How do I download or save a YouTube video to my computer?
YouTube is designed only to allow users to watch and view videos on their website. Many users want to download or save their favorite YouTube videos to their computer so they can watch them without being connected to the Internet, or on other devices.
YouTube does not allow you to download videos directly from their site. You need to use a download service on another website to download a YouTube video. Below are several options for downloading and watching YouTube videos on your computer for free.
This page only provides instructions for downloading or saving a video to your computer. Instructions for saving a video as audio is on our saving only the audio of a YouTube video to an MP3 file page.
To transfer videos to your smartphone or tablet after it's downloaded, see the how to download a YouTube video on a smartphone or tablet steps.
Use a website to save YouTube video to your computer.
Today, many websites allow you to enter the URL of the video you want to save to your computer and get a link to download the video file. Below are the steps for downloading a YouTube video with one such website, KeepVid.pro .
The functionality of downloading a YouTube video on the KeepVid.pro website does not work correctly in the Internet Explorer web browser. If you still use Internet Explorer, download a different browser, such as Firefox or Chrome.
First, go to the YouTube page containing the video you want to download. When you've found the download youtube for desktop page, press Ctrl+L on your keyboard to highlight the text in the address bar, and then Ctrl+C to copy the Internet address. If you are on an Apple computer, substitute Ctrl with the Command key download youtube for desktop ( ⌘ ). Go to the website https://keepvid.pro. The page shows a text box where you can enter the URL of a YouTube video. Click inside the text box to place your text cursor there, then paste the address that you copied in step 1 by pressing Ctrl+V (or ⌘+V on a Mac).
A preview thumbnail image of your video is displayed 5 to 10 seconds after pasting the YouTube video URL in step 3. Click the blue Best Download button next to the video preview.
Depending on the Internet browser and its settings, you may see a prompt asking what you want to do with the video file. Select the Save option to save the file to your computer. The video file may also begin downloading immediately with no prompt.
If the video opens directly in your browser, right-click download youtube for desktop the video and choose Save Video As .
The file name defaults to the video name or "videoplayback" with a mp4 or webm file extension, depending on the best quality video available for that URL.
The "best download" button may not show you the actual file format you will download. For instance, the button may say "MP4" even if the best available format is WEBM.
If desired, change the file name to something related to your specific video. You don't need to enter the file extension (such as .webm ). The extension is added to the file automatically.
Click Save to save your video. By default, it download youtube for desktop is saved to your downloads folder.
Download HD YouTube video with youtube-dl.
If you want to download a YouTube video in HD (high definition), your options are limited. Most websites, such as the one listed above, do not allow you to download HD video for free.
However, the free program youtube-dl can download any available YouTube video format to your computer, including the HD version.
Youtube-dl can be downloaded for free at the youtube-dl website. Click the Windows exe link to download the program.
The youtube-dl.exe executable file can run directly from the command prompt. For example, to download the best quality of a YouTube video, run youtube-dl.exe URL , where URL is the URL of the video on YouTube.
In the example pictured above, the video downloaded by youtube-dl was the HD version, with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The file was saved in the MKV format, which is supported by many media players, such as VLC.
By comparison, the same video downloaded from the KeepVid website was the SD (standard definition) version, with a resolution of 640x360 pixels even though the site listed the "best download" as HD.
For a complete guide to using youtube-dl, see our article how to download YouTube videos and audio with youtube-dl.
What about a private video?
You cannot download private videos because the YouTube download service would not have the necessary rights to access them.
I still can't download a video.
If, after following the steps above, you don't get a preview like our example, make sure that the link you are using works by opening the page in a new window. Once verified as working, try the above steps again. If the steps continue not to work, download youtube for desktop try refreshing this page by pressing the F5 key on your keyboard and following the above steps again.
YouTube bookmarklet, browser add-ons, and extensions.
If you plan on downloading several videos, you can also use the Computer Hope YouTube bookmarklet. See our bookmarklet page for more information about bookmarklets. There are also browser add-ons for Firefox and extensions for Google Chrome to download from video sites.
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Free YouTube Download is one of the most popular and well known YouTube video downloader applications on the internet today.
As the name would suggest, Free YouTube Download lets you download videos from YouTube and convert and save them to your hard drive so you can watch them whenever you want. This program is also available for Mac and Android.
Older users may well recognise Free YouTube Download as it was originally released back in 2006 and has been receiving regular updates ever since.
Installation is simple and easy as is using the software. As well as this, the interface is easy on the eyes and intuitive to use. You only need to copy the video's URL on the program and hit the "paste" button for the download to begin.
Free YouTube Download has some key special features that raise it above many of its rivals. Users can choose to save