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The 5 Best YouTube Playlist Downloaders to Grab Videos in Bulk

Dan Price Updated 09-12-2019

We know what you’re thinking: “Why would I want to download 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 data. 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. YouTube uses a lot of data, after all.

Here are some of the best YouTube playlist downloaders.

1. 4K Video Downloader

4K Video Downloader app

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. The free version of the app is ad-supported, but the ads are few and far between and in no way annoying.

And it does a whole lot more than merely download 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.

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.

A premium version removes ads, provides channel subscriptions, and unlimited downloads.

2. Gihosoft TubeGet

gihosoft download youtube

Available On: Windows, Mac

Like 4K Video Download, Gihosoft TubeGet covers a whole lot more than just a way to download playlists from YouTube.

The app supports more than 10,000 sites, including Facebook, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Metacafe, Break, Veoh, and Blip.tv—though the additional sites are only available in the Pro version.

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. On the free version of the app, download speed is limited to 4Mbps.

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. Again, the MP3 tool is only available in the Pro version.

3. VLC Media Player

Available On: Windows, Mac, Linux

Did you know you can use VLC Media Player to save YouTube videos? The process is not as simple as using a dedicated third-party app, but if you’re averse 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.

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

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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.YouTube By Click

youtubebyclick app

Available On: Windows, Mac

It’s not as polished as the other apps, but YouTube By Click is still a great way to download YouTube playlists onto your computer.

One of the app’s best features is its autodetect. If the app is running in the background and you copy the URL of a YouTube playlist, YouTube By Click will automatically recognize it and offer to download it.

Along the top of the app’s window, you can choose the destination folder for your downloads, whether you want to download the video (MP4) or just the audio (MP3), and the quality of the video.

There’s also a premium version of the app. It costs $9.99 for a one-time license and adds features such as high definition downloads, subtitle downloads, additional video format options, and a ringtone creator.


tubegeter price

Tubegeter is a paid YouTube playlist downloader. It lets you save entire YouTube playlists and channels in MP4, MKV, M4A, MP3, and 3GP.

Because its a paid app, you also get a few other features that you won’t see elsewhere. They include a way to extract YouTube subtitles, 4K downloads, 360-degree video downloads, a video converter tool, and even a smart mode for automated future downloads.

Three different price plans are available. The Basic plan is $10.99 per month. It includes unlimited videos per session, unlimited playlists per session, and unlimited channels per session. The top plan is Ultimate. It costs $15.99.

How Do You Download YouTube Playlists?

The five tools we have discussed in this article will all let you download YouTube playlists so you can take the videos on-the-go and watch them when you’re offline. We’ve also covered how to get YouTube videos to your iPhone camera roll. (Don’t forget to take a closer look at the legality of downloading YouTube videos as well as creating your own YouTube playlists How to Make a YouTube Playlist for Your Favorite Videos Here's how to make a YouTube playlist by bookmarking content that other users have created. Read More .)

If you would like even more information about downloading web videos, you should check out our articles on how to download videos from DailyMotion How to Download Videos From DailyMotion Dailymotion is a good place to watch videos and original shows when you are bored of YouTube. These video downloaders can help you watch them offline. Read More and how to download videos from Instagram 7 Free Ways to Download or Save Instagram Videos Need to download or save Instagram videos? Here's how to save a video from Instagram with the best free Instagram video downloaders. Read More .

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  1. LeonardoBrian
    June 16, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Hi, thank you for sharing this post. It really helps me a lot. I can use them to download videos from other sites. Moreover, I'm currently using another tool similar with the tools mentioned above which is the Acethinker Video Keeper. This is cool and fast easy. I can even use it to grab my favorite Kdrama episodes in HD quality.

  2. Biljana
    December 22, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you, this is so helpful! Finally a youTube downloader which really downloads all types of playlists, quick and without a fuss!

  3. nader
    October 13, 2019 at 3:27 am

    hi i just download 4k video downloader but dr.web security found a lot of trojan then delete it. thanks dr.web

  4. HushSMS Apk Uses – Latest Version Download
    July 18, 2019 at 7:44 am

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  5. Woodman
    July 3, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    You have to be joking you haven't placed JDownloader2/3 here xD It's the best open source available for any system app for downloading videos, playlists and so on :D

    Try it - you will never regret it!

