How To Download Youtube Videos


Hours of footage is uploaded khổng lồ YouTube every second. What if you want lớn tải về it? In some circles, that"s considered a big no-no, but you have your reasons, right? Here"s how.

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Go baông chồng khổng lồ your browser và paste the URL—it"s a temporary website address và will expire eventually—in the address bar và start playing the Clip. When you"re viewing the đoạn phim in the browser, you"ll see an option lớn tải về the file lớn keep locally.


However, it appears that VLC is only going khổng lồ save sầu your file as 1080p và not any higher, even if the original YouTube stream was available in 1440p or 2160p (aka 4K). It also won"t convert đoạn Clip lớn other formats. To get those options, you need the desktop software below.

4K Video Downloader

Free or $15 for lifetime license on 3 computers; Windows, macOS, Ubuntu Linux


Multi-lingual 4K Video Downloader (4KVD) is frequently updated và features clear download links on the program"s website; no ad traps here. The software does what it advertises in a simple interface: grabs videos up khổng lồ 8K in chất lượng and downloads to plenty of formats. Just copy a YouTube URL và clichồng the Paste Link button khổng lồ get started. 4KVD will even grab subtitles, entire playlists, and all the videos in a channel khổng lồ which you subscribe. The sites supported are limited to the big names like YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, và a few others, but covers most of what you need. It does display a large banner advertisement at the bottom khổng lồ keep the lights on.

In tests, I had lớn make a switch from MP4 lớn MKV format lớn get my thử nghiệm đoạn Clip to lớn download in 4K. 4KVD snagged the 3-minute duration, 229.7 Megabyte (MB) tệp tin for the movie trailer in about 1 minute và trăng tròn seconds. 4KVD defaults baông chồng to lớn 1080p HD, so I made the same switch when downloading an Ultra High Definition (8K) playdanh mục. If you enable the Smart Mode and its pre-sets, 4K Video Downloader can perform one-click downloads lớn your favorite format. If you want khổng lồ tải về more than 25 videos at a time or subscribe khổng lồ YouTube channels lớn instantly tải về the lachạy thử, that requires the paid version. Playbaông chồng of the resulting MKV files via VLC Media Player was flawless.

The program itself has an option lớn extract audio khổng lồ MP3 format, so you don"t even need the 4K YouTube khổng lồ MP3 companion software.

WinX YouTube Downloader

Free; Windows và macOS (MacX YouTube Downloader)


Digiarty"s multi-lingual WinX claims lớn allow downloads from 300+ sites with user-generated content—including adult sites. Perhaps the biggest selling point of all is the clalặng that "There is no malware, adware, spyware or virut. 100% clean." It has a clean interface, but there are ads for WinX"s premium service during install.

Copy a YouTube URL (even for a playlist) & launch the WinX software. The "analyzer" checks all the options. This tool tried lớn mặc định khổng lồ the 1,920-by-1,080 version in MP4; I picked the 4K version (3,840 by 2,160 pixels) in WebM format, a submix of the MKV format—you can rename a .WEBM tệp tin to a .MKV và it"ll work fine. In settings there are options to default lớn WebM at the highest resolution. You can set up a number of videos khổng lồ baông chồng up before you even clichồng the download button. The 4K 226.9MB file took 2 minutes & 19 seconds to lớn tải về.

There are no options for downloading closed captions. That"s another strike. But WinX makes up for it by supporting so many tải về sites & having a price equal to nothing.


Free; Windows & macOS


The không lấy phí 5KPlayer is a lot more than a downloader, but it"s got a heông xã of an integrated downloader. Promising no viruses, ads, or plug-in requirements is a good start. It is, sadly, one of the few I tested that asks for a registration of your name & email—you have sầu khổng lồ vị that lớn get the full download function across 300+ sites. However, you can still nab 4K vids from YouTube without registering.

