Friday, May 6, 2011

How-to: Download videos from YouTube

Something a lot of people have asked me is "How do you download videos from YouTube?".
Well here's a quick and simple guide on how to.

This first method uses Firefox. If you don't use Firefox yet, I recommend you get it over HERE.
First of all, we need to open the Add-ons browser. You can open it by hitting Control+Shift+A, or manually:

  • For the latest version of Firefox, go to your Firefox menu, and click Add-ons. 
  • For previous versions (or if you enabled the tool bar), it is located under the Tools menu, then click Add-ons.

A window with a lot of suggestions will pop up, but just go to the search field and write downloadhelper , then hit Enter. You will be shown a series of results, but it's usually the first one:

Hit install on the right hand side of the screen, and it should start downloading and installing. Wait for the process to be complete, it shouldn't take longer than a minute. Firefox will tell you it needs restarting, so hit Restart Now:

When it opens again, you should see the add-ons manager still open. Open a new tab, and you will notice a little button with something that looks like a flower on the left of your address bar. Now, all you have to do is go to the YouTube video you want to download and then hit the little arrow next to that icon. It will show a bunch of different versions of the video you can download, for the different resolutions. Usually you want to download the best resolution one:

In this example, you'd want to get the 720p one. The program will then ask you where to save the file. Select the folder you want (or the desktop, so you can easily find it and organize it later). Hit OK, and that's it, it's downloading.
Also it's worth mentioning that this add-on works for a lot of other websites that use video. If you see that little flower spinning, it means DownloadHelper has detected video and is ready to download it.

This second method doesn't require Firefox. It involves a website that does pretty much the same thing as the previously mentioned add-on.
First, go to the YouTube video you want to download. Copy the address from the address bar:

Then go over to this site: and paste the address you just copied into the URL field, then hit Download.

If this is your first time visiting, you might get a warning message like this:

Trust me, there's nothing to be afraid of, so click "Always trust content from this publisher" and then Run.
After a bit you will be presented again with all the resolutions you can download. Click the one you want (again I recommend the highest resolution) and it will show you the download dialog.

Click download, choose where you want to save the file, and you're done!

Next week, I teach you how to hack into the FBI servers.


  1. usefull info, been looking for that.. thanks

  2. Very useful, I guess Chrome has this ability also if I look into it.

  3. very useful, thanks for sharing

  4. Very nice find, well played.

  5. Woah this is actually really useful.


  6. or you could just use the youtubedownloader for firefox addons =)

  7. This is actually useful, have been using an addon and its kinda crappy..

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