Youtube downloading in 2014
May 12, 2014 12:10 AM   Subscribe

Now that SPOI's Youtube Options has gone subscription-only, what options are there for downloading Youtube videos in Chrome or Firefox? seems to have finally bitten the dust, and the scripts it had were out of date.
posted by anemone of the state to Computers & Internet (14 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
Complete Youtube Saver works in Firefox and SeaMonkey.
posted by Too-Ticky at 12:31 AM on May 12, 2014

Response by poster: That link should probably be this, the official Mozilla add-on page. That link was legit but full of fake "Download now!" ads.
posted by anemone of the state at 12:56 AM on May 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

I use KeepVid for videos and Listen to YouTube for audio-only.
posted by MeghanC at 2:00 AM on May 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

The deturl bookmarklet works well for me on YouTube and for a wider range of video-streaming sites, Video DownloadHelper is also reliable.
posted by Busy Old Fool at 2:14 AM on May 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

FWIW, is still accessible at But the admin has been criminally negligent of the site in recent years, so who knows how long that will work.
posted by Rhaomi at 2:16 AM on May 12, 2014

For Chrome, try Chrome YouTube Downloader. Unfortunately installing it requires a bit of rigmarole, since Google refuses to allow YouTube download extensions in the official Chrome extension directory.
posted by vasi at 2:51 AM on May 12, 2014

youtube-dl is a python script. The author keeps it very up to date to respond to constantly morphing youtube protocols.
posted by bertran at 4:15 AM on May 12, 2014 [4 favorites]

anemone of the state, thank you. I did not know about the ads, as I don't see them. Thanks for posting the link to the add-on for Firefox (which is not my primary browser, so I did not have that link handy).
posted by Too-Ticky at 4:23 AM on May 12, 2014

dirpy for web-based solution. jdownloader for app-based.
posted by Gyan at 4:44 AM on May 12, 2014

ViewTube for Greasemonkey on userscripts [accessible using port 8080 as Rhaomi pointed out]

Not only do you have a handy "Get" button to download the video, you also have a better HTML player and you can set your default video quality without Youtube changing it every single time. Oh also it buffers the whole video, unlike youtube's ridiculous buffering.

This is the only thing that has kept youtube usable on my crappy connection.
posted by xqwzts at 5:50 AM on May 12, 2014 [1 favorite]
posted by thelonius at 6:01 AM