we will explain how to download youtube videos on your computer, so that if you see a video you like, you can download it to put it on any other device and watch it offline. It is an interesting resource, for which there are different methods and multiple tools that you can use.
The negative part of there being so many methods and alternatives is that sometimes it’s easy to get confused if you don’t have too much knowledge. Therefore, we are going to explain the simplest methods you can use when downloading the videos you want from YouTube. Remember that we mean downloading the entire video, not just downloading the music that is in them.
The easiest is to use Savefrom
There is a page called Savefrom.net, and they have purchased a secondary domain so that you only have to change one thing to download the video. To use this method, go to the video you want to download, and add the letters ss at the beginning of youtube in the address. Do it as you see in the screenshot, changing the www.youtube.com/blabla for www.ssyoutube.com/blabla. Obviously, in the blabla goes the rest of the address that points to the video.
Doing this will take you directly to the Savefrom page, and it will already have loaded the video you have chosen to download. You will only have click on the download button after choosing the image quality on the right, and the video will be downloaded.
If you prefer, there are also extensions
If you prefer, the popular ClipConverter website has a script that you can download from almost any browser. The thing is, the process is a bit complicated. You have to start by entering this website, where they guide you step by step. The first thing will be to download the Tampermonkey extension, since will allow you to use your own scripts in the browser.
From now on, when you enter a new YouTube video Three new options will appear next to the thumbs up and thumbs down rating buttons. The options are to use ClipConverter to choose what to download, download the audio of the video in MP3 format or download the video itself in MP4.
The ever useful jDownloader
jDownloader is one of the most popular direct download tools that you can find, and if you have it installed on your computer Windows, GNU/Linux or macOS It will also help you to download videos from YouTube.
By default, when you copy the URL of a YouTube video when you have jDownloader active, the program will load it automatically. But if you have this type of loading disabled, go to the Link Grabber tab, right click, and in the options that are displayed, click Add Links. In the pop-up window, paste the video URL in the hole with the magnifying glass icon, and without having to touch anything else, click on Continue.
By default, when uploading a YouTube video jDownloader will upload the video, the audio and the cover image. But you can unfold the folder that it has created for you so that each of these files appears, and if you only want to download the video, click on it and choose the Add and Start Downloads option. Ready, jDownloader will download the file to the folder you have configured for downloads.
You can also do it with VLC
And another alternative is to use the incombustible VLC, the popular application to play all kinds of videos. Here we explain the complete process step by step, but in summary, start by copying the URL of the YouTube video. So, in VLC open the Media tab and click on the Open network location option. A window will open where you have to put the URL of the video and click on Play.
The video will start playing in VLC. So, open the Tools tab, and click on the Multimedia information option. There, in the Place field you will have a temporary URL of the video that you have to open in the browserand when you do, you can right click on it and download it.