Many times a day, while stalking videos on youtube about different topics, you’ll appear in front of the most desirable YouTube video that you’ll need to watch multiple times or maybe to use for your own content. “I wish there was a procedure to download using some free youtube video downloaders instead of looking it up again and again” – you mutter.
You will be amazed to know that there are several websites and applications, commonly mentioned as “YouTube Video Downloader”, that let you do just that.
There are thousands of 100% successful alternatives when it comes to YouTube downloaders.
While some may cost you a good few dollars to acquire, most are 100% free.
In fact, there are several platforms that don’t even require you to download any software (all you need is the video URL and you’re good to go).
If you have no experience regarding this before and are paranoid that you may end up with a virus or something, stay with this article.
In this article, get to know about 15 of the best free YouTube downloaders to pursue in 2020. In the end, I’ll also take you through quick dos and don’ts of using these video downloaders.
Recommended Article: 10 Best YouTube to MP3 Converters (2021)
Let’s get started.
The Best YouTube Video Downloaders of 2021
The following YouTube video downloader tools will reign supreme in 2021.
Let’s start off with the most basic (and one of the most popular) tools.
KeepVid (by iTubeGo) is a website to handle with simple steps.
- Hit the website from your browser
- Click on video converter
- Paste the link of your youtube video
- Download YouTube videos in MP4 format.
Whoa!!! You got your video
The good thing about KeepVid is: Apart from individual videos, the tool also lets you conveniently download complete YouTube playlists in one go.
Moreover, you can also simply download videos from Facebook, Instagram, and Dailymotion.
y2mate is second in the list. An even simple YouTube to MP4 converter.
Simply copy-paste the sharable video link into the field on the homepage. Then hit “start.”
However, a good side about y2mate is that it enables you to download videos in all the possible resolutions, from 144p to 1080p.
Additionally, the tool also lets you download just the audio, or convert and download videos into MP3 files.
Videoder is another free video downloader available for Windows and Android, the 3rd on the list.
The software allows you to download even 4K videos from not only YouTube but from 1,000 + other websites as well (however, the available android version enables you to download from 50 + different video sharing and social platforms).
The amazing thing is, the desktop version lets you create personal collections of videos and audios, so its hassle-free for you to find individual contents.
Snaptube is a user-friendly tool that lets you download YouTube videos in different resolutions and formats. But you cannot do it all on the web. You must download their software or mobile app to download youtube videos. Some of the formats that Snaptube supports comprise M4A, MP4, and MP3. Snaptube offers video resolutions in a range of 144p, 720p, 1080p HD, 2k HD, 4K HD, and audio formats in MP3 or M4A.
For now, the tool is only available for Android, but not yet available on Google Play – so you’ll need to download the APK.
Same as the Android version of Videoder, Snaptube lets you download videos from more than 50 individual sites, besides YouTube.
Airy is a familiar YouTube video downloader that enables you to convert videos into various formats and resolutions (including Ultra HD).
Some of the supported formats include:
Different to the plug-and-play tools, you’ll require to download Airy application before you can use it. For now, it’s convenient for both Windows and Mac OS.
The tool also collaborates with all popular browsers, including:
This allows you to “save” (download) the videos you wish and download them later.
TubeMate is also a well-recognized YouTube downloader that allows you to save your favourite youtube videos in MP4 and 4GP formats (as well as in audio formats, like MP3 or WAV).
The tool also has its own video player and a built-in search feature that helps you find videos effortlessly.
TubeMate is compatible with both Android and Windows.
7. 4K Video Downloader
4K Downloader is a famous provider of free content-grabbing products.
Their most familiar tool is the 4K Video Downloader, which lets you download videos from Vimeo, Facebook, and more besides Youtube.
Similar to TubeMate, this is also a tool you’ll need to download before you can start using it. As of now, it’s only out for Windows.
Like a handful number of tools mentioned earlier, the 4K Video Downloader also allows you to download full playlists. Moreover, it helps you download complete channels in one click!
8. YT Cutter
Sometimes, we only need specific parts of the videos.
