Top solutions to download YouTube videos on Mac

Anna Brooks

When you go on the Internet and start searching for the best ways to download YouTube videos on Mac you might get overwhelmed with the results. And not only can it be overwhelming, a lot of times the ads are misleading. We've looked into what we think are the top solutions to download YouTube videos on Mac and gathered them here with a brief overview of what they can do.

Solution 1

Airy youtube downloader

Airy YouTube downloader is pretty neat - it is small, lightweight, easy to understand and is specifically aimed on YouTube videos downloading. After you download YouTube videos with Airy there is no need to have Internet connection anymore to watch your favorite video, you can play it anytime anywhere. Airy supports Full HD and 4K Ultra HD videos and can resume paused or interrupted downloads. Not only can you save videos from YouTube with Airy, but also it is possible to extract MP3 from a YouTube video instead of saving the whole video, which is pretty convenient when you only want to listen to the track.

Also Airy can download multiple videos at once, and will download the entire playlist or channel at once. This app is our favorite in the list of the best YouTube downloading methods on Mac.

Solution 2

Macx youtube downloader

MacX Video Converter Pro is presented as an “all-in-one converter”. This app converts videos to many formats. When downloading from YouTube you can set what format to save video in and where to save it.

MacX Video Converter Pro has a lot of other features additionally to video downloading. Audios can be converted too and it has its native photo slideshow maker and allows to add background music or voiceover to the slideshow. MacX Video Converter Pro also has its video editor feature that allows trimming video clips, cropping videos, merging them, etc.

Solution 3

vGuruSoft Video Downloader for Mac

vGuruSoft Video Downloader for Mac is a professional high-speed video downloader for Mac that can download video and audio files in batches. This app can download videos, music and live streams from YouTube, Facebook, Dailymotion and more. It promises high speed and stability. The built-in web browser allows searching for and previewing videos before downloading. Downloads can be paused and then resumed, same with interrupted downloads. When downloading a video or an audio track you can name it the way you want with a unique name of your choice.

Solution 4

YTD Video Downloader for Mac

YTD Video Downloader for Mac supports YouTube, Facebook, and other popular video resources. Videos and audio files can be downloaded in batches. This app is very friendly and fast. Unfortunately it is not perfect, since sometimes it fails to work on Sierra or won't download a video without particular reason. We still think it is a great app, but needs some customization and dedication.

Solution 5


KeepVid may not be the brightest representative of a pack, but it does its job well and is easy to use. It supports such video resources as YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe, and others. The downside of this app is ads all over the place.

Solution 6


Clipconverter has a very simple interface that grows on you as you keep using it more and more. This converter performs free FLV, MP3, MP4, WMA, 3GP, AVI, MOV downloads and offers the possibility to play the video during download if the wait seems too long. Clipconverter offers adjusting video and audio quality, aspect ratio and duration.You can download and convert only a certain part of a video. This converter doesn't have hardware acceleration mechanisms, so it usually takes more time to process the files compared to Airy for example.

Solution 7

Any Video Converter

Any Video Converter is extremely good in extracting audio from video, can download and convert YouTube videos. It supports AVI, WMV, MKV, as well as other accessible formats (about 50). Offers batch conversion, video customization options to fit the desired device. Additionally to trimming videos, Any Video Converter allows merging the videos in various formats into one file. One can crop videos, edit codecs, etc. The converter doesn't offer any easy link grabber or search possibilities if you are interested in those.

Solution 8


SaveFromNet is a web-based service which is easy to use. Just paste the link in the box and click Download. This services detects the video and displays a thumbnail for it with the video title. It has an add-on too: SaveFromNet helper. It provides a faster way to start a download on YouTube, Facebook, etc. This service is very simple - straightforward downloading is all it offers - so if there is nothing else you are looking for, this might be a good option for you.

Solution 9


FastestTube is a nice little extension for downloading videos from YouTube that offers compatibility with most popular browsers: Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer. It is very easy to use. After you install it on your computer, open the video on YouTube and click the Download button that you'll see right under the video player. Then select the video quality you need from the drop-down menu and choose the destination folder (alternatively you can open it automatically with your media player). The YouTube video will be soon saved to your computer in MP4 or FLV formats.

This extension supports downloading HD videos and the best part is the videos are saved without those online ads you saw on the website.

Solution 10

Video DownloadHelper

Video DownloadHelper is an extension for Firefox and Chrome browsers that supports YouTube and more similar resources. It can be set up to notify you of new videos available within your interest range on certain websites. The websites that are supported are sorted and displayed according to user's interest and ratings.

Thank you for reading our list of the best YouTube downloading methods on Mac. Hopefully you'll be able to find your perfect solution thanks to it.

Airy for Mac

Requirements: OS X 10.7+ , 16.4MB free space
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