How to save YouTube Videos on Mac

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First question that probably comes to mind when considering downloading stuff from YouTube is: is it actually legal? Well, as long as you are downloading it for your personal use you are probably okay. Google's policy is very firm on YouTube downloading: "You shall not download any Content unless you see a 'download' or similar link displayed by YouTube on the Service for that Content". So generally it means no, however we are sure you have your reasons when downloading from YouTube, and moreover - there are great ways to do it. So let's look at the solutions that perform best to save YouTube videos on Mac - online services and apps and add-ons.


You can find some really nice apps out there, you just have to know what you are looking at. Those usually are simple apps that you can paste the YouTube link to and download the file in a desired format, usually MP4. Some apps allow you to save MP3 right away, which is a really convenient option.

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Requirements: OS X 10.9++. 14.87MB free space. Version 3.9.218. (14th Jul, 2019). 4.9 Rank based on 811+ users, Reviews(885)
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Save YouTube videos on Mac easily with this mighty little app. Just copy and paste the link in Airy, and it will save YouTube playlist on Mac, a complete channel, or will simply download multiple videos if you paste multiple links. You can set the format, the quality and even extract MP3 file from the initial YouTube video without saving the video at all. Airy can integrate with a web browser for faster downloading. The developers are giving you a 50% discount if you send them proof that you're migrating from a competing paid app.


Any Video Converter App

Free to $49.95 (Ultimate)

Any Video Converter

This is not a budget-friendly option, however this converter claims to be able to download videos from more than 100 websites and capture streaming videos from sources like Netflix. This app can also rip DVD and offers video editing features.

4K Video Downloader (as well as its companion app 4K YouTube to MP3) offers regular updates, downloads well, and doesn't have ad traps, like some freeware may do. This app downloads videos in up to 4K in quality, supports a lot of file formats, and downloads YouTube channels. It will also save subtitles along with your videos.

YTD Video Downloader App

Free or $29.90/year

YTD Video Downloader

YTD downloads from more than 50 video-hosting websites additionally to YouTube and can convert downloaded files to various formats. Generally the app is free, but it has a subscription plan that offers more options: downloading of many videos at a time, speeding up the downloads, and no ads. Some users may find YTD a little difficult to understand and use.

TubeGet offers downloading in HD, SD, or 4K resolutions, and it is not YouTube only, but also thousands of other video resources. This app also features a built-in
MP3 converter.

The Softorino team sells a $39.95 Waltr 2 app that converts videos for playing on iPhone and iPad. It was only natural to add a product that will download the videos that will later be converted. That is where their YouTube Converter came from. This app will download the videos without the ads they come with when you are watching them online. You can send YouTube videos directly to iOS devices with this downloader.

Online Services

If you don’t want to commit to any apps or need just 1-2 videos for offline watching, you can use online resources that easily save YouTube videos on Mac. The drawbacks of such tools can be the loss of quality while downloading and some technical, speed and other problems that may occur at any time while your file is being saved. However there are lots of positive aspects to online services, and if you decide to use one of them, choose the best solutions to save YouTube videos on Mac./p>

Pretty much the same solution as other web services, supporting multiple formats including video and audio ones. This service offers you the possibility to change the start and end time of the video. comes as a browser extension too - Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are supported. It has a filter to prevent the downloading of copyrighted material.

Browser Extensions

Most of the products reviewed earlier offer their browser extensions for your convenience and speedy downloading process. Here is a browser extension that is not a part of any app, just an extension.

Video DownloadHelper App

Free or $28.50

Video DownloadHelper

Finding an extension for Chrome is not an easy task because of Google Store's policies concerning YouTube. This extension works on Chrome and Firefox and supports a lot of websites additionally to YouTube, even the adult ones. Whenever you are on a web page with an interesting video, check if the icon for the extension is animated, that's how you know the video can be downloaded. Premium paid edition allows converting files to various formats, however it is only available for Firefox browser.


Requirements: OS X 10.7+ , 14.87MB size
Version 3.9.218 (14th Jul, 2019) Release notes
Category: UtilitiesApplication