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I know what you’re thinking; “Why would I want to download all the videos in a YouTube playlist?”.

It’s a fair question – after all, we live in an age where everything from your phone to your fridge has an internet connection. We can get any video we want in a matter of seconds.

It boils down to one point – saving mobile data usage 3 Lesser-Known Tips for Reducing Mobile Data Usage 3 Lesser-Known Tips for Reducing Mobile Data Usage Want to reduce your mobile data usage even more? Here are a few tips that you may not have considered. Read More . If you want to download a whole TV series to watch when you’re traveling, or perhaps a playlist of videos about a hobby or a foreign language, it makes sense to download the files on your desktop then save them onto your mobile device.

In this article, I’m, going to introduce you to five apps and tools that will let you download an entire YouTube playlist in just a few easy clicks.

1. 4K Video Downloader

Available On: Windows, Mac, Linux

Lots of video downloading apps are saturated with adware, spyware, and aggressive toolbars. 4K Video Downloader is one of the few exceptions.

And it does a whole lot more than merely downloading playlists. You can download entire channels with a single click, ask the app to automatically download new videos from individual channels as soon as they become available, and even download YouTube’s new 3D and 360-degree videos The 10 Most Insane 360-Degree Videos From Facebook The 10 Most Insane 360-Degree Videos From Facebook You've probably seen a couple of Facebook's mesmerizing 360-degree videos already. Most are great, but some are downright incredible. Here are 10 of our favorites. Read More .

One of its noteworthy features is the ability to download any associated subtitles. You can either embed them into the video file itself or save them as a separate SRT file. The videos themselves can be saved as MP4, MKV, M4A, MP3, FLV, or 3G.

If you decide to download a playlist, the app with automatically generate an M3U playlist file so you can easily play your content in sequence on an app. The downloading process is simple; just paste a YouTube link into the main window and let the app do its thing.

The app also supports downloading videos from other popular sites such as Vimeo, Facebook, and DailyMotion.

2. Gihosoft TubeGet

Available On: Windows, Mac

Like 4K Video Download, Gihosoft TubeGet covers a whole lot more than just YouTube. The app supports more than 10,000 sites, including Facebook, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Metacafe, Break, Veoh, and Blip.tv.

The app can download single videos and entire playlists. To download a playlist, just grab its URL and click +PasteURL in the top left-hand corner of the screen.

You’ll then be prompted to choose either the format (MP4, WebM, 3GP, FLV, AVI, or MKV) and the quality (4K, 1440P, 1080P, 720P, 480P, 360P, or 240P). When you’re ready, click Download. The app will download up to five videos at a time.

If you’ve got a slow internet connection but want to download a large playlist, don’t worry. You can limit the download speed so it does not interfere with any other online activities you’re working on.

Lastly, the app also includes an MP3 extraction tool; it’ll let you save the audio of a video without needing to download the whole video file.

3. VLC Media Player

Available On: Windows, Mac, Linux

Did you know you can use VLC Media Player to save YouTube videos How Can I Extract Audio From an MP4 or YouTube Video? How Can I Extract Audio From an MP4 or YouTube Video? Do you sometimes just want to listen to a YouTube video? Stripping the audio from a video lets you enjoy the content anywhere. Or you could distribute a Hangouts video podcast as an audio podcast! Read More ? The process is not as simple as using a dedicated third-party app, but if you’re adverse to installing yet more software on your machine, it’s a good option.

To begin, fire up the app and head to Media > Open Network Stream. Paste the URL of the YouTube video you want to download and hit Play.

After the video begins, go to Tools > Codec and copy the link in the Location box.

Paste the link into your browser and press Enter. Once again, the video will start playing automatically. Right-click on the video and select Save Video As.

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4. MegaVN.com

Available On: All web browsers

If you don’t have VLC player and you don’t trust third-party apps, you can try using a web app 18 Free Ways to Download Any Video Off the Internet 18 Free Ways to Download Any Video Off the Internet Video is the future, as it's now everywhere you look online. In this article we reveal how to download (almost) any video off the internet. Read More . There are hundreds of web apps that will let you download individual videos, but ones that offer a way to download whole playlists are much harder to find.

At the time of writing, the best one is arguably MegaVN. Click the Playlist/Channel tab in the top right-hand corner of the screen and paste the link of the playlist you want.

There are a couple of other features that help make this the best web app. Firstly, like 4K Downloader, it will let you download the entire back catalog of a particular channel. Secondly, it gives you a way to download country-restricted videos using a proxy. The app even goes as far as to supply you with a list of proxies to choose from.

5. KeepVid

Available On: Windows, Mac

I’ll conclude the list with another downloadable app. KeepVid is in the same mold as 4K Video Downloader and Gihosoft TubeGet. You download the app on your desktop and paste in the links of any videos or playlists that you want.

