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YouTube Downloader

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 3,753 votes

    • 5 star: 1369
    • 4 star: 970
    • 3 star: 385
    • 2 star: 191
    • 1 star: 838
  • Current version:

    3.1 stars

    out of 35 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 10
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Pay attention and you'll be fine"

    February 29, 2012  |   By Retseylop

    Version: YouTube Downloader 3.5

    Pros

    The program works as advertised, very simple to use

    Cons

    The install process lulls the user into clicking the same button over and over which explains why some of the earlier comments *think* there is malware included in here.

    Summary

    Don't just blindly click until you see the installing bar--that goes for anything you install, not just this program.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "WARNING!!! PACKED WITH MALWARE!!!!!"

    February 28, 2012  |   By spazzychalk

    Version: YouTube Downloader 3.5

    Pros

    actually downloads from youtube, redtube, etc

    Cons

    PACKED WITH MALWARE!!!!! after I installed THIS program, all my internet searches were redirected to yahoo.

    http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?hl=en&tid=7f11e761afd195b3

    Sie_Deen
    Google Employee
    10/25/11

    "To summarize, the issue is caused by malware that is may have gotten installed through a bundled installation (smaller programs that get installed when you're intention was to only install one specific program). Some users have identified YouTube Downloader Toolbar, iObit Toolbar, or some programs published by Spigot as the source of the bundled software installation that is causing all searches from the omnibox to redirect to Yahoo and not your default search setting."

    Summary

    PACKED WITH MALWARE!!!!! after I installed THIS program, all my internet searches were redirected to yahoo. http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?hl=en&tid=7f11e761afd195b3 Sie_Deen Google Employee 10/25/11 "To summarize, the issue is caused by malware that is may have gotten installed through a bundled installation (smaller programs that get installed when you're intention was to only install one specific program). Some users have identified YouTube Downloader Toolbar, iObit Toolbar, or some programs published by Spigot as the source of the bundled software installation that is causing all searches from the omnibox to redirect to Yahoo and not your default search setting."

    Read more: YouTube Downloader - Download.com http://download.cnet.com/YouTube-Downloader/3000-2071_4-10647340.html?refresh=1330472522671#ixzz1niuznamB

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Download this and get a Win32.Trojan.Dropper.Vb.aos"

    February 28, 2012  |   By gpnightflyer

    Version: YouTube Downloader 3.5

    Pros

    None None None-except for a free Trojan.

    Cons

    My ESET security program immediately quarantined this and would not stop, as it was fighting a trojan:

    Win32.Trojan.Dropper.Vb.aos.

    Had to restore computer to previous check point to solve problem....

    Summary

    Really CNET, you support this? Now I know what happened to my computers in the past, don't trust CNET for safe downloads!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "ABSOLUTELY ****!"

    February 23, 2012  |   By saswhispers

    Version: YouTube Downloader 3.5

    Pros

    NONE, NOTHING

    Cons

    Does not download a damn thing and freezes up!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Can't download any videos on some user accounts"

    February 17, 2012  |   By IRecommendAllApps

    Version: YouTube Downloader 3.5

    Pros

    Awesome design, cool icon.

    Cons

    Title says it.

    Summary

    So, if you're gonna download this, you shouldn't. This is a scam, and I prefer VDownloader @ saveyoutube.com.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Channel Downloads dont work"

    February 17, 2012  |   By AppsRush

    Version: YouTube Downloader 3.5

    Pros

    It downloaded a playlist.

    Cons

    I bought the pro version and when I click yes to download a channel nothing happens.

    Summary

    Anyone know how to get this downloader to download the channel, I bought the pro version and when I click yes to download a channel nothing happens.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "bundled installation malware makes yahoo default search"

    February 15, 2012  |   By happy_fairy

    Version: YouTube Downloader 3.5

    Pros

    didn't use it so can't comment on program

    Cons

    bundled installation makes yahoo become your new default search engine and keeps resetting when you change it. see this link for details:
    http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=7f11e761afd195b3&hl=en

    Summary

    bundled installation makes yahoo become your new default search engine and keeps resetting when you change it. see this link for details:
    http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=7f11e761afd195b3&hl=en

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  • 2.0 stars

    "constant little pop up saying "down load this clip""

    February 13, 2012  |   By CrowsRaven6Wings

    Version: YouTube Downloader 3.5

    Pros

    not many. some times it works

    Cons

    slow does not do what it is hyped as doing

    Summary

    constant down load this clip pop-up

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Completely comprehensive, and worlds of improvement!"

    February 12, 2012  |   By godzilas

    Version: YouTube Downloader 3.5

    Pros

    They've made leaps and bounds in their upgrades and have a huge amount of improved and new features since I first started using them. Their auto-update system and massive list of websites they work with makes them, in my opinion, the best downloader out there. For a one time purchase, it's totally worth it.
    Their support is also top notch. I had to reformat my computer and have them reset my key. At first I was dreading it, but they got back to me within three hours tops. Very speedy resolution!

    Cons

    If something else is downloading, it obviously slows down the bandwidth allotted to the downloader. Their download options are also a tad technical unless you know what you're doing. Aside from that and the odd error and need to restart a download on occasion, there have been no issues.

    Summary

    Overall, I'd say this is probably one of the best downloaders for videos out there. Very simple to get started, lots of converting options, it remembers your settings for one button downloads, and is very user friendly. It also supports advanced options for requesting extremely specific conversions manually, so useful for the power users as well. I couldn't possibly recommend this program more. I certainly am never going to need anything else. ^_^

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Has done what i have wanted it to for years"

    February 11, 2012  |   By Patrick_Lane

    Version: YouTube Downloader 3.5

    Pros

    when i had a problem with it after updating i got a quick responce and instructions how to fix it up.

    Cons

    the new version doesn't convert to an avi version i can put on a usb and plug into my tv. that is a nuisance

    Summary

    it does what it says it will

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