21 Ways To Download YouTube, MySpace, Google, Metacafe and other videos!

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In past we have written about various hacks to download videos from YouTube, Metacafe and other video sharing sites. After receiving good response to all of them, I have decided to compile a complete list of alternatives for every possible ways and here is the outcome.

We have tested more than 60 alternatives. To limit our testing efforts, we eliminated all candidates who offers trial/paid service or forces to register user. Next of course ease of use and support for multiple video sharing site has been considered. Enough chit-chat, enjoy the list… πŸ™‚

The list is organized across different categories like web based, desktop version , etc.


Web Based

KeepVid logo 1. KeepVid – It supports almost all popular sites like YouTube, Metacafe, etc. Have bookmarklet option to download videos in one-click. You have to rename downloaded file to add .flv extension. You can use VLC media player to play flv files. Read More

FlashLoad Logo 2. Flashload – Replica of Keepvid, but also available in Deutsche language. Supports 50 video sites. Maintains list of last 20 videos downloaded on homepage.

videodownloadx logo3. videodownloadx – Same like keepvid but have option to convert video online into 12 different formats. They ask for email address in conversion option. In case you have concern about it try next..

vixy.net logo4. vixy.net – Supports less number of site than keepvid and less number of conversion formats than videodownloadx but simplest to use. Also they don’t ask for your email address. Read More…

Media Convertor Logo5. Media Converter – Supports many video sites. Conversion options gives nice compression ratio. It have too many options and wizards. Good for advance users, bad if your looking for quickie. Converter is also available for download as windows only version.

Zamzar Logo6. Zamzar – It also feature reach like Media Convertor but instead of giving their convertor away they offers online tool where you can upload existing flv videos for conversion. Good for Linux & Mac users as they don’t have desktop software to do the same.

kcoolonline logo7. kcoolonline – List of 211 video site they supports is eye-catcher. They do have a convertor but no bookmarklet option.

TubeG Logo8.  TubeG – Supports search and download from YouTube. Flagged video is available for download. Have bookmarklet as well as many interesting section to browse.

9. ilikeyoutube – Ability to search and download videos using top tags. As name suggest its only for YouTube.

YouTubeMania Logo10. YouTubia – YouTube only. Offers keyword based as well as user name based search option.

There are literally hundred of sites providing similar services, thanks to cost-effective web hosts like Dreamhost. Still if we missed any deserving site please let us know.


Firefox Add-ons

11. Video Download Helper – It is second most popular firefox addon with 234,815+ downloads. It supports adult sites. They also have dedicated tutorial section which is curtsey users of this addon only. Do I need to say more about it? πŸ˜‰

12. Video Ook – Supports less number of site but better customization options. Most important feature – file renaming after video title. Yep, all you tube video get downloaded with file name get_video so this extension is

GreaseMonkey Script To Download YouTube Video13.  GreaseMonkey Script – Those who love to do it GreaseMonkey way can use this script. Its for YouTube only. It adds a direct download link on all YouTube pages as shown in image. (New To GreaseMonkey?)

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Mobile Users

14. ByWiFi – You can search, watch & download video from YouTube & Metacafe. Registration is optional but useful to track you usage history across site. It will be great if they add support for more video site. Read More..

Unfortunate I do not have more options for mobile users this time. But I will surely add in future. If you have one, please share it via comments. πŸ™‚


Windows Users

Orbit Downloader Logo15.  Orbit Downloader – Integrates nicely with many video sharing sites. Just hover the mouse on video and a "Grab It" button will pop up immediately! Available in 30+ languages.

VDownloader Logo16.  Vdownloader – It can download and convert videos from many video sharing sites, saving them in AVI or MPG format. Supports few adult sites too!

KeepV Logo17.  KeepV – It also supports download as well as conversion. Conversion to MP4 format may catch iPod users. You need to manually copy-paste video URLs – Bad integration! Requires Microsoft .NET Framework.

18. Youtube Grabber – Very lightweight, but works for YouTube only as its name suggests!

For windows we got many softwares but most of them were paid. I don’t see any reason to pay for things when there are better alternative in freewares.


Linux Users

Linux Logo 19. Youtube-dl – This is a shell script. After installing you can use command like youtube-dl URL to download and play video automatically. Videos played using VLC player.

Again I failed to get any complete software for Linux. So personally I will go for web-based or firefox alternatives. Still if you are addicted to shell you can try the script above.


Mac OS Users

GetTube Logo20.  GetTube – Only option I found for Mac OS. Only youtube is supported as you might have guessed it. Good thing supports conversion to MP4, MOV and AVI formats.

Additionally script mentioned for Linux users can be used from terminal.


