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Downloading from YouTube has become incredibly popular, and there's a bunch of software out there to prove it. There are so many with such different features, however, that it can be hard to pick the best.

Here are our top 5 YouTube downloaders:

YTD Video Downloader - The best, in my opinion. You can search YouTube from the interface or simply enter a URL and it will download the video in .FLV or .MP4 directly to your desktop.

 

ultraget-video-downloader-24.jpgUltraget Video Downloader - Uses a browser style interface to download videos and also enables you to preview them. It's a basic tool that does its job very well.

 

Free video downloader - If you use Windows 8, this is the winner by a mile. It looks good, downloads well, and plays back awesomely.

 

 

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate - If you're after quality videos, then you should check out a downloader that specializes in HD videos. It also downloads normal definition videos, but if you're looking for more quality, you'll have this option too.

 

KasterAll Video Downloader - Probably the most comprehensive of them all. Allows you to download in multiple formats and goes beyond YouTube including Dailymotion, Vimeo, PureVid, Metacafe and more.

[Original article published 10 July, 2007, revised 6 May, 2014]

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  • download youtube video |
    23/08/07
    download youtube video

    I found this www.savevideodownload.com also is a good website to download, including the software to convert FLV to other formats.

  • save videos from youtube |
    23/12/07
    save videos from youtube

    this http://www.mydownloadvideo.com is also a online tool to download youtube without install any software.

  • furqan |
    06/12/12
    furqan

    you tube not play

  • khan ghulab khaskheli |
    27/02/13
    khan ghulab khaskheli

    you tube not play

  • balamurugan |
    22/05/13
    balamurugan

    you tube not play

  • adnan |
    10/07/13
    adnan

    like tubemate

  • Rajendra |
    11/07/13
    Rajendra

    love tubemate!

  • adrian blood |
    08/09/13
    adrian blood

    I use ytd downloader, it's not bad but needs to be updated regularly and this brings some unwanted software with it. looking for something less risky to my operating system, can u help?

  • tatmartins |
    25/11/13
    tatmartins

    tried ytd sometimes it shows crazy download speeds...it ddnt work well for me...i prefer IDM

  • tatmartins |
    25/11/13
    tatmartins

    i tried ytd its slow but showing a high speed download i prefer IDM

  • tatmartins |
    25/11/13
    tatmartins

    i tried ytd its slow but showing a high speed download i prefer IDM

  • Ellon-smith123 |
    06/05/14
    Ellon-smith123

    Hi, Nick, some of the urls are not working, including YouTuber, YouTube RT for Windows 8, YouTube Downloader HD. Maybe you need to replace them with other programs, such as http://wondershare-allmytube.en.softonic.com/ and others

  • randirc |
    06/08/14
    randirc

    Try Any Video Converter. Awesome thing. Downloads to MP4 and then you can convert it into almost ANYTHING!! Get it? It's ANY Video Converter ;-)

  • ppyfulluse |
    26/08/14
    ppyfulluse

    Some of the tools recommended are not working anymore. You should add http://videodownloaderultimate.en.softonic.com/ I found it to be most usefull.

  • anna.brooks.188 |
    22/09/14
    anna.brooks.188

    Airy YouTube downloader works perfectly on Macintosh and Windows: http://www.airy-youtube-downloader.com/

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