RealDownloader

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 73 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0.3.0
  • Total Downloads:
    5,273,399
  • Date Added:
    July 18, 2011
  • File Size:
    676.28KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7

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 download (12MB).

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.1

    out of 35 votes

    • 5 star 9
    • 4 star 7
    • 3 star 6
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 10
  • All Versions

    3.2

    out of 73 votes

    • 5 star 17
    • 4 star 20
    • 3 star 12
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 18
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  • 1 stars

    "No Audio soundtrack downloaded"

    October 05, 2014   |   By jrhsubs

    Version: RealDownloader 1.2.0.144

    Pros

    non - this version is useless

    Cons

    doesn't download any sound track for videos - useless
    cant access real help
    disappointing

    Summary

    don't waste your time with this product
    used to be the best - now the worst

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  • 4 stars

    "Works great (most times) on Win 8.x, no Real Player."

    December 23, 2013   |   By rdunn

    Version: RealDownloader 1.2.0.144

    Pros

    Works with Windows 8.x and I don't have Real Player installed...that's how I'm using it.

    Cons

    Won't work with all videos on the 'net.
    Download links don't seem to be working anymore.

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  • 4 stars

    "Great... except in Windows 8."

    December 13, 2013   |   By Adam_Seo

    Version: RealDownloader 1.2.0.144

    Pros

    ease of use

    Cons

    is not (yet) compatible with Windows 8.
    tends to need reinstallation when Firefox updates.

    Summary

    I love this product. It has its quirks, but is the best, free video download software out there.

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  • 1 stars

    "Never works as a stand alone program"

    November 27, 2013   |   By GhostPotatoHead

    Version: RealDownloader 1.2.0.144

    Pros

    When installed with Real Player, it works.

    Cons

    Real Player is evil. I install when I need it and uninstall it when I'm done.

    Summary

    Real Downloader only works for me if I install the Real Player - which I hate, because its does not terminate its processes when you close the program.

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  • 1 stars

    "Doesn't Work At All"

    October 14, 2013   |   By bionixx

    Version: RealDownloader 1.2.0.144

    Pros

    None, what can I say. Nothing worked.

    Cons

    Installed it. Made sure it was enabled. Tried different videos including YouTube. Didn't work. Uninstalled it. Also downloaded a stupid Backup program with pop-ups.

    Summary

    Doesn't work & installs other programs without permission. Don't waste your time.

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  • 1 stars

    "Errors when I try to convert downloaded videos"

    July 17, 2013   |   By timex758

    Version: RealDownloader 1.2.0.144

    Pros

    The files I am watching list on the dowloads folder and the files download quickly.

    Cons

    I can't convert the files to anything, as I get error messages.

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  • 4 stars

    "I haven't used it a lot but so far, so good."

    June 25, 2013   |   By rmmccoy

    Version: RealDownloader 1.2.0.144

    Pros

    I like that I can start a video and the program will download it without me having to sit there.

    Cons

    I got a little confused as to where the videos were being stored but there may be options for that.

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  • 2 stars

    "stopped working"

    May 28, 2013   |   By idahogal51

    Version: RealDownloader 1.2.0.144

    Pros

    None I can think of - doesn't work

    Cons

    Worked fine for awhile then the download pop up button disappeared and hasn't returned.

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  • 4 stars

    "Seems to work in most cases, just not everything."

    May 25, 2013   |   By ervinsmith1024

    Version: RealDownloader 1.2.0.144

    Pros

    I have used this off and on for years. Rip Tiger gets everything but cost money, and is not needed by me these days. So I am trying this newer version.

    Cons

    I think the download is slow, but hey, my internet service provider, Century Link, is the worse in the USA where I live, and nobody, but satalite is available here. and that cost way to much.

    Summary

    Going to keep using it, and would recommend it.

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  • 4 stars

    "Will download when Freemake refuses"

    May 19, 2013   |   By Jim Harmon

    Version: RealDownloader 1.2.0.144

    Pros

    It is rare that Realdownloader doesn't offer to download a video you're watching.

    Cons

    It can be finicky at times.

    Summary

    On my system, it either works flawlessly - or it crashes. I HAVE found a predictable pattern to the crashes, although I have yet to predict WHEN it will happen. At the end of the download of a video, it attempts to display a thumbnail of the video. If it does this successfully, it won't crash. If it can't make the thumbnail, it'll crash - taking any unfinished downloads along with it. It does seem, though, that the file that finished downloading and caused the crash IS complete on the drive. I recommend either downloading one video at a time or keeping close track of every file's progress.

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    General
    Publisher RealNetworks
    Publisher web site http://www.realnetworks.com/
    Release Date July 18, 2011
    Date Added July 18, 2011
    Version 1.0.3.0
    Category
    Category Internet Software
    Subcategory Download Managers
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 2003, Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 676.28KB
    File Name RealDownloader.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 5,273,399
    Downloads Last Week 1
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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