PHP Script

PHP Logo 21. Youtube Rippin – Finally if you are a coder and this large list impressed you, you can think of starting a site using this PHP script. Moreover if you have a PHP interpreter on your system, you can run this locally. Details are here…


Thats it! here we reach the end of this is a long list. I tried to cover all possible options but to err is human and if you think any deserving candidate is missing from list, feel free to comment! πŸ™‚

I personally used KeepVid bookmarklet for long time, but now on will have greasemonkey script to do the job for youtube. I also use Video Download Helper. What’s your favorites?

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Praveen March 29, 2008

Whoa! I appreciate ur patience in having tested 21 methods! I guess I would like to add another easy method. By installing the latest version of Real PLayer, gives the option of downloading ANY streaming video from ANY Site by hovering the mouse over the video. The video gets downloaded (as in most cases) in FLV Format. This is what I have been using for sometime now…


Rahul Bansal March 29, 2008

Thanks for appreciation Praveen! πŸ™‚
And about real player, its not completely free so its not in the list.

!nF3RnO!!! March 31, 2008

hey !!! I got another method…. and this method wont even waste your data !!! here’s it.. but this works only in “FireFox” :

1. Watch the video on any of the site like youtube,metacafe…etc
2. Then go to this link on your PC :

C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR_USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\

3. Replace YOUR_USERNAME by your PC UserName.
4. Then click on the folder there.(Usually there’s only one folder in the directory).It’s name will be something like this “f1bj03ks.default” . Then in that folder go to “Cache”.
5. Here all the videos you watched on YouTube or any other Site will be available.
6. There are hundreds of files available here.. How to recognise which file is the video??? It’s Simple..
At the top of the Window click on “View”.. Then on “Details”…. You will see all the files with its details….
7. Now arrange these in the decreasing order of Size.
8. The larger files at the top are the Videos . The file size will be somwhere near 1,000 KB to 15,000 KB.
9. Rename these files with the file extension .flv .
10. You are done … you can play these files in “FLV Player”.
11. Just Cut the file and transfer it to any other location on your hard disk and rename it with a suitable name but do not change the file extension.

That’s All!!!!!!!

You can download FLV Player from here…

Any querries mail me … or write comments in this forum….

Rahul Bansal March 31, 2008

Nice buddy but this is too geeky for average user.
Also this involves more work and its less reliable. Cache may get flush any time when it will be full so you can’t rely on this method.

And better use VLC player. Its better than using an extra player to play just FLV files… πŸ™‚

!nF3RnO!!! March 31, 2008


You Should not rename these files….these are firefox files… :


!nF3RnO!!! March 31, 2008

ya I think this will be geeky 4 average users… i tried to make it as simple as possible…..
The new VLC Player is also gud…

Rahul Bansal March 31, 2008

Ya.. I must accept that you explained it very nicely… πŸ™‚

Ani July 26, 2008

I’m using nokia 6630 and gprs-airtel live. Any one please explain how to play videos in youtube my browser is TEASHARK. It’s showing like this ‘you have either java script turned off or installed an old version of adobe flashplayer’ hearing this i installed adobe flasklite 2.1 but on use . I think you got it, anyone please help me. Thanks in advance.

Rahul Bansal July 27, 2008

You can’t download anything from Teashark directly.
May be you like to check out mobile version of YouTube

Salvio October 7, 2008

I have a perfect hint for who want download youtube and metacafe video, who want check look this site


It is possible to download from youtube, metacafe and also convert files for free

I use very much this site

Rahul Bansal October 8, 2008

Thanks for sharing.. πŸ™‚

alok May 27, 2009

yes this is indeed a very good collection

anish September 4, 2009

The site http://www.savetube.exofire.net

is good for search & Download You Tube video in 3 different fromats

Jon September 5, 2009

To watch all the video from one screen I discovered this site time some weeks ago.
You can even broadcast your events, your wedding, you garage sale. That is cool.

atinder October 7, 2009

here is another one for youtube and google


mbn October 29, 2009

http://youtube.pcrole.com/ is the best site foe download youtube video..im .mp4,.3gp & .flv..no waiting for download ..instant make a download link…

Anna Brooks November 2, 2010

If you are a Mac user you can use Elmedia Player PRO http://mac.eltima.com/media-player.html

for real November 7, 2010

Here is a working Linux shell script to download MySpace music, for real geeks only πŸ˜‰

ayush December 28, 2010

how can i download you yube videos through vlc1.1.5. please help.

auss September 26, 2011

http://youtump3.com download mp3 from youtube videos

Anna Brooks September 29, 2011

Here is one more tool. Elmedia Player PRO – online video downloader for Mac (http://mac.eltima.com/youtube-downloader-mac.html)