Free YouTube Downloader

Free YouTube Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 1415 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.2.80
  • Total Downloads:
    51,292,898
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 18, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.12MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    79,889
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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We love YouTube downloaders because they make it so easy to grab and save video from YouTube's inexhaustible, ever-expanding supply. Whatever you like, if it's on video, it's probably on YouTube in one form or another. HOW's Free YouTube Downloader is one of the easiest tools for that job we've found. It not only downloads videos from YouTube but also converts them and files from your hard drive into formats you can play on your iPad, iPhone, and similar devices. It offers several quality levels, including HD quality, and plays your converted file when the job is done, if you want it to.

Ads pay the bills for freeware, and though Free YouTube Downloader contains no adware, we had to click through several screens to get to the actual program's download. It's worth the effort, though, since Free YouTube Downloader's easy settings and minimal user interface (think media player) let you quickly configure downloads and keep an eye on them in a corner of the screen while you do other things. We browsed to a YouTube page and copied and pasted its URL into Free YouTube Downloader's entry field (you can also browse to and add your own files). We selected Windows Media Video from an extensive drop-down list of Output Format options. We also selected the highest output quality, Full High Definition (1080p). We clicked Settings, too; these let us set always-on-top, a default output folder, simultaneous download and conversion, and language options. The browser-based Help file uses screenshots to make each step clear.

Once we'd made our selections, we pressed Download. Free YouTube Downloader began downloading and converting our video almost instantaneously (your connection will affect the speed) and finished by asking if we wanted to view our video. The video opened and played normally in our default media player. After that, we started downloading and saving videos we wanted to watch later. We like the way Free YouTube Downloader lets you choose a device-specific format for conversions, too. Don't forget to watch some of those videos you'll be saving with Free YouTube Downloader!

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.3

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star 9
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 6
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    out of 1415 votes

    • 5 star 601
    • 4 star 335
    • 3 star 68
    • 2 star 53
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5 stars

"Easy to use and has multiple conversion formats"

August 06, 2011  |  By asrojer

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.2.80

Pros

Downloads relatively fast

Cons

Installs sneaky programs if you're not careful while installing

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5 stars

"Absolutely none in this version"

August 06, 2011  |  By arnaldad

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.2.80

Pros

Installs sneaky programs if you're not careful while installing

Cons

Tinkers with the settings of you're computer tochange you're default Internet search engine

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5 stars

"Absolutely none whatsoever"

August 06, 2011  |  By a_frank90

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.2.80

Pros

Sure the download and conversions are fast on videos shorter than 5 minutes

Cons

Go check this out if you want a reliable youtube downloader

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4 stars

"i like youtube downloader"

August 05, 2011  |  By rabiatulaini

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.2.80

Pros

download fastly

Cons

make me fastly download video and music

Summary

free downloader

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1 stars

"Piece of Garbage"

August 04, 2011  |  By DarkDish

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.2.80

Pros

Absolutely none whatsoever..

Cons

Changes homepage. Doesn't work..

Summary

Very surprised at CNet for allowing this Adware/Malware ridden piece of garbage to exist on their site & giving it a 5 star editors rating on top of that.. I used to trust you Cnet, I'm not so sure any more.. :(

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1 stars

"Full of malware. Horrendous."

August 04, 2011  |  By captainglassback

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.2.80

Pros

Absolutely none in this version.

Cons

Changed firefox homepage and removed my 20 tab start up. Tried to instal 2 more 'progs'. Disabled a similar prog. Oh....and it didn't work anyway! 2 hours of my time wasted!

Summary

I am surprised that Cnet have allowed this version 3.2.80 on their site.

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2 stars

"Malware Malware"

August 02, 2011  |  By Jimh0791

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.2.80

Pros

NoneNoneNone

Cons

Malware changers the settings in your browser and installs items on the desktop.

Summary

Avoid dopwnloads like this by making sure you have Threatfire and Malwares anti Malware to alert you to these problem downloads as its obvious there not being checked by Cnet,

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1 stars

"doesn't work with window vista music player"

August 02, 2011  |  By aquarius_1937

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.2.80

Pros

intent good function is bad

Cons

for my computer this software is useless.

Summary

flv extension sucks

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1 stars

"Version 3.1.63 is ADWARE!"

August 01, 2011  |  By True_Angel

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.2.80

Pros

None I can mention.

Cons

Microsoft Security Essentials Malware scanner says the 'setup exe' for version 3.1.63 is ADWARE (WIN32/OpenCandy). So this version may be also. Thought I'd let you all know just in case.

Summary

May be free adware and CNET may not be aware. Maybe check out You Tube Downloader by BienneSoft--No HULU capability though.

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5 stars

"Simply perfect"

July 31, 2011  |  By 1morganhchs

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.2.80

Pros

Easy to use and has multiple conversion formats

Cons

None that I can think of.

Summary

Awesome!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.2.80
Version 3.2.80 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher HOW
Publisher web site http://youtubedownloader.com
Release Date July 18, 2011
Date Added July 18, 2011
Version 3.2.80
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.12MB
File Name FreeYouTubeDownloaderOC.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 51,292,898
Downloads Last Week 79,889
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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