10 Best Free YouTube Video Downloaders For Windows Share
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YouTube Downloaders allow you to save your favorite videos to your local hard drive, allowing you to easily view them at a later time, even when you are not connected to the internet. Moreover, even if the video is taken down due to some reason, you can still watch it again, or show it to others, if available. We have covered a lot of applications, as well as web extensions, that allow you to download videos from YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, Metacafe, and lots of other video hosting websites. In this post, we bring you ten of the best YouTube video downloaders, each with its own specific set of features.


Direct YouTube Downloader

Direct YouTube Downloader is a dedicated grabber for YouTube, which not only lets you download single videos by copying their URL, but you can also download all the videos of a specific User, Channel, or any Playlist. The application supports downloading high-resolution videos up to Ultra HD 4K resolution. Downloading a whole playlist does not require any more work than copying its URL. All the videos of a User, Channel, or Playlist are listed in the main interface before downloading, and you can remove the ones you do not want to download. You can save videos in WebM, MP4, FLV and 3GP formats, and audio only streams in AAC.


The massive range of video resolutions offered by Direct YouTube Downloader to download videos, including the Ultra HD 4K resolution, in combination with the ability to download complete Playlists, makes this tool a must have for people who want to download videos from the popular video hosting service.

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Best Video Downloader

Best Video Downloader is the tool that I personally use when I want to download any video from YouTube. The reason for using this particular YouTube downloader is that you don’t have to keep and run a separate software every time you want to download a video. After installation, the tool just adds an extension to the selected browsers (it currently supports Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer), and whenever you play a video on YouTube, a button pops up below the video window, allowing you to download the file in multiple audio and video formats. The tool lets you download the video in M4A, AAC, MP3 (128K, 64K), MP4 720p HD, MP4 360p, and FLV (480p, 360p. 240p). Moreover, you can also download the album art (thumbnail image) of the video from the same list.

Best Video Downloader

Best Video Downloader, while downloading videos from YouTube, keeps the interference to the minimum. The ease with which one can download the video in different formats and qualities makes it my personal choice as a YouTube Downloader.

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Wondershare vDownloader

Wondershare vDownloader allows you to download videos from multiple websites, including YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, Metacafe, Facebook, Vevo, Hulu, etc. Other than the normal 360p and 480p resolutions, it also allows you to download videos in the full 1080p. The application offers you two ways to download the video: you can download the video by pasting its URL in the main interface of the application, or you can use the integrated download option in your browsers, which allows you to download a video in different resolutions just by hovering your mouse over it. Wiondershare vDownloader also features a built-in video player with full screen as well as repeat mode. By specifying the program preferences, you can also choose to disable browser integration for specific browsers.


Its ability download videos from multiple websites using clipboard, as well as mouse hover, makes it a very solid choice.

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NoVirusThanks YouTube Video Downloader

NoVirusThanks YouTube Video Downloader is a portable application that lets you download one video at a time from YouTube. However, where the tool lacks in terms of capturing multiple streams, it makes up in its ability to convert videos directly after downloading them. The application allows users to convert the downloaded video to MPEG, FLV, Apple QuickTime MOV, WAV and a lot of other video formats. Besides the conversion after download, the tool also allows you to change the file formats and extract only the audio layer from a video stored in your local hard drive.


The portable program offers real-time conversion of videos (as soon as they get downloaded), and conversion of stored videos in multiple audio and video formats. This tool can be useful for people who want to copy the video to a device supporting only specific video and audio containers.

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yMule is YouTube downloader that does not rely on the clipboard to download videos. Instead, it features its own search function, which lets you scour the YouTube database for any motion stream. The search results are listed with the name, duration of video, number of views on YouTube, upload period, availability in HD, and Description of each that matches the search criteria. You can also set several filters to narrow down the lookup, such as show only HD videos, search for music, sort criteria of the results list, upload data, and duration of videos. Double clicking a video adds it to the download list, and for music videos, an option is available to download only the audio track. Default settings can be chosen for allowing the maximum number of parallel downloads, as well specifying the download quality for the selected videos.


