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download youtube videosDon’t have a stable connection? You can still enjoy your favorite YouTube videos in high quality and at any times. All you have to do is choose one of the tools below, choose your format and quality, and start downloading your favorite videos to your computer. The result is an ordinary video file you can play on any device, whenever you feel like it.

Today’s technology allows these downloaders to work without Java, and yet many of these services still require Java in order to work. After my last clean Windows install, I decided to refrain from installing Java for as long as I can, and as it’s really not a requirement, I recommend the same to you.

The services below don’t require Java in order to work, and if you’re wondering why your favorite one was excluded, that might be the reason.

ClipConverter [Web]

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ClipConverter is a fast and easy-to-use Web app that’s not only a video downloader, it’s also a video converter. With support for video sites such as Dailymotion, Vimeo, Metacafe, and MySpace, ClipConverter is not a YouTube-only service, and can grab and convert any video using only a link. Copy and paste the video’s link into the box, and choose one of the available options below.

ClipConverter can download YouTube videos in many different video and audio formats, and gives you exact control over the result’s quality.

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It’s also sophisticated enough to let you download and convert only a part of the video, so if, for example, you’re looking to create an MP3 out of the last minute of a video, it’s a breeze with ClipConverter.

Available formats: FLV, MP4, MP3, M4A, AAC, WMA, OGG, 3GP, AVI, MPG, WMV, MOV.

Video DownloadHelper [Firefox]

how to download video from youtube

Video DownloadHelper’s only significant con is that it’s available only for Firefox. This simple and well-known add-on is still one of the best and easiest ways to download videos off the net, and not only from YouTube. After installation, the add-on will automatically detect when you’re on a page containing a video or an image gallery, and the icon’s animation will turn on, showing you there’s something to download. From there, all you have to do is click the little arrow next to the icon and choose one of the available download qualities, and you’re ready to go.

With an additional installation, DownloadHelper can also convert your videos into various formats, either by a manual process, or by adding conversion rules that will convert certain videos automatically as you download them.

how to download video from youtube

You can easily control such things as file naming, shortcut keys, social sharing, etc., through the add-on’s preferences.

Available formats (with additional installation): MPG, WMV, iPod, iPhone, Galaxy Tab, 3GP, Zune, MOV, AVI, MP4, MPEG-2 DVD (PAL & NTSC), MP3.

Freemake [Windows]

how to download video from youtube

Freemake is one of my favorite ways to download YouTube videos, and offers a beautiful and simple interface you won’t find in any similar program. After navigating through the third-party programs it tries to install for you, you’re pretty much done with annoyances, and can start enjoying offline YouTube videos on the double. To start downloading, simply copy the video URL to your clipboard and click the “Paste URL” button in the app. This will detect the video automatically, and open up the format/quality dialog.

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Freemake offers several very useful features such as pausing a download, download-speed restrictions, and social logins that let you download private content that’s been shared with you on your social networks.

Available formats: WEBM, MP4, FLV, 3GP, AVI, MKV, MP3, WMV. Devices: iPod/iPhone, iPad, Android, PSP. [Web, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari] is a service I only recently discovered which makes it super easy to download YouTube videos as well as those from Vimeo, Facebook, and others. You can use it on the Web by pasting your video’s URL and choosing one of the available formats and qualities, or by installing its browser extension.

The browser add-on adds a Download button next to any video, and just like the Web app, lets you choose your desired format and and quality before starting the download.

download youtube videos is very easy to use both on Web and as a browser add-on, and its only downside is that it doesn’t offer many conversion options. If, however, you’re looking no further than a simple video download, is an excellent solution.

Available formats: FLV, MP4, WebM, 3GP.

