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12 Clean Streaming Video Downloaders for Anything on the Web

Mihir Patkar 26-10-2017

What do you do when you want to download a video you saw online? Don’t worry, there are several apps for that. But don’t expect to download Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Videos, or the like!

What you can download are the video streaming services like YouTube and Vimeo. Vimeo has always let people download videos if they want. YouTube is also singing that tune now with the new YouTube Go app You Can Now Test the Brand New YouTube App YouTube Go is hiding in plain sight on the Google Play Store right now, so it would be rude not to give it a quick spin, right?! Read More .

Social networks are a bit more strict. While Facebook lets you save videos One Overlooked Feature That Makes Facebook More Productive Facebook is fantastic, but it can be a productivity drain. If you sit to read each link, you'll be spending far more time on Facebook than is healthy for you. What to do? This. Read More , you can’t store them to watch offline. It’s the same with Instagram, Twitter, and other social media.

But with the right web app on your browser, you should be able to get any video you want for later. Just remember, the people who upload these might hold the copyright. Don’t reuse the video without their permission.

For Facebook: FB Down

To download a video from Facebook How to Download Facebook Photos and Videos Facebook is a treasure trove of photos and videos of you and your friends. Here's how to download Facebook photos and videos. Read More , FB Down is as simple as it gets. When you want to download a video, first expand it to its full size. The link at the top will change to something like this:


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Copy the link and paste it in the bar at FB Down. In a few seconds, you can download a low or high quality of the video in a MPEG-4 file format.

FB Down also works with Facebook Live Videos 10 Ways You'll Be Using Facebook Live This Year Facebook just made two major announcements. Both of these show the 1.5-billion user company's commitment to ensure you enjoy as much live-streamed video as you can. Read More , but only after the live feed has ended. The app also has a Chrome extension, if you want.

For Twitter: TW Down

TW Down, from the same developers as FB Down, is as simple to use for Twitter. Click a tweet to see the URL change to something like this:


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Copy the link and paste it in the bar at TW Down. In a few seconds, you can download a low or high quality of the video in a MPEG-4 file format, or even download the audio as an MP3 file.

Again, live videos aren’t supported, even through Periscope. You’ll need to download them after the live feed finishes.

For Periscope: Scopedown

Periscope, the live video streaming app, has caught the world’s imagination. Now you can finally watch videos after the feed has ended 16 Periscope Tricks You Should Try Right Now It's easy to think of live-streaming apps like Periscope as simple press-the-button-and-stream processes, but a lot goes into getting noticed by the audience and making the result worth watching. Read More , but you can’t download them. Unless you use Scopedown.

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Open any Periscope video in your browser, copy the link, and paste it in Scopedown. The video downloads only in “.TS” file format, which you can watch with the VLC media player. Or you could convert it with a free online tool How to Convert Any File Format Online with Free Tools If you need to convert a file, here's the ultimate list of sites you should turn to. Read More like Zamzar.

For Instagram: Downloadgram

The Instagram app won’t let you download photos or videos, but plenty of apps can. Among the web apps, Downloadgram works as well as anything else out there 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 .

If you’re browsing Instagram on a desktop browser, clicking on any post will give you its URL. On mobiles, tap the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner, followed by Copy Share URL in the popup dialog.

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Paste this URL in the bar at Downloadgram, and you can then download the video. There’s no option to choose quality settings, you will get the highest resolution by default.

For YouTube: ConvYouTube

More often than not, you’ll want to download a video from YouTube than any other source. And there are so many options for this. All these web apps the work the same, where you copy-paste the video’s URL into the app. And then you choose the format and quality. What makes SaveFrom cool is its neat YouTube URL trick 10 YouTube URL Tricks You Should Know About Love YouTube? You can make it even better with these cool YouTube URL tricks that let you download videos, make GIFs, and more. Read More .

Simply add “conv” before “youtube.com” in the URL of any video and press Enter. You will immediately go to SaveFrom, with the video already analyzed. For example:




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No more copy-pasting or opening SaveFrom in a different tab. It’s the kind of time-saving trick that helps. Plus, how hard is it to remember “conv” as a prefix when you want to convert a video?

For Vimeo: Don’t Use Any Vimeo-Only Downloader

Vimeo has some quality videos you won’t find on YouTube 7 Reasons to Start Watching Videos on Vimeo YouTube is great, but it's far from perfect. Thankfully, there are plenty of alternatives around for those seeking something different. Including Vimeo, which we recommend you start using today. Read More . Short filmmakers especially seem to love the platform. Vimeo even lets you download any video directly from the site if the uploader allows it.

But for others, you’ll need to use a web app. They all work the same. Go to a Vimeo video, copy the URL, and paste it in the bar. Choose whether you want an MP3, an MP4, or a high-definition MP4.

Dedicated Vimeo downloader apps like Vimeo To MP3 or Vimeo In MP4 are full of ads and popups. Please avoid them, they might put your computer at risk.