Though there are many free tools for trimming and embedding videos, only a very few numbers of platforms allow you to really save them in your device.
One of them is YT Cutter – it enables you to download the bits that you like in a few different formats, like so:
It even lets you download files as a GIF. But, it is not really cool for making GIFs. Anyways, if you’d like to learn how to make a GIF, I suggest using a different tool.
9. Gihosoft TubeGet
Gihosoft is a pronounced provider of (paid and free both) file encryption, data recovery tools, video convertor, and downloading tools.
One of their popular products involves the Gihosoft TubeGet – a standard, user-friendly YouTube downloader application– that’s available for both Windows and Mac operating systems.
This software enables you to download videos in 4 different formats (MP4, AVI, MKV, and MOV).
Its additional facilities are:
- Convert saved videos from WebM into multiple popular formats
- Include subtitles to your videos
There are both free and paid versions available for Gihosoft TubeGet. The only differences within the two versions are that with the later, you also get the license(s) and technical support for your works. If you work for personal use, I would suggest the free version.
YTOFFLINE is a plug-and-play, ready-to-go, easy-to-use YouTube downloader that allows you save your favourite videos on one click. Just copy and paste the URL into the field and click “Go.”
Once it finishes processing your video, follow these steps:
- Scroll and right-click on the “Download” button.
- Click “save link as” (will vary from browser to browser), choose where you desire your video to be saved, and click on “Save.”
In addition, YTOFFLINE is totally secure and has SSL encryption.
VideoProc is a heavy video processing software (by Digiarty), with a wide range of capabilities.
By this tool, one can trim, merge, crop, rotate and ingest much more to make click-worthy videos.
Additionally, this video processing software also includes a built-in “media downloader,” which allows you to download videos from more than1,000 websites.
The tool also enables you to convert downloaded videos into MP4, MP3, and other formats supported by all of the widely used players and devices worldwide.
VideoProc is accessible for free (for both Windows and Mac). There’s also a paid pro-version with advanced features and additional services.
Next on the list is VidMate, the YouTube downloader for Android, with the reputation of most mobile users. It is popular because of its player cum downloader facilities.
The app lets you download videos from YouTube, besides more than200 other platforms.
It also allows you to stream online videos in HD.
A main feature of VidMate is its integrated downloader, which renders fast download speeds (even with slow internet connections). It uses the technique to download equally divided video segments and later convert and merge them as a full video file. It allows to download videos in all resolutions and also in MP3 format.
As all Youtube video downloaders, this tool isn’t available on Google Play Store due to Google’s policy against downloading content from YouTube. For that reason, you’ll have to download the APK and install it manually on your device.
13. iTubeGo YouTube Downloader
iTubeGo is a multi-tasking content grabbing tool that lets you download music and video.
In addition to that, it also lets a user convert videos into MP3 (audio) format, download YouTube playlists at one click, and manage multiple downloading tasks.
At this moment, it’s supported for both Windows and Mac. You can grab all of the main features with the free version.
14. Softorino YouTube Converter 2
Built for Mac and Windows operating systems, Softorino YouTube Converter 2 allows you to convert and download YouTube videos into various formats.
Apart from YouTube, the software can also download videos from more than 60 other platforms.
Claimed as a “friendly downloader for YouTube,” ClipGrab is the next one on the list.
However, that doesn’t imply that it’s not as cool as the others. In fact, in terms of simplicity and ease-of-access, it’s one of the best tools out there.
Not only videos from YouTube, but it also allows one to download from Vimeo and Facebook, as well.
For now, ClipGrab is only compatible with Windows.
Is Downloading YouTube Videos Legal?
No matter you want to do video marketing or just want to save contents to watch later on your device, it is always illegal to download YouTube videos.
Due to this issue, most of the tools explained above aren’t available in the major app stores.
You can only legally download a video if:
- It is your self-made content
- It is a royalty-free stock footage
- You have permission from the original owner/uploader
The is the reason why YouTube discourages downloading for protecting its users and revisit them on their platform.
Now that you are ready to download your favourite video(s), it’s time to enjoy them buffer-freely and legally use them wherever you want!!!
Happy Downloading !!!
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