YouTube Downloader

YouTube Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 3835 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.2
  • Total Downloads:
    142,650,224
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 07, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    102.35KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    267,372
  • 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 41 votes

    • 5 star 8
    • 4 star 7
    • 3 star 7
    • 2 star 7
    • 1 star 12
  • All Versions

    3.5

    out of 3835 votes

    • 5 star 1405
    • 4 star 976
    • 3 star 387
    • 2 star 196
    • 1 star 871
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5 stars

"An excellent piece of software. Download & use in mins."

July 26, 2011  |  By vasilli1

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.2

Pros

A ray of sunshine - a piece of software even a novice will find easy to use. My first try ended with a perfect result. A must have for anyone who is interested in internet videos. Download your favourite videos within minutes.

Cons

None. I found no room for improvement.

Summary

Download and install, then enjoy your favourite videos on your computer. It even has the facility to convert the files to Win Media files and others.

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1 stars

"This program has NEVER worked for me!"

July 24, 2011  |  By smat1134

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.2

Pros

At least it sends me a message saying that it did not download my video.

Cons

Same as above.

Summary

I have tried this progran several times and it has NEVER downloaded a video for me. I have tried it on Vista and Windows 7, I have installed it in at least 3 different ways (orbit, IE, other various downloaders) and it still did not download any videos.
It just does not work for me.

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4 stars

"This application is up to scratch"

July 24, 2011  |  By tolecnal

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.2

Pros

A good tool for us youtubers

Cons

none that I know of

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3 stars

"Quick and simple video downloader"

July 23, 2011  |  By Stinger15

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.2

Pros

Downloads videos and converts them to what you want with what quality of video/audio you want. Very small, but simple interface. Free of adware/spyware/etc.

Cons

The reason I have to demote 2 stars off of this program is because of either it's downloading or it's converting. I'm not quite sure which. But any video that has high sound waves gets distorted pretty badly.

Summary

Great if the video you're downloading isn't very musically loud. But if you're downloading someone like Breaking Benjamin or any other hard rock artists.. don't bother, it sounds horrible.

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3 stars

"easy to use."

July 21, 2011  |  By BB2PM

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.2

Pros

can download video from the web,
can convert video to other formet

Cons

sometimes the video it download is not in good quality but overall it's quite good

Summary

if it can be improve,it will be much better.i'm satisfied with this product bcoz it's free

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3 stars

"Only seems to half work. Problems with downloading."

July 20, 2011  |  By Blacknight_1978

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.2

Pros

Very handy program for downloading large numbers of videos.

Cons

Needs more setting controls. Doesn't work very well with Que system.

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4 stars

"Awesome tool for a not so tech y user"

July 20, 2011  |  By ryymd

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.2

Pros

Easy to use. Downloads and converts videos to mp4. That's great.

Cons

None so far

Summary

Prior to this it takes me 2 software to download my favorite videos then convert them to mp3 or mp4 for personal use. Now I uninstalled all other software and have this to do the tasks I want. Really really awesome for someone not that tech-y.

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1 stars

"TERRIBLE and NOT FREE...bloatware"

July 20, 2011  |  By SimsenDK

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.2

Pros

Works I guess

Cons

Interrupts you endlessly to make you pay

Summary

Do not download, you will be supporting false advertisement....

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1 stars

"Bloatware but works"

July 20, 2011  |  By gisabun

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.2

Pros

Can still download videos!

Cons

Even with web site warnings the installer will auto install a toolbar & try to change your default search in your browser. They claims that there is no difference between versions, yet the free version says get faster speed with the paid version.

Summary

Still a good piece of software even with the amount of updates needed to access YouTube and others.

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4 stars

"Worth having this in your PC"

July 19, 2011  |  By emceesuraj

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.2

Pros

Simple and easy to use.

Cons

Requires a lot of clicks to download files unlike Real Downloader that requires just one click.

Summary

Interface can be better.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.2
Version 3.2 fixed some minor issues and also added more sites from which you can now download.
General
Publisher GreenTree Applications
Publisher web site http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/
Release Date July 01, 2011
Date Added July 07, 2011
Version 3.2
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 102.35KB
File Name YTDSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 142,650,224
Downloads Last Week 267,372
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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