Best Youtube Video Downloaders

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YouTube is a go-to place for any type of video, you can find pretty much anything there from step-by-step recipes to dance videos and cartoons. There are certain situations when you may want to download YouTube videos and save them to your hard drive for instant access even if you are offline or the original video has been removed from YouTube.

First thing you'll need is to find a good quality YouTube video downloader. We'll discuss the best options available in this article. Also you may be worried about the process of downloading from YouTube being legal at all. Well, taking copyright into consideration, as long as it is for personal use it is kind of OK. However if you look into Google's terms of service for YouTube, you'll see it saying: "You shall not download any Content unless you see a 'download' or similar link displayed by YouTube on the Service for that Content." So according to Google's terms downloading from YouTube is strictly undesirable, especially if you just want to share a video. To share a YouTube video you can either embed it, or email the link, or share to your social network profile. There is really no need to download for sharing purposes, but we can understand that there are times you might absolutely need a certain video on your computer, and for that we wrote this article.

Software solutions to download YouTube videos are reliable and give you the most control and options. Here are the best ones so far:

1. Airy Video Downloader

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Platforms: Windows, Mac

Airy is a very straightforward app - you'll just need to paste a YouTube link into Airy, choose the quality and format (including MP3 to save only sound) and click "Download". It also will download complete YouTube playlists and channels. Airy can integrate with your favorite web browser for faster fetching process and can handle multiple YouTube links at a time. The disadvantage may be the fact that Airy works only with YouTube, no other video websites are supported. However if you are interested in this particular resource, then Airy is a worthy investment. This video downloader YouTube app is available for Windows and Mac systems. Airy can be purchased twice cheaper if you show proof that you are migrating from another paid app.

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2. YouTubNow

Platforms: Windows, Mac

YouTubNow is a lightweight solution for downloading YouTube videos through the service’s website, so you don’t need to install plugins or additional software to use it. You can download as many YouTube videos as you want in MP4 or 3GP video up to 1080p quality, or save audio in MP3 and M4A up to 256k. It’s very straightforward and reliable, but doesn’t offer any extra features and won’t allow you to download from other websites like Vimeo or Dailymotion.

YouTubNow

3. aTube Catcher Downloader

Platforms: Windows, Mac

aTube Catcher is an ad-free freeware with a multilingual interface. This downloader is available for both Windows and Mac systems. It provides a variety of services, however it is not fast, so you may spend much more time than expected to download your videos.

aTube Catcher

4. 4K Video YouTube Downloader

Platforms: Windows, Mac

This video downloader for YouTube gets frequent updates and is clean. It can download videos of up to 4K quality and supports a large variety of formats along with subtitles. It has a companion app for saving MP3 files from YouTube videos called 4K YouTube to MP3. With 4K Video Downloader you have an option of downloading the whole YouTube channel you are subscribed to. Additionally to YouTube, this downloader supports Vimeo and Facebook.

4K Video Downloader

5. KeepVid

Platforms: Windows, Android, Mac

KeepVid service supports a good deal of websites. To download with this solution simply paste the link to a video and click Download next to it, however be careful not to click the big Download advertisement as that is an ad trap. The possible formats to download content in include MP3 audio. Right-click the file you want to save and then "Save Link as" option to download to the desktop. KeepVid website requires Java to run.

KeepVid

6. TubeMate

Platforms: Windows, Android, iOS

This YouTube downloader is for Android users, although there is a version of this YouTube downloader for Windows as well. This was one of the first Android apps and allows downloading YouTube videos easily. Interface is a little old-fashioned, but easy-to-understand.

TubeMate

7. YTD YouTube Downloader

Platforms: Windows, Android, Mac

YTD Video Downloader supports over 50 video resources and can convert downloaded content to other formats. One can choose to pay for a subscription to get such options as downloading multiple videos at a time and faster downloading, plus get rid of ads. It is not the easiest app to use, but is reliable enough. YTD also has Android and iOS versions.

YTD Video Downloader

8. iTube Studio Downloader

Platforms: Windows, Mac

iTube Studio promises free and easy downloading with ads but free of any viruses. This video downloader YouTube app is for Mac OS, but is also offered as YouTube downloader software for Windows. Within just one click it claims to be able to download any YouTube HD, 4K UHD videos, and YouTube VEVO video and from thousands of other online video resources.

iTube Studio

9. Freemake Video Downloader

Platforms: Windows, Android

This app claims it supports thousands of websites for downloading. As to YouTube it can download in various formats, and can save multiple videos at a time. Its website also announces this YouTube downloader as the fastest making HD videos downloaded at a glance. This is a free app, which is an upside, the downside is as with any freeware you get tons of ads. If you want to extract MP3 files from videos there is a separate tool for that called YouTube to MP3 Boom.

Be warned though, this app has caveats that you have to be cautious enough to detect and setup the downloader properly. For example it will force Yahoo search into your browsers, or can install a third-party antivirus. The fact that they are installing potentially unwanted programs is quite a deal breaker if you ask us.

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Airy for Windows

Requirements: Windows 10 v.14393.0 or higher , 13.74MB size
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Category: Downloaders