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Review on Top 5 Best Free YouTube Downloaders 2020-2021

Compilation of 2021 Top 5 Free You Tube Downloaders

YouTube down issue happens from now and then, for example, users are complaining on YouTube not opening, crashes, Video Not Available, failure to log in, YouTube videos not playing, spinning wheel, gratuitous resolution reduction etc. To get rid of such YouTube not working errors and play ad-free YouTube songs/videos offline on portable devices, many people try their best to search for the best free YouTube downloader to download the YouTube sources and watch them offline rather than subscribing YouTube Red with $9.99 a month ($12.99 for iOS users).

[Latest News] But, it's really hard to pick out a reliable YouTube downloader. According to users' feedback, many famous YouTube downloaders are useless when glitches occur to YouTube. For example, RealDownloader, JDownloader, 4K Downloader, Video DownloadHelper are reported to be unable to download YouTube videos.

If you are still looking for the best free YouTube downloading program, you have come to the right place. In this post, we have round up the top 5 Free YouTube Downloaders based on technicians' stringent testing and customers' reviews.

Review on the Best 5 YouTube Downloaders of 2021 -2021

The following YouTube downloaders are capable of downloading YouTube songs, videos and even full movies without costing a penny. Just read on to find out which free YouTube downloader is suit for you best.

#1: WinX YouTube Downloader

WinX YouTube Downloader, a Windows-based, free yet professional online video downloader. It does everything most people need for free downloading YouTube songs, playlist, video clips, full movies and TV episodes in MP4, FLV, 3GP and WebM in 2D or 3D on Microsoft Windows XP or later, including Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 10.

WinX YouTube Downloader ★★★★☆ 4.8 (based on 349 votes) OS: Windows (10)

* Download video from YouTube, Facebook, DailyMotion and other 300+ sites
* Download 1080p/8K/4K UHD video, 3D video & SD video in FLV, MP4, WebM, 3GP
only YouTube downloader that will work no matter what happens to YouTube, whether it's down or not.

Moreover, it works great in downloading videos at any resolution, including 720p (1280x720), 1080p (1920x1080), and even 2160p 4K UHD and 8K. Batch downloading is also available. Free as it is, this downloader is 100% clean excluding any adware, spyware, malware and virus. And supported by Multi-thread and Multicast Technology, it processes YouTube downloading at 5-8x real-time download speed.

WinX YouTube Downloader is proved to be available for free downloading new hit songs, movies, etc. from over 300 video-sharing sites (YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Vevo, Dailymotion, Metacafe, Youku, etc.) for playing on iPhone, iPad Air, Android, Microsoft and other popular devices.

#2: TubeBox

TubeBox compatible with Windows 7 is another free and easy-to-use YouTube downloader. It enables users to do searching in the search bar without opening a web browser. And the linkgrabber feature is available to insert links from the clipboard automatically. What a smart YouTube video downloader. In addition, it also does a good job in converting videos to MP3 and other formats. If you don't mind its cons like built-in unwanted third-party installation, unable to download some media files due to late updating and occasional unexpected crashes, TubeBox is a good way to go.

#3: MacTubes

MacTubes is a free YouTube downloader as well as a YouTube player for Mac OS X. It allows Mac users to free download videos from YouTube, including 3D videos. Another surprising feature is that it enables users to subscribe YouTube channels and watch them via this app directly. That is to say, people don't need to visit YouTube website to enjoy YouTube medias. Users can create their playlist based on their own needs. But if you want to check the video comments, you have to exit this program and visit YouTube site. And if you don't want to be restricted to download videos in one format only, you'd better search for a MacTubes alternative which is able to download videos in multiple formats, such as WinX HD Video Converter for Mac - the best free YouTube downloader for Mac.

#4: iLivid

iLivid is another popular YouTube downloader for Windows operation system, just like WinX YouTube Downloader. But if you are a Windows 8 user, iLivid isn't suit for you. You can use this tool to free download videos from YouTube in a wide range of formats including MP4, 3GP, etc. Furthermore, you can also preview the videos before downloading. This maybe a useful feature for you. But some drawbacks may make you frustrated. Many users complain that it isn't easy to use at the beginning and sometimes it stops responding to videos downloading or playing.

See also: 5 Ways to Download YouTube Videos to PC

#5: Video DownloadHelper

If you're a Firefox user and want to have an extension to download videos from YouTube, Video DownloadHelper is a good option. It is a free Firefox extension used to download and convert videos from YouTube and others. If you have understood the process, you can handle it without any ado. But if you're a less-experienced user, you may decide to abandon it and rely on other best free YouTube downloading programs.

Despite of some drawbacks, the aforementioned programs are good free YouTube downloaders . Also, we notice that some users are asking how to download YouTube, so a user guide we think should be useful to you on some level. The operation of most YouTube downloaders do not go too far beyond a traditional approach. Here we take WinX YouTube Downloader for example:

  1. Copy the URL of YouTube video, this free downloader will automatically detect URL;
  2. "Paste and Analyze" the YouTube URL;
  3. Select output video format/resolution as you need;
  4. Hit "Download" button to begin downloading YouTube video.

[Latest News] But, users have reported that Video DownloadHelper won't work when they can't see the video on YouTube (YouTube issues).


author - Kistent Waung

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Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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