Top direct YouTube downloader apps for macOS Sierra

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For those who want to download YouTube videos on their Mac computers, good downloading speed and effortless process mean a lot. No one wants to try a million of apps and services that promise to download videos and then fail and you have to look again. To help you out in your search we rounded up great direct YouTube downloaders that do the job well.

Best Direct YouTube Downloader
for Mac - Airy

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Requirements: OS X 10.9++. 15.46MB free space. Version 3.7.205. (17th Jan, 2019). 4.9 Rank based on 811+ users, Reviews(885)
Category: UtilitiesApplication

The direct video downloader Airy is a friendly little app that doesn't have any excessive features that no one really needs. It is very good at downloading videos from YouTube as well as saving them in MP3 format in case you don't want the video. The app is for all types of users, regardless of
skill level.

The interface is as simple as that - a window where you paste the YouTube link (to a video, channel or playlist) and choose the format to download in. You can add multiple links at a time too.

Airy lets you pause and resume YouTube downloads whenever needed. The downloads keep their best available quality.

Airy for Mac
Elmedia Player

Elmedia Player is a well-known media player for Mac OS that supports a wide range of media formats and has multiple handy features to offer. This free player also comes in PRO version that offers online video downloading from a variety of websites,
including YouTube.

And even if a YouTube video is embedded in some website, Elmedia will show the link to it without having to play it. Elmedia Player PRO can download subtitles and downloads complete YouTube playlists. It also can be used as an AirPlay streamer for the downloaded YouTube videos.


To download directly from YouTube to Mac you don’t have to use apps. You can launch an online service that quickly and easily saves YouTube content to your computer. The best solution is YouTubNow.

Just copy and paste the link to a video into a proper field or type in a title or keyword, choose the video quality and click Download. If you are browsing the YouTube channel you can save the video you like by changing the “youtube” to “youtubnow” in the video URL. On the YouTubNow page where you will be redirected you can specify the video quality. Once you are done hit the Downloadto save the file. You can use this direct YouTube video downloader with any browser, on any operating system and from any device. As a pleasant bonus you won’t see any ads on its page.

Video DownloadHelper for macOS Sierra

Video DownloadHelper

Video DownloadHelper is another direct YouTube downloader for Mac on our list. This extension is for Firefox browser and is not available for other web browsers.

It has a commercial version that lets you make video conversions (changing audio and video formats) and join separate audio and video in a single file.

ClipConverter for macOS Sierra


ClipConverter is an online service that does downloading job as well as conversion. It is easy to use and fast enough. Additionally to YouTube it supports Dailymotion, Vimeo, Metacafe, and MySpace. This solution allows you to download and convert only a part of a video.


Requirements: OS X 10.7+ , 15.46MB size
Version 3.7.205 (17th Jan, 2019) Release notes
Category: UtilitiesApplication