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RealDownloader

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RealDownloader is perhaps the quickest and simplest online video-downloader for Windows that we've seen. Unlike many of its competitors, when RealDownloader says one-click, it seriously means just one click.

When you install RealDownloader, it integrates with your browsers (Firefox, Chrome, and IE are supported), so you don't have to boot it up every time you want to use it. It just detects when you're on a supported site, and pops up whenever you roll over the top-right corner of a video. From there, all you have to do is click the small pop-up button that says "Download This Video," and you're all set. It's really that simple. You can download multiple videos at once, and even playback from within the program. And if RealDownloader can't find a default video player that supports your download, it will give you the option to download a free, add-on video player. The add-on is lightweight and ensures that you never get stuck with files that you can't access.

As a bonus, RealDownloader also comes with some sharing options. It lets you easily share the original link to any of your downloaded videos through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, or (inexplicably) MySpace.

If you upgrade to RealDownloader Plus, you'll be able to copy your downloaded videos to any of a number of devices, including iPhones, Android phones, and more. And you won't have to worry about file formats as the program will do all of the transcoding for you. In addition, you'll get accelerated downloads, download straight to iTunes, and convert to audio functions. So if you want your videos viewable on the go, an upgrade is definitely worth considering.

While RealDownloader did perform impressively in our tests, we do wish it had some richer built-in exporting tools. We would've loved to be able to easily rename files, then export and convert to a desired file format.

Overall, if you're looking for a quick and easy utility for downloading online videos (legal content, to which you own the rights), RealDownloader is tops. It's quick, it supports hundreds of Web sites, and it truly does its job in one click.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.1 stars

    out of 76 votes

    • 5 star: 17
    • 4 star: 20
    • 3 star: 12
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 21
  • Current version:

    3.1 stars

    out of 35 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 10
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Previous version is far superior"

    January 19, 2013  |   By gsc_81

    Version: RealDownloader 1.0.3.0

    Pros

    None noticed

    Cons

    Drops recordings, even some at 90% completed. Others marked as complete with only 10% or less actually downloaded. Some downloads will zoom along and then crawl for a while. Then they either close as not downloadable or as completed even though only part of the file was saved. Private mode is a joke too. It shouldn't need to open the main RealPlayer program to run.

    Summary

    Don't bother with this version. Stick with the previous one.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "WORKS GREAT"

    January 11, 2013  |   By dougbuck123

    Version: RealDownloader 1.0.3.0

    Pros

    Very easy to use.

    Cons

    none found so far.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "DON`T FIX IT IF IT AINT BROKE"

    January 4, 2013  |   By rickster001

    Version: RealDownloader 1.0.3.0

    Pros

    although i will continue to try this app. as of jan 2013 ver.16 realplayer an realdownloader sucks. hey if it aint broke dont fix it. ver.15 worked great. but some dump ass had to fix it.

    Cons

    troublesome doanload, tries to install funmoods,cant delete bookmarked videos,videos in library start playing in your browser,saved links don`t work,DOWNLOADER LOCKS UP AN YOU LOSE ALL THE VIDS YOU WHERE WORKING ON,IT WILL NOT PUT VIDEOS WHERE I TELL IT TO, and it can be a ***** to remove from your system MAJOR *****.realplayers web video links don`t aways work.

    Summary

    free realplayer and downloader have alway worked great intell now ver.16 is a big screw up by some one and HEADS SHOULD ROLL. But i will continue to try hoping they fix or un fix what is needed

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the best free software ever"

    December 1, 2012  |   By ViewPadTablet

    Version: RealDownloader 1.0.3.0

    Pros

    I like the fact that the button appears asking you to download this video automatically when you're click or watching a video

    Cons

    It's not as fast as the Pro version

    Summary

    One of the best free and very useful software I ever use. I found it on http://www.downloadmusicsoftware.com and love it.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not good unless a techie"

    November 26, 2012  |   By misssbb

    Version: RealDownloader 1.0.3.0

    Pros

    It's free and the few times it works, it works

    Cons

    Doesn't work most of the time. Very confusing, can't understand the instructions.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Quite easy to download videos"

    November 21, 2012  |   By fabheniques

    Version: RealDownloader 1.0.3.0

    Pros

    Integrates with all browsers. No need to stick to a single browser.

    Cons

    Problem in downloading hd videos

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  • 1.0 stars

    "U S E L E S S ! ! !"

    November 17, 2012  |   By emoboy_777

    Version: RealDownloader 1.0.3.0

    Pros

    N O N E!!!...

    Cons

    1. It's useless.
    2. I haven't slept for almost a day trying to download videos but it never worked.
    3. It's useless.
    4. The "DOWNLOAD THIS VIDEO" Button really does appear, but once you clicked it, it downloads a different video that only lasts for 2 seconds.
    5. And did I just said it's useless?
    Oh, yes.
    IT'USELESS!!!

    Summary

    A waste of time, effort, patience and electricity. If you don't want your computer/laptop ended up being smashed...PLEASE, DO NOT TRY THIS!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Tries to slip Funmoods to you"

    November 12, 2012  |   By roymer

    Version: RealDownloader 1.0.3.0

    Pros

    Most of the time it quits working with Chrome

    Cons

    Funmoods is offered as choice you have to deny on the download. Funmoods is a nuisance Search Engine regarded as a virus/trojan and is extremely difficult to get rid of. I am surprised that Real has packaged this useless software with Real Download. If anyone gets stuck with this Funmoods nuisance, the only thing I found that could get rid of it is Spybot.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Didn't work for me"

    September 29, 2012  |   By clarkbgm

    Version: RealDownloader 1.0.3.0

    Pros

    I really did not find any pros.

    Cons

    This did not work for me. I installed and tried to download 2 videos of my grandson from facebook. Following their instructions, both videos downloaded in MP4 format. What I got when I tried to view the videos, was sound only. I tried several different media viewers as well. Also, Everytime I tried to open an internet connection after I installed the software and everytime I got a message of whether or not I wanted to run the software.

    Summary

    Either my install was unsuccessful; or missed a step in downloading; or a totally poor user. I was not impressed but, again, I may have had an error in the process. In any case, I would not recommend it. I downloaded based on CNET review which has not steered me wrong on any other download so I am not really sure what went wrong.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "simple to use"

    May 25, 2012  |   By shandax

    Version: RealDownloader 1.0.3.0

    Pros

    Works perfectly.Multiple downloads also.

    Cons

    None that I have found

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