Download video from YouTube

This tutorial will show you how to download YouTube videos, or how to download audio tracks from any YouTube clip with the help of YouTube Downloader.

This guide was made on Mac, but all steps are the same on Windows and Ubuntu/Linux.

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  1. Find a video

    Find a video on YouTube using your favorite browser. Then right-click on it and copy its link to the clipboard.

    Copying the video links
  2. Paste URL

    Open YouTube Downloader, or switch to it if it's already running, and click on the Paste link button on the toolbar. The video clip will be added to the download list and the app will fetch and display information about it.

    Pasting the link in YouTube Downloader
  3. Choose output format

    To change the output format click on the central button on the toolbar. In the new window you will see formats and settings for video and audio download modes. Saving in original quality (without conversion) is the fastest method.

    Choosing the output format and quality
  4. Video or Audio?

    You can choose audio only, or video download mode, by using the switch.

    Download mode switch
  5. Select output folder

    By default the app saves downloaded clips to the Downloaded by MediaHuman subfolder, in your Movies folder (if you're saving videos) or in the Music folder (if video). You can change it in the application's Preferences. To do this simply click on the small gear icon and select Preferences in the menu. Switch to the Music output or Video output tab to change the folder for your downloads.

    Changing the app preferences
  6. Start downloading

    Now everything is ready to start downloading. To download a single video clip click on the Start button next to it. To download all added videos click on the Start all button on the toolbar.

    Downloading YouTube clip
  7. Downloading

    Have a rest while the download process is in progress. While the program is downloading, you are still able to add more videos to the download queue.

  8. Complete

    When your videos are downloaded, click on Locate button to access the downloaded file.

    Locating the downloaded file

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