Do you want to download videos from the internet? If you see a video you like on Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, or any of the other leading video sites, you might want to create a copy so you can keep it forever.
Thankfully, downloading videos off the internet is surprisingly easy. And here are the best free ways to download any video off the internet.
SaveFrom is a YouTube downloader, but with a difference. If you are watching something online and you want to save it, just enter “ss” before “YouTube” in the URL. It’s a web trick to download video.
The tool also supports downloading videos from Vimeo, Yandex, Dailymotion, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Live Journal, and more.
Remember, if you are having trouble downloading YouTube videos from outside your country, check out our article explaining how to bypass YouTube’s regional filter.
Another free YouTube downloader (and there are a number of free YouTube downloaders worth considering) on the list is arguably the simplest. FastestTube is a browser extension that adds a physical download button to YouTube. You can find it in the bottom right-hand corner of a video.
It works on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.
DownloadTwitterVideo lets you pull any video off the world’s favorite transient social network.
Paste in the URL of the tweet which contains the video you want, then select whether you want to save it as an MP3, MP4, or MP4 HD.
Instagram forged its reputation as a photo-sharing service, but with the introduction of Instagram Stories, it has also positioned itself as a Vine replacement. Instagram Downloader lets you download Instagram videos.
FB Down is a tool for downloading videos off Facebook. It also comes with a Chrome extension, meaning you don’t need to leave the social network’s homepage if you find something you want to save.
FB Down Private is a subsection of FB Down, but we feel it deserves its own mention. The app lets you grab videos from accounts that users have set to private, even if you can’t see the video on Facebook natively.
To download a private video, go to the video’s page on Facebook, press CTRL + U to view the source code, then paste the code into the downloader.
Y2Mate is a dedicated YouTube downloader. Like the other YouTube downloaders, the process is simple. Just grab the URL of the video you want to save, paste it into the web app’s URL field, and hit Start.
You will have the choice of downloading the entire video or just the audio track.
As you progress through the rest of the list, you’ll notice a commonly recurring theme: most of the video downloaders work with the same set of sites.
KeepVid supports 28 sites. It covers educational resources like Lynda, news outlets like ABC and NBC, and popular amusement sites such as Ebaumsworld and Break. Unfortunately, KeepVid no longer lets you download YouTube videos.
Once you’ve copied and pasted your link into the site, you can choose to save your downloaded file in more than 150 different formats.
YooDownload is another competitor to the likes of KeepVid and VideoGrabby. It works with YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vid.me, and SoundCloud.
ClipConverter works with almost any website you can think of (subscription streaming services notably excluded). It can even grab videos off the world’s most thriving social network, MySpace!
The developers offer a browser add-on for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
Because many of these web apps are so similar, we’re only going to introduce you to one more.
OnlineVideoConverter works with YouTube, LiveLeak, TeacherTube, VK, CollegeHumor, and more.
Sometimes it’s better to use a desktop app than a web app. They can offer features that web apps cannot replicate. One such app is VLC Media Player.
Clearly, VLC does a lot more than merely downloading videos. The beauty of using VLC is it’s a program many users will already have installed on their machines, and it negates the need for third-party apps.
Video Grabber has three key features: downloading video, converting video, and recording your screen. Even though it initially looks like a web app, it is actually a desktop program.
FLTVO has a web app and a desktop version. The desktop version lets you queue videos for download from multiple sources and automatically download new videos as they become available.
Freemake is a desktop app that lets you download videos from more than 10,000 sites. The list includes YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Twitch, LiveLeak, Veoh, and even adult sites. The app is only available for Windows.
You can use Freemake to save videos, playlists, and channels in HD, MP4, MP3, AVI, 3GP, and FLV formats.
It does not support the downloading of videos from YouTube Music.
Videoder is another downloadable app that you can use to download any video from the internet for free. It is available for Android and Windows.
The app supports more than 1,000 sites, including TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Voot, Ozee, 9Anime, and Dailymotion.
SnapDownloader, which is available for Windows and macOS, allows you to download videos from YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, and more.
If you need to download more than one video, you will need to pay. The app costs $20 for a lifetime license for one machine. Alternatively, you can pay $40 to use it on three machines.
Wondershare makes a whole suite of useful apps, and the company’s AllMyTube software is no different.
With 10,000 supported sites, you can grab videos for offline viewing from all the major video platforms. This includes YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion, as well as slightly more niche sites such as LiveLeak, Viewster, and Twitch.
You can download videos for free, but if you need to do bulk downloading you will have to pay a fee of $20/year.
We’re closing out our list with a pair of screen recorders. These tools let you record whatever is playing on your computer, making them a good solution when you have exhausted all other possibilities.
OBS is unquestionably the best free screen recorder app on the web. It’s available on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and includes a powerful editing tool.
CamStudio doesn’t look as slick as OBS and doesn’t boast as many features, but it’s simpler to use. Thus, it’s perfect for someone who just wants to click Record and forget about it.
Downloading Internet Videos? A Word of Warning…
Please remember that all of the tools listed in this article are for creating recordings of free online videos for personal use. They should not be used to save and distribute copyrighted material. Doing so could get you in serious trouble with the law.
Downloading videos is also against some sites’ terms of service. Your account could be suspended or permanently banned. You have been warned!
Here are some alternative video sites to YouTube. They each occupy a different niche, but are worth adding to your bookmarks.
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