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Have you ever stumbled across an online video you’d love to download and add to your collection? Perhaps it’s a video of your favorite recipe No Time? Cook Quick Meals With These 12 Recipe Sites for Everyone No Time? Cook Quick Meals With These 12 Recipe Sites for Everyone These cooking resources offer tasty recipes for beginners that taste great and cover a wide selection of foods. The quick recipes keep things simple. Read More , a clip of a particularly daft dog doing something silly, or a how-to guide for a tech issue you’ve been struggling with.

Whatever the reason, it’s easy to grab a copy for all eternity if you use one simple tool: xVideoServiceThief.

The open-source video downloader has been around for many years. With versions available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, it’s the only downloader you need.

What Can It Do?

As of this writing, the app can download content from 93 different sites, and that number is steadily increasing. All the major players — YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, and LiveLeak — are supported, as are some less well-known niche sites.

The app also offers several additional features to help make downloading easier: in-app video searching, the ability to schedule downloads, and a way to convert files 2 Ways to Convert AVI & MKV Files to Add Videos to iTunes 2 Ways to Convert AVI & MKV Files to Add Videos to iTunes iTunes only supports MP4 and QuickTime format video files. We demonstrate how to use trusted free, open source, and cross-platform software to convert video files into formats recognized by iTunes. Read More to AVI, MPEG1, MPEG2, WMV, MP4, 3GP, and MP3 video formats.

How to Download a Video

To begin, grab a free copy of the app and install it on your system. Thankfully, there are no other apps bundled in the installer you need to watch out for.

Before you download a video, make sure you set your download location at the bottom of the app window. When you’re ready, click Add Video in the top left-hand corner.

On the next pop-up window, enter the URL of the video you want. In my example, I’m going to download a review of Apple Airpods from the official MakeUseOf YouTube channel. xVideoServiceThief will immediately recognize the host site. If the site is not supported, you’ll see an error message.

Click OK and the video will automatically start to download. If you don’t want the video to download immediately, untick the checkbox next to Download Videos Automatically.

When the process has finished, you’ll see a toast notification in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. Head to your download location to find and watch it.

The process is simple and straightforward, but issues can always arise. If you’re struggling to use the software, reach out in the comments below and we will try to help.

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  1. Chris
    August 26, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I choose the output format as MP4, but there's no option to convert, nor will it convert

    I am using the latest version

  2. Oliverkingsoft
    January 9, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Video Download Capture is the best videos download tool to help you download online videos and download music videos; the most powerful video download search engine will help you get any video as you want. It's also a great tool to download free videos. The built-in video editing tool will help you crop, trim, convert videos to any format and size. Get videos for your iPod, iTunes, iPhone, PowerPoint presentation, and PSP etc. If want to capture any online videos such as YouTube, Dailymotion, Google Video, Megavideo, iMeem, MySpace, and Yahoo etc, Video Download Capture is just for you.

  3. Aibek
    October 14, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Are you a Windows user? Mac? Linux?

    Were you able to install the program?

    Aibek

  4. anna
    October 14, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    i'd like to dowload files from this kind of url : rai.tv/mpplaymedia/0,,RaiTre-In1-2h%5E17%5E130275,00.html

    i've downloaded your program, but it doesn't work.

    help!!!!

    a.

  5. K.Forsyth
    October 13, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Oh dear, now it seems that Easy Video Downloader, AND xVideoServiceThief, are ALSO only for Windows (though I see xVideoServiceThief promises a MacOS Version soon).

    • Aibek
      October 13, 2008 at 6:54 pm

      Yes, xVST is working on their Mac version now. Though there is alternative that you can try. It's an Adobe air app called Bookmash (bookmash.com/), definitely check it out. I have tested it a bout two weeks ago and planning to do a story onit sometimes in the future.

  6. K.Forsyth
    October 13, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    ...as is Easy Video Downloader, apparently (Windows only), so looks like I'll be using xVideoServiceThief!

  7. K.Forsyth
    October 13, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Having just searched for Free Download Manager, Easy Video Downloader, AND xVideoServiceThief, I believe they are all only for Windows (though I see xVideoServiceThief promises a MacOS Version soon)?

  8. Aibek
    September 24, 2008 at 7:25 am

    Thanks for the quick reply mate, going to download it right now.

  9. Transcontinental
    September 24, 2008 at 6:21 am

    @Aibek, ‘Easy Video Downloader’ that I use has a checkbox for downloading original AVI HQ format (YouTube only), when available. ‘Easy Video Downloader’ is here : http://www.videodownloader.fdrlab.com/

  10. Transcontinental
    September 21, 2008 at 4:37 am

    For Youtube only (as far as I know), some softwares, like 'Easy Video Downloader' for instance, allow downloading of the original AVI High-Quality format of the video, when available. xVideoServiceThief doesn't seem to propose that option. It does include format conversion but, for Youtube, there's no point it converting a FLV to AVI (with quality loss) when native AVI is available. For other websites and/or FLV Youtube, remains interesting.

    • Aibek
      September 23, 2008 at 8:21 pm

      thanks for the tip, i had no idea about that certain videos are available in high quality AVI format. Is there a way to check this before downloading a video?

  11. Intelligent Coward
    September 21, 2008 at 1:41 am

    Free Download Manager... It has an expanding list of supported sites but otherwise it does the same, plus you have the other features of uploads, bittorrent, and html downloading.

    • Aibek
      September 23, 2008 at 8:18 pm

      link?

  12. Illegal.Alien
    September 20, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    I think I'll stick with Keepvid and Filsh, both online. Keepvid gives me the link, Filsh is an online converter that works extremely well.

    • Aibek
      September 23, 2008 at 8:16 pm

      I treid dozens of online downloaders and convertes but xVideoServiceThief just make the whole thing a lot easier.