Downloading videos

Sites like YouTube don’t have an easy download option. But a lot of software and sites have come out to help download You Tube videos as well as video from other, similar sites. This guide to downloading YouTube is a survey of the techniques and methods in current use, although this is not an endorsement or recommendation of any of them. There’s also a compilation of various guides, including how-to videos.

A while back, CNET reviewed some of this software.

Web-based downloaders

With these, you enter the address of a video, and you’ll be brought to a new page where you can save and even sometimes convert it. (warning on all the ads and popups)

Here’s another one… and even Techcrunch had a clean-looking YouTube downloader, but it’s been apparently disabled by YT itself. is an online FLV convertor. Enter the URL and go. Converts to Divx+mp3, MPEG4, and audio only (mp3).

Stand-alone software

These are programs that you run on your computer (outside of a web browser) to download videos.

YouTube Downloader apparently works for Windows.

For Linux (and other unices, not doubt) there’s clive, which is billed as a “video extraction utility for YouTube” and other online video sites.
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Peteris Krumins also has a few interesting methods, including one way to">download online videos using GAWK and a">Perl one-liner. Nice!

Video download tutorials and guides

There’s more info on this topic out there, from to-download-you-tube-videos">discussions to articles like
Chris Pirillo’s “to-download-you-tube-videos/">How to Download You Tube Videos.”

Finally, you can watch videos to tell you how. Instructables has a video tutorial, and you can see many more out there including some on the youtubes themselves: 1, 2, torial_download_you_tube_files_easy/">34.

For further reference

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First published on March 6th, 2009 at 3:11 pm (EST) and last modified on March 7th, 2009 at 3:09 pm (EST).