Download YouTube Videos – A Complete List

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Note: This blog post is a work-in-progress. If you have any other tools to suggest, please leave a comment and it will be added.

On September 26, 1960, about 70 million U.S. viewers turned on their TVs to watch Senator John F. Kennedy debate with Vice President Richard Nixon for the first televised presidential debate. This revolutionized the way that Americans would interact with the presidential candidates for years to come.

Fast forward 48 years and see how the times have changed. YouTube is being used as a direct source for presidential candidates to address the Internet audience. The problem is that some channels on YouTube are temporary and are fully controlled by the user. So let’s say that 12 years from now I want to see how Obama ansswered a specific question, it wouldn’t be possible if I recorded the presidential debate on TV or available on YouTube.

Here are some ways to save YouTube videos.

By Software/Operating System


FlvDown: Type in the URL, works with YouTube.
: Works with Flash videos and converts as well. Copy the link of the video and click Get Video. Converts automatically.
Moyea FLV Downloader
: Download from all Flash Video sites and convert to iPod, iPhone, PSP, MP3, WMA/WMV, XviD, etc.
My Video Downloader: Not free. Works with YouTube, MySpace, Google Video, Daily Motion, iFilm, etc. Converts to iPod, PSP, Zune, DVD, XviD, 3gp, etc.
Orbit Downloader: Works with YouTube and Google Video. This is a P2P software that downloads fast and works by placing the mouse over the video and clicking “Get it.”
PipiSoft: Save SWF/FLV files from Flash sites. Full version costs $18.95.
Real Player: The new versions of Real Player has a new feature that allows users to download Flash from any web site. This includes YouTube and Google Video.
TubeSucker: Download videos from YouTube for free. $39.95 to download all videos from users, certain searches, playlists, categories, etc with one click. Commercial edition @ $99.95.
YouTube Grabber: Downloads FLV files from YouTube. Copying and pasting the URL and then pressing Grab saves the file to your hard drive.
VDownloader: VDownloader allows users to links from the clipboard. Copying and pasting the direct URL for the video from YouTube, Google Video, and Grinvi videos works.
VideoGet: Download videos from more than 100 different sites.

Specific for Mac O/S:

Get Tube: Download from Daily Motion, YouTube, Kewego
PodTube: One click download from Safari.
RealPlayer for Mac
: Download videos from YouTube for free.
TubeSock: Works on YouTube and saves to iPod, Mac, PSP.

clive: command line tool for YouTube and Google Video.
Gnash: Free software for Flash video downloads.
swfdec: Works on YouTube, CNN, AOL, Yahoo! Video, Daily Motion, etc.
Youtube-dl: Download videos in FLV format.
YouTube Ripper: Script that downloads videos using keywords.

Firefox Plugins

Ook? Video Ook!: Works on YouTube, Google Video, Metacafe, etc.
Vidtaker: Works on Google Video, YouTube, MySpace.

Web-based Download Tools

KeepVid: Works with Google Video, MySpace Video, Daily Motion.
YouTube Video Tool: Enter YouTube URL and save in FLV format.
VideoDownloadX: Simple download and convert. Works with MySpace, YouTube, Spike, Metacafe, Daily Motion, LiveLeak.
VidGrab: Works with MySpace Video, YouTube, Google Video.
Vixy: Download and converts.
YouTubia: Search users or keywords, then download.
Zamzar: Downloads and converts.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Download YouTube Videos – A Complete List Comments

  1. Teom says:

    Total youtube video tool:
    E.M. Youtube video download tool.
    It can download,convert,burn, search,repair and play any youtube video.

  2. youtube downloader says:

    Thanks for a fresh list.
    You can also add YouTube Clip Extractor – free youtube downloader and converter in 1. It automatically detects url of the video and converts to AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3/3GP.
    Very handy app!

  3. Maestro Mysterieux says:

    You claim that VideoDownloadX handles LiveLeak, but it always gives an error for LiveLeak. Its info indicates that it ONLY handles YouTube.

  4. Maestro Mysterieux says:

    I am looking for a program or URI which I can use to download from LiveLeak.

  5. Webcreation says:

    Watch YouTube HD – higher definition, and download MP4 videos, check this site :

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  6. Pat says:

    Here is a nice website :

    Download from YouTube, Google Video, Myspace, Metacafe,, and Dailymotion.

  7. steveking says: today announces YouTube Robot 2.0, a tool that enables you to download video from onto your PC, convert it to various formats to watch it when you are on the road on mobile devices like mobile phone, iPod, iPhone, Pocket PC, PSP, or Zune.

    YouTube Robot allows you to search for videos using keywords or browse video by category, author, channel, language, tags, etc. When you find something noteworthy, you can preview the video right in YouTube Robot and then download it onto the hard disk drive. The speed, at which you will be downloading, is very high: up to 5 times faster than other software when you download a single file and up to 4 times faster when you download multiple files at a time.

    Manual download is not the only option with YouTube Robot. You may as well schedule the download and conversion tasks to be executed automatically, even when you are not around. Downloading is followed by conversion to the format of your choice and uploading videos to a mobile device (if needed). For example, you can plug in iPod, select the video, go to bed, and when you wake up next morning, your iPod will be ready to play new YouTube videos.

    Product page:
    Direct download link:
    Company web-site:

  8. YouTube Downloader says:

    I think this the ultimate list for downloading youtube videos.

  9. Video Lover says:

    Here is a great site to download videos from youtube , simply search videos and click on download button to download (FLV link to download low quality videos and MP4 link to download High Quality Videos), no need to copy and paste video urls, a great, simple and easy tool for video down loaders.

  10. ceasar says:

    lol u can download youtube videos directly to psp without pc or ocnverter. just load youtube vid u want to download, then go to address bar and put “mp4″ after youtube. then download it. when ur done suscribe to my youtube account name d0ubl3sh0t1 to show ur thanks please

  11. ceasar says:

    last post i mean without converter lol :P

  12. aaron leo says:

    Video Download Studio™ is a powerful video downloader and converter tool which can help you download videos and free music from popular online social websites like YouTube, Metacafe, imeem,, Dailymotion, Veoh, Yahoo video, Google video, MySpace, Vimeo, RuTube, etc.
    It also helps you convert online videos to all kinds of video and audio format like AVI, WMV, MPEG4, MP3, WMA which can be import to Windows Movie Maker or other mobile devise such as iPod, iPhone, PSP MP3 Player etc.
    The built-in Media Player and Video Converter will focus on strengthening the ability of controlling complicated video and movie formats.

  13. abel says:

    i use for download video of youtube on mp4, 3gp

  14. Adam says:

    I use – nice WEB 2.0 site with cool features like searching.

  15. Pamela says:
    is web where you can search and download youtube videos (NO SOFTWARE NEEDED)to you mobile phone, iphone and pc without any softare .just a click it will be download, Hope it will be usefull for u …

  16. DavidLi says:

    This is a great list. but I’m using Flash Video Capture all the time. It’s a great tool to

    download these video from website.

  17. PeterManson says:

    Hey thanks , great info there.
    I use however

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