YouTube Downloader

YouTube Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 3884 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0
  • Total Downloads:
    147,872,161
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 16, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    100.3KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    105,721
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Note: YouTube Downloader includes optional bundled software that may trigger alerts from security software. YouTube Downloader has been tested for malware by the CNET Download.com team and meets our security requirements.

Editors' Review

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YouTube Downloader is a popular, free program that enables you to download and convert online videos (legal content, to which you have the rights) for later viewing on your desktop or mobile device. It can convert files to MOV, MP4, 3GP, WMV, AVI, or MP3.

The name "YouTube Downloader" is terribly misleading because the program, in fact, downloads a whole lot more than just YouTube videos. On the developer's site, you can find an extensive list of additional supported sites including Facebook and Vimeo. This wide net of support easily pushes YouTube Downloader to the top of its category.

When you find a video you'd like to download, copy the URL of the video page and open YouTube Downloader. From there, you'll notice that the program automatically pastes the URL into the appropriate field. Choose your desired Download quality (Best Available is a nice option) and your destination folder, then hit Download. Once your download is finished, hit the Play tab to watch. The Convert tab lets you export to a different file format for playing elsewhere, and gives you a convenient mini editor for making minor alterations before your export. You can change video volume (or remove audio altogether) and splice footage by setting specific start and end times.

One thing that disappointed us was the absence of a one-step download-and-convert function in the free version. If you want the one-step convenience, you'll have to upgrade to Pro ($19.90), which also gives you the capability of downloading multiple videos at once. Also, it would've been nice to be able to name files before downloading them, but that's certainly not a deal-breaker.

For online video enthusiasts looking to download non-copyrighted or personally owned videos, YouTube Downloader appears to be a near-perfect tool. Sure it's missing a few minor conveniences, but its simplicity and the fact that it casts such a wide net of support for online video sites make it virtually unbeatable.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.8

    out of 55 votes

    • 5 star 13
    • 4 star 14
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 24
  • All Versions

    3.5

    out of 3884 votes

    • 5 star 1418
    • 4 star 978
    • 3 star 389
    • 2 star 198
    • 1 star 901
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3 stars

"a good program became commercial"

June 21, 2011  |  By brian1454

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.0

Pros

-very simple and easy to use program
-good converter

Cons

-commercial!
-forced to install useless **** (toolbar, search)
-quality depending of the video

Summary

Youtube downloader gives you the option to download ANY youtube video very easily.
It also gives you the option to convert the .flv files into a wide arrange of commonly used files (.wmv etc.).
Sadly Youtube downloader became commercial, meaning you have to pay for important parts of the software to work (faster download, instant convertion).
But the worst part is that it AUTOMATICALLY, withoud the possibility to prevent it, changes your default search engine and installs a toolbar.
So 3 stars for the overal program and -2 stars for commercial ********

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3 stars

"Not yet try !"

July 05, 2011  |  By Tsubasa-wing

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.0

Pros

I can say, whoever say this product has to pay, must be blind from long, or most probably your com has been hacked

Cons

I have no idea on this version, but 3.0 work even better than the older one
why so many anti- ***************** ??

Summary

Youtube downloader i use for long 5 years so far
it always free as usual,
when this 3.0 version comes, i feel terrify have to pay for better performance.
and what you think how it works,
Nope you never expect.
I can download multiple video
and convert multiple video without paying a single cent at all !!!
except for it is pending a bit for my video converting.
but who cares that. As long it converts.
the quality is much more better than before, and no lagging
so whoever say it has to pay
tell me, what on earth i can download video and convert it without fail ?
the time maybe fake, but percentage is real showing the progress.
VIrus ?
i m using bitdefender total security and i have not detect any single virus
previous i use Mcafee internet security to scan, nothing at all, even the video been download, no virus.
So i can know what antivirus you using ?
spyware terminator is useless against malware only for spyware and minor keylogger
try again, i bet all you get virus are false positive

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1 stars

"Not working Version 3.0"

July 02, 2011  |  By colra63

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.0

Pros

not working well

Cons

you have to pay for it

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1 stars

"not working well"

July 02, 2011  |  By qis192

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.0

Pros

no! its gets my PC slow

Cons

very bad software

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1 stars

"very bad software"

July 02, 2011  |  By penther96

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.0

Pros

not working well

Cons

you have to pay for it

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1 stars

"i found trojan in this software"

July 01, 2011  |  By khewweifeng

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.0

Pros

none... because i found trojan in this software

Cons

i found trojan in this software when i scan with spyware terminator

Summary

CNET , u should double check or more than triple check

trojan may harm other computer user !!!

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5 stars

"works like a charm"

July 01, 2011  |  By nes57

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.0

Pros

works like a charm

Cons

there are no visible drawbacks

Summary

works like a charm

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1 stars

"Not working Version 3.0"

July 01, 2011  |  By mugenjohncel

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.0

Pros

Nice interface... actually... way too nice making it too distracting...

Cons

Does not work... but probably it's not their fault but YouTube's...

Summary

Though Version 3.0 doesn't work it's most likely that youtube made some changes (again) to break or screw up programs like this... so I guess we all just had to wait till the devs managed to figure out what sorcery is youtube applying this time...

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1 stars

"not working properly"

June 30, 2011  |  By los157

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.0

Pros

not working properly

Cons

not working properly

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1 stars

"very bad software"

June 30, 2011  |  By qess48

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.0

Pros

very bad software

Cons

very bad software

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1 stars

"do not download and install"

June 30, 2011  |  By yess126

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.0

Pros

Install unwanted things on your PC. Not free, but ADVERTISEWARE, SPYWARE and FU**WARE. I will kick your ass. Itaboy and Bienesoft

Cons

you have to pay for it

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.0
Version 3.0:
  • A new and refreshed interface with a "tabbed" format for downloading, converting, and playing.
  • A new "Activity" tab allows users to keep track of multiple downloads and conversions in real time. Now has the ability to pause and resume downloads, or pause and resume conversions.
  • The ability to download full playlists as opposed to just one video.
  • Added language support for Romanian and Russian users.
General
Publisher GreenTree Applications
Publisher web site http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/
Release Date June 16, 2011
Date Added June 16, 2011
Version 3.0
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
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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