14 ways to download audio or video from YouTube

There are millions of videos on YouTube, but streaming is not always an option: sometimes the connection is not good enough (and you do not have time to wait for it to load), or you would like to see them in certain situations where you will not have a connection (a long plane trip, a stay of a few days in a town lost from the mountain) ...

... or you just want save them as a souvenir, lest their author one day decide to eliminate them.

For all this, you have many resources: programs, browser extensions and web pages that allow you download YouTube videos easily, and some of them also the audio track, in case what interests you is what is heard, not what is seen. So don't worry, if you want to download that video and see it offlineYou just have to use one of these tools and you can do it without problems.

Software to download audio or videos from YouTube

There are numerous programs with which you can download YouTube videos. Are similar to each other, but they also stand out for own qualities: some, for example, are optimized for high quality video (4K) while others prioritize being able to download videos from almost any page. Here are some of them.


  • atube catcher: (Windows) One of the oldest programs of its kind, aTube Catcher allows you to download videos from websites to your computer. streaming More popular (not just YouTube). You can also convert them to other formats, including MP3 (in case you are only interested in audio). It includes options to customize the conversion and you can download complete playlists.

  • YouTube Downloader HD: (Windows, Mac) This program only downloads videos from YouTube. In return, it specializes in high quality formats (full HD), so that you can easily get the highest quality version of the video in question.

  • Free YouTube to MP3 Converter: (Windows) If the only thing that really interests you in the video is your audio track, this program is suitable. With it you can record that sound in MP3 format to your hard drive directly, keeping the original quality, and then convert it to other formats if you want.

  • VDownloader: (Windows) Another classic in these programs, VDownloader offers many interesting functions: support for a wide variety of video websites, conversion to other formats, downloading of 4K video, possibility to save only the audio, integration with social networks and own search engine to locate your favorite videos.

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  • Freemake Video Downloader: (Windows) One more alternative to download YouTube videos, with the possibility of convert them to various formats (even for mobile, or save only the audio), support for a multitude of video websites, and it allows you to download 4K videos and playlists.

  • Clipgrab: (Windows, Mac) A last interesting option is this program with which you can download videos from various platforms from streaming, and also of many other sites in which ClipGrab can automatically recognize the presence of videos. It also has support for HD content.

  • 4K Video Downloader: (Windows, macOS, Linux) It is a freemium program, which facilitates not only the task of downloading videos from YouTube (and other platforms), but also also extract the audio or their subtitles ... or program the automatic download of the latest videos published on certain channels.

Download YouTube videos with extensions

Another way to download YouTube videos without having to install anything extra on your computer is by browser extensions. You also have a few to choose from. Of course, there is none for Chrome, because Google does not allow extensions in your Chrome Web Store to download YouTube videos.

Easy Youtube Video Downloader

  • Video DownloadHelper: An extension that can extract videos (and also images) from the web you are visiting at that time, and download them to your hard drive. It supports the vast majority of video websites, and also several types of streaming. The whole process is very simple and can be done in a couple of clicks.

  • Easy Youtube Video Downloader Express: The creator of this extension ensures that it is the only one with support for quality Full HD 1080p (video) and 192 kbps (Audio). It is very easy to use and allows you to quickly obtain the material that interests you from YouTube, in various formats and with maximum quality.

  • YouTube Downloader Lite: A simple extension for the Opera browser, which integrates with the YouTube interface by enabling a 'Download' button in it that allows you to choose between various quality and format options.

  • All Video Downloader Professional: This extension for Edge creates a small website on our hard drive to which we can add the videos that we are downloading (from YouTube or other platforms), as if it were a YouTube 'playlist'.

Web pages, the fastest to download from YouTube

Extensions make it easy for you, yes, but the fastest is still going to a Web page. You may not have as many configuration options, but who to look for immediacy above all, they are the best option.


  • ClipConverter: If you want to download the video, not just the audio, this website is a good alternative. You just have to copy the link to the video, and you also have various formats (both video and audio) to convert the video. Then you download it to the computer, and the matter is finished.

  • SaveFrom: Finally, this other website also allows you to download YouTube videos with different quality options, and with a particularity: you can use it by visiting its URL directly, or you can use a very interesting trick. The next time you are watching a video on YouTube and want to download it to your hard drive, insert "H.H" in front of "Youtube"in the URL (so that it is something like and you will directly load the SaveFrom website with the URL of your video already copied in the text field.

  • 2Converter: An extraordinarily simple website that allows us to enter the URL of the YouTube video, indicate what format we want (* .mp3 for music, * .mp4 for video). And ready!

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