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How to Download Videos from YouTube, Dailymotion, Google Videos, Metacafe and Other Video Sharing Sites

June 24th, 2011 - Filed under Web Tools

Most of the video sharing sites like YouTube and Dailymotion do not allow their users to download videos. You have to visit the sites every time you want to watch your favorite videos. However, one day those videos might be removed from the sites due to whatever reasons. So why don’t you download and save them to your computer before it’s too late?


There are basically 3 ways to download videos off the Internet. You can either use web services, Firefox addons or desktop applications. Below we’ve listed some of the best tools for you to try. If you know about any other tools which you think are better, please share them in the comments!

You may also want to check out our 30 Best YouTube Tips and Tricks!

Copyright Infringement Warning: does not condone the illegal downloading of files and materials. Please read what local copyright laws apply to you and your area of the world before downloading any copyrighted files and materials.

Web Services




Save YouTube



Vixy Freecorder






Firefox Addons

Video DownloadHelper
The easy way to download and convert web videos from hundreds of YouTube-like sites. This works also for audio and picture galleries.

Easy YouTube Video Downloader
Another easy YouTube video downloader that provides single click non-intrusive direct download buttons for FLV, 3GP, MP3, MP4, 720p HD and 1080p Full-HD qualities.

Flash Video Downloader YouTube Downloader Facebook
Flash Video Downloader helps you to download any video (flv, mp4) from YouTube-like, Facebook, Dailymotion, Break, Metacafe and other video sharing websites in one click. You can download mp3, mp4 (iPod), avi and more. Downloads Flash games.

Desktop Application

Orbit Downloader
Orbit Downloader is devoted to new generation web (web 2.0) downloading, such as video/music/streaming media from Myspace, YouTube, Imeem, Pandora, Rapidshare, support RTMP. And to make general downloading easier and faster.

VDownloader lets you download and convert your favorite videos from YouTube and other video websites for free.

Ares Tube
Ares Tube is a Windows program simple and easy to use which allows downloading music, films, videos, music videos and more from the most important sites (YouTube, Dailymotion, Metacafe, etc) and use them right from your desk.

YouTube Grabber
Downloads FLV files from YouTube. Simply copy and paste the URL of a video from YouTube into the program, and press Download. A window will popup showing you different formats and sizes. Tell the program where you want it to be downloaded, and the video will be named and downloaded for you.

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