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youtube playlist downloaderA 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 go on my mobile devices. Since the majority of these videos have been kindly organized into neat playlists, the question now seemed to be whether there is a way to download whole playlists. I certainly wasn’t the only one to ask this question. In fact, our readers have also wondered the same thing on the Answers community.

Today, we’ll go over two ways you can download entire playlists, one which should make Firefox users ecstatic, and another Windows program which presents some handy options for mass video downloaders.

BYTubeD – Bulk Youtube Video Downloader (Firefox Addon)

Update: this addon no longer works.

This Firefox 4-compatible add-on is a simple but fantastic little tool to help you find download links for multiple videos. Once you’re in a playlist page, you can right-click and select the BYTubeD option.

 youtube playlist downloader

The button can also be invoked from any YouTube pages with multiple videos, such as search results from a keyword.

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After you click on the BYTubeD link, a window will appear with the list of video links it has found. Now this is the part that confused me at first, because I didn’t quite read the instructions or the Help section. You have to select the videos you want to download by pressing Ctrl + A to select all videos or hold Ctrl while you click on the specific links you want.

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Once you have a few neon green links, you can select the destination folder, whether you want the videos in FLV format or (MP4 if they’re available), and whether to generate links or enqueue videos for download.

If you chose Enqueue for Download and pressed Start, the default Firefox download manager will popup and show the current downloads.

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Since I have DownThemAll, I chose Generate Links, so BYTubeD will create a new HTML file with links to the videos I selected so I can use DownThemAll on the current page. Generate Links should work for other download managers as well.

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I have found BYTubeD to work flawlessly. If you don’t use Firefox, you can still download multiple videos from a playlist with the following program.

DVDVideoSoft’s Free Youtube Download [Windows]

DVDVideoSoft has a variety of converter software, but the one we are interested in is the YouTube Download. When you’re installing the latest build, make sure to carefully choose what to install, because for older versions of other program files by DVDVideoSoft, there could be crapware offers sometimes.


Once you have installed the YouTube Download program, you can paste in any video or playlist URL and choose the video quality and video format, such as MP3, FLV and 3GP.

For AVI, you have to click on Edit, which will bring up the preset editor.

One of the best parts about this downloader program is that you can preview the size of the individual videos and the playlist as a whole depending on the video format you choose. You can also select individual videos from a playlist that you want to download and which ones you want to skip.

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The instructions for this program suggest that you can also use this program to download all of the videos from a channel as well.

For Linux users, youtube-dl is incredibly powerful and also supports playlist downloading. See this video for the how-to. Does anyone know if there’s a good YouTube playlist downloader for Mac?

Now, let’s hear from you. What do you use to download YouTube playlists? Enlighten us in the comments!

Image Credit: YouTube Playlist Downloader

  1. 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.

  2. Alexandra Milo
    February 29, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    you should give a try to 4K Video Downloader

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

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

  4. 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 ( 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 ;/

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


  6. Gillian Read
    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...

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

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

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

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

  9. 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:

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

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