YouTube Downloader

YouTube Downloader

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 3788 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.2
File Size:
15.92MB
Date Added:
July 07, 2011
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
138,251,958
Downloads Last Week:
200,354
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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

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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  • All Versions:

    3.5

    out of 3788 votes

    • 5 star: 1396
    • 4 star: 971
    • 3 star: 385
    • 2 star: 193
    • 1 star: 843
  • Current Version:

    2.8

    out of 41 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 12
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  • 1 stars

    "Sneaky - changes all your browser settings!"

    July 30, 2014   |   By SabLoe

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    Not tested yet, too disappointed about the trouble I got for installing it.

    Cons

    Very disappointed that there was no warning that the installation of this app pushes yahoo as default search engine in all your browsers plus the add-ons for ebay and amazon. Consider this as very sneaky!!

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  • 4 stars

    "Dependable freeware"

    July 29, 2014   |   By Shashikanta Behera

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    There is no doubt it works well in my system with windows xp. That is why I have never detached this valuable downloader( YTD V. D.) from my computer. In the meantime I have downloaded a lot of videos mainly from You Tube.

    Cons

    Yet it is not satisfactory. The problem of resume function disturbs me. Except the You Tube website I did not find the application reliable in resuming incomplete downloads from other sites like Vimeo and others. Previously it worked in old versions. But not now. Now the mazor concern is that I found no video after completion of long video downloads, in some cases. Again redownloading gets the video right. This mainly happens during the poor net connection and resuming many a time due to power cut off. Wastage of time and effort is the concern. So I would suggest for some more features by which we can guiss the downloading is going to be successful before completion.The preview feature will help it a lot. Again please debug the problem of resuming in other sites.

    Summary

    This freeware will be victorious with more productive features and nice look. Thank you Sir.

    Updated on Jul 29, 2014

    Non the less it is a nice tool. Only the resuming function in other sites except Youtube is to be rectified and a preview feature for being sure that the download is not going to be void becomes essential. Then YTD Video Downloader will be more dependable.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best Downloader!!"

    July 25, 2014   |   By SmileyMat

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    Thank you for this wonderful application that works like magic when downloading from youtube and many other.
    The built it player runs without lag even for HD videos. I recommend it because it's more stable than other applications.

    Cons

    no no no !

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  • 5 stars

    "Good to go!"

    July 24, 2014   |   By Folymoly

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    I was using this app and I was always very happy with it because I could download from youtube and many other websites. With the latest update my antivirus notifiied me that there was a "MalSign.Generic.DE7" found. I ignored it and allowed the installation and everything is OK now which means that this is a false positive detection.
    Hopefully things will get back right in the future

    Cons

    Nothing, thank you!

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  • 1 stars

    "Avoid at all costs"

    July 23, 2014   |   By TheArmchairSoldier

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    Can download videos from a lot of different websites
    Easy to use
    Converts to a lot of formats and in good quality

    Cons

    Malware. It installs a load of adware without your consent. It added annoying pop-ups and adverts to all my browsers which dramatically slowed my PC down.

    Summary

    I stood by this program for years; I used it for literally everything and recommended it to all my friends. I actually considered it one of the most useful pieces of software I had on my PC. Sadly, it seems all the recent versions of it are loaded with malware and other malicious stuff, and I'm not talking about the stuff it mentions in the installer which you can choose not to install - it installs a load of crap even when you don't ask for it and it does it without even letting you know! I had to pursue the help of online malware removal experts to fix my PC after installing it all. It really embedded itself well in my system and avoided nearly all anti-virus scans. Unfortunately, I didn't realise at the time that it was YTD causing it. After I got my PC fixed, I began re-installing all my lost software which the anti-virus scans had removed. I thought "Hey, it couldn't have been YTD that caused all that malware" so I went ahead and re-installed it... what a bloody mistake that was. All the malware came back almost instantly. My PC began slowing down and my browsers were loaded with ads and pop-ups once again. Luckily, I created a system restore point before installing the software, so I just restored my system back to its normal state.
    It's a great shame, because YTD was actually a great program at one point; it's pretty much the only FREE downloader that downloads from a wide range of sites and in all formats. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

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  • 1 stars

    "TROJAN in the Installer"

    July 16, 2014   |   By ctreeves2001

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    I just got this, like the interface and it seems to work fine ----> but SEE BELOW.

    Cons

    There ARE TROJANS in the INSTALLER. I use AVE anti-virus and it found TWO generic trojans during installation that it removed. ALSO, use the ADVANCED option on installation (NOT the TYPICAL mode option) and UNCHECK a bunch of software that it will otherwise install re-setting your home page, adding search "tools", etc. This is VERY DECEPTIVE and the company should be ashamed of itself.

    Summary

    I would have rated the S/W much higher except the deceptive attempt to install the UNwanted software using TROJANS really put me off.

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  • 1 stars

    "Virus Found in downloaded setup file"

    July 15, 2014   |   By onebadgix

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    Virus Found in downloaded setup file

    Cons

    Virus Found in downloaded setup file

    Summary

    Virus Found in downloaded setup file. Could not install

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  • 5 stars

    "Very efficient..Very handy?"

    July 15, 2014   |   By Harting123

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    Very efficient..Very handy?

    Cons

    No problems at all

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  • 5 stars

    "Recommended"

    July 14, 2014   |   By IannucciFiler

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    Some of the apps could have come with more features. Most of them are fine.

    Cons

    Nothing !!

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  • 5 stars

    "Great tool, no nagging appearance."

    July 10, 2014   |   By HazimMeja

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    Great tool, no nagging appearance.

    Cons

    I can honestly say none.

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