We all know about YouTube, and we all know that contains millions of music videos, trailers, gameplay etc. a real inexhaustible mine of a video. But not all know how to download to your PC to review every time the video that we want.
Here we explain how to download videos from YouTube for free, easy and quick.
Probably not everyone knows that there are many online services, programs and browser extensions that allow you to download videos from YouTube in various formats (and many resolutions) without spending a penny.
So you can enjoy your favorite videos anytime and on any device, not just the PC, but also mobile phones, the top DVD player, the Smart TV you have in the living room etc. Additionally, you can even extract audio from a video from YouTube and save it as MP3 files to listen with your smartphone or your portable MP3 player! Do not you think it great?
So what are you waiting to start your big video collection? Take five minutes of free time and find out how to download videos from YouTube using some of the best free resources available on the Internet. We give you all the information and all the information you need below. We just have to wish you good fun!
Free, fast and easy: here are the download from YouTube
To find out how to download videos from YouTube for free without having to install programs or plug-ins on your computer, you simply have to turn to an online service. Here are some of the most interesting.
The first online service that I want to talk to you today is YouTube Downloader,a great online service for downloading YouTube video, of course, 100% free. To use it, connect to its home page, paste the ID of the video to be downloaded in the text field and click on the Start Download button. If you do not know what the ID of the video, do not fear, this is the code that is located to the end of the url address (eg. 3ngnzY5xtI8 if the URL is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ngnzY5xtI8). So select the format in where to collect the movie (eg. flv, 720p mp4, webm), click on the green icon located under the Downloads heading, and you’re done!
For those who wish to have more control over video format to download from YouTube I highly recommend trying ClipConvert. It is a very complete online service through which you can not only download videos from YouTube but also convert them into a variety of different formats.
Its use is quite simple. Start by connecting to its home page, paste the video URL address you want to download in the toolbar located at the top and press the Continue button. Wait until previewing the movie appears and choose the resolution and format you want to download it. Click the Download button to the standard format (MP4), MOV, AVI, 3GP or MP4 for other video formats.
You can also select the options MP3, M4A, and AAC, and download only the audio of the video track. Finally, click on Start and Download button, wait a few seconds and the video will be automatically downloaded to your computer in the desired format.
Warning: if on the download page there had a voice like Download with an accelerator and get recommendation offers, make sure there is not a check mark next to it (and if there is remove it), otherwise it will be downloaded on your computer even additional promotional software.
Video grabby, is an excellent service which lets you download videos from YouTube in a way so simple that a child would know also use it.
How does it work? Connect to its home page, click on the HQ item located at the bottom right (to enable the download of video in HD), paste the YouTube video address you want to download in the text field located at the center of the screen and click the Download video button. That’s all!
SaveFrom is another essential service but also very effective. To download a video from YouTube with this service you simply connect to its home page, paste the video address to download in the bar located at the center of the screen and click the > button.
Then expand the drop-down menu located next to the Downloads heading, click on the item More and select the file format you want to download the video: MP4 720p, 240p FLV, MP4 Audio (if you want to extrapolate the audio track only) and so on.
Software to download videos from YouTube
If instead of using the online services you prefer the classic software that allows you to download videos from YouTube for free directly from your desktop, then we want to present to you a short list of the best software of this type for Windows and Mac.
Another free software that I will strongly advise is to try ClipGrab, which is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS X and lets you choose in detail the video output format to download. Read on to discover how it works.
The first step you need to do is connect to the internet site of the program and click on the Free Download button to download this to your computer. Then open the ClipGrab-xx.exe file you just downloaded and click on the first Run and then Yes and Next. Then put the check mark next to the item I accept the terms of the license agreement and complete the setup before clicking Next three times, and then click on Install and Finish. It is proposed downloading some additional promotional software, refuses to select always the voice I do not accept.
If you use a Mac, to install ClipGrab you have to open the dmg package downloaded from the program website and drag the icon that contains, in the OSX Applications folder.
At this point, start ClipGrab, select the Downloads tab and paste the URL of the YouTube video you want to download, in the text field placed at the center of the screen. Then select the file format you want to download the video from the Format drop-down menu (you can choose between MP4 and WMV for video and MP3, OGG or RAW for audio), choose one of the resolutions listed in the Quality menu and click on Download this clip button to start the download.
Freemake Video Converter (Windows)
Freemake Video Converter is an excellent video converter for Windows that among its many functions also includes the one for downloading videos from YouTube. The downloaded video can also be converted “on the fly” to various file formats. Its only flaw is that it includes much promotional software, so you have to take extra care when you install it. I advise you to consider it only if you need advanced conversion functions, otherwise better to turn to software that I mentioned to you before.
