YouTube Downloader

YouTube Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 3828 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.5
  • Total Downloads:
    141,718,206
  • Date Added:
    December 22, 2011
  • File Size:
    116.09KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    249,006
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

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 35 votes

    • 5 star 12
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 10
  • All Versions

    3.5

    out of 3828 votes

    • 5 star 1407
    • 4 star 975
    • 3 star 387
    • 2 star 195
    • 1 star 864
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4 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.5
Version 3.5 allows users to rename the downloaded/converted files. Vevo download/YouTube playlist download have been fixed. YouTube Downloader is now available in English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Chinese Simplified, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, Finnish, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish and Swedish.
General
Publisher GreenTree Applications
Publisher web site http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/
Release Date December 22, 2011
Date Added December 22, 2011
Version 3.5
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 116.09KB
File Name YTDSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 141,718,206
Downloads Last Week 249,006
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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