YouTube Downloader

YouTube Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 3829 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.1
  • Total Downloads:
    141,547,269
  • Date Added:
    July 03, 2011
  • File Size:
    116.09KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    190,699
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

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

    1.8

    out of 18 votes

    • 5 star 2
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 13
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    3.5

    out of 3829 votes

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    • 4 star 976
    • 3 star 387
    • 2 star 195
    • 1 star 864
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4 stars

"I have no idea on this product"

July 07, 2011  |  By Tsubasa-wing

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.1

Pros

No IDEA !!!!!!!!!
you guys say it has virus, why not try up go to main webpage of ***************** and download 3.2

Cons

NO COMMENT, i havent try this product, it only prompt me to download newest version ..........

Summary

VIrus ??? is very hard for me to believe it Need to PAY ???
Hey buddies, listen here, i use 3.0 for months
it never comes up with pop up to warn me for paying it NEVER at all
and i can download multiple video and convert all of it
except a bit delay
MAn, it works like charm, as i dont need to pay at any single cent
No virus and no limitation
always well, for youtube downloader

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1 stars

"Horrible waste of time"

July 06, 2011  |  By TheBestReviewer

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.1

Pros

nothing, I uninstalled it

Cons

Everything

Summary

Don't waste your time on this one, im going back to the old versions.

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1 stars

"very bad software"

July 06, 2011  |  By eddy198940

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.1

Pros

it distroyed my computer

Cons

You have to pay for it to make it faster they actually limit your download speed showing you varying speed it's actually slowing it down so that you will buy this

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1 stars

"LOL ? what u talking about ?????????????"

July 06, 2011  |  By khewweifeng

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.1

Pros

*** ??? only the old version have pros

Cons

*** !!!! ??? author
u software founded with trojan
pls handle this problem as fast as possible

Summary

*** !!!! ??? author
u software founded with trojan
pls handle this problem as fast as possible
not only come and comment zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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1 stars

"this is a terrible youtube downloader"

July 05, 2011  |  By al_01420

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.1

Pros

let's you download multiple videos

Cons

this software is very slow. it makes your internet slow as well. you can't access the video converter unless you pay for it. it is terrible. the youtube downloader version 2.7 is much better

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1 stars

"Poor technology - just not worth the money"

July 05, 2011  |  By yack15854

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.1

Pros

very bad software

Cons

very bad software

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1 stars

"This should be Scrapped"

July 05, 2011  |  By munak

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.1

Pros

NOTHING!!!!! Just stay with the older versions use v2.7 it's still stable to use. DON"T use this program it slows your Download Speed!!!
What a bunch of money #*&$!!

Cons

Limits your Download Speed to force you to buy this program. Never even bother to download this crap.

Summary

You have to pay for it to make it faster they actually limit your download speed showing you varying speed it's actually slowing it down so that you will buy this

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1 stars

"Stay away from this!!!"

July 05, 2011  |  By BrucetheWineGuy

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.1

Pros

Obviously Bad!

Cons

obviously bad

Summary

Why would cnet offer this garbage?

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3 stars

"I uninstalled it."

July 05, 2011  |  By ok4mi2

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.1

Pros

It worked fairly well and was neither very fast nor slow. Sort of in the middle since it downloads video as well as audio from You tube, et al.

Cons

It opened up my system to some previous malware issue. It may or may not be the cause or it may or may not have done anything. Could be coincidence? But it seemed OK otherwise. To be fair I should try it again perhaps.

Summary

Try it and see if it doesn't open any holes from the outside world that flood light on the malware issues you have been struggling with. That was my case anyway.

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1 stars

"destroys your computer !!!!!!!!!!"

July 05, 2011  |  By ziggy2011

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.1

Pros

it works until it kills your computer

Cons

VIRUSES !!!! TROJANS SPYWARE ADWARE IT WILL QUICKLY SLOW DOWN THEN SYTOP THE CRSH AND CRASH AVIOD LIKE THE PLAGUE

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.1
Version 3.1 fixed some video download issues which were causing a failed download status. You can now download from bbc.co.uk and additional sites.
General
Publisher GreenTree Applications
Publisher web site http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/
Release Date July 01, 2011
Date Added July 03, 2011
Version 3.1
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 116.09KB
File Name YTDSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 141,547,269
Downloads Last Week 190,699
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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