Without this premise, let’s see how to use it. To download Freemake Video Converter on your computer, connect to its official website and click on the Download button. Then open the FreemakeVideoConverterSetup.exe file you just downloaded and click on Yes, then click OK and Next. Remove the check mark from the item Help improve Freemake software by automatically sending anonymous usage statistics and reports on problems in Freemake if you will not send usage statistics to Freemake.
At this point, put a checkmark next to Custom Installation and uncheck all other underlying options (ex. Install Opera Browser) to prevent the installation of additional promotional software, click Next two times consecutively and presses Finish to conclude setup (will download some components required to operate the program from the Internet).
When the installation is complete, start Freemake Video Converter, copy the video URL address to download and paste it into the program by clicking on the Paste URL button. So select the output format you want to withdraw the video using the icons that are located at the bottom (eg. MP4 or AVI video optimized for Apple or Android or MP3 audio devices) and click on the Convert button to complete the process.
4k Video Downloader (Windows/Mac)
4k Video Downloader is a program for Windows and Mac OS X that lets you download videos from YouTube in a very easy and quick. You can select from various formats and various output resolutions, it supports subtitles and is able to download entire playlists (for up to 25 videos at a time, otherwise you have to unlock this feature by making a small in-app purchase).
To download it to your computer, connected to his official Web site and click on the Download 4K Video Downloader button. Then open the 4kvideodownloader_xx.exe file you just downloaded and click on the first Yes, then click OK and Next. Then affix the check mark next to the item I accept the terms of the license agreement and complete the setup clicking first on Next three times, and then click on Install and Finish.
If you’re using a Mac, to install 4K Video Downloader on your computer, open the dmg package that you downloaded from the Internet site of the program and drag the icon that contains, in the Applications folder in OS X. That’s it.
Now you can finally start to download videos! To download a video from YouTube, paste its address in 4K Video Downloader by clicking the Paste URL button that is located on the top left, then choose the format in which to download (ex. MP4 or MKV) via the pull-down menu format, choose one of the resolutions listed on the left and click the Download button.
Even with this software if you want, you can also download only the audio track of the movie by selecting the Extract Audio option from the drop-down menu located at the top left and choosing one of the available file formats (eg. MP3 or M4A) in the drop-down menu located at the top right. Apart from YouTube, the program also supports other video sites like Dailymotion and Vimeo and social networks like Facebook.
Download videos from YouTube using browser extensions
Finally, here are some add-ons for Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari that will allow you to download YouTube videos for free without leaving YouTube, and without installing extra software on your computer. You’ll be definitely surprised by their effectiveness!
Unfortunately, Google has decided to block extensions for Chrome that allows downloading videos from YouTube. In addition, starting from the most recent versions of the browser does not allow you to install add-on downloaded outside of the official Chrome Web Store. This means that the only way that you have to overcome this situation is to resort to a Web service (such as those we have seen before together), or install the Tampermonkey extension that allows you to run external scripts, called user script, which act as alternatives extensions.
If you do not know how to install Tampermonkey, do not worry, you simply have to log in to the Chrome Web Store page that hosts it and click first on the Add button and click Add Extension. That’s all. When the operation is completed, you can already install a script for downloading YouTube videos.
Among the best script for Tampermonkey, it is useful to remember YouTube Links that allows you to take movies from YouTube in various formats and resolutions: you can easily install it in Chrome by clicking the Install this script button before and then click on Install. When add-on installation is complete, connected to the YouTube page with the video you want to download, click on the right mouse button on the button of the format in which you want to take the video (eg. M4V 1080p) and select the Save link as the menu item from the menu that appears.
If you use the Mozilla Firefox browser and want to download videos from YouTube, you should use the Video DownloadHelper extension. Then connected to the Mozilla Add-ons Internet site and click on the green Add to Firefox button and then click on Install Now to complete the add-on installation.
At this point, connected to the YouTube page containing the video you want to download, click on the Video DownloadHelper icon present in the Firefox toolbar (top right) and select the format and resolution of the video to download.
Note: Video DownloadHelper is also available for Chrome but, for the restrictions that we have just spoken, does not allow you to download videos from YouTube.
If you have a Mac and your favorite browser is Safari, you can install the ClickToPlugin extension that blocks the automatic execution of the content in Flash, Silverlight and the start of any external plugin substituting, where possible, those contents with the HTML5 video format. Among its functions, there’s also the download of videos.
To install ClickToPlugin in Safari, connect to its official website and download the add-on by clicking the Download ClickToPlugin xx link placed on the top left. Then open the file with extension .safariextz and confirms the added extension in Safari. Finally, to download videos from YouTube, right-click on them and select the Download videos item from the menu that appears.
Note: The ClicktoPlugin HTML5 player only supports video with a maximum resolution of 720p. If you intend to download movies with a resolution at 1080p or even higher, please use 4K Video Downloader, or one of the online services mentioned earlier.
Well, now you know how to download videos from YouTube for free, easy and quick in all conceivable ways.