For Streamable: Know Your Streamable

Streamable has become a major part of the internet today. It’s the most awesome no-signup site 15 Excellent No-Sign Up Websites for Everyday Use Do you like websites which have no sign-ups, no registerations, and no downloads? Then, you will like these hassle free web apps and sites which make daily productivity a lot easier. Read More to upload videos without registering. And so you get some excellent clips on it.

Unfortunately, Streamable is also blocked by several colleges and offices as it often hosts illegal content. If you’re stuck but still want to watch a video, copy-paste the URL into Know Your Streamable.

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In seconds, you can download the highest resolution MP4 version of the video (without choosing video quality). It couldn’t be simpler.

All-In-One Downloaders and Extensions

YouTube is the king, but there are some stellar video sites better than YouTube 10 Video Sites That Are Better Than YouTube Here are some great alternative video sites to YouTube, although the "better than" is obviously open to debate. Read More . If you aren’t particular about where you watch videos, an all-in-one downloader will be more useful for you. And it’s much better to use one browser extension than many.

Best Legacy Web App: KeepVid

KeepVid is one of the oldest names in the video downloader business, and for a good reason. It just works. I’ve personally been using this service for as long as I can remember, and it has never failed me.

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KeepVid has consistently made it to our lists of the best ways to download any video off the internet 16 Free Ways to Download Any Video Off the Internet Downloading videos off the internet is surprisingly easy. Here are free ways to download any video off the internet. Read More . You get different formats, different resolutions, and it separates video and audio too. Plus, the developers work hard to stay one step ahead of any attempts to thwart downloaders like them.

One piece of advice though: Don’t bother with the extensions! They’re useless. But if you’re willing to pay, the desktop programs for Windows and Mac are excellent.

Best New Web App Bookmarklet: Save It Offline [No Longer Available]

One of the newer web apps that I really liked is Save It Offline. It even supports several sites that KeepVid doesn’t. And it has an excellent bookmarklet that’s a better choice than an extension Extensions vs. Bookmarklets: The Truth About the State of Your Browser One of the little known factors affecting browser speed is those third-party extensions you install. But uninstalling them doesn't mean getting rid of your favorite app. All you need are bookmarklets. Read More .

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On any site with a video, click the bookmarklet to launch a new tab, ready to download. You only get the MP4 file format, but with a wide variety of resolutions.

Most Sites Supported: Tube Offline

There are so many sites on the internet that stream videos, it’s impossible for one downloader to support them all. The closest you will come to is Tube Offline.

streaming video downloaders tube offline

To use it, you’ll first need to locate the site you want to convert from. Only then can you copy-paste the URL of your video. Then it’s a simple download, much like all the other such sites.

Don’t Use Chrome Extensions, Google Is Mad

You’ll find plenty of great Chrome extensions The Best Chrome Extensions A list of only the best extensions for Google Chrome, including suggestions from our readers. Read More that let you download videos from YouTube and other services. But Google has been monitoring these closely and shutting them down.

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At this point, we can no longer recommend using any video downloader extension for Chrome. You’ll be better served by the Save It Offline bookmarklet above.

For Firefox: Video Download Helper

Things aren’t that bleak on Mozilla Firefox, and there’s a wonderful Firefox addon The Best Firefox Addons Firefox is famous for its extensions. But which addons are the most useful? Here are the ones we think are best, what they do, and where you can find them. Read More you can use. Video Download Helper works with a wide range of streaming services, as you can see from the list above.

The main reason to use this instead of a bookmarklet is that you don’t have to leave the video’s page. The add-on’s dropdown menu will show you the options to download the video and save it to your hard drive.

What Did We Miss? What Do You Use?

We tested several tools before coming up with this list, but we might still have missed some. Which streaming video downloader do you use?

And while we’re at it, how do you feel about browsers with built-in media downloaders, like Torch or Epic?

Related topics: Download Management, Media Streaming, Vimeo, YouTube.

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  1. Russel Bright
    June 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Recently I found out about TubeGeter. So far I had the best experience since its easy to use and downloading videos from youtube playlist.

  2. Tyler Reed
    February 26, 2018 at 4:29 am

    Great list of sites and I highly recommend SMDownload! It's very weird that sites are starting to remove youtube from their download options. I guess I cannot complain when the apps are usually free.

  3. Mark Palmos
    October 28, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Nope. If you ask google assistant to play some music as you suggest it just plays it on the phone using Google Play music. It does not address the Chromecast at all.

  4. Donald
    October 28, 2017 at 1:42 am

    the "CONV" option takes you to a "Windows Virus Recovery Page"

    Did you actually use it before advising us to use it ? :(

  5. tsreb
    October 27, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    I like using browser extensions and add-ons for video downloading. What I look for is the capability to copy the video url, so I can use a download utility to download the video.

    I've found extensions in both Chrome and Firefox and while I agree that Chrome extensions do not allow You Tube download, the non-YouTube sites have a number of extensions that can be used to download their videos.

  6. Prav
    October 26, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    There is an app called "videoder" , not officially available on play store, but can be downloaded through net, which directly allows to download video from almost amy platform if that platform has a share button, you just need to share that video/link to this app and it will handle the rest. It also provides different formats.