Find More

If you’re looking for yet more tools for downloading and converting videos, there are plenty! Use these tools to download whole YouTube playlists How To Download All Videos From A YouTube Playlist How To Download All Videos From A YouTube Playlist A bit after I figured out that there is a wealth of programming tutorials on YouTube, I thought it might be a good idea to download them all so I can view them on the... Read More , check out these YouTube downloaders if you’re on a Mac 4 Free Apps To Download YouTube Videos [Mac] 4 Free Apps To Download YouTube Videos [Mac] If you want to download YouTube videos to your PC, the options are seemingly endless. There are a huge number of options available that are simple and effective, including not only standalone software but also... Read More , and take a look at a full comparison of 5 YouTube downloaders and converters 5 Free YouTube Downloaders & Converters Compared: Which One Is Right For You? 5 Free YouTube Downloaders & Converters Compared: Which One Is Right For You? Two years ago, I told you about 5 easy ways to download and convert online videos. Recently, we also told you about ways to download YouTube videos to your Mac, and some ways you can... Read More to make sure you’re choosing the best one for the job.

  1. Fred
    September 27, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Ummy (freee) video downloader. Great for youtube.

  2. Fred
    September 27, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Ummy video downloader (free) easy to use fast and free. Does youtube easily.

  3. Nathan
    January 17, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Why download and install anything when there is a simple URL trick you can use to almost instantly downloading the video/audio of a YouTube video..

    Just put "dlv" in front of youtube in the URL so that it becomes and there it will give you options for downloading instantly without any limits..

    • messaoud
      July 6, 2016 at 2:15 pm or is not working use vdyoutube instead i found an article at pcmag they list a simple trick to just add vd to to become

  4. Igen Kay
    October 6, 2015 at 3:01 pm
  5. Kerim Gülect
    August 12, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Hi, why not just use there is no need to download something or register anywhere. It's easy to use and very fast. I think it's the nicest youtube converter i've found yet. Ah, and you can search for other mp3 or something if your searched thing is not on youtube. Never see something they don't got...

  6. Horloge Swiss
    February 12, 2010 at 3:52 am

    thx, i've download it..

  7. Health and Body Care
    January 13, 2010 at 8:47 am

    thanks for sharing
    it's very helpful for me

  8. coastal travel tips
    January 12, 2010 at 7:43 am

    really good one...
    but, who's the best and fastest???

  9. Colonel Toe Punt
    December 23, 2009 at 7:45 pm is a malicious website. DO NOT USE IT.

  10. financial methods
    December 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    what is the fastest for download?

  11. ccc
    December 2, 2009 at 11:31 am

    is it safe to download?

  12. health4fitness
    November 29, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    I just download with IDM...

  13. Salvio
    November 28, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I like to use this 2 sites for convert video in youtube in many formats. and

    They are fast and easy to use.

  14. jacobtres
    October 23, 2009 at 11:01 pm

  15. frogger81
    October 18, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    The website and url copy paste systems are kind of a nag. is much easier to use and free, it automatically detects music and video while you surf the web.

  16. EricW
    September 9, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Very useful! And her you can find some YouTube downloaders and converters yet

  17. pixy
    September 9, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Another awesome website for downloading YouTube videos is It supports many formats and has a variety of other options for YouTube maniacs!

  18. EricW
    September 4, 2009 at 6:56 am offers different downloaders and converters - just choose one

  19. rs.Rojer
    September 1, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    best and simple way to download youtube video is

    which provides live preview of the video you are going to download and offers multiple format to download video.

  20. jennifer
    August 14, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    just type ABC before youtube video link, and enter.
    download youtube video as mp3 and mp4 and flv...

  21. nitendra
    August 3, 2009 at 6:25 am

    Hi thanks for your amazing tips. Its good , we can also download it you using real player 11.

  22. tom
    July 20, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    useful guide, i like...
    Wondershare FLV converter - convert YouTube video to all the other vids format avi,mpegmpg,mov,wmv,mp4...

  23. DavidLi
    July 11, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I'm using another software : Flash Video Capture , which can download these videos on any website.

