautiful and sophisticated Flash video players, stunning visual FX, useful captioning and audio mixing capabilities.

This software has two layers to operate it; I don’t like it very much.

Just it is not simply enough.

Sofie

Hey.
okay, i while ago i downloaded something called orbit. i didnt seem to work, so i deleted it again. but neów when i use vixynet.com and sites there reminds of vixynet, orbit pops up on my computer. i dont know what to do, because ive deleted EVERYTHING called orbit on my computer, and i cant download videos or songs form any website because of orbit.
PLEASE HELP!

thanks.

Bob

Sofie

download and run revo uninstaller to see if it can find the program. It may be that you have deleted the links but not the program. If revo can’t find it then go to your main drive and find the programs file look in there for neodownloader this is where orbit is hidden!

Good luck

Sean Vater

Is there anything out there that will download anything playing on JustinTV? Thats what I’m really looking for….

Movie Downloads

Great site and list of resources. The only problem with many of these sites is that the quality of video is not going to be the greatest. However, there are other sites out there that you can download videos that are DVD quality.

Tari Akpodiete

i see that you link to just such a site. and there’s lots of software to rip dvds too. however, the point of the article is to help people who see a specific video on a specific site and want to get it. so far, i haven’t found a way to get anything that is BrightCove hosted. nothing suggested, either in the post or in the comments worked.

Michael Rohrer

this is life to download videos and lots of people like to so help out here.

This comes with FREE FREE FREE videos to share on a web site but I can’t tell you. I’ll get sue.

shone

How do i download movies off Legalmovies.tv//wat type of URL should I use to download any movies from Legalmovies.tv

Stephen

Does anyone know how to download the clip from this site:

http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi4053861145/

I just tried all the links and none of them work. I guess the URL doesn’t show up as a video. Anyone know how to help?

Matt

I have tried numerous ways to get this video off this website. I have tried using the Apple-Option-A, I have tried various website and nothing has worked. The apple shortcut came up saying forbidden on a few of the links which I assumed to be the videos. Is there anyway I can get a video off this website?

strawberry pie

I want to ask if all of these sites and the ones you guys came up with is illegal?

Nazo400

Does anyone know of a downloader for Pandora??? I really want 2 watch this: http://www.pandora.tv/my.undefined/31699339 but I can’t seem 2 get it to download or be able to watch (I did get Gintama Op7 2 load) Please let me know!! I don’t know if I have the url wrong….

Nazo400

Can some1 tell me which 1 is the correct source url?
I’m using Pandora.tv
http://www.pandora.tv/my.undefined/31699339
http://www.pandora.tv/2156775

I don’t know…

Note: anyone having problems watching videos on Pandora?

Hitler

none of them free none of them work none of them good

daisy

pls someone should help me in fastest way to download a 9hours video in some mins

Lynn LU

For mac users

You doesn’t need a software to download YouTube Videos from http://www.youtube.com, just Safari.

How to download YouTube Videos by Safari on Mac for free.

VirginTech

Very informative post really!

Chickenwuss

My question is will any of these also allow me to record videos from Nico Nico Douga?

Liza

Free IE add-on

download.cnet.com/Free-YouTube-Video-Downloader/3000-12512_4-10904885.html?tag=mncol

jake

one that i use is 2convert.net. they have a shortcut that you click on when viewing a youtube video but it’s not working at the moment. you can still use the site using copy and paste. very good

Amy

can i use any of them on my iphone?? i never tried it but can you really download videos on iphone, or there is software i’v to install first

Josh

i found an easier and faster way…

This Zillatube downloads the video so easily and quickly.. and also plays them for you…

found it at http://www.zillatube.com

LivMay

I wanted to download this video
vanityfair.com/online/culture/2008/11/10/behindthescenes-at-our-twilight-photo-shoot-extended-and-uncut.html
but I dont know how can anyone please help me ?

Marat

@LivMay

Download it from here

If it doesnt work, download DownloadHelper extension from firefox addons, it will help

Dowvid – Download Video

I like this simple web application for download videos from youtube, It only need a copy and paste of the videos urls :D
Thanks for share this list.

clour

Very informative post really

licu

thank you!

amethyst leigh

you need to find a program so that u can download
movies off of watch-movies-links.net

dave

hi..

try http://hold-tube.com.. it supports popular video site such as youtube, google, megavideo and many more… supports with many format (flv, mp4, mpeg, mov, HQ and HD)

kourtney

thanks this helped
i used ClipNabber and i love it

Daniyal

Thank you so much

danutza

tubeminator.com is the fastest and easiest tubeminator.com youtube, vimeo, dailymotion, break etc video downloader and converter on the internet.

