YouTube have lots of interesting videos. However, YouTube doesn’t offer download button for us to download the videos for offline watching. Here I will introduce 5 YouTube downloaders, 3 online videos downloaders and 2 desktop downloaders for PC and Mac. And also, I will cover a useful YouTube converter, which can convert a YouTube video to MP3, MP4, AVI or any format you like.
How to Download YouTube Video?
The first one I would like introduce is VidPaw.com. This is an online video downloader I recently like. It can free download videos from nearly 1,000 sites, including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. And it supports downloading YouTube videos to different formats (MP4, WEBM, 3GP, MP3) and quality (2K, 4K, 8K, 1080p, 720p, 360p, 240p).
There are 3 ways you can download YouTube videos via VidPaw.
- Go to vidpaw.com and paste the url of a YouTube video to download the video;
- You can directly add “paw” behind “youtube” in a video link to download it, for example: https://www.youtubepaw.com/watch?v=4uTNVumfm84.
- You can also add VidPaw extension to your browser to download videos from YouTube, , which is how I usually download the video I like.
SaveFrom.net is another free to use online YouTube videos downloader. Similar to VidPaw, SaveFrom.net offers both extension and online service to download YouTube to PC or Mac. I have tried both its extension and online service and it downloads YouTube videos pretty fast and it is totally free to use without any limit.
I had used SaveFrom.net for a period of time and then replaced it with VidPaw.com because the site sometimes stops working for no reason. I think its server could go down sometimes when there are lots of visits to the site. Besides, SaveFrom.net only supports video downloading for limited numbers of websites, which is about 20 websites. Popular sites like Instagram and Twitter are not supported.
You may be confused by the name ClipConverter and think it is a video converter. Actually, ClipConverter is a useful video downloader for YouTube. What it do is detect the media file from the URL you enter, then records the media file to its servers and converts the YouTube video to MP4, MKV, etc. File for you to download.
Apart from its online video downloader, you can also use its browser add-ons to download YouTube videos. The add-ons are available for Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari.
FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate
If you don’t like an online video downloader, there are also lots of desktop programs that allow you to save videos from YouTube. FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate is one of them. In fact, I first discovered the program when I was looking for a video converter to convert some MOV files to MP4 and this program did what I need. And surprisingly, I also found a Download option in the converter. After entering a link of a YouTube video, I successfully download a YouTube video with the FonePaw converter. The best part about this program is that you can convert the YouTube video to MP3, M4V or any other format you like.
It also supports video editing, denoising, resizing. All in all, this is a comprehensive video converter that provides more than YouTube video downloading.
VDownloader is a video download application that is exclusive to Windows. It can download videos from YouTube or any other video sharing website, for example, Vimeo, TED. Unlike the online video downloader, VDownloader is more sophisticated. You can search videos, follow your favorite YouTube channels, rewind videos in the downloader.
VDownloader is not totally free. The paid version can unlock some exclusive features
How to Convert YouTube Video to MP4/MP3?
After downloading YouTube videos, you may want to convert the videos to other formats, for example MP3 to extract only audio from the YouTube videos. If you only need to convert YouTube to commonly-used formats, like MP4, MP3, 3GP, you can do it with some online downloaders like VidPaw, which can save downloaded YouTube videos to MP4, MP3. But if you would like to convert YouTube videos to MOV, OGG, AAC, FLAC, WMA, WAV, MKV, FLV, WMV, which are less commonly-used, you can use FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate that I mentioned above.
The FonePaw program is a professional video converter that can convert YouTube videos to any video/audio format that you need. It supports most media formats that are compatible with various devices, such as iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, PSP, Android, Windows. Also, it can edit and enhance video quality. I have used it to clip, rotate, merge videos and adjust video configurations, like resolutions, brightness, contrast, hue, saturation.
That’s all. But please notice that YouTube’s terms of service explicitly prohibit unauthorized downloading. It is important that we only download videos when we have the copyright owner’s permission to do so.