More than 28 sites are supported, including news sites such as CBS and ABC, social media like Facebook and Instagram 4 Ways To Download Videos From Instagram 4 Ways To Download Videos From Instagram Whether it's your own amazing creations or your friends', downloading videos off Instagram is easy as pie. Just choose one of the methods here and get cracking. Read More , and music services like SoundCloud and Mixcloud.

Unfortunately, KeepVid is not free – a lifetime license is $30. It might sound like a lot given I have already listed are four free options in this article, but it supports services that other apps cannot, and you can be sure it’s not going to disappear and become unavailable one day.

How Do You Download YouTube Playlists?

I’ve shown you five of the best tools and apps for downloading YouTube playlists, but as I mentioned at the start, there are lots of apps available.

I’d love to know what else you would add to this list? How do you get playlists off YouTube and onto your hard drive?

As always, you can leave your tips, recommendations, and opinions in the comments section below.

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Originally written by Jessica Cam Wong on June 20, 2011

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  1. Dwight Cockrum
    September 4, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Thanks for the info we were trying to find this while we were scanning the internet and even your website turned up-- Many thanks

  2. Smuz Muccufield
    July 29, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    HD Video Converter is better

  3. John Green
    June 9, 2017 at 12:23 am

    By far the simplest I found is youtube-playlist.org

  4. Aasi
    March 28, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Earlier I got a link which described that just add "1S" at the end of link and it will be available to download and actually worked, but since apart well I was again trying and was unable to use this method, so today I downloaded RealOne Player and it works like magic, I am aware of it since long just didn't wanted to install but at last have to install it.

  5. Mark Tristan R. Ocampo
    February 20, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Great! Exactly what I need to download full movies I've saved in a private YouTube playlist. Also, to download all music videos in a playlist YouTube itself created.

  6. Anon
    February 18, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    All you need is

    j2downloader

    job done. This article is a bit old!

  7. Peter
    February 18, 2017 at 9:20 am

    This article doesn't look really accurate to me.
    1) 4k Video Downloader is not a free app, you need to pay if you want to download a playlist with more than 10 videos in it.
    2) There is no mac version of GIHO app
    3) VLC doesn't support playlist download.
    4) megavn doesn't support downloading all videos from the playlist automatically, you need to click one by one on the links. it sucks.

    Just download a free youtube-dl app and stop messing with all these junkware.

    • Smuz Muccufield
      July 29, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      This article was written in 2011 so most of these have been updated and don't work anymore

      • Peter
        August 1, 2017 at 8:58 am

        The article was updated on February 17, 2017 and still has a lot of obsolete and not working solutions as well as unchecked statements.

  8. Kevin
    February 17, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing, it really helps me. I've just used gihosoft tubeget to download a playlist of mine, it's good. Your guys should give it a try.

  9. jeffcard
    December 7, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Very informative! Thanks for showing clearly how to download youtube playlist. I used to do that with acethinker video downloader, free and works like a charm as well.

  10. Anonymous
    February 29, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    you should give a try to 4K Video Downloader

  11. Akhila R. Padiyar
    February 26, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Can I download a playlist having more than 100 videos ??

  12. Marcela
    February 25, 2016 at 11:11 am

    No need to download any program. Just use the DL trick. Go straight to the video you wish to download from youtube and there on the URL of the video you add the letters DL after www. and before the word youtube (www.dlyoutube.com......) Press enter and you will quickly be redirected to the page where you choose the video quality you want. Thanks all =)

    • Name
      March 21, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      Yup it worked.

      • Name
        March 21, 2016 at 3:41 pm

        w8 nevermind it didn't ;/

  13. sdasd
    November 21, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    sdsadsa

  14. Anonymous
    June 12, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Is there any way for those who DON'T want to download software or just want it straight onto their device? It's probably hell, having to do it one video at a time, and there's over 100 videos... THERE SHOULD BE A WEBSITE THAT CATERS TO THAT!!
    It's unfair for having it be solely available to those who have a computer on standby...

  15. Kishan
    February 10, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I use Google Chrome... Is there any other similar way?

  16. J5EUS
    July 4, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Quality post! It makes life so much easier. A big thanks for sharing :-)

  17. Anonymous
    June 24, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Are there any mac applictions that are similar (not the FF plugin)

    • Jessica Cam W.
      June 27, 2011 at 1:59 am

      I haven't tried it but I found this: http://youtube-batch-downloader.en.softonic.com/

  18. Bouatero
    June 21, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I have been looking for something like this for a while now, thanks for
    the post. Is there a program which will enable you to download just the
    audio from a channel?

    What do you think of abelssoft youtube song downloader? Another nice freebie!

  19. Jim Summer
    June 21, 2011 at 12:21 am

    That is slick thanks a lot for the tutorial. I see you have DownThemAll as well.