Top Seven Free Ways to Download YouTube Videos

FREGETWRGWRTOne of the common questions on the lips of several You Tubers is “How do I download YouTube Videos?” Whether it is downloading some favorite videos or a YouTube remix, the knowledge on how to go about it is essential.

There are lots of free ways to download YouTube videos. Here is a list of seven most popular ways to download YouTube videos:

1. Using “SS”

Step 1: Type “SS” before the name YouTube in the URL of the browser while the video is playing. For example, changes to

Step 2: Press the Enter button and a page indicating the download link will appear.

Step 3: Choose the format of video –select either MP4 720p or MP4 360p. A window will open asking the location the file should be saved.

Step 4: Type the file name and click save.

2. Using VLC Media Player

Step 1: Choose the video to download and open it. Copy its URL by right-clicking while the cursor is on the address bar and click

Step 2: Click on the VLC media player, when it opens press Ctrl+N and a window will pop up with a text box where to enter the URL.

Step 3: In the text box, paste the URL and click on the play button located at the bottom right of the page.

Step 4: In the VLC menu bar, click on Tools and a drop-down menu will appear, choose Codec Information.

Step 5: At the bottom, a text box containing a random text will pop up, right click and choose Select All.

Step 6: In the same text box, right click again and go for Copy.

Step 7: On the browser, Paste the Copied text in the address bar and press the Enter button, the video will start playing. Right-click on any place on the browser and select Save video as.

Step 8: Name the Video and click save.

3. Using “VD”

Step 1: Select the YouTube video and play it to make sure it’s the right one.

Step 2: In the address bar, type “VD” just before the name YouTube. It is clear how the address changes from: to

Step 3: Press the Enter button. This will open another website.

Step 4: Click on the Download button. A drop-down menu with various video format options will appear.

Step 5: Select the video quality between MP4 360p and MP4 720p.

Step 6: After a window appears, choose the folder you want to save the video, type the name before clicking on Save.

4. SnapPea is among the renowned websites used for downloading YouTube videos. It’s extremely easy to use.

Step 1: Open the YouTube video and in the address bar copy the URL then open

Step 2: At the top in the paste the copied URL and click the Download button.

Step 4: Pick the video format you prefer and downloading will start immediately.

NB: Two video formats will be provided MP4 and 3GP. The user should choose the one they prefer.

Besides YouTube, SnapPea supports Vevo, Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram, and more.

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5. KeepVid is almost the same as SnapPea.

Step 1: Choose the YouTube video to download and allow it to play to ensure it is the right video.

Step 2: Copy the URL of the video from the YouTube address bar.

Step 3: Open and copy the URL in the provided text area.

Step 4: Click Download and select the video quality and format from the ones provided.

Step 5: On the Save As window, name the file and download will start immediately.

6. Videodownloader For Youtube Chrome Extension

This is ideal for chrome users and it is very simple to work with. Just install the extension on the computer and when one opens YouTube a Download option will automatically pop up on all Youtube videos.

Click Download and a Save As window appears, select the location to save the video and that’s all.

7. 1-Click Youtube Video Download 1.5 For Firefox

This method of downloading YouTube video is for Firefox users, it works the same as the Chrome extension. After installing the extension, it is very simple to download videos in a broad range of formats such as MP4, FLV, HD and others depending on the available formats of a given video.

This is the best way to download YouTube Videos, it is simple, fast and never fails.


It is important to be aware that YouTube downloaders do not last forever. Nevertheless, as for the writing of this article, all the above methods are working so if one option fails use another.

As a bonus method you can try this YouTube video downloader

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