Best Way To Download Youtube Videos?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by WinterWolf90, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. WinterWolf90 macrumors 6502a

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    I know there are several apps for both chrome and Firefox, but I use safari. Does anyone here have a favorite? I did a search and came across websites that you put the link on and it lets you download them that way, but is there a native way in safari to download the videos or good extensions?
     
  2. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    Personally I use a cross-platform (Unix at least) tool called YouTube-dl. It's run via the Terminal though, so not for everyone. It works with more than just YouTube though and has many options.

    For separate apps, I've only used YTD but it works well enough.

    Personally not a big fan of using an extension for it, since it's not something I do that often, and the extension would permanently bloat up my browser then.

    Soon, only extensions from either the Mac App Store or the Safari Extension Gallery will work, and seeing that Google doesn't really approve of downloading YT vids, I doubt such an extension will run on Safari in the future anyway
     
  3. Lunder89 macrumors 6502

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    I use Dropzone for the task. Dropzone is a little inexpensive app (10 usd). Dropzone lives in the menubar, and here you can add some extensions, like a YouTube downloader. You can also do some simple automation for moving or copying files.
     
  4. WinterWolf90 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I ended up downloading 4K, its not too bad. Difficult to use for non youtube, but it works for youtube well.
     
  5. MacGizmo macrumors 65816

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  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    There is a free, standalone app for Mac named ClipGrab.
    Works quite well.

    There used to be Safari extensions that did the job, but it seems that Apple (perhaps under pressure from google) has put up barriers to using them with recent versions of Safari and the OS...
     

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