  6. Akshay Trank
    June 5, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Great, Thanks for sharing. You can also try Ytbconverter. It is very simple and easy to use to convert YouTube videos to various formats. With the help of this converter, you can download any YouTube playlist in seconds. No need to install any type of extension.

  7. Nayami Sarkar
    May 29, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Hi there,
    Thanks for sharing, it is efficent. I just noticed that i have a product on same topic if u want some matchup with us. Then it will be great opertunity for us. your valueable reply can make my day.

  8. VampJoseph
    May 28, 2019 at 7:21 am

    Or you can just use JDownloader2.

    just copy the url of the video in the playlist and JDownloader2 will grab it from your clipboard and ask if you want to crawl/parse the rest of the playlist. Keep in mind that every video will have a separate file for the video (that has audio in it), a separate audio only file, a subtitle file (if applicable) and a thumbnail pic.

    This is the fastest and easiest way to batch download a youtube playlist that I've found

  9. John Smith
    May 28, 2019 at 6:18 am

    All you'd need is youtube-dl . org, universal, supported on all platforms, almost all operating systems, scriptable, and actively developed, and you can't beat the price tag.
    It is free, and open source, trusted.
    If you want a GUI for it.
    Then see this.
    mrs0m30n3 . github . io / youtube-dl-gui /
    Most platforms and operating systems are supported.

  10. Xavier42
    March 27, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I guess you guys can also try VidPaw online video downloader. It is a great tool to download youtube videos to MP4 and MP3.

  11. Shivendra Singh
    October 29, 2018 at 1:29 am

    Why is cpclips.com not in there? By far it is the easiest one and doesn't require any installation. It can download all the videos with one click only, you don't have to download each video like other web downloaders.

    • TZO
      March 27, 2019 at 7:24 pm

      Because it only offers low quality versions and not the original HD!

  12. Jackson
    September 7, 2018 at 5:38 am

    KeepVid was previously hurt by infringement, which shows that this site is not reliable now. So still youtube downloader is more trustworthy. I am using hd video conveter factory to download youtube playlist, this is a tool worth trying.

  13. Jack Valter
    May 6, 2018 at 2:42 pm


    “TubeGeter” and download Youtube playlists, videos in seconds in 4K video quality.

    TubeGeter is an excellent tool for downloading the high definition Youtube playlists and videos.

    Just follow the steps to download videos with TubeGeter:

    Step-1) Go to TubeGeter - download the entire playlists from YouTube in seconds.

    Step-2) Download and install the software.

    Step-3) Then just copy the link from your browser and click ‘Paste Link’ in the application. That’s it!

  14. Roger Lee
    May 6, 2018 at 2:39 pm


    “TubeGeter” and download Youtube playlists, videos in seconds in 4K video quality.

    TubeGeter is an excellent tool for downloading the high definition Youtube playlists and videos.

    Just follow the steps to download videos with TubeGeter:

    Step-1) Go to TubeGeter - download the entire playlists from YouTube in seconds.

    Step-2) Download and install the software.

    Step-3) Then just copy the link from your browser and click ‘Paste Link’ in the application. That’s it!

  15. Mohammad
    March 7, 2018 at 8:37 am

    You can use YTD in your computer to download a playlist. Megavn.com is not working for the time being.
    I think making your favorite YouTube playlist and using YTD to download all of it will be very nice.

  16. Patrick Griffith
    February 9, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    You showed how to download an individual video with VLC. But, I want to download an entire playlist. Is that possible with VLC?

  17. 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

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

    HD Video Converter is better

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

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

    • John
      January 20, 2018 at 8:43 am

      It does't work.

    • Shivendra Singh
      October 29, 2018 at 1:31 am

      Try cpClips.com

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

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

    All you need is


    job done. This article is a bit old!

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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

    you should give a try to 4K Video Downloader

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

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

  28. 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 ;/

    • Patrick Griffith
      February 9, 2018 at 5:43 pm

      Only works for one video at a time

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


  30. 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...

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

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

    • Shivendra Singh
      October 29, 2018 at 1:30 am

      Try cpClips.com

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

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

  33. 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/

  34. 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!

  35. 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.