YouTube Downloader

YouTube Downloader

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.4
  • Total Downloads:
    142,650,224
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 11, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    102.35KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    267,372
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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

    3.1

    out of 122 votes

    • 5 star 36
    • 4 star 29
    • 3 star 8
    • 2 star 13
    • 1 star 36
  • 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

"Great Youtube Companion (great browser hijacker, too.)"

April 29, 2012  |  By DoomedToFail

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.4

Pros

Great Youtube flash video downloader.

Has scaled-down versions in free version.
Good for downloading your favorite videos in Youtube.

Cons

The "Free Version" comes with a nasty surprise.
(Which is not fun, at all.)

It installs your browser toolbars and HIJACKS your search engines, even without permission from the unsuspecting users.

As always, I hate programs that installs toolbars, installing uncredited third-party programs, and any other programs WITHOUT any consent from me or to any user.

Summary

After I installed it, I just used the settings and preferences in my browsers (namely, Google Chrome and Firefox) to remove those nasty surprises included in the installation.

Still a great Youtube companion. (I don't know if there is other software other than Youtube Downloader.)

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5 stars

"The New LIMEWIRE."

December 20, 2011  |  By ibobbyx

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.4

Pros

Works just like it says.

Cons

Installs Youtube Downloader Toolbar.

Summary

Works great.Just a little hassle to get rid the Toolbar.

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1 stars

"Full of adware"

December 19, 2011  |  By ab321

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.4

Pros

Well the software did work as intended... although read the cons...

Cons

This installed the fake "Win 7 Internet Security" Virus on my computer which was a massive pain to get rid of. I am amazed that such software is being hosted by cnet. Don't use this software. And no I prompted not to install the toolbar, which it didn't, but I still ended up with the virus anyway.

Summary

Don't install this... period!

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5 stars

"All my personalmusic MP3's came through this program."

December 19, 2011  |  By clayton_whistler

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.4

Pros

All my personalmusic MP3's came through this program. THANK YOU !

Cons

All my personalmusic MP3's came through this program. THANK YOU !

Summary

All my personalmusic MP3's came through this program. THANK YOU !

Updated on Dec 19, 2011

I had a problem with regard to registering YTD Pro after re-installing my Operating System. A simple mail resoved the problem and my software has been re-activated within no time. Thanks to the entire team who are working on it to bring added features and best results on each upgradation

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2 stars

"Comes with annoying BLOATWARE"

December 18, 2011  |  By damonstealth

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.4

Pros

Downloads YouTube vids

Cons

ANNOYING prompt to change your search provider every single time you log on to Windows. And the "Do not show again" checkbox? Grayed out and doesn't work. So you have to uninstall the "Search Settings" program by Spigot. Apparently your antivirus can have trouble with it as well.

Summary

It works. But anything that presents a popup every single time I logon with NO functional way to disable it... forget it.

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4 stars

"Appears to do the job"

December 17, 2011

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.4

Pros

Appears to download most files in whatever format from You Tube with good download speeds

Cons

Maximum three contemporaneous downloads

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4 stars

"easy to use"

December 17, 2011  |  By wanafly2

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.4

Pros

easy to use, and like the choice of conversions

Cons

unfortunately the "free" programs are coming with "extras" , in this case "yahoo" toolbar which boasts links to facebook etc; it was easy to avoid installing it

Summary

It would be nice to see the cost of the pro version on the CNet website, but the free version works very well. Maybe the Pro version doesn't come with the yahoo push?
I'd give it 5 stars if it would allow me to convert on download *~) but I understand that it's offered in the Pro version and they have to pay their employees so....they need to sell things too..lol

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2 stars

"Hijacked my search engine"

December 17, 2011  |  By squeakmail

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.4

Pros

It did the job of downloading just fine - as long as I had it installed.

Cons

As said by others earlier - despite carefully looking through and declining options for toolbars and yahoo, it did it anyway. Changed my default search engine to Yahoo, blocked me from changing it back and installed a tool bar even after I said "No".

Summary

Uninstalled. If you are not going to be genuine, you have no place in my PC or network.

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5 stars

"My music machine."

December 17, 2011  |  By studentdriverupdater

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.4

Pros

All my personalmusic MP3's came through this program. THANK YOU !

Cons

non, and i purchased the full version.

Summary

My most used program.

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1 stars

"Installs hard to remove adware without permission"

December 16, 2011  |  By Kaze4159

 |  Version: YouTube Downloader 3.4

Pros

Downloads videos

Cons

After saying no to installing a Yahoo toolbar, it installed its own toolbar on top, changed every default search engine to Yahoo and blocked me from changing it back to what it previously was, all without any permission.

Installed unwanted things with no instructions or easily found option to remove it.

Summary

Installs adware, changes system settings without permission and constantly nags you to purchase their full version, a previously good program gone terrible.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.4
Version 3.4 fixes support for downloading restricted videos on YouTube, the sound quality for converted files, and issues users reported with partial video downloading. YouTube Downloader also supports more languages and is now available in English, Arabic, Czech, Dutch, French, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish and Swedish.
General
Publisher GreenTree Applications
Publisher web site http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/
Release Date July 26, 2011
Date Added October 11, 2011
Version 3.4
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP
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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