    Here, you can download it from

  24. VideoAmateur
    June 14, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Hey. is very coooooooool

  25. Getvideo
    June 12, 2009 at 5:02 am

    You can download youtube video at
    It supports HD version.

  26. Santos26
    June 4, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Yea. is great.

  27. Josef
    June 1, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I think the best is
    Fast and simple.

  28. Jemma
    April 27, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Well, I used the "YouTubeLoder Firefox Plugin" and all the picture of the monkey apeared and everything. But then when I went to open a youtube video it goes to an screen that either says "Http/1.1 Internal Server Error" or "this page contains no data". This has never happened before and I think it may have been the downloader since it happened straight after i downloaded it. Could someone please help me fix this.

  29. sabnext
    April 13, 2009 at 6:24 am

    How to download video from YouTube Easy?
    No How. You already have it! Just read this article “Video in Your Cache” at

    No software need. Free of charge!
    Relax and enjoy!
    By this way you may download ANY video from ANY video service!

  30. Sarah
    April 12, 2009 at 6:37 pm and are my favs imo

  31. qaz
    April 10, 2009 at 11:17 am

    there is another software can do this : E.M. Youtube Video Download Tool, Which helps you “Download, Convert, Burn, Search, Manage, Repair and Play YouTube videos Capture RTMP Video Streams.” and it's very easy to use. If you're a YouTube fan, you'll love E.M. Youtube Video Download Tool!

    E.M. Youtube Video Download Tool Key Functions:
    1.Support download "&fmt=18" video from YouTube on high
    2.Open movie sites in URL list of movie multi-search by
    3.Update Total video player。

    I hope this may help you.

  32. Brown-Sound
    March 2, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    hey guys, i also found that is a great way to download off youtube
    check it out!

  33. Anas
    February 11, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Hello guys i found this site that made my youtube video very famous lol

    my youtube video is:

    155 Full Ratings - Views: 28,454

    This is the site that made my youtube videos famous:

    I hope this helps as it did help me so much :)


  34. Larsan
    January 31, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    don't know how to download video from,, etc., as convert video for iPod, iPhone and the phone?

  35. Youtube Downloader
    January 15, 2009 at 4:15 am

    Just access the website and input the Youtube RUL then click the "Submit" button to download.

  36. maccolar
    December 30, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Nice guide, you can also use media-convert to download and convert youtube video for free, and here is a guide about how to use it

  37. sdf
    December 25, 2008 at 6:15 am
  38. Adam
    November 21, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    I discovered another great YouTube video downloader

  39. Bombastic
    October 22, 2008 at 3:46 am

    Have you tried Videoraptor from Audials?
    Works quite nice

  40. Bryan Fleming
    October 21, 2008 at 10:06 am

    I use - I think it's better than Kiss YouTube because it also converts the video into the format you need. No need for a Video Converter. Just thought some of the readers might want to know.

    - Bryan

  41. kris
    October 20, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    I have selected a bunch of videos in "playlists": ... Howcan I download all these ? Most of the tools I have seen so far allows me to know the video link, and cut and paste them to download ... to do this for hundreds of video as in a playlist is a bit difficult and hence the query.

  42. Video Lover
    September 4, 2008 at 3:21 am

    Here is a great site to download videos from youtube , simply search videos and click on download button to download (FLV link to download low quality videos and MP4 link to download High Quality Videos), no need to copy and paste video urls, a great, simple and easy tool for video down loaders.

  43. malinna
    August 16, 2008 at 8:50 pm


    BUt i think E.M. Youtube video download tool works better.

    u can download video from any browser, and download any flv video, mp4, high quality flv video.

    download from any websites like youtube, dailymotion,veoh,..... any video websites.

    then also convert to any format for any audio include mp3, wma,wav,ac3,mmf,amr,ogg,aac..., to any video formats include 3gp,avi,wmv, mpg,mpg4,asf,swf,h264,mov,jpg, that can be supported by PSP,iPod,iPhone,Apple TV video,iTune,mp3,mp4,Zune,Cellphone,Digital camera,DV,CD/DVD/VCD/SVCD.

