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    How to download YouTube videos on Mac

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  • Program to download videos from YouTube with Mac

    You would like to figure out which program for download YouTube videos with Mac be able to contact you? I'll settle you immediately. Below, in fact, you will find those that, in my humble opinion, represent the most interesting tools in the category.

    youtube-dl


    The first among the tools for download YouTube videos with Mac which I want to suggest you consider is called youtube-dl. It is completely free, open source in nature and allows you to download videos from YouTube and other portals by saving them on your computer in different formats and resolutions, as well as extracting only the audio track. Unfortunately it does not have a user interface, so it must be used from the command line, but its operation is still quite simple.


    To download youtube-dl on your Mac you have to rely on Homebrew, a free and open source package manager that allows you to install various software with the terminal. To open the latter, select the relevant one icon (Quella with the nether finest in the riga di codice) located in the folder Other of Launchpad and, in the window that is shown to you, type the command / bin / bash -c "$ (curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)", then press the key Submit on the keyboard and, when prompted, enter the administration password on your Mac and press the key again Submit.

    After completing the above steps, you can proceed with the installation of youtube-dl, typing the string brew install youtube-dl in the Terminal window and pressing the key Submit on the Mac keyboard. Then install the FFmpeg, which is an indispensable component for converting videos, by inserting the string brew install ffmpeg –with-fdk-aac –with-tools –with-freetype –with-libass –with-libvorbis –with-libvpx –with-x265 and pressing the button again Submit.



    At this point, you can finally take action. So, issue the youtube-dl command [video URL] (instead of [video URL] you have to type theVideo url) in the macOS Terminal window, press the key again Submit on the keyboard and wait for the download of the video on YouTube of your interest to be completed. The resulting file will be saved in the folder Start from the Mac.

    Keep in mind that proceeding as I indicated earlier, the movie will be downloaded in MP4 format, in its original resolution. If you want to download the videos in a different format and / or resolution or you want to download an entire playlist at the same time, modify the command that I have just pointed out to you with the appropriate strings that you can find on the Web page with the program documentation.

    4K Video Downloader

    Another software that I recommend you to try is 4K Video Downloader, which allows you to download videos from YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion and other streaming services, choosing from different output formats, such as MP4 and MKV. It also supports the extraction of audio tracks in MP3, M4A and OGG and the download of playlists, although in its free version it has a limit of 25 videos per playlist. To get around this limitation and unlock other extra functions, you need to purchase the appropriate license (which costs € 14,64).

    To download 4K Video Downloader on your Mac, connect to its website and click on the button Download 4K Video Downloader.


    When the download is complete, open the package .dmg ottenuto e trascina l 'program icon in the folder Applications Of computer. Afterwards, right click on it and choose the item apri from the menu and in the window that opens, in order to start the software, however, going around the restrictions imposed by Apple against software from non-certified developers (an operation that must be carried out only at the first run).


    At this point, copy theVideo url of YouTube you want to download and, once the main window of the program is displayed, click on the buttons To accept e Paste the link (above), to paste the link in 4K Video Downloader.

    In the additional window that opens, make sure that the option is selected in the drop-down menu on the left Download video (otherwise you do it yourself), then choose from the menu Size the format in which you want to download the video and indicate the resolution of your interest among those listed below.

    Finally, specify the location to save the output file by clicking on the button Choose, award your bottone Download and wait for the download procedure to start and complete.

    JDownloader

    JDownloader it is not a simple program to download videos from YouTube with Mac, it is a “universal” downloader that allows you to download files from hosting services, extract multimedia content from Web pages, download photos and videos from social networks and much more. It also supports downloading YouTube playlists without any limitations.


    To download JDownloader on your computer, connected to the application's website, click on the link Mac e poi quello Download Installer Mac OS X Version 10.7 or higher (Java 1.8).

