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Top 10 Websites to Download Online YouTube Videos for Free

YouTube is undoubtedly the most popular video sharing website in the Internet world. Millions of videos, movies, TV shows, lessons and tutorials are watched and uploaded by countless people. If you have come across some videos you like very much, you probably want to save them to your computer's hard drive for offline enjoyment or other future purposes. Luckily, there are many free online YouTube downloader that allow you to download YouTube videos by simply copying and pasting the video URLs. And here we make a list of the best 10 online YouTube video downloader. All these sites let you free download YouTube video files (including HD videos) with a single click. Have a look at them and pick your best.

Part 1. The best 10 free online YouTube downloader

Part 2. How to download videos from YouTube with desktop software

Part 1. Top 10 free online YouTube video downloader

1. Keepvid

Keepvid is certainly one of the best free online YouTube video downloader due to its simplicity. In addition to YouTube, this website also lets you download streaming videos from Dailymotion, eHow, Facebook, Flickr, Metacafe, Photobucket, TED, Vimeo, Veoh and tons of other popular video sharing sites. To make Keepvid work well, you need to download the latest version of Java.

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Note: Keepvid sometimes doesn't work on Mac. If you want to save YouTube videos on Mac, you'd better turn to other sites or Keepvid desktop alternative for Mac.

2. Savevid

This free YouTube video downloader online site enables you to download videos from YouTube, Metacafe, Dailymotion, Veoh, Vimeo, eHow, etc. and save them in FLV, MOV, WMV, MPG or AVI formats. Before start downloading the videos, you can choose the quality of the video that you want to download.

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3. Zamzar

Zamar can download videos from YouTube, Metacafe, Dailymotion and so on. Apart from downloading online streaming video files, this online YouTube movie downloader is also an online converter that can convert videos, audio files, documents, images and much more.

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4. Keep-Tube

KeepTube is another great online YouTube downloader that lets you grab YouTube videos for free in a breeze. Simply paste the YouTube video URL address into the bar and click the Download button to download the video. Generally, it will present the video files that can be downloaded in various formats like MP4, WebM, FLV, MP3, etc. However, it can only download HD videos from only a few websites like YouTube.

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5. Clipnabber

ClipNabber is a very easy to use website for downloading videos from YouTube in FLV format. In addition to YouTube, it can also rip videos from other popular video sharing websites like Veoh, Metacafe, Dailymotion and an array of other similar sites.

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6. Videodownloadx

VideoDownloadX is an excellent online YouTube video downloader. It also allows you to convert the download YouTube videos to other popular video formats. All you need to do is to copy and paste the YouTube video link to its URL bar and it will start download the YouTube video.

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7. Savemedia

With Savemedia, you can copy and paste a URL into the form on its website and click Download to save the videos to your computer's hard drive. It also allows you to choose the format you want and then start the download. In only 3 simple steps, you can view YouTube videos offline without any hassles.

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8. Savevideo

Savevideo.me lets you download and save videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Metacafe and other popular web video sharing sites. And you can download videos in different formats like FLV, MP4, 3GP and WebM. Unlike Keepvid, you don't need to install Java in order to make it work properly.

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9. Deturl

The same as other free YouTube downloader online, Deturl allows you to quickly get YouTube videos by pasting and inputting the YouTube video link. You can choose the format you want to save the videos and then start the downloading. A bookmarklet is provided in case that you want to click rather than type.

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10. Catchvideo

Simply enter the video URL address from video sharing sites like YouTube, Facebook, Dailymotion, Metacafe, Vimeo, etc. and click Catch to start downloading the videos.

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Part 2. Free download YouTube videos with desktop software

Every coin has two sides. Downloading online YouTube videos via web services can be convenient and easy, but in the meantime, it also comes up with some problems. For example, online video downloaders can’t support batch downloading, which will be time-consuming. And if you want to convert the videos, you have to download a converting application to accomplish your tasks. The disadvantages of online video downloaders will cause you much inconvenience. At this moment, you just need to seek help from desktop software.

Aimersoft YouTube Downloader is a powerful video downloader and converter. With this smart tool, you can easily download videos not only from YouTube, but also from other 1000+ popular sites. The operation is so simple that all you need to do is to simply click. Then the program will start downloading the videos for you with fast speed and better picture quality.

When the videos you like being downloaded, you can either watch them with the built-in HD media player or convert the videos to fit different devices and players. The program supports almost all the video and audio formats, allowing you to freely convert the files according to your needs. If you are a Mac user, you can turn to Aimersoft Mac YouTube Downloader. Mac version is compatible with Mac OS 10.6 or later (Mavericks included).

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1Search videos on YouTube

Firstly, you need to launch the video downloader and open your web browser to navigate to youtube.com. After finding the video you want to download, you can play it as usual.

If you are using Windows version, you can click the Online Video tab on the top of the interface. And then visit YouTube via the built-in browser.

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2Save YouTube videos to your computer

If your web browser is Chrome, Firefox or Safari, you'll see a Download button appearing on the top right corner of the video window. You can simply click it to download the video with a resolution you prefer.

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Alternatively, you can also capture YouTube videos via copy and paste. To do this, you need to copy the video URL and then click the Paste URL button on the top left corner of the program's interface. Mac version also lets users to download videos from YouTube by dragging and dropping the video URL to the program.

3Watch the videos with the built-in player (Optional)

If you'd like to watch the downloaded video files with the built-in HD media player, you can go to the Finished menu and click the Play button unto the selected video thumbnail. Or you can also double click the video thumbnail to start playing it.

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4Convert the video to a desired format (Optional)

All the downloaded files will be listed under the Finished menu. Select the video that you want to convert and then click the Convert button beside it. The window for output format will be subsequently activated. You are free to choose any video and audio format you like. After everything is done, you can click OK to start the conversion.

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With Aimersoft Video Downloader, you are not only able to download videos from YouTube and other sites with simple clicks, but also enjoy the video anywhere and anytime you like without the Internet connection.

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Loved using KeepVid on my Windows PC but never could get it to work on my Mac computer. But then a friend said that I should really try the KeepVid Alternative for Mac. Once I downloaded the software and tried it out, I was so pleased. Now I can download any videos I want from Youtube for free. To download from Hulu, I upgraded. Very much worth the time and effort to use this software.
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