Best Free YouTube Downloader 2019

YouTube is the world’s biggest video site and you can find videos of pretty much any topic you are looking for. Sometimes you might need to save videos to watch offline whenever you want or to create your own videos.

According to YouTube’s terms of service, you can only stream videos directly from its servers. YouTube won’t allow you to download videos directly so you’ll need a third-party tool to save videos to your computer. Actually these YouTube Downloaders will enable you to download and save videos from many other video sharing sites too.

You can choose to save YouTube videos in a format of your Choice, save the whole video or just the audio, which is very convenient when you don’t need the video like some music videos or video podcast.

In this article, I’ll cover all free YouTube Downloaders I’ve tried that works and categorize the base on the system it supports: online, Mac and Windows.

Part 1: Free Online YouTube Downloader

1.     y2mate

You can paste the URL to y2mate and it will detect the video info and display it. Scroll down to find the download button. It allows you to download video in all available resolution, even the full-HD 1080p for free. Supported video formats includes MP4 and 3GP. Supported audio formats are MP3 and M4A. The download speed is good compare with other online YouTube Downloaders.

Website: https://y2mate.com

Supported formats: MP4, 3GP, M4A, MP3

Supported resolution: 144p to 1080p

Download Speed: Excellent

2.     youtubeconverter.io

Copy and paste the video you want to download to the address bar and click the red “Convert” button and it will detect the YouTube video in a flash. Choose the format and quality (resolution) you want to download and then click the red download button next to it. In the pop up Window, click “Download” to start downloading.

Tip: Insert “pp” after the word “youtube” in the link in address bar of your browser and hit “Enter” to download videos and mp3 files from YouTube as a faster way. See below sample:

https://www.youtubepp.com/watch?v=e2ba1avSYzg

  • Website: https://www.youtubeconverter.io/
  • Supported formats: MP4, M4A, MP3
  • Supported resolutions: 360p to 1080p
  • Download Speed: Excellent

3.     Keepvid

Enter the link in the address bar and click Download Now button. You’ll direct to a newly opened webpage with ads, simply close it and go back to keepvid.pro. Scroll down a little bit to find real download button. The free version only supports downloading videos and videos without sound. Which means you can’t download 1080p videos with sound or download audio only. This is not the best tool so use it only when others doesn’t work for you.

  • Website: https://keepvid.pro/
  • Supported formats: MP4, WEBM
  • Supported resolutions: 360p to 720p
  • Download Speed: Good

4.     Onlinevideoconverter

When you first click the address bar, you’ll be directed to a newly opened window with ads. Close it and go back to the onlinevideoconverter page and paste the URL to the address bar again. This free YouTube Downloader tool supports a variety of video and audio formats, pretty much all of the popular video and audio formats, including: MP4, M4V, MOV, FLV, AVI, WMV, MP3, AAC, OGG and more. Choose the format to download and click the More Settings button to choose what video resolution you want to download, from 240p to 1080p. This is the most powerful online YouTube downloader I’ve tested. It even supports setting start and end time to download so you don’t need a video editor for trimming the video.

After you finished the settings click the “Start” button and it takes a while for the video download preparation process. Be patient because it might take up to a few minutes and stay 0% process. When finish, you’ll directly to a new page with download button.

  • Website: https://www.onlinevideoconverter.com/
  • Supported formats: video (MP4, M4V, MOV, FLV, AVI, WMV, MPG) audio (MP3, AAC, OGG, M4A, WMA, FLAC, WAV)
  • Supported resolutions: 360p to 1080p
  • Download Speed: Good

5.     ddownr

This free online YouTube downloader supports highest resolution: 8k. So if video quality is your biggest concern, use ddownr and choose 1440p resolution. And it supports download playlist too. Set playlist range up to 250 so you don’t need to download videos one by one.  

  • Website: https://ddownr.com/
  • Supported formats: MP4, WEBM, WP3, M4A
  • Supported resolutions: 360p to 8k
  • Download Speed: Excellent

6.     sconverter

Paste the URL and click the red arrow, then scroll down to find download button. Don’t be fool by the “YouTube MP3” and “Converter” button under the address bar because it won’t download any video and will direct you to ad pages.

  • Website: https://sconverter.com/
  • Supported formats: MP4, MP3, M4A
  • Supported resolutions: 360p to 720p
  • Download Speed: Excellent

Tip: Change the word “youtube” to “Youtu10” in the link in address bar of your browser and hit “Enter” to download videos and mp3 files from YouTube as a faster way. See below sample: https://www.youtu10.com/watch?v=e2ba1avSYzg

Part 2: Free Desktop Online YouTube Downloader

Compared with online YouTube downloaders, desktop version supports downloading several videos in batch and the download speed if faster. So if you need to download a list of videos, a desktop version YouTube downloader is a better choice. Below are the best free video downloaders that helps you save videos easily. Some have both Windows and Mac version available, some are not.

1.     Freemake Video Downloader (Windows)

Freemake Video Downloader supports downloading clips from 10,000 Sites for free, saving videos, play playlists, channels in HD, MP4, MP3, AVI, 3GP, FLV, etc. This is a completely free tool. Capture online videos easily from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Twitch, LiveLeak, Veoh, local and adult sites.

  • Website: https://ytoffline.net/
  • Supported formats: MP4, WEBM, M4A
  • Supported resolutions: 180p to 4k
  • Download Speed: Excellent
  • Supported System: Windows

2.     YTD Video Downloader (Windows)

YTD video downloads supports videos from 50+ sites and convert to most video formats: MP4, WMV, FLV, MOV, 3GP, AVI. So you can easily watch free videos later on other devices: iPad, iPhone, iPod, Samsung Galaxy, HTC, Kindle Fire, Blackberry and many others. YTD video downloader has integrated video player to watch your videos right away.

  • Website: http://www.ytddownloader.com/
  • Supported formats: MP4, WMV, FLV, MOV, 3GP, AVI
  • Supported resolutions: 180p to 4k
  • Download Speed: Excellent

Supported System: Windows

3.     Wondershare Free YouTube Downloader

With Wondershare Free YouTube Downloader on, it will automatically detects YouTube videos playing on IE, Firefox or Chrome. To download videos, either click the Download button on the upper right of the video or copy video URLs and click the Paste URL button to get multiple videos offline at once. It’s pretty simple to get what you want. Additionally, the “Finished” Library is a good place to manage both existing MP4, FLV and WebM videos. Double-click any video in the Library to enjoy it!

  • Website: http://www.ytddownloader.com/
  • Supported formats: MP4, WMV, FLV, MOV, 3GP, AVI
  • Supported resolutions: 180p to 4k
  • Download Speed: Excellent
  • Supported System: Windows

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