YouTube Downloader

YouTube Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 3832 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.3
  • Total Downloads:
    142,650,224
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 26, 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

    2.4

    out of 233 votes

    • 5 star 39
    • 4 star 30
    • 3 star 30
    • 2 star 12
    • 1 star 122
  • All Versions

    3.5

    out of 3832 votes

    • 5 star 1405
    • 4 star 976
    • 3 star 387
    • 2 star 196
    • 1 star 868
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2 stars

"poor instructions"

November 23, 2011  |  By jerrygerardo

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.3

Pros

They make it sound like its easy to view you tube videos

Cons

The videos once they are downloaded, I had a difficult time accessing them. There are no instructions, I wish I hadnt spend the money on this program.

Summary

I would not buy this product, there is no customer service number. I am angry

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1 stars

"Warning: Trojan Virus Installed in this version!!!"

October 20, 2011  |  By baronv

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.3

Pros

Previous versions of this program was great, UNTIL this latest version which installs malware and installs a toolbar and hijacks your search results.

Cons

Stay away and do not upload this latest version, it installs the adware.widgi.toolbar malware. Did a normal update yesterday and I even clicked on the checkbox to NOT default my Search to Yahoo. After installing and restarting my FF browser, it installed a ***************** tool bar and changed by default search engine. I uninstalled it and ran MSE, Spybot and Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes reported that this program installed adware.widgi.toolbar into my system! Never again, uninstalling this app from all my computers now.

Summary

BAD, BAD, installs Malware! Stay away

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1 stars

"Not compatible with Firefox 7.0.1 Browser"

October 11, 2011  |  By BOB2008

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.3

Pros

Had it but don't like it.

Cons

Glad that the Firefox Browser no longer supports it.

Summary

Never did work properly.

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1 stars

"DONT DOWNLOAD, CONTAINS A VIRUS"

October 10, 2011  |  By pyryt123

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.3

Pros

none, contains very harmful malware

Cons

Contains a VIRUS (Widgi toolbar)

Summary

Contains a VIRUS (Widgi toolbar)

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4 stars

"Quick, easy, non-tech friendly."

October 10, 2011  |  By athoward

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.3

Pros

Quick, easy, non-tech friendly.

Cons

Don't know of any, yet.

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1 stars

"its very hard to download"

October 08, 2011  |  By Lutfi2212

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.3

Pros

its very hard to download,again and again the same things are reapted,just only taking the time too much.

Cons

i am not able to download

Summary

...................................ooh..............

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5 stars

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October 07, 2011  |  By chard1993

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.3

Pros

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Cons

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Summary

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1 stars

"I Don't Like this software"

October 07, 2011  |  By Leighton00024000

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.3

Pros

The program is great when it works.

Cons

No problems for 6 days then AVG picked up Trojan Horse viruses.

Summary

The product is brilliant for downloading from YouTube when it was working, it did exactly what it was supposed to, but has the Trojan Horse virus which is a pretty fatal error.

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1 stars

"Malware or not?"

October 07, 2011  |  By Leaman235684

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.3

Pros

Unknown. I never tried it.

Cons

My anit-virus identified this as Malware. It may or may not be but I will assume that it is. I use Real Player alone with a program called "Free FLV Converter". It does the same thing and works well.

Summary

Maybe I am paranoid but as long as I can find something else that does the same thing and well known, I will use other software.

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1 stars

"Nothing at all."

October 07, 2011  |  By laura654100

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.3

Pros

Didn't work.

Cons

All installed ok on to Windows 7 64bit. Ran the program, put in a URL (web site address) and it caouldnt find the page or rip the vid. Fail.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.3
Version 3.3 added the file size in the Activity tab and also made the ETA more reliable. Added German, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian on top of English, Romanian and Russian languages.
General
Publisher GreenTree Applications
Publisher web site http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/
Release Date July 26, 2011
Date Added July 26, 2011
Version 3.3
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 7
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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