    August 14, 2008 at 9:49 pm


    is another alternative for downloading videos
    youtube, it's easy to search allows the database youtube, after clicking and ready to download

  45. youtube downloader
    July 25, 2008 at 10:28 am

    try this addon to IE:
    Downloads from youtube and converts to avi, mp3,mp4

  46. bambarduwittruth
    July 24, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    All you need is... Video Downloadhelper

    Plus sides: Speed: Requires no external website (which is akin to becoming slow and going down from time to time, Privacy: (duh!), the videos are downloaded from your cache.

    Downsides: None. Oh wait.. You have to have Firefox because it is a Firefox Extension! and who doesn't use Firefox, so actually I take that back. The downside is non existent.


  47. Rolf Gockel
    July 15, 2008 at 1:38 am

    I think the best for downloads is because it allows you tou choose different servers not only, there is also an extra option in this website, we know by hand that you can watch most of the youtube videos in a higher quality, but not all the videos have the high quality link but, when you find on the bottom of the video an option that says "watch in high quality" then copy the url and paste it on, you will see an option that says "download" in different formats as it follows:

    download as .flv
    download as .mp4 high quality
    download as .flv high quality

    just choose the last one, is a heavier file but with a very good quality and you can transform it into another video format by using Total Video Converter or Super Video Converter, you can find this two excellente converters on the web by doing a search on

    Enjoy it

  48. zaki
    July 11, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    download video from youtube redtube myspace google dailymotion metacafe ifilm break and all video sites on:

  49. John Smith
    July 8, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    is there a way to just download the audio, or a program that lets me extract the audio.

    • Kevin
      July 10, 2008 at 1:06 am

      John, should do the trick.

  50. Rob
    July 6, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Try this website: . Works for quite a few sites.

  51. piju
    June 30, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    on ubuntu,
    u can also save it manually.
    just copy Flash* from your /tmp/ to *.flv
    and use vlc to play it

  52. seashell
    June 30, 2008 at 10:02 pm


  53. Nuclear Coffee
    June 30, 2008 at 5:51 am

    Try VideoGet. It downloads from YouTube, GoogleVideo, MetaCafe, MySpase, Photobucket and other 500+ video websites.
    Full List of supported videos websites:

    VideoGet also providing you with ability to convert each video in most popular formats for more comfortable video playback. VideoGet supports AVI, MPEG1, MPEG2, WMV, FLV, MP4, 3GP, MP3 file formats, so you will be able not only to view it, but also put it into your iPod, mobile phone or any other portable device

  54. ajay
    June 29, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    JUST INSTALL REAL PLAYER IT WILL do all the task for you
    like downloading video files from any website

  55. Smumdax
    June 29, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    You know... technically, every videos you see in YouTube is ALREADY downloaded into your computer. With IE, it's in the "temporary internet files" folder, and I suppose most major browser have a similar folder... I simply go ther and take it out to some permanent folder of mine. It really ain't that hard...

    But I rarely download any videos from YouTube because if I want to look at it again, I just go back to YouTube. So unless the video gets removed from the website, I don't personnaly need to download it... The internet is one big happy virtual hard drive!

  56. dave
    June 29, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Mac users might also want to check out TubeSock from


  57. Mike
    June 29, 2008 at 9:54 am

    The newer versions of realplayer come with a program that can download flash-based vidoes off the web--a little pop-up window appears next to the video player asking if you want to download what you're viewing. It usually works, I've used it a few times. It's a good program as you already have to use realplayer to view most .rmvb video files anyways.

  58. Todd
    June 29, 2008 at 9:30 am
  59. Steve
    June 29, 2008 at 6:16 am

    You forgot DownloadHelper plugin for Firefox. It's better than all the ones you mentioned.

  60. tooble
    June 29, 2008 at 10:09 am

    try it

  61. Sachin
    June 29, 2008 at 3:55 am

    This is the only useful post I have seen in the last couple of months. Thanks.

