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Many of us would like to streaming videos on YouTube. And most of YouTube users are struggling to search for a way on how to download YouTube videos easily and legally. There are many YouTube downloader or YouTube downloader online services through the Internet, but which is the best and how can we choose? No worry! Here we will tell you that you can download videos from YouTube on Mac for free. Below are top 5 ways on how to download YouTube videos on Mac (OS X 10.11 EL Capitan and 10.10 Yosemite included).

Part 1. The Best Way to Download Videos from YouTube on Mac

If you want an easiest way to download videos from YouTube on Mac, we highly recommend you to use iSkysoft YouTube Downloader for Mac. This YouTube downloader allows you to download any YouTube videos on Mac for free. You can download YouTube 4K UHD videos, YouTube VEVO, and the whole YouTube playlist. Just try it now.

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Key Features of This YouTube Downloader Mac

  • Not only download YouTube videos, but also can download videos from Facebook, Lynda, Metacafe, Bilibili, FC2, and 1000+ more.
  • 1 click to download YouTube to MP3 format in high quality. And extract audio from a video.
  • Support download multiple videos at one time and allow schedule for batch download.
  • Convert videos to any video formats. Optimized preset for iPhone, Android or other devices.
  • Easily record videos from Hulu, Netflix, iTunes, CNN, Hollywood videos, and many other sites.

Easy Guide for Downloading YouTube Videos on Mac

Step 1 Download and launch iSkysoft YouTube video downloader

Download and start installation of iSkysoft iTube Studio YouTube Downloader (Mac OS X EL Capitan, Yosemite, Mountain Lion included). It's superb easy to use! After that, launch the program.

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Step 2 Download YouTube videos from browser

Open your browser Safari, Chrome or Firefox and visit When you watch a video on it, you will see the "Download" icon appearing at the top left corner of the video. And several web pages can be opened to download videos at the same time. Click the "Download" button and the video will be downloaded.

1 click download streaming video

The download process can be checked. And in "Downloaded" tab, you will find downloaded YouTube videos. You can see the downloaded videos on the right by clicking "Downloaded" button on the left side of the YouTube Downloader for Mac window. With the built-in FLV player, and double-click the program, you're able to view or play the video.

Step 3 Convert YouTube video to any format

To convert YouTube video, click the "Convert" button on the right. And you can convert YouTube videos to iPod, iPhone, iPad and all popular devices. In the window that appears, choose from about 100 output formats and click "OK" to start conversion.

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Also see the video tutorial about how to download YouTube videos on Mac using iSkysoft iTube Studio.

Part 2. The Method to Download Video, Music, etc with Limewire on Mac

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Step 1. Go to the website of limewire to download Limewire software. Hit "Mac OS X (10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard)", you can get the basic version for free.

Step 2. Install and launch the Limewire, just input some of your interested words,select the type, and click search, then you'll find lots of files for you to download.

You can find and get the file by clicking download button. What's more, several files can be downloaded at the same time.

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Step 3. Then click "Explore" when you finished downloading the file, and you will find your download videos on Mac.

Windows version can be downloaded if you want to download videos from on your PC. If you can't find the YouTube and limewire videos files that you need, refer to the guide to know the method of converting downloaded files to other format.

Tips: Learn to get/record videos from video sharing sites for free.

Part 3. Download YouTube Videos on Mac with Chrome

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If you use Chrome browser, you can download YouTube videos on Chrome directly on your Mac. To do so, you need a YouTube downloader for Chrome add-on. You can find and download one from Chrome Web Store.

After installing the YouTube downloader add-on on your Chrome browser, the video download can be easy. Just open YouTube video, and the add-on on your Chrome browser will be highlighted. Simply press the add-on button to download the video.

Part 4. Download YouTube Videos on Mac Directly from Internet

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You can also directly download YouTube videos on Mac with a "Kiss", you can directly download Youtube on Mac from the Internet. To download a YouTube video, what oyu need is a YouTube video URL. When you open a YouTube video URL, you just add "Kiss" before the URL in the address bar. For example, the URL of, now add a “kiss”, the URL changed to And then your browser will parse the URL and open the download page as the image shown. There you can download the video with ease.

Part 5. Download Videos from YouTube on Mac on Safari Directly

Update: This method doesn't works any more due to code changes on YouTube.

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Step 1. Launch Safari and find your interested video.

Step 2. Then,go to 'Window' and down to Activity. Press it, you will see a dialog box;

Step 3. Find the YouTube page among files appeared in the window when the dialog box shows up.

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Step 4. After it's located and all the activities going on in the page is expanded, find the largest file size (you can find it in the right hand corner). In YouTube page, many video files are small, while most FLV videos are large files. After the largest file is located, you just need to double click on it.

There are several free online downloader websites for you to choose to download YouTube video on Mac:

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Mihalcea Andrei
I believe that if you will use some Ads blocker such as AdBlock you will get rid of all annoying advertisements in no time. Thou, you should click one at least just to thank the developer for his work. :)
Stan Boston
I think you can use some Adblock to prevent having your screen filled with pop-up advertisements. They are getting really aggressive with their ads nowadays.
Albert Smith
Can you tell what alternative have you been using and how was going? I have some times issues with the Download button but it seems to be fixed now. Maybe it was a bug or so.
That's a nice trick, i was using another software to download videos but is not always reliable. I will try this and let you know how it went.
How do I get rid of the pop-up?

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