YTD Video Downloader

YTD Video Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 3885 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.4
  • Total Downloads:
    147,872,161
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 31, 2013
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    100.3KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    105,721
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Formerly known as plain old YouTube Downloader, the recently renamed YTD Video Downloader updates to version 4.0 with a promise of 2x faster downloads and 2x faster video conversions, and perhaps more usefully, the ability to resume downloads after the temporary loss of an Internet connection. As usual, the installer includes a Spigot-based YTD Video Toolbar and offers to change your default search engine to Yahoo and add 5-6 shopping extensions to Google Chrome. Clicking the "Decline" button during the lone advertising screen in the installer lets users easily opt-out of all offers.

Downloading worked very well for popular video sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and Blip.TV. As in previous reviews, YTD Video Downloader quickly saved the default MP4 file to the directory of my choice, which is easily selected or created from the main screen. I tried various CNET and "creative commons"-tagged videos on YouTube and had excellent download speeds. I was sure to try out the most recently added site that YTD supports--the Chinese video site Youku--and was able to download a wonderful beetle animation easily, though it did break longer videos into multiple files (see below).

The free version of YTD Video Download only allows downloading to the MP4 video format, so the additional conversion functionality for changing the file to WMV, AVI, or MP3 is welcome, but why not just convert the download on the fly? Converting video files worked acceptably well, although I did crash the app once converting a Download Video Preview from MP4 to MP3. The conversion completed, but the program become unresponsive and I had to force quit. I experienced other occasional brief program hangs when downloading large videos from foreign sites.

The video player in YTD is supposedly new for v4, but I can't tell the difference from v3. Users select a directory from which to select specific video files, and YTD Downloader plays back the video in a small windows that is about 300x165 pixels. A full-screen button is the only resizing option, and there is no skipping around within videos--the only controls are for moving to the previous or next video on the directory. It's a passable player to confirm that the video you selected was downloaded and is not corrupt, but no one would use YTD for their regular video player.

I tested out YTD's new "resume download" functionality the old-fashioned way--by ripping the ethernet cord out of the back of my PC. The software delivered as promised--after the PC was unplugged, the downloading files updated to a "Status" of "Paused, waiting for Internet connection" and then resumed appropriately after replugging into the network.

One thing I did notice is that YTD will (sometimes) break longer videos into multiple MP4 files, and if one of those files is complete when your Internet or computer crashes, YTD will restart all of those multiple files, even the completed ones. Not a huge problem, just a niggling annoyance, and I wasn't able to replicate the issue on YouTube (YTD always saved my YouTube videos as one file). A bit more frustrating than the mutiple files is the inability to resize the main application window to actually read the contents of the "Status" messages.

YTD Video Downloader version 4.0 doesn't add many new features, but performance of the latest update was impressive, and the app continues to work flawlessly on all the major video-streaming sites. I recommend it whole-heartedly without any reservations, aside from the standard mom-and-pop warning to only use the application for legal purposes per the laws and and regulations that apply to your geographic locale.

 
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1 stars

"forces instalation of searchprotect malware and opera"

July 30, 2015  |  By rod645

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.9

Pros

works to download

Cons

forces instalation of searchprotect malware and opera

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4 stars

"Nice program."

July 29, 2015  |  By HardSharp

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.9

Pros

It runs well on my computer.

Cons

There is always room for improvement

Summary

It worth have a try.

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1 stars

"Ruined my browser with malware. Not worth it"

July 20, 2015  |  By Conor Giblin

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.9

Pros

It's in the name of the software. Duh

Cons

This software used to be good but like so many others, it is now dangerous due to being bloated with adware and malware. It is definitely not worth using. Antivirus software is right to flag this, and everyone should listen. **** you cnet for hosting this, you're just as bad as the sellout creators and the degenerate ******** who develop the malware. This website is a ******* dump and you can no longer trust anything

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5 stars

"No spyware. Surprisingly easy interface."

July 15, 2015  |  By solutions10

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.9

Pros

Exceptionally easy interface, took no effort to learn and worked perfectly first try. Easy to avoid the included bloatware (it's not spyware/malware/whateverware as some say) if you simply pay attention during installation and decline the offer to install during the specific step for which you simply hit "Decline". It will then not be installed, and you'll be left with the basic program, no bloatware included.

Cons

Actually, no cons at all. Seriously, everything just works like it should. A huge improvement over the previous software I was using, the interface of which I just got fed up with and tried something new. Very glad I did.

Summary

Be smart and pay attention during all installations for freeware, and you won't have the problems some are reporting because they blindly hit "Accept" for everything. You only have to hit "Decline" one time to avoid the included bloatware, and then you can avoid needing to uninstall anything afterward.

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5 stars

"Very happy with YTD"

July 09, 2015  |  By Kimihack

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.9

Pros

Works very good in downloading and converting files. No bugs or glitches. Best investment ever.

Cons

No cons for me regarding YTD

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5 stars

"Super product"

June 18, 2015  |  By Hauchidiky

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.9

Pros

It handles very well on my windows 7 PC. I had some minor issues with some of the downloads but that was because of my firewall.
All in all a very good application.

Cons

No objections

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5 stars

"Best video downloader on the market"

June 18, 2015  |  By Cracanito

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.9

Pros

1. Very user friendly
2. No problems so far with downloading
3. I Have the PRO version and I use it for my project in my firm.

Cons

There is always room for improvement

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1 stars

"DO NOT DOWNLOAD INCLUDES MALWARE"

May 24, 2015

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

Downloads 1080p versions of youtube videos easily.

Cons

The software developer included a Malware hack using Spigot Search Protection to force Adware onto not only your PC but also your Mac! It installs extensions into Chrome automatically as well as forcing yahoo to be your default search engine on all browsers. There's no honest uninstall feature and even if you answer no to partner ads during the install, YTD will still install the malware. DO NOT DOWNLOAD, if you find a better YouTube downloader that the developer is honest and not a bastard like this one... please share.

Summary

Developer is includes Spigot Malware in the install. BEWARE!!!

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1 stars

"Download only if you want a VIRUS!"

May 12, 2015  |  By JulianSF

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

None - has viruses

Cons

Will infect your machine with:
PC Cleaner
Adware
Pop-ups asking you to upgrade to premium version

Summary

The old version was great, had no adware of malware. This version will not let you opt out of the ads, and will infect your machine!

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1 stars

"YTD Video Downloader"

April 29, 2015

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

I liked using old version.

Cons

I liked using the software, but on 4-28-15 I did their update. It added an addon to Firefox that made Firefox inoperable. It was hell to resolve the problem. Don't update the program if you can avoid it. Uninstall it rather than update. Use Youtube Downloader HD or atube Catcher instead. They are free.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.4
You can now download videos from more streaming sites. If your internet connection is limited, you can now save videos with lower quality. For large files, conversion data will be more accurate. Improved the download speed for smaller videos.
General
Publisher GreenTree Applications
Publisher web site http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/
Release Date July 31, 2013
Date Added July 31, 2013
Version 4.4
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements Adobe Flash Player 9
Download Information
File Size 100.3KB
File Name YTDSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 147,872,161
Downloads Last Week 105,721
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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