  62. Peteris Krumins
    June 29, 2008 at 2:46 am

    Download with a Perl one-liner:

    perl -MWWW::Mechanize -e '$_ = shift; ($y, $i) = m#(http://www\.youtube\.com)/watch\?v=(.+)#; $m = WWW::Mechanize->new; ($t = $m->get("$y/v/$i")->request->uri) =~ s/.*&t=(.+)/$1/; $m->get("$y/get_video?video_id=$i&t=$t", ":content_file" => "$i.flv")'

    Read how this line was coined here:
    Downloading YouTube videos with a Perl one-liner

  63. Jimmy Dean
    June 29, 2008 at 6:10 am

    Wow, very informitive article. thanks for the ideas.

  64. Rose
    June 28, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    I never try to download any video from YouTube yet as I seem to have some problem, cannot view any video. Every time I click, it's always show "Sorry this video is no longer available". I am from Thailand, not sure if that's will be the case. The same happened to my friend.

  65. Phil
    June 28, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Miro FTW!

  66. anon
    June 28, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Or you could just double click the file name in Safari's activity monitor:

  67. nighthunter
    June 28, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    I like to use Orbit Downloader. It adds a small transparent icon above the video windows. Just click it and it let's you download the FLV file. Plus it's got a secondary sniffing program, much like Safari's activity menu, called Grab++ if for some reason you have trouble getting the file the regular way. Plus you can pause and resume, great if something interupts the download. Hasn't failed me yet.

  68. Wayne
    June 28, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    To get the video file, I use youtube-dl ( which is a Python script. As for conversion, I use ffmpeg.
    Both are command line programs, just so you know :P

  69. teachernz
    June 28, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Downloadhelper addin for firefox. It's quick and regularly updated.

  70. SINSIO
    June 28, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    I use keepvid and Zamzar for my video downloads. Keepvid has three video versions that it makes available for most vids: low and high quality flv files, and a mp4 version. Zamzar also has an option to download flv and mp4, but you can download the videos in many other versions such as MP3 (for audio only) and avi.

  71. Torley Lives
    June 28, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    There are many ways to do this — many variations on the same theme. One of the easiest and most elegant, monkey's Safari mention notwithstanding, is the Firefox DownloadHelper add-on:


    Quicker than the refresh-and-wait of many Web forms. And if you need conversion from FLV, there's the slick, visually-driven

    Both come highly recommended from me.

  72. vst
    June 28, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    #monkey - I wouldn't spend 800 quid just for safari - it's not argument.

    Thanks for that list - now I understand all. Is there any online tool that enable to download them movies as a *.mov or any "non flash" format ?


  73. Replay Media Catcher
    June 29, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Try Replay Media Catcher. It's free for downloading YouTube videos, and unlike the other tools, it will also save them with the real name of the video, not some random sequence of characters. It even snags videos from sites that the tools mentioned in this article won't grab.

  74. Mark
    June 28, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Check this out... watch YouTube videos on any cell phone,

  75. monkey
    June 28, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Safari has an Window -> Activity menu item built right in.

    Look for FLV (or WMV, or MOV, whatever) files under there.

    No plugin or third party site need apply.

    Woot! Go Apple.

    • gittenlucky
      June 28, 2008 at 8:05 pm

      Safari is the way to go!

      Another win for Apple.

  76. Jimmy Dean
    June 28, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Wow, very informitive article. thanks for the ideas.


  77. SXN
    June 28, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Or you can use the best FF plugin out there

    Works on any Video site, Flash, Images and more. Try it out.

