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20 Free Ways to Download Videos from The Internet

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Written by Anusha Saive

The Internet is the new Television – with everything from entertainment to education and socializing to work is happening online. We keep watching Videos for our entertainment or information on the internet.

There are instances when you like a video online or on a social media platform and want to download and keep it on your device. Video downloading, in general, has now become a lot easier than earlier.

Here are some of the sites we recommend you to download any video off the internet.

1. Video Download Helper

Video Download Helper is great for users who regularly download videos. When Download helper detects any video the toolbar activates/highlights the icon and a menu bar allows to download the selected video with just one click.

It has an extension for the Firefox and Chrome browser, which can be seen as a downside for some but this feature definitely adds to the convenience of downloading Videos from the internet.

Video Download Helper

Video Download Helper

2. 4k Video Downloader

4k Video Downloader is quick and easy to use tool. The user just needs to copy and paste the link of the required video in its webpage and click on the download button.

It also allows the user to subscribe to YouTube channels. Here, the latest videos can be downloaded automatically with the auto-download option. 4K Video Downloader can let you download videos in different formats and resolutions.

4K Video Downloader

4K Video Downloader

3. Freemake Video Downloader

Freemake Video Downloader is another simple Download manager where the user needs to copy the link and paste it in the tool to start downloading Videos. The only restriction that users face is that it is only available on Windows.

It allows downloads from various sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Daily Motion etc. You can download and save any video and music files in HD, MP3, MP4, AVI etc. The Freemake Video Downloader supports 4K video clips.

Freemake Downloader

Freemake Downloader

4. Youtube-dl

Youtube-dl requires the user to have knowledge of command-line programming to a certain extent. It is one of the most flexible tools currently available for downloading videos from the internet.

It has a wide range of features that include downloading as per rate limit, automatic naming of files, playlist processing and downloading subtitles along with the video. These additional features are a privilege for a user who understands the command -line program.

Youtube-dl

Youtube-dl

5. SaveFrom.net

SaveFrom.net is mainly a YouTube Downloader. Its shortcuts make it easy to use and lead to faster downloads. It can download even through the link or the page where the Video is being watched.

Adding “ss” before the regular YouTube link allows the user to automatically go to the Video download link, eliminating the need to even copy the same.

SaveFrom.net

SaveFrom.net

6. FastestTube

As the name suggests FastestTube is one of the fastest video downloaders. It is an extension devised for YouTube videos.

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Once downloaded with the browser, the extension automatically appears as a download dropdown button and lets the user download Videos while it is being viewed.

FastestTube

FastestTube

7. Twitter Video Downloader

Twitter Video Downloader is an online tool used exclusively for downloading videos that are embedded in tweets present on Twitter. A variety of formats from MP3, MP4, and MP4 HD are available for the user to choose from.

There are other online tools like Twitter Video Downloader, which are specifically made for Twitter and are designed according to the Twitter standards.

Twitter Video Downloader

Twitter Video Downloader

8. Instagram Downloader

Like Twitter followers, Instagram enthusiasts too, now have exclusive independent tools for managing Downloads. Instagram Downloader, allows the users to download videos from posts and stories that have been posted on Instagram, and save them on their device.

Instagram Downloader

Instagram Downloader

9. FBdown.net

FBdown.net is a Chrome Extension designed specially to download videos from Facebook. Once it is downloaded, the extension eliminates the need to leave the social media page and go to some other Webpage to copy or download the desired Video.

This makes it easier for the user to download multiple videos as and when they are browsing.

FBdown.net

FBdown.net

10. FBDown.net-Private Videos

FBDown has another feature that allows the users to download videos from private accounts that otherwise might not be visible.

Here, Ctrl+U is the most important commands, it allows the user to see the source code of the video through which the videos can be downloaded.

FBDown.net- Private Videos

FBDown.net- Private Videos

11. KeepVid

KeepVid supports both news and education-based sites like Lynda, NBC, ABC, etc.

It requires copying the link of the Video and then pasting it on the KeepVid webpage to download the Video. It allows the users to download and save the video in a variety of formats and sizes.

KeepVid

KeepVid

12. VideoGrabby

VideoGrabby supports most of the video sites along with YouTube, Sound cloud, Vimeo and more. Like most other download sites, it follows the same copy-paste and download format.

VideoGrabby

VideoGrabby

13. YooDownload

YooDownload is an all-rounder Video downloader, as it caters to all the social media platforms and also the most common sites used for videos.

It is a major competitor in the market and has all the required features to download any video seamlessly.

YooDownload

YooDownload

14. ClipConverter

ClipConverter is a browser add-on on Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, that can convert and record online clips to any audio or Video format. Its reach is wide and goes to a variety of sites. This excludes subscription streaming services.

ClipConverter

ClipConverter

15. Online Video Converter

In addition to being able to support multiple sites and formats, Online Video Converter is also mobile compatible. This is unlike many other web apps. It helps users to download videos on the go and is seen to be platform independent.

Online Video Converter

Online Video Converter

16. VideoGrabber

Video Grabber is not a web app but a desktop program. It has a screen recording feature of recording the screen.

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This feature allows the user to record anything that is happening on their screen and save it as a screenshot or a video file. It can be used for webinar, tutorial and video chat recording too.

Video Grabber

Video Grabber

17. FLVTO

FLVTO has a special feature for users to queue their videos which later get auto-downloaded once they are available.

This lets users pile up a set of videos to download while spending time on something else instead of waiting on an ongoing basis.

FLVTO

FLVTO

18. JDownloader

Jdownloader totally eliminates the need to have the particular video’s link. Once the user providex the link of a page, JDownloader scans the entire page to display all the videos that exist on that page.

Users can then pick and choose if they want to download all the videos or just specific ones.

JDownloader

JDownloader

19. Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)

OBS is a free and open-source software, which allows the user to recording the video and live streaming quickly and easily.

It has an advantage of enabling the user to record while playing a video game while on the PC or even capture the desktop. The recordings can then be named and saved on the platform itself.

Open Broadcaster Software

Open Broadcaster Software

20. Cam Studio

Cam Studio is a simpler way to record videos than OBS. This software was mainly released for Microsoft to record all screen and audio activity on your computer screen.

It is one app where the user can press the ‘record’ button and let the video record until it plays. It saves all its videos on AVI format.

Cam Studio

Cam Studio

Shared above is an extensive list of web sites, apps and recording software that has been developed for downloading videos for the end users. It is important to re-check and choose which site has more relevant space and art form as per the user’s requirement.

The user must be clear about what it wants to download and use that accordingly. One must be aware of the legal conditions of downloading and recording videos online. Copyright content should not be used.

With a plethora of sites and programs to download videos from, video downloading has become quite an easy task than before.

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Anusha Saive

Anusha worked for many years in the IT industry as a Project Manager, and also a senior writer and editor at Tecmint. She is a huge fan of Linux and is passionate about writing Linux and technology related stuff.
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