How to Download Youtube Videos


YouTube videos can be downloaded in any of the pixel quality that is listed up on the video information bar. Add-ons for web browsers such as Google Chrome are already there. The extension can be downloaded from here. Also, there are several YouTube downloaders that appear on the very first instant when searched on Google. Most popular YouTube video downloading software are real downloader, keep tube etc. Majority of this software service provider allow HD downloads. Moreover, websites such as also allow YouTube downloads without requiring any software to be downloaded.


To download any YouTube video, the URL of the video that appears on the address is to be copied and pasted to the software installed on the computer. The software links to the video and provides options to the user regarding the video quality and format. After the best suited quality is selected, the “download” button can be clicked and the video starts to download. In case of an add-on added to the browser, right below the video window on the website is a download button. When clicked, the button initiates the download after the user confirms that which format and video quality he desires.


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Requirements for YouTube Downloader

The software and the browser based downloaders are usually java compatible and hence, the user’s computer should be loaded with latest version of java so that videos can be easily downloaded. If not, the software might ask the user to do that prior to activate the video downloading feature.  The browsers, however, are relatively easier as they already optimize themselves for java compatibility and update themselves automatically whenever java has a newer version released. Most of the software are dependent on the operating system and hence are come in different versions for all the OS. It is, however, quite easy to find such a software for Windows and Android based devices than for Mac or Linux based devices.


Video Quality

Based on the connection quality, the youtube video download can be chosen in terms of quality and pixels. A genuine good converter will let downloads in multiple formats so that the video won’t require conversions into other formats for smartphone or iPod playback. The user can download the video in various formats including 3gp. Earlier, only videos could be downloaded only in .flv formats but now in .avi and .xvid formats too. This eradicates the need to download any video converter and since most of the video converters available are not freeware, so multiple format download is very economical to the user.


Videos on YouTube can be viewed in 240, 360, 480, 720 and 1080(HD) versions. Soon an upgrade to 3D and 2160 pixels is expected on the charts.  The downloader softwares are currently serving in all download modes except the 2160 HD and 3D modes.  It is expected that as the website gets along with 3D conversion of all videos, this feature will also be embedded in the downloaders.  The user has to be well aware here that 3D viewing would be as large as a 1080pixel or more video. So, a good internet connection would be essentially required in this context too.


YouTube downloaders don’t have a limitation on the size or length of the video that has to be downloaded. Since YouTube has also started showcasing movies from all over the world, the download file would require a considerable storage. Downloaders are enough capable to sustain an active download for a significant amount of time thus allowing movie and sitcom downloads at just one click.


Working of YouTube Downloader

Working of these softwares is based on the concept of ripping the data stored at a particular location in the computer. Just the way Windows Media Player rips an audio CD and still keeps all the data intact in the disc, downloaders can access the data stored at that URL and easily fetch from there. Videos of various qualities can be downloaded from the very same URL which makes it easier for the software.

The downloaders might not work in the links that air live TV or shows. These links are constantly updated in terms of transmission and thus the data is never stable enough. When the upload is complete, the data is transferred to a stable link by the website. The user can then access the video and easily download it in the same usual way.


Multiple Website Downloaders

YouTube is not the sole video sharing website on the internet. Websites such as,, and are also loaded with high quality and standardized content. Often exclusive content such as video releases and mini flicks are also shared on these websites too and the number of such uploads is quite on an increase. Since video download mechanism is the same and only server extensions vary, various softwares can also download videos from these websites without any glitch and erroneous operation.