How to Free Download YouTube Videos on Mac

YouTube does not allow direct downloading of any of its videos. Naturally, this has led to the emergence of countless video download sites, extensions and workarounds, but many of these solutions can be dangerous – many only exist to spread malware, install apps malicious, etc. However, there are several ways to safely download a YouTube video to your Mac so that you can watch it offline or just save it for general use.

Here are the best ways to download YouTube videos on Mac for free.

We must warn you that downloading a YouTube video is technically not allowed by Google. Either way, it’s widely considered a gray area, so only use the following steps to download videos that you have the legal right to have local copies of.

VLC Media Player

Apart from establishing itself as one of the most popular video applications for Windows and Mac systems, VLC is also among the most versatile media players currently available. One such feature that exemplifies the technical capabilities of the app is its ability to stream YouTube videos and offer a direct download link for those MP4 files.

Step 1: Download and install VLC if you haven’t already, open it. Click it File tab and select the tab Open network button.

The Open Network button on VLC Media Player on Mac.

2nd step: Within the open-source window that now appears, paste the YouTube video URL in the field provided. Click on Open.

The Open Source window on VLC Media Player on Mac.

Step 3: The YouTube video you entered should now play on your media player. Click it The window tab at the top, then select Media information.

Step 4: Contained in the Location the field at the bottom must be a URL. Copy this address and paste it into a web browser and hit the enter button on your keyboard.

The media information window on VLC Media Player on Mac.

Step 5: This same video should now play on your web browser window. Right click on this video and click on the Save video as button.

Please note that some VLC users may experience issues when trying to load certain videos to their media player. In the event of a technical problem, refer to the log file (click on the Order (cmd), Changeand M keyboard keys together while VLC is open).

4K Video Downloader

As for YouTube video downloader programs, 4K Video Downloader is one of the most trusted and popular applications for Windows and Mac.

Step 1: Download and install the app through its official site. Your Mac system will require macOS 10.13 or later for the program to work.

The different download installers for 4K Video Downloader.

2nd step: Select the YouTube video URL you want to download.

Step 3: Open 4K Video Downloader on your Mac. Click it Paste the link button.

Step 4: A window offering you various download options will now appear. The standard MP4 format is already selected. Choose a resolution and whether you want to download the subtitles as well (if the video itself contains embedded subtitles). Select an output location for the file and click To download.

Downloading a video to 4K Video Downloader for Mac.

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