10 Best Ways to Download Videos from Website

By Emily Watson, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

It seems that everyone these days like to download videos from website for later watching, sharing or other purpose. Whatever the purpose, it is quite essential to know how to download, convert and play these videos.

Due to the old "Right click, Save as" strategy doesn't always work nowadays, this post collect 10 best ways for you to download any video off the internet. You can either download videos from a desktop application or via a web app. No matter you are Windows, Mac OS or even Linux users, you can find the tool you need here.

Part 1: Video Downloader for your Desktop

Part 2: Free Web Services to Download Videos from Websites

Part 1: Video Downloader for your Desktop

1. FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate

FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate is available both on Windows and Mac. This application allows you to download videos from sites like YouTube, BBC, TED, DailyMotion, Veoh and many more. After downloading web videos you can also incidentally have a further editing and conversions of the downloaded videos to other device compatible formats.

Routine to download:

1. Download and install the program.

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2. Start the program. Click "Download" on the top menu, then copy and paste the URL of the page that has the video you want to download. Hit "Analyze".

3. After short-time of analyzing, the program will find all possible formats and resolutions of the video. Choose the one you want and click "OK" to begin downloading.

4. Click "Convert" to save downloaded videos to your computer.

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2. Orbit Downloader

Orbit Downloader supports HTTP/FTP/HTTPS/RTSP/MMS/RTMP protocols and provides a total solution to download rich media. Due to its P2P download technology, you can enjoy very fast (up to 500% faster, they say) download speed. Better still, video from sites like YouTube, music from sites like Pandora, and files from sites like Rapidshare are embedded in it.

3. VDownloader

This application can catch YouTube, Google Video, and Grinvi video links from your clipboard. Start it up, copy the video URL and click download. It automatically converts the videos to MPEG or AVI formats.

4. Get Tube (For Mac OS X Users)

Get Tube is an OS X application for downloading video or audio from the YouTube site. It is compatible with Safari and Firefox. While you surf YouTube, you'll see a new button in the browser, click it and you'll be able to download the featured video in a matter of seconds. The obvious downside of this application is that it only supports two output formats: MP3 and MP4.

5. Youtube-dl (For Linux Users)

For Linux users, Youtube-dl could be a good choice to download website videos. It is a small command-line program to download videos from YouTube.com and a few more sites without platform limitation.

Part 2: Free Web Services to Download Videos from Websites

6. KeepVid

KeepVid is a fabulous video downloading site. It works not only for YouTube but for a number of other sites, including Google video, MySpace Video, DailyMotion and more. What made me impressive about this site is that it also has a Top Video section, so you can quickly download the most watched videos around the web.

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7. ClipConverter

ClipConverter is a fast and easy-to-use Web app, which allows you to record, convert and download nearly any audio or video URL to common formats.

Currently supported services: YouTube (720p, 1080p, 4K), Vimeo and many more.

8. Video DownloadHelper (Firefox)

Though Video DownloadHelper is available only for Firefox, this simple and well-known add-on is still one of the best and easiest ways to download videos off the website, and not only from YouTube. In addition, you can easily control such things as file renaming, shortcut keys, social sharing, etc., through this tool's preferences.

9. Hey! Watch

This is an online video transcoding web service that converts video into portable media player formats. The graphical interface is very nice and there are lots of features and options, such as the ability to download videos from the web directly to an FTP server or to online storage.

10. Zamzar

Zamzar is a free online file conversion web application that can not only download videos off the Internet, but convert it to AVI, MPEG, 3GP, MP4, MOV, etc. It is easy-to-use, but the interface is not so attractive.

Wrap Up

We tried to cover as many as platforms as possible so that you can easily fine one tool that can help you download your favorite videos. I'm sure that the arsenal of video downloaders will grow, so this list will be updated from time to time.


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