4 Quick Ways To Download YouTube Videos Off The Net

youtube download 300   4 Quick Ways To Download YouTube Videos Off The NetDon’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]

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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.

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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]

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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.

SaveFrom.net [Web, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari]

savefrom net   4 Quick Ways To Download YouTube Videos Off The Net

SaveFrom.net 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.

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SaveFrom.net 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, SaveFrom.net 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, check out these YouTube downloaders if you’re on a Mac, and take a look at a full comparison of 5 YouTube downloaders and converters to make sure you’re choosing the best one for the job.

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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


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

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


recommend this free video downloader for mac tool



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


Sounf Of Vision

I use http://www.vixy.net too. Just, sometimes gets overloaded, so you must try several times…And I like that it has option for more formats.


Jimmy Rogers

Nice list Abhijeet! I like the Kiss one.



Download and Convert YouTube Videos< , You need a Powerful free-download-youtube.com/download-youtube-videos.html YouTube Downloader:
Which can make settings when you decided to convert it to other video formats.


Yea, that’s true,
Thank you so much.

really help me a lot~




i saw this youtube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUxfXa0EruI) 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



I use this site keepvid.com. 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.



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.



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.



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


Jeffry Thurana

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 :))



I use Zamzar.



keepvid.com !

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.


This One really worked for me.


Frank Fulchiero

My favorite is the Google YouTube Video Downloader

Rolf Gockel

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, http://www.keepvid.com 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.



Or you can use the best FF plugin out there

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


Jimmy Dean

Wow, very informitive article. thanks for the ideas.




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.


Safari is the way to go!

Another win for Apple.



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


Replay Media Catcher

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.




#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 ?



Torley Lives

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:

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

Quicker than the refresh-and-wait of many Web forms. And if you need conversion from FLV, there’s the slick, visually-driven http://idesktop.tv

Both come highly recommended from me.



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.



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



To get the video file, I use youtube-dl (http://www.arrakis.es/~rggi3/youtube-dl/) which is a Python script. As for conversion, I use ffmpeg.
Both are command line programs, just so you know :P



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.



Or you could just double click the file name in Safari’s activity monitor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3EifK3pL48



Miro FTW!



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.


Jimmy Dean

Wow, very informitive article. thanks for the ideas.


Peteris Krumins

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



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




try it



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





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.



Mac users might also want to check out TubeSock from stinkbot.com/Tubesock/




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!



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


Nuclear Coffee

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







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



Try this website: flvresources.com/ . Works for quite a few sites.


John Smith

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


John, vixy.net should do the trick.



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



Rolf Gockel

I think the best for downloads is http://www.keepvid.com because it allows you tou choose different servers not only youtube.com, 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 youtube.com 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 keepvid.com, 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 google.com

Enjoy it



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.



youtube downloader

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





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




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.


Video Lover

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.




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.


Bryan Fleming

I use http://www.captureyoutube.net – 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



Have you tried Videoraptor from Audials? http://audials.com
Works quite nice



I discovered another great YouTube video downloader MetaTuber.com





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


Youtube Downloader

Just access the website kucus.com and input the Youtube RUL then click the “Submit” button to download.



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




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hey guys, i also found that http://www.keepvid.com is a great way to download off youtube
check it out!



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.



KeepHD.com and Keepvid.com are my favs imo



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!



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.



I think the best is vid2pc.com
Fast and simple.



Yea. vid2pc.com is great.



You can download youtube video at http://getvideo.comxa.com.
It supports HD version.



Hey. http://www.vid2pc.com is very coooooooool



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

Here, you can download it from flashvideocapture.com



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



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



just type ABC before youtube video link, and enter.
like abcyoutube.com/watch?v=X3vB5XJnm5A
download youtube video as mp3 and mp4 and flv…



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.



soundtaxi.org offers different downloaders and converters – just choose one



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



Very useful! And her you can find some YouTube downloaders and converters yet http://soundtaxi.org/



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






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

http://www.freefileconvert.com and

They are fast and easy to use.



I just download with IDM…



is it safe to download?


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what is the fastest for download?


Colonel Toe Punt

http://www.kissyoutube.com is a malicious website. DO NOT USE IT.


coastal travel tips

really good one…
but, who’s the best and fastest???


Health and Body Care

thanks for sharing
it’s very helpful for me


Horloge Swiss

thx, i’ve download it..

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