When downloading, the program does try khổng lồ hide some things. Paste in the URL for a YouTube video và the analysis engine runs & shows only a few tải về options. Clichồng the Gear ibé, then the Show All button and scroll to see more—like a 4K 3,840-by-2,160 file in WebM format. The 227MB WebM thử nghiệm tải về took a painful amount of time, about 6.5 minutes. Grabbing playlists was possible, but you must adjust tải về settings one Clip at a time. The confusing interface makes it hard to go baông xã khổng lồ the other videos in the playdanh mục.

5K Player also features DLNA VPS playbaông xã so videos you grab can be watched on any devices that tư vấn DLNA; và it supports AirPlay for quichồng playbachồng lớn supported devices. Pick a đoạn phim in the library for a quick conversion to MP4, MP3, or even ACC (the audio format preferred by iOS devices). The player didn"t like playing back the overly large 4K file, though, and experienced buffering issues (VLC didn"t have sầu any problem with the same file). But ultimately, there"s a lot lớn lượt thích about 5K Player, from the price lớn the features, especially if you look at them as extras on a downloader. But interface và playbaông xã issues may have you looking elsewhere.


$19.99 premium after trial; Windows only

ByClickDownloader (previously called YouTubeByClick) captures đoạn phim from over 40 sites. Before you even vì the first download, you can use the "dials" on the interface khổng lồ set up a preferred download format (MP4 đoạn Clip or MP3 audio) & a mặc định tải về unique as high as 8K, even on the free version. Downloading a 229.6MB MKV tệp tin in 4K only took 2.5 minutes—not bad considering the không lấy phí version"s 2Mbps tốc độ limit. You also need the premium version lớn download playlists & channels, bởi vì conversions, avoid ads, & get closed captions.

One thing you can vị on ByClickDownloader that"s quality is mix it up so any time you copy a URL from YouTube, the program will tự động detect it & ask if you want lớn start the download. Enter your trương mục credentials for YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and a couple of other foreign sites to get instant private downloads.

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Helper Websites

Do you want lớn avoid installing software? Video tải về helper sites are supposed lớn do the tải về work for you. All of them bởi one basic thing: you give them a YouTube URL (or other đoạn Clip site, if supported), they parse it, give sầu you a choice of what kích cỡ download you want, & provide a links to lớn said tải về. They work on any platsize, sometimes even on di động devices. You don"t have sầu lớn install anything on your PC. It can take a lot longer, depending on the kích cỡ & quality of the video clip you want, but you can"t beat the convenience.

The problem is, you can"t always trust them. There are hundreds of these types of sites out there—it seems anyone with a modicum of coding ability has set one up. Such sites easily go from useful to suspicious, especially if they get popular and the proprietor sells out khổng lồ make cash off your visits.

Since this story was first published, five sầu helper sites we recommended have been removed—one for adding sexually explicit ads; two for no longer working; one that only wants you to lớn download its utility now; và one for going out of business lớn avoid getting sued. At least one we liked ( no longer appears lớn work, but it has a slew of domain-name clones like,, etc., which appear totally unrelated.

For that reason, we"re not recommending any helper site at the moment. It may not hurt to lớn try one you find, but if your browser, antivirus, or instincts throw up warnings, avoid & move sầu on.


A browser extension can save sầu you a step. However, you"re going lớn run inlớn some issues with downloading video clip from YouTube, especially if you"re using Chrome as your primary browser.

The Chrome Web Store—where you get Chrome browser extensions—is controlled by YouTube"s owner Alphabet/Google. Even an extension ostensibly for this purpose isn"t going khổng lồ allow YouTube direct downloads, because of Chrome Store restrictions. In general, with Chrome extensions, the tải về of any RTMPhường protocol đoạn phim (protected videos) or streaming đoạn phim isn"t possible. You can use them on other sites with đoạn phim, of course. Just not YouTube.