krant

dirpy.com supports the downloading of all the youtube quality formats like low, high, and HD. also lets you convert the videos to mp3’s with a ton of options. definitely the best

vicky

hi i want to frindship u

downloadyoutubevideos

http://www.downloadyoutubevideos.tv/ is allowing to download all your favorite videos in different formats, you can download in hd,flash ,or even for ur psp,ipod,iphone etc

tubertu

One more is missing. Its the best. Just add “download-” to the video you are watching and it will download it.

download-youtube.com/: download youtube videos

Samaran

I can’t seem to find anything that will download the videos from

http://www.frontlinefootball.com/Video-Stories/tor-euro-88-film/

any ideas? Thanks in advance for the help!

soumer

hello, can you tell me how can i download the YouTube FLV Converter for Mac???

LitLang

Hi! This is an awesome article, but I have a problem that remains unsolved. I have tried every method and every Site that I have come across to download this exercise video – but no luck to date. Can someone PLEASE help? The video is here: realage.com/videos/#v16661820001
Thanks in advance – to anyone who can help!

Rob

Vdownloader’s address is now Vdownloader.com. This should prolly b updated?

ted

the best free way: vdownloader.es/

shane

@litlang:

I tried the video with Realplayer SP which supports most formats and even that player isnt able to download the video. Some content owners protect their video with DRM (digital rights management) to prevent anybody from recording the content. So unfortunately it seems you wont be able to get a copy of that exercise video

Shane

Danial

tank you
for your information in your site
i wish for you sucsesfuly in your life

Danial

can you send a nice proxy forme ? tank you

Garrett Green

how do you import videos you’ve downloaded via clip nabber to itunes on a mac?

ric

im trying to download videos off tv shack onto realplayer but it only downloads half of it and not all of it. any suggestions why its doing that ?

Watching Movies Free

Hello all:

Nice list. These websites will allow you to view movies right from the website, and stream them to the computer. Another very effective way of downloading and viewing the best movies is using torrents and or newsgroups.

Torrents come from sites like http://www.PirateBay.org as well as http://www.IsoHunt.com

Both of these have excellent content. The downside is that you must be careful when you’re looking through the content, and to only download content that’s been shared, and has posts saying that it’s ok to download.

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-big-book-of-bittorrent-free-pdf/

Check this out to learn more about it. Another “makeuseof” article! It attaches a great ebook about downloading content from torrents.

The other method is newsgroups. I recommend newsgroups because they are the safest and fastest way to download content that I’ve found. I don’t have a guide for this one, but someone may be able to find one. Only downside, is it costs money to purchase a “news reader”. If someone would like me to elaborate more on this method, I can!

Britt

Guest

Save Video plugin for Internet Explorer can download it.
http://www.savevideoplugin.com
This plugin able to download from little know and new sites.

Salvio

A good way to convert videos in youtube to many formats is in this sites

http://www.freefileconvert.com and
http://www.convertvideotoaudio.com

They are fast and easy to use.

5inister

If you’re a linux user try retrieving videos as sudo or su from ‘/tmp’. Video files will usually end in .flv

Mark

Download helper is an awesome F.R.E.E. program for downloading videos from the net.
I love it and highly recommend it.

Nicole

Thanks! These really helped. I really liked the Zamzar thingy. Very useful. :-)

pheonix2001

Another cool service for downloding Youtube, Google, Metacafe and others videos is GetVideoOnline.com

Trisha

This is really helpful, thank you! Can you tell me which of these would convert to mp4 with the most clarity? I’m using zamzar right now, but the quality of the finished product is a little sub-par.

Mr. X

To whomever it may concern:My previous comment (as well as this one) was left by automated spamming software. I just took a look at some of the sites that it hit and I see that it seems to have left comments in inappropriate places that made the comments themselves seem pretty damn insensitive. I just wanted to clear up the fact that I never actually read any of the posts and I’m really not a horrible person – It was all done automatically by a robot that left a comment on a bunch of blog posts that contained the phrase “my life sucks”. I sincerely apologize if I offended anyone – I’m just a spammer who was trying to get links to his site.If you haven’t already, you should probably delete the original comment, along with this one.

Jamie

For those using Internet Explorer I recommend using the browser addon IE Downloadhelper

http://ie-downloadhelper.com

Toms

Hello … who knows how to download from porno tube site ???
Please wrhite to my e-maile adress …. :)

Thank’s a lot

Streaming Movies Free

Thanks, Very useful list

JK III

Wow, 3 years and this post is still getting comments!

The following links no longer work:

– videoronk
– viddownloader
– youtubeX
– hey watch (the link is fine but it appears the website requires you to pay and sign up)
– Video Downloader (firefox addon)