YouTube Downloaders Overview

Darun Smith

When it comes to watching videos online, the Internet nowadays has plenty to offer. However viewing your favorite content online is not always convenient – first, you have to be connected to the Internet, then you have to deal with obtrusive ads, and if your connection is not great, it might take a while for your videos to buffer with a few interruptions in between. Instead you could save them on your hard disk so you can watch them anywhere anytime. How do I download a video from YouTube, how to save video from YouTube? All you need is a decent YouTube videos downloader.

A search for ‘How to download YouTube videos to computer’ will return a very long list of results, and going through them might be confusing, to say the least. To save your time and effort we have done it for you – checked a number of solutions, figured out what their pros and cons are and picked a few for you.

Here is what we find worth considering:

  1. Airy
  2. RipTiger
  3. YouTube HD Video Converter
  4. Online Download service

Airy YouTube Downloader

Airy by Eltima is an app that enables you to download YouTube videos in a simple and efficient way. You can use it either as a standalone – quite compact – app or as a plugin built into your web-browser.

Pros:

  • You can choose format and resolution of the download. Formats supported include MP4, WebM, FLV, 3GP and MP3, by choosing the latter you extract audio tracks from the videos.
  • Web-browser integration.

Cons:

  • No internal media player. Although it is difficult to expect it considering how compact and lightweight the app is.
Download and install Airy
Install Airy

General verdict:

Airy’s ‘just the right’ number of features and easy-to-use interface make it the best YouTube video downloader we have reviewed till now.

Rip Tiger

This very basic app is capable of automatically detecting and downloading videos played in your browser. After videos are downloaded, they can be converted into a different format - choose a required format and right-click on the video.

Rip Tiger
Rip Tiger

Pros:

  • For livestreaming web-sites you can schedule the time of recording, thanks to the live manager.

Cons:

  • You cannot choose a different format for a file before the download, it can only be converted after the download.

General verdict

Offers handy features, albeit with this YouTube downloader download is not as intuitive as with some other apps.

YouTube HD Video Converter

This tool’s intuitive interface significantly simplifies download, YouTube video downloader has all the features you might need to download and convert online videos.

YouTube HD Video Converter
YouTube HD Video Converter

Pros:

  • Apart from being your essential YouTube HD video downloader, this software can also suggest popular YouTube videos for download.

Cons:

  • The tool does not allow you to set a format for all your downloads, you’ll have to specify it each and every time.

General verdict

The app has an appealing interface, but a bit overloaded with features.

Online Download service www.onlineyoutube.com

This web-service does not require registration.

Online Download service
Online Download service

Pros:

  • The service is free and supports conversion into a few formats.

Cons:

  • Not very reliable, i.e. downloading might get interrupted. While we were testing the service, downloads were broken a couple of times, a reply to the report sent to the support service was received 2 days later, when the videos were already downloaded with the help of the app we zeroed in – Airy.

General verdict

Handy, but not entirely reliable.

Now choose the method you like most and get videos off YouTube - fast & easy. Good luck!

Airy for Windows

Requirements: Windows XP/2003/2008/Vista/7(32-bit & 64-bit), Windows server 2012 , 13.69MB free space
Version 2.1.190 () Release notes