    When the download is complete, open the package .dmg obtained, start theexecutable contained within it and, in the window you see appear on the screen, click on the buttons OK e Next (for four consecutive times). Finally, click on the button Finish. When prompted, also enter the administration password from the Mac.


    Now, copy theVideo url on YouTube you want to download. Once this is done, the program will automatically detect the link and you should see it appear in the tab Capture Links in JDownloader.

    If the above does not occur, you can intervene "manually", by right-clicking with the mouse in any empty point of the tab dedicated to capturing the connections, choosing the option Add new web links from the context menu, by pasting the URL of the YouTube video in the field corresponding to the icon with the magnifying glass with the (+) in the new window displayed and pressing the button Continue.

    To start downloading the video, click on the symbol capacitor positive (+) lead at its title, right-click on the link next to the icon with the coil e scegli l'opzione Start download from the context menu. If this is your first time downloading a video from YouTube, JDownloader may ask you to install FFmpeg. In this case, you agree without hesitation.

    When the download is complete, you will find the YouTube video in the folder Download on your Mac. However, if you deem it necessary, you can change the location for the output by accessing the preferences of JDownloader via the top menu and clicking on the button Shop by Department at the section Download folder in the section General.

    Other programs to download videos from YouTube on Mac

    In the event that none of the software that I have already proposed has convinced you in a particular way, you can consider contacting the other solutions useful for the purpose that I have included in the list below.

    • MediaHuman YouTube Downloader - application that, as can be easily deduced from the same name, allows you to do only one thing, but to do it in the best possible way: download videos from YouTube. It supports multiple downloads, playlists and lets you choose from various qualities. Basically it's free, but it only allows you to download 20 videos. To get around this limitation and unlock other extra features, you need to switch to the paid version (at a cost of 23,99 euros).
    • Downie - application designed specifically for downloading videos on YouTube, but also on other Web and social services. Just drag and drop the movie link on the program screen to download the content of your interest. The application is paid, but can be obtained for free by subscribing to Setapp, that is a service through which it is possible to freely access over 210 paid applications, including the one in question, in exchange for a small monthly / annual fee. For more information, I suggest you consult my specific guide on how Setapp works.
    • PullTube - application that allows you to save any type of video and audio content from Internet sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, in the best possible quality. It is in fact compatible with 4K, 8K, HD and 60 fps videos. Also in this case it is a paid program, but which can be obtained through the aforementioned Setapp subscription.

    How to download YouTube videos on Mac with Safari

    If you prefer, you can too download videos from YouTube with Mac with Safari or with any other browser, using online services that work directly from the Web, without having to install anything on your computer. There are several that you can rely on. Below you will find the ones I consider the most reliable.

    noTube

    The first of the online tools that I recommend you to test to download videos from YouTube on Mac is noTube. It is free, requires no registration and allows you to download videos available on YouTube in MP4, FLV and 3G formats. Eventually, you can also extrapolate only the audio track in MP3 and M4A format.

    To be able to use it, go to the noTube home page, copy theVideo url you want to download and paste it into the testo field in the center of the page, then select the output format via the drop-down menu on the right and click the button OK.

    Then wait for the movie to be processed and proceed with the download on your PC by clicking on the button Download. If you have not changed the default settings of your browser, the video will be saved in the folder Download from the Mac.

    Other solutions to download YouTube videos on Mac with Safari

    Looking for other solutions through which you can download videos from YouTube with Mac through the browser? Then try the other solutions of this type that I have included in the list below.

    • I GIVE YOU - online service that allows you to download YouTube videos or the related audio tracks in various formats and select the final quality of your interest. It's very easy, free and works without having to register.
    • 2conv - additional web solution belonging to the category of video downloads for YouTube. It is free, very simple to use and does not require registration. In addition, it allows you to choose between various video and audio formats in which to save the videos on the “tube”.
    • loader.to - another online tool through which you can locally save the videos available on YouTube, or you can extract only the audio present in them. It is totally free and can be used without registration.
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