YouTube Downloader

YouTube Downloader

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.8
out of 104 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.9.11
File Size:
11.11MB
Date Added:
September 09, 2014
Price:
Free to try (10-day trial); $29.99 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
2,922,365
Downloads Last Week:
45,016
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

YouTube downloaders tend to fall into two types: freeware that does the basic job of downloading and saving files from YouTube and maybe a few more sites, and premium (that means pay) tools that typically offer more features and capabilities to justify the cost, such as compatibility with many more sites, the ability to save videos in different file types and quality levels, and no ads or watermarks. Kotato's YouTube Downloader is the latter type, with an emphasis on convenience. For example, you can save videos from just about any hosting site, and in HD and HQ, too. It can convert videos between different formats automatically to play on your smartphone or other devices. If you're watching a video and want to save it, YouTube Downloader can do it with a click. The latest release supports Windows 8.

YouTube Downloader's installer detected a new version during the setup process and asked to update our installation, which we OK'd. YouTube Downloader's compact, efficient layout looks a lot like similar tools we've tried, with fields for entering URLs and a destination folder as well as drop-down lists for selecting output format and quality. An Options menu (next to the Help menu) offered basic autoplay and shutdown options as well as Accelerate Downloads, which is selected by default but can be deselected if necessary. The Options menu opens an Audio/Video Format Settings tool that includes a Device list with most mobile device types. There's also a tabbed Settings dialog that includes browser integration options (IE and Firefox; Chrome is compatible but you must use its own extension manager) as well as themes, proxies, and similar choices.

We downloaded a variety of videos with YouTube Downloader, which did indeed prove faster and more capable than similar freeware, both in downloading and converting (which many free downloaders can't do). It's clearly a superior tool to the stripped-down freeware. YouTube Downloader is free to try for 10 days, which is long enough to be able to tell if its extra features and convenience are worth paying for, which may come down to how often you save videos.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of YouTube Downloader 5.2.

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  • All Versions:

    4.8

    out of 104 votes

    • 5 star: 89
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current Version:

    5.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5 stars

    "Intuitive, Powerful, Simple."

    September 14, 2014   |   By JeNoTo

    Version: YouTube Downloader 5.9.11

    Pros

    - Intuitive:
    if url is on your clipboard when you start YTD, it will auto paste into the url bar on YTD
    you can choose to download either full video or audio only

    - Powerful:
    you can choose what format you want it to convert to, or it can download straight from the video, without converting formats
    you can select which folder it will drop downloaded files into

    -Simple:
    paste link, click download. easy as that.

    Cons

    newest version (5.9.11) forces 10 day trial, after which you either buy a $30 license or write a review in hopes that they give you a free one

    however the program itself is flawless.

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  • 5 stars

    "Brilliant! Does the job as I want it to!"

    September 04, 2014   |   By matthiasm01

    Version: YouTube Downloader 5.9.10

    Pros

    Superbly easy. Works very well.

    Cons

    Sometimes one has to wait a little bit for the download to complete. It seems that the programs hangs, but then it continues nevertheless.

    Summary

    Previously, I used the YTD downloader which I was not very happy with. This program is much better.

    No crap (such as browser toolbars etc.) included in free download.

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  • 4 stars

    "One of the best downloader software"

    September 01, 2014   |   By richardwesley

    Version: YouTube Downloader 5.9.10

    Pros

    This app from many really works like it should. The download speeds are satisfying and the features are very useful.

    Cons

    Only 10-day trial

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  • 5 stars

    "Supercool!"

    August 23, 2014   |   By cosmicsheep

    Version: YouTube Downloader 5.9.8

    Pros

    Must be the first product l actually bought after the trial version expired.lt's simple,quick,super easy to use,uses numerous options for conversions.No mess,no fuss,just does the job perfectly.

    Cons

    no cons for me.

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  • 5 stars

    "Youtube downloader: a tool to live in the digital age"

    August 18, 2014

    Version: YouTube Downloader 5.9.7

    Pros

    Download in required format all content not forbidden in Youtube. It makes a quick scaning and download process. Always offer the link that you are watching. Works in the background without unpower the performance of your PC.
    It uses the best quality to download and offers alternatives to your needs.

    Cons

    It will be useful to include a bottom in the navegation area when Youtube it in use. To make alt tab to find the Download Youtube app its not confortable.

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  • 5 stars

    "Youtube downloader is so useful."

    August 02, 2014   |   By man985243

    Version: YouTube Downloader 5.9.4

    Pros

    Youtube downloader is a useful tool for teaching.

    You can download sports skills before and share in the lessons.

    The Youtube downloader 's download speed is very fast and easy to use. Besides, the video quality is so good. I suggest all to use the software.

    Cons

    None of it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent YoutTube Downloader"

    August 01, 2014   |   By RMoon96

    Version: YouTube Downloader 5.9.4

    Pros

    1. Easy to use.
    2. Good user interface.
    2. Fast to download YouTube files.
    3. Convert to any video or audio formats easily.

    Cons

    I couldn't find any.

    Summary

    The best option if you just want download YouTube. It's very straightforward and makes sense.

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  • 5 stars

    "Heaven from youtubers"

    August 01, 2014   |   By lovepearl88

    Version: YouTube Downloader 5.9.4

    Pros

    This is a perfect apps for youtubers who loves to download the videos that they watch.
    Free ad & malware. The best you tube downloader. Very recommended.

    Cons

    Some videos could be a little bit to be downloaded.

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  • 5 stars

    "Awesome downloader software"

    July 30, 2014   |   By soumendra parida

    Version: YouTube Downloader 5.9.4

    Pros

    Easy to use
    Fast & user friendly
    Can download any desired quality

    Cons

    simply the best

    Summary

    Recommended for all user

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  • 5 stars

    "Best YouTube Downloader"

    July 27, 2014   |   By sinanan9

    Version: YouTube Downloader 5.9.3

    Pros

    Very simple to use.
    Download in minutes one hour videos.
    Auto Paste Button.
    Variety of Formats to download to.
    Variety of location to download to.
    Variety of Quality to download to.
    My favorite is the "Auto Shutdown when done" Checkbox.

    Cons

    Wished it had a longer free time usage :)

    Summary

    I have been using this downloader for some days now and it is the best I've used so far. My Pros and Cons are the highlights of all my thoughts on this YouTube Downloader so far. Thanks for a great product.

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