Want to lớn get around it? Get an extension that does not come from the Google Web Store. Some of the programs and helper sites offer an extension component & will spell out how to lớn vày the install without the assistance the Chrome Web Store usually provides. Here are a few.

YouTube Video Downloader

Free; Chrome, Opera, Edge, Vivaldi

YouTube Video Downloader from Addoncrop is also on multiple browsers but with excellent side-load capabilities to avoid the watchdogs in the stores. It puts a button below whatever video you"re playing on YouTube, making it easy khổng lồ grab as a đoạn Clip up to 4K or as an audio-only MP3.

Video DownloadHelper

Free; Firefox, Chrome, Edge


Video DownloadHelper supports a huge number of sites—even those for adults. You"ll know a video is downloadable when the inhỏ for the extension animates when you"re on the webpage. Video DownloadHelper for Chrome has stopped working with YouTube—so it could get placement in the Chrome Web Store. You can get around that by using the Video DownloadHelper extension for Firefox. The developer has a Kiva initiative page, where it prefers you donate funds khổng lồ those in need; it"s raised over $177,225.


Rethành viên that problem of using Chrome extensions from the Google Web Store? You"re going to lớn have an even bigger issue when you want khổng lồ download from YouTube using an Android ứng dụng from the Google Play Store, where Google has an even tighter grip (& a paid YouTube Premium service that supports offline viewing).


That said, with Android it is possible to install apps without going through Google. For example, InsTube – Free Video và Music Downloader for Android can only be found at InsTube"s site. Download the APK (Android application package) file khổng lồ sideload on an Android device. Find it in your device"s downloads & cliông xã to install. (You may have to lớn go inkhổng lồ your security settings and enable "Unknown sources.") 

On iPhones & iPads, you"d think there would be no such restriction since Apple & Google aren"t exactly the best of pals. But on the apps I have tried, not only wouldn"t they tải về from YouTube, they"re not even available for long. One of those apps said in its mô tả tìm kiếm, "downloading from YouTube is prohibited due khổng lồ its Terms of Service." Apple is ensuring that phầm mềm makers play by the rules—even Google"s rules.

Chances are, the minute you find an iOS tiện ích that can tải về YouTube videos, it will get "fixed" or banned. The only real option is khổng lồ jailbreak your iPhone và use sideloaded apps that download what you want.

There are workarounds. One is using a miễn phí iOS file manager tiện ích like Documents by Readdle. Use the Safari browser to lớn visit a YouTube Clip, & use the Share option to find Copy Link. Then go baông chồng khổng lồ Documents, and use the built-in browser in the app to lớn surf lớn a video clip tải về helper site. Paste the links into the form (hold your finger down on it until you get the "Paste" thực đơn khổng lồ pop up). The site will give sầu you the link lớn tải về, & you can save sầu the file to Documents. Hold & drag the file up, until you"re back on the main screen, then drag it to lớn the Photos folder. You"ll need to lớn give Documents permission khổng lồ access Photos the first time. You can then access the video clip lượt thích you would any video clip taken on the phone or tablet—in the Photos phầm mềm.

Another workaround: Go baông xã to lớn the desktop & try AnyTrans ($39.99 for a single computer, Windows or macOS), a desktop tệp tin manager for iOS devices that has an integrated downloader supporting 900 sites, including YouTube và Facebook. It"ll transfer the videos khổng lồ the iPhone for you over the USB cable. Even if you don"t pay for AnyTrans, the download option remains & is free forever.

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Want a truly quality way to "download" a video? Developer Anton Gera created the YouPost extension for the Google Chrome browser to turn a YouTube video clip into lớn an "article." It grabs all the subtitles, in whatever language you prefer, và places them inkhổng lồ a browser page with select screen grabs from the videos as illustration. If the đoạn phim doesn"t have subtitles, it"s not going to work. The better the subtitles, the better the article, of course; auto-generated subtitles come in lượt thích run-on sentences by someone who doesn"t really speak the language.