RealDownloader

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.2.0.144
  • Total Downloads:
    5,273,451
  • Date Added:
    February 12, 2013
  • File Size:
    676.28KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7

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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

    2.6

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star 0
    • 4 star 7
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 6
  • 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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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher RealNetworks
Publisher web site http://www.realnetworks.com/
Release Date February 12, 2013
Date Added February 12, 2013
Version 1.2.0.144
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 2003, Windows 98
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 676.28KB
File Name RealDownloader.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,273,451
Downloads Last Week 3
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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