3 ways to download youtube videos for FREE

Youtube is a popular free video sharing website which lets users upload, view, and share video clips. Videos can be rated; the average rating and the number of times a video has been watched are both published. However, on Youtube you can't find any link to download videos.

Take it easy my friend. There is still 3 FREE easy ways to save videos off of the site for viewing later.

1- Temporary Internet Files (Difficulty: 5)

When we visited a site, all the web files will Temporarily save to Windows Temporary Internet Files Folder. Youtube videos are same. So we can find them in Windows Temporary Internet Files Folder, it located in "Document and Settings". In general, the path is "C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files".

Now lets take an example. After your viewing a video on youtube, you can now check Temporary Internet Files folder, to see if any filename refer to "Youtube" or "video" like "video?E24kDGm38c". Now copy and paste it out and rename this file to a FLV. Yes, you ve got that video!

GOOD: You just need to remember a folder.

BAD: Too many files in Temporary folder, it is a hard job to find afile. Sometimes videos auto removed by Windows system, so you can't get the video.

2- Manually Download from Browser (Difficulty: 3)

For example, the video url is "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_CSo1gOd48"

First you need to copy the text after "v=", it will be "-_CSo1gOd48"

Second, add it to this url "http://www.youtube.com/v/", full text must be "http://www.youtube.com/v/-_CSo1gOd48".

Visit "http://www.youtube.com/v/-_CSo1gOd48" and you will get a long long url:


We need the text after "&t=", it is "OEgsToPDskLl39E8zxnT3Mk8o5yvBGvl"

Now we have to make pieces together:

Get video url: "http://www.youtube.com/get_video?video_id="
ID: "-_CSo1gOd48"
&T: "OEgsToPDskLl39E8zxnT3Mk8o5yvBGvl"

The completed video download url is "http://www.youtube.com/get_video?video_id=-_CSo1gOd48&t=OEgsToPDskLl39E8zxnT3Mk8o5yvBGvl"

Ok, just paste this url into your address bar and press Enter!

GOOD: You can download any video from youtube by your browser.

BAD: Too many operations, copy, paste, copy, paste...

3- Use a software like Youtube Download (Difficulty: 1)

Youtube Download is a small application designed to make quick and easy work of downloading and searching movies from YouTube. Offering a multitude of methods to acquire the movie, this application has all the power you need while still remaining small and easy to use. The application is developed by HiHiSoft and the version analyzed is 2.0. The interface is nice and cool.

The important point is, you can use it to download at least 5 videos for FREE!

First you need to download Youtube Download from HiHiSoft:

(You can download from its homepage too: http://www.hihisoft.com)

Installation of Youtube Download is fast, and requires no technical knowledge.

Alternatively, Youtube Download can Search movies on Youtube Website. Type the video name or keywords into search bar and click the GO button, search results will be shown in mini browser on Youtube Download.

You can click movies which you like to preview, and click Download Button at any time if you want to download this movie.

GOOD: Easy to use; You can download any videos; Preview videos before downloading; Search videos.

BAD: None.

(If you want to download YouTube Music, please try YouTube Music Downloader)

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