Free YouTube Downloader

Free YouTube Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 1281 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.5.136
  • Total Downloads:
    47,934,252
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 08, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    747.5KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    258,564
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Note: The Download Now link will download a small installer file to your desktop. Remain online and double-click the installer to proceed with the actual 9.3MB download.

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

    1.9

    out of 34 votes

    • 5 star 2
    • 4 star 5
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 23
  • All Versions

    3.5

    out of 1281 votes

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    • 4 star 276
    • 3 star 66
    • 2 star 50
    • 1 star 330
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4 stars

"Was very Good, But what happened"

June 27, 2013  |  By alagrand

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.136

Pros

When it works it's great, but that's in the past

Cons

Far too many videos are blacked and won't download. This has been happening for the past week, I followed the "contact Us" but to no avail.

Summary

I hope someone is working on this problem as it has always worked well and been updated regularly before.

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3 stars

"Good, but creates rather small videos."

June 26, 2013  |  By FreeQuiche

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.136

Pros

Free and easy to use.

Cons

Videos produced are small.

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4 stars

"very good, just what I wanted"

June 22, 2013  |  By i_hate_slackers

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.136

Pros

makes downloading videos easy, uncomplicated

Cons

loaded with the normal maleware that comes from Download.com, as always you must carefully READ the install statements and decline the multitude of junk that they try to flood your system with.

Summary

I like it, but not the maleware

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3 stars

"Need to be careful to detick boxes before installing"

June 05, 2013  |  By tortie86433

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.136

Pros

Job gets done. fast too.

Cons

Should make it easier for newcomers to de tick the boxes if they do not want the other softwares!

Summary

There are no malware. I used malwarebytes, Avast and Trend separately to confirm this.


I read that IDM is behind all these scare tactics here and other website.

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1 stars

"TOO MANY USELESS CRAP AND ALL"

June 04, 2013  |  By mirmo36

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.136

Pros

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Cons

too many ads and popups which are hard to remove this some are even malware and some are considered virus. I am warning you guys.

Summary



Updated on Jun 4, 2013

THIS CONTAINS A LOT OF MALWARE!!!!!!!

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1 stars

"Avoid this one comments in "CONS" are all correct!!"

June 02, 2013  |  By Tjjjc2

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.136

Pros

none none none

Cons

The upgrade option is a scam, once clicked the downloads ties up your PC for approx 15 minutes. When it's finished you'll find a LOT of useless junk, pop ups and too many programs running. It took approx 7 hours to remove, using five different programs and hunting inside register, several safe mood boots. I wasted way too much time.

Summary

It's a shame download.com did not catch this.

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1 stars

"Really bad, just try ChrisPC YouTube Downloader"

June 02, 2013  |  By David_M13

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.136

Pros

I've used this soft 1-2 years ago, it was working fine, but starting a few months ago it's really bad :( Now I found a better downloader that suits my needs ChrisPC Free YouTube Downloader Converter. It can download full playlists from YouTube and can customize the file name of your videos and save them in folders as you want based on channel name and playlist name, which for me is a must!

Cons

Doesn't work like it should.

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1 stars

"HAS MALWARE - DO NOT INSTALL"

June 01, 2013  |  By chuck50954

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.136

Pros

Contains Delta Toolbar and a bunch of related malware. I learned the hard way on 5/31/13. Do not install this program.

Cons

Contains Delta Toolbar and related spyware and is difficult to remove.

Summary

Download.com needs to remove this infected file asap.

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1 stars

"AVG Antivirus detected a Trojan (malware)"

May 31, 2013  |  By cesarinternational

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.136

Pros

None while the executable has malware.

Cons

AVG detected malware: a Trojan that could damage your computer.

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1 stars

"CNET cannot be trusted."

May 29, 2013  |  By myangeldust

 |  Version: Free YouTube Downloader 3.5.136

Pros

None at all. It's the complete opposite of "pros" in every definition of that very word.

Cons

Attempts to install unidentified software NOT mentioned in video on this page.

Summary

Don't trust chubby hipsters just because they use Macs.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.5.136
Version 3.5.136 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher HOW
Publisher web site http://youtubedownloader.com
Release Date May 12, 2013
Date Added April 08, 2013
Version 3.5.136
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Me
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 747.5KB
File Name FreeYouTubeDownloaderOC.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 47,934,252
Downloads Last Week 258,564
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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