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YouTube Downloaders

YouTube only allow users to view video on the site but if you want to download a video to be able to view when you are offline or on some other device that doesn't have support for YouTube you have to use a special utility to download and save that file.



  1. FreeTube is an open source desktop YouTube player built with privacy in mind. Use YouTube without advertisments and prevent Google tracking from you with their cookies and JavaScript. Available for Windows, Mac & Linux thanks to Electron.
  2. Youtube-DLG is a program to download videos from YouTube and a other sites.

    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed. Last version, 0.4, released in July 2017, can be still downloaded from the official website. A well-maintained fork can also be found here: https://github.com/oleksis/youtube-dl-gui

  3. Android, BSD, Linux, and Windows open source multimedia download manager.

    Discontinued

    Last updated: 2021.5.5 (Windows version), 2020.1.9 (Linux version).

  4. 4k Video Downloader allows to download video, audio, subtitles, channels and playlists from YouTube in high quality and to save it on your computer. This program is free for downloading videos and playlists of no more than 25 videos.
  5. ClipGrab is a free downloader and converter for YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe, Dailymotion and many other online video sites.

    Bundleware

    The default Windows installer contains Opencandy. A version with no third-party offers is available in Download options.

  6. yt-dlp is a youtube-dl fork based on the now inactive youtube-dlc. The main focus of this project is adding new features and patches while also keeping up to date with the original project.
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • FFmpeg
    • youtube-dl
    • Electron / Atom Shell
    • Node.JS
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    A cross-platform GUI for youtube-dl made in Electron and node.js.
  7. Tartube is a GUI front-end for youtube-dl, partly based on youtube-dl-gui and written in Python 3 / Gtk 3.
  8. Youtube Video and Audio Downloader is an open-source project, downloading Youtube videos (using Firefox download manager) in all available formats (FLV, MP4, WebM, and 3GP) with video quality of your choice.