Youku is similar to YouTube and is the most popular video-sharing site in China. You can sign up a Youku account and upload your videos to share with others. The big thing about Youku is its joint venture with over 1,500 license holders, which allows the holders hosting the popular Youku movies and TV shows in full length on their sites. You can access Youku all over the world and enjoy videos on Youku for free, but you have to bear the annoying advertisements on Youku. However, you can download Youku videos for offline playback without any ads with the help of a Youku downloader. Here is the right place for you to download and enjoy Youku videos offline with ease.
Part 1. How to Download Youku Videos on Mac (OS X EL Capitan included)
The Best Tool for Downloading Youku Movies and Videos
iSkysoft iTube Studio for Mac will be the highly recommended Youku video downloader. You only need one click to save your favorite videos from Youku or other 1000+ sites on your Mac (including new Mac OS X 10.11 EL Capitan, 10.9 Mavericks and 10.10 Yosemite).
The fabulous program also integrates with a converting tool, which allows you to convert videos to other video or audio format to fit for your devices.
Now try it out to find more amazing features. (For Windows PC users, please download the iTube Studio for Windows.)
Why Choose This Youku Downloader
Download any online videos
One click download videos from Youku, Tudou, YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, BBC News and 1000+ other sites.
Convert videos to any format
Convert videos to any video and audio format. Support preset for iOS and Android devices.
Download HD videos
3X faster download videos in high quality. And you have sveral resolution options to choose.
Manage downloaded video
It is easy to organize your videos. You can delete or add videos to your library.
Guides on Download Videos from Youku to Mac
Now see how to download Youku video by iSkysoft iTube Studio. The detail guides bellow is for your reference (screenshots are taken from Mac version). The way to save Youku videos to Windows PC is almost the same. Windows users can take the same steps.
What You Will Need:
iSkysoft iTube Studio for Mac
Very fast (Variable depending on the video file size)
Step 1. Run Youku Video Downloader
Click the above big Free Download icon to download Youku downloader and install it according to the setup prompts. When installation completed, this Youku downloader will launch automatically.
Note: iTube Studio for Mac is compatible with Mac 10.6 or later, including the latest OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
Step 2. Download a Youku Video with One Click
Open your browser and navigate to the video you want to download on Youku.com. When you play the video, you will get a "Download" button appeared on the top left corner of the video window. Click it to add video to the download queue.
Tips: You can also copy the video URL and then click the Paste URL button in the program's interface, or directly drag and drop the video URL to the program to start the download. If you can't get the Download button to show in Safari, it is recommended to use Firefox to download videos from Youku.
Step 3. Convert Downloaded Youku Video (Optional)
This program also works as a Youku video converter. It allows you to convert your downloaded videos into the format that is compatible with your portable device. When you go to the "Downloaded" tab, you will see a "Convert" button on the right side of each video. Just click the "Convert" button and you will then be guided to the output format interface to complete the conversion process.
Tips: To watch the downloaded videos, you can go to the Downloaded tab and double click the target video to play it with the inbuilt HD media player.
Note: Note that some videos would require you to have a Chinese IP address if these videos are blocked internationally. Also, click the Download button after the ads are done to avoid downloading videos with ads (these usually last for 10 seconds).
Part 2. How to Download Video from Youku on Windows 8/7/XP/Vista
If you are Windows users, iSkysoft iTube Studio for Windows is the best Youku downloader for PC. With it, you will get a built-in browser, which can help you to access Youku videos directly. And you can get Youku download for PC by clicking the Download button or simply copying the video URL.
- Download videos from 1000+ sites, including Youku, Facebook, YouTube and more.
- Convert video to any format and fit your iPhone, Android or other players.
- Support batch download videos and allow one click download the whole YouTube playlist.
- Manage your videos and directly export videos to your iTunes library.
Steps to Download Youku Videos to PC
What You Will Need:
iSkysoft iTube Studio for Windows
Very fast (Variable depending on the video file size)
Step 1. Launch Youku Downloader for Windows
Download and install the program with the help of on screen prompts. When you finish installing the Youku downloader, it will run automatically on your PC.
Step 2. Download Youku Video in One Click
Now go to Youku.com in the built-in browser and find your lovely videos. When you play the video, you will see a "Download" button on the video window. Just click it to download Youku.
Tips: Another simple way to download Youku videos is to drag and drop the Youku video URL to the program dock. The video will be downloaded.
Step 3. Convert Youku Videos to Any Format
If you want to convert Youku videos to other format, you can go to "Downloaded" > "Convert", and select your desired output format and start the conversion.
Tips: To watch Youku on iPhone or Android devices, you xan directly select the device name as the target output for conversion.
Part 3: Directly Download Youku to MP3 High Quality
If you want to get Youku to MP3 directly, iSkysoft Audio Recorder for Mac (or iSkysoft Audio Recorder for Windows) is the great helper. It can download any online video to MP3 format in high quality. And only 1 click it need to start the recording.
- Download music from any video sites.
- Record audio from 500+ music sites and radio station.
- Save music or audio to MP3 with original quality.
- Burn audio to CD or export music to iTunes library.
- Easily make ringtones with the recorded music.
Part 4: How to Get YouKu.com in English
You can use Google Chrome to translate the Youku page to English by right-clicking the mouse on any part of the webpage and clicking the "Translate to English" option. If you're using Firefox, you can find the translation option on the top of the page. Alternatively, you can go to the Google Translate website to translate the Youku page for you.
Note: Youku and Tudou, the two famous video-sharing websites in China, had merged in 2012 and become Youku Tudou Inc.
Part 5. How to Watch Youku Outside China with Unblock Youku
Unblock Youku is a free tool that allows you to access Youku outside China mainland. To watch Youku on your PC, you can install Unblock Youku on your browser Chrome or Firefox. Below is the detailed guide on how to apply Unblock Youku on PC for accessing Youku outside China.
How to Use Unblock Youku for Chrome
First launch your Chrome browser and go to the "Tools" bar to open the Chrome Web Store. And then search for Unblock Youku from the search box. Select Unblock Youku addon and then click "Add to Chrome" to install the addon on your browser. Now you can go to Youku and find any videos from Youku outside mainland China.
How to Use Unblock Youku for Firefox
Go to Firefox Add-ons page and search for Unblock Youku add-on from the search box. Click Download and install the Unblock Youku add-on on your Firefox browser. The installation is very simple with the on screen instruction. Once done, type Youku.com on the address bar of your Firefox browser and access any videos you want.