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5 Best Free YouTube Video Downloader Tools to Get Streaming Videos Offline

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mac-youtubedownloadYouTube videos can be streamed over the Internet, but how can we watch the YouTube videos without Internet connection? The only way to watch YouTube videos offline is to download and save them to local hardisk. Here in this article, we picked out 5 best free YouTube video downloader tools among the many "YouTube Video Downloaders”.

1. Free YouTube Downloader

This is a free Windows-based desktop software from iFunia which allows users to free download videos from video sharing sites like YouTube, Metacafe, Blip, Break and Bing. The videos can be saved as any available web video formats such as WebM, FLV, F4V, MP4, M4V, WMV, AVI, 3GP, MOV etc. Just copying the video URLs from website and pasting in Free YouTube Video Downloader, the videos from YouTube/Metacafe/Blip/Break/Bing sites will be free downloaded easily with great speed. It also allows users to add multiple video URLs for batch downloading at a time.

2. Firefox Video DownloadHelper This is one of the most demanded Firefox addons. It lets download videos from YouTube, MySpace, Dailymotion and other sites, so you can watch them whenever you want. When you are on a page containing links to images or movies, you can download some or all of them at once. All you’ll have to do is click the Video DownloadHelper icon and save the video. You can also setup the extension to automatically convert the downloaded movies to your preferred video format: AVI, MP4, WMV, MPEG, MP3, MOV, 3PG and popular portable gadgets. The only minus is that you can’t use it in other web browser but Firefox.

3. Free YouTube Downloader HD for Mac We can learn from its name that this is a free desktop software for Mac users (OS X 10.5 or above). Leaving aside the intuitive interface, this is a good option to get streaming YouTube videos (YouTube HTML5 video and 4K video included) offline in batches. The download process is quick and easy: just drag and drop the YouTube video URLs to its interface, the added YouTube videos will be downloaded automatically. This program allows users to upgrade to a pro version which enables users to convert YouTube videos for playback on portable devices or for editing in iMovie/Final Cut Pro.

4. Zamzar.com Zamzar.com is a free web service to convert various files between formats and download streaming videos from YouTube, BlipTV, Metacafe, Myspace and some other sites. The service doesn’t provide “only download” option, therefore the conversion to some video format is indispensable. The link with a resulted video is sent to your email. You may download only one video at once. The other drawback is 100 MB limit for source files, still there are Pro pricing plans for the advanced users.

5.  Keepvid.com  This is another free online tool which allows you to download videos from YouTube website, just enter URL of video page to the box and hit “DOWNLOAD”. But please notice that, to download YouTube videos with this site, you need to “download Java” to your computer. Unlike Zamzar, Keepvid.com only supports download YouTube videos, no function available here for converting your files to other formats.