  78. Frank Fulchiero
    June 28, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    My favorite is the Google YouTube Video Downloader

    • Rolf Gockel
      July 15, 2008 at 2:05 am

      yes but, there is one thing you're all missing here, most of the youtube videos can be watched in high quality in a .flv file, some of the videos have bellow a direct link to watch it in a high quality version, even higher than .mp4, allows you to download it in .flv high quality but only if the video has that option active, this means that bellow the video you're watching appears as it follows: "watch in high quality", if it don't then you could download only on mp4 or .flv regular quality

      flv in high quality is a heavy file, like for example a video that I download it first was in .flv regular size 8 mb, in mp4 like 11 mb, but in flv high quality was like 26.5 mb and the quality looks amazing. but again, I most remind you all, only if the option is active bellow the video, if you don't see the direct link, you will not be able to download it in high quality even if you use the high quality code that is &fmt=18.

  79. Em
    June 28, 2008 at 7:33 pm !

    Lets you choose between High Quality download or streaming file. I've tried a lot of downloaders and this one is the best for me.

    It offers downloads for other sites as well.

    • IGotTheVid
      January 10, 2010 at 10:46 am

      This One really worked for me.

  80. Declan
    June 28, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    I use Zamzar.

  81. Jeffry Thurana
    June 28, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Definitely not faster, but I think this method is far more powerful. Not only for YouTube but (almost) all multimedia files; even from inside membership sites that open in new window - which usually uncatchable.

    (Shameless self promotion :))

  82. Kevin
    June 28, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    I like to use a Firefox Add-on called Video DownloadHelper ( ). It's good for downloading any media file that's on a flash player.

  83. nostalgia
    June 28, 2008 at 6:51 am

    I've been using YouTube Download & Convert by CubedLabs:

    I don't know how it compares in speed to the others, as I haven't tried them out (yet), but I thought this was worth a mention as well. =) It's really easy to use and does exactly what it says.

  84. Dan
    June 27, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    1-There are lots of ways to "RE-DOWNLOAD" clips from Youtube etc, after you have watched them.
    2-There are even freeware applications that will do it.
    3-What woulld be more usefull is an app that will can easily copy it from the TEMPORARY files to PERMANENT STORAGE.

    • Nazir
      March 11, 2015 at 6:54 am

      I wants dawnloader fast , please

  85. Atul
    June 27, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    I use this site It can download from various popular video sites and it gives you 2 options viz. a low-res flv version or an high res mp4.

  86. Andrew
    June 27, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    i saw this youtube video ( which gives a bookmarklet that you just click on while watching a video, and then a link appears on the youtube page and it downloads it in .mp4

  87. James
    June 27, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Download and Convert YouTube Videos< , You need a Powerful YouTube Downloader: Which can make settings when you decided to convert it to other video formats.

    • henry
      July 5, 2008 at 9:53 pm

      Yea, that's true,
      Thank you so much.

      really help me a lot~


  88. Jimmy Rogers
    June 27, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Nice list Abhijeet! I like the Kiss one.

  89. Sounf Of Vision
    June 27, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    I use too. Just, sometimes gets overloaded, so you must try several times...And I like that it has option for more formats.

  90. emilia
    June 27, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    I prefer .. easy to use and supports alot of video services... youtubecatcher seems not bad too

  91. carlgc
    June 27, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    the only downside is that it adds a balck screen with the leyend vixy at the end of the video. but u can choose to download avi, mp4, mp3, 3gp

    • henry
      July 5, 2008 at 10:00 pm

      But I am now using Apowersoft YouTube Downloader which was recommend by james..
      I would like to recommend it too.
      Because you can download High Quality FLV videos from YouTube.
      Then You can crop and trim YouTube video, choose the output format as anything you want.,like MP4, AVI, MP3, AAC, VOB.........
      Beside, There is a Built-in Media Player + FLV Converter + Video Converter

      That's what I want to say.
      Enjoy your YouTube videos. and thanks for this nice article~

      • Rolf Gockel
        July 15, 2008 at 2:25 am

        Ok, but, we need something free, and with free we mean if is software, we need a crack or a hack or a serial number included

    • useof
      October 23, 2008 at 9:54 pm

      recommend this free video downloader for mac tool

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