Use GrabTube To Convert YouTube Videos Online

Karl L. Gechlik 19-05-2009

grabTubeHead Have you ever watched a video on YouTube or another online site that you wanted to grab and save? And I bet you wanted it in a popular format like say, AVI or MPG right? Well then do I have a web tool for you!

Using Grab Tube’s Web Converter you can convert any online or downloaded video (.flv, .mp4, .3gp, .avi) and using their service, convert it to MP3, 3GP, AVI, FLV or MPG. This is really useful to grab a friend’s youTube video and throw it on your phone to share.

Let’s see how it works”¦

First we browse on over to where the converter lives and you will see a screen that looks like this:


The URL bar at the top of the screen let’s you simply paste a URL of an online video to download. Drop down the format next to it and hit the download button.


You will see the next screen with links to download the file to your computer. With the file, you can then use the service to convert it to another file type.


Click the link to download the file and save it to your computer.


Then after you have the file on your local machine, click the logo at the top of Grab Tube to take you back to the home page. Once there, browse to your file, choose the format to convert it to and hit the Convert file! button below.


Once the conversion is complete, you will get a link to download the newly converted video, like you see below. Now, you can do what you need to with it! Enjoy.image

Do you have another method of doing this? Well then, what are you waiting for?? Share it with us in the comments!

Related topics: Video Editor, YouTube.

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  1. Lumen
    November 7, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    not bad

  2. Maz
    November 7, 2009 at 8:22 pm


  3. Chuck
    September 25, 2009 at 4:24 am

    This is a good example of how an interesting article can get even better with a comment section after the post. The article has one method (which I was familiar with) to download and convert and then, in the comment area, readers will discover even more ways to accomplish this task. Thank you to the author Karl L. Gechlik as well as all the great commentators.

  4. jessy
    July 14, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Useful guide, but if you not only wanna convert FLV to AVI,MPEGMPG,MOV,WMV...but plan to edit the FLV video such as croping,triming,adjust the effect etc. the third FLV converter will benefit u...

  5. SIMPLY me
    May 21, 2009 at 7:36 am

    [Broken URL Removed] is the best option I've found so far. following are the reasons:1. choose between the formats .flv, .mp4, .3gp and high definition quality (if available for that video), before downloading (no need to upload anything).2. whether u use VideoDownloadHelper extension for Mozilla Firefox or YouTube downloader, the moment your internet connection drops your download either stops there or u lose the whole stuff. but this is not the case here, use ur download managers, pause & resume downloads without any probs (do that within a day lest the link becomes inactive and a new link is there, so its not possible to resume paused downloads.P.S.: sometimes it will show error, but after refreshing the website a few times, u get the link finally. the same problem is with, but it is worth the effort. :)

  6. mxomxo
    May 20, 2009 at 8:52 am

    i personally use youtube downloader, it is, i think the first link you ssee if you google it
    it actually works well, but requires you to download the program, and download the flv file THEN convert it
    but hey, it works fine and i cant see any viruses yet

  7. Jalley
    May 20, 2009 at 2:21 am

    It seems that a plethora of easier methods than this exist. Why not, for instance, use the Firefox add-on VideoDownloadHelper, which will nab pretty much any YouTube vid, save it to your PC, and then use a conversion app of your choice, such as the free, excellent MediaCoder to transcode the clip to anything you want? As the previous poster mentioned, internet speeds vary considerably, and the method I've suggested requires only one download. Just a thought.

    • Jackson Chung
      May 20, 2009 at 8:48 pm

      Some people would rather convert their files online as it reduces local CPU usage -- so that they can multi-task better!

  8. misandry
    May 19, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Wouldn't it be simpler if grabtube grabbed the thing from the url i specify, convert it then i download the converted file. it seems a bit stupid that i have to first download to my computer, then upload to the site then download the converted file. it is also a pain because i have a mediocre internet connection and a download/upload quota.

  9. dudude
    May 20, 2009 at 12:38 am

    there is a tutorial shows you how to download videos from YouTube with online YouTube downloader ( and converttube) and youtube downloader program: