How to: Download YouTube videos

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How to: Download YouTube videos

Here are a couple of ways you can download YouTube videos to your PC or laptop.

There are numerous ways to download YouTube videos, depending on where you're downloading from and to.

However, before we reveal how to download YouTube videos, we feel duty-bound to discuss the legal and moral issues of downloading content from YouTube.

Technically, downloading any content that you don't own the copyright for, or have permission to download from the copyright holder, is against YouTube's terms and conditions. Breaching copyright is also illegal, and if you use copyrighted material – or even snippets of copyrighted material – you stand the risk of being sued by the holder. This is especially the case if you then use the material in your own videos, pass the video off as your own or even post the video with a credit to the holder, if you don't have permission to do so.  

How to download videos from YouTube using KeepVid

One of the easiest methods to download videos from YouTube has been around almost as long as YouTube itself. KeepVid is a website that provides multiple download links to YouTube videos; to use this website you'll need an up-to-date version of Java installed on your computer.

1. Search for the YouTube video you wish to download and once you have located it, copy the full URL.

2. Go to KeepVid.com and paste the URL into the provided field. Next you simply need to click on the download button located to the right of the URL box.

Note: other on-page download buttons will be links to sponsored third-party software, which you probably don't want on your computer. Alternatively, you can financially support the site by donating via links found at the bottom of the page.

3. The third and final step is to choose in which format you'd like to download the video, plus the quality. Once you've made your choice simply click on the link clearly provided and your download will begin automatically.

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How to download YouTube videos: DownloadHelper

If you're a Firefox user and want to regularly download YouTube videos then installing the DownloadHelper add-on might be a good option for you as it sits in the toolbar and works on a wide range of other popular websites too.

1. Open Firefox and go to the DownloadHelper add-on page and click on the green "Add to Firefox" button.

2. You'll then be asked to restart Firefox, after which you'll see a DownloadHelper icon located in the top right of your Firefox browser. Next you need to go to YouTube and find the video you want to download. Once you have that video on page, DownloadHelper will start pulsing as soon as the video plays. From here simply click the file you wish to download and select Quick Download.

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