The application lets you download YouTube videos without making you open the website, or copy the URL of each video. The search options allow users to quickly locate the required video and download it in any quality that they want.

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ClipGrab is video downloader that supports not just YouTube, but also Vimeo, College Humor, DailyMotion and a lot of other video hosting services. The program allows you to convert videos after downloading them into Original, WMV, MPEG4, OGG Theora, MP3 (audio), OGG Vorbis (audio) file formats. ClipGrab can download HD videos from any website that offers high definition videos, such as YouTube and Vimeo. The application also allows you to search for videos directly from within the main interface. Videos can be downloaded using the clipboard option (by pasting their URL in the application), and the automatic site-recognition allows it to work on a large number of online portals. You can also choose to keep the metadata in audio files, and connect the program to the internet when using a proxy server.

ClipGrab - Download and Convert Online Videos

The wide range of websites supported by ClipGrab, along with its ability to search and download videos from YouTube, makes it a try-worthy candidate on our list.

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If you are looking for a reliable video downloading application that gets regularly updated, try RealDownloader. It is a video downloader from the developers of Real Player that lets you download videos from video hosting websites such as YouTube, MetaCafe, Facebook etc. The application allows you to download videos in MP4 and FLV. After installation, an extension is installed to your browser, which adds a Download this Video button on top of the currently playing videos. Click this button to add the video to the download list. You can choose when the download button should appear on a video, from options including On load, On mouse over and Don’t show (download using right click).


RealDownloader is already a very famous video downloader, used by a lot of people without any complaints. Its simplicity and stability makes it a very good choice for downloading video streams.

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Freemake Video Downloader

Freemake Video Downloader is another tool that supports multiple websites – in this case, 10,000+. Along with YouTube, it allows you to get videos from the likes of Vimeo, Facebook, TubePlus, DailyMotion, Vevo etc. Videos can be downloaded in every available video resolution, such as 360p, 480p, 720p (HD), 1080p (HD) and 4096p (4K). Before downloading the video, Freemake Video Downloader lists all the available formats, their resolutions, audio quality, and the file size that will be downloaded. You can choose to extract the audio from the file, or convert the selected video to AVI, MKV, MP3, iPod/ iPhone, Android, PSP, and 3GP formats. The program features both a desktop client, as well as plugins for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Freemake Video Downloader

The resolution and size listing functionality, as well as the built-in video converter with support for multiple formats, and built-in presets for audio and video formats compatible with iPod, iPhone, PSP and Android, make this eye candy tool a decent contender among our list of top 10 YouTube Downloaders.

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Orbit Downloader

Orbit Downloader is another very famous tool for downloading videos, as well as other content from the internet. It provides you with a lot more flexibility in terms of where the content is hosted. The specialty of Orbit Downloader is that it works on any type of audio or video Flash content. So, you are not restricted to download the videos only from YouTube, Vimeo or other big video hosting websites; you can grab any video or audio that is available inside a Flash container. Orbit Downloader grabs the video while it’s playing and creates a download link, enabling you to store the file in your local hard drive to a location of your choosing.


The program works with all the major internet browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Opera.

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YouTube Downloader HD

YouTube Downloader HD is one of the most famous tools available that allow you to easily download videos from YouTube by just copying their URL. The application supports downloading the video in multiple resolutions, from a range of 240p up to videos with a 1080p Full HD resolution. If you are downloading the videos at a lower resolution, there are options available to convert them to AVI as well as MP4, making them compatible with most portable video players, including iPod and Quick Time. You can save the video in a custom location and stop the download process, if needed.

YouTube Downloader HD

The simplicity of YouTube Downloader HD makes it a good choice for situations where you need to simply download a video for keeping it in your collection.

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That concludes our list of the 10 best tools available for downloading videos from the internet, specially YouTube. If you have any other that we have missed in our review, feel free to drop us a tip in comments below!

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