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How Can I Download a YouTube Video?

Updated February 21, 2017

Downloading YouTube video files lets you open the videos in media players installed on the computer, and do so even when you're not online. You can also move the YouTube video files onto video players, such as an MP4 player or a Video iPod. The YouTube website does not offer any type of downloading service for videos on that site. Videos on YouTube can be downloaded and saved in various video formats, however, using free online converters.

Click on and highlight the URL for the YouTube video that you're going to download. Hold the "CTRL" key (the "Command" key on Mac computers) and press the "C" key on the keyboard. The YouTube video's URL will be copied.

Go to the Voydo website.

Click the text box above the "Download" button.

Hold the "Ctrl/Command" button and press the "V" key on the keyboard. The YouTube video's URL will be pasted inside the box.

Click one of the video file formats underneath the text box.

Click "Download." A download link appears.

Click the "Download Your Video" link to download the YouTube video.

Copy the YouTube video URL. Navigate to the Vixy Online FLV converter.

Click inside the URL box. Paste the YouTube video URL in the box.

Click inside the "Converts To" box. Select the desired video format.

Click "Start." A download link for the chosen video appears.

Right-click the video download link, and choose the "Save As" or "Save" option to download the YouTube video.

Copy the YouTube video URL, then go to the VDownloader website.

Paste the URL inside the "Enter URL of Video Page" box.

Click "Download." A window opens.

Click "Run." Seven download links appear.

Click the download link for the video format of your choosing to download the YouTube video.

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Andrew Smith has been a freelance writer since 2006, specializing in sports and technology. His work has appeared on various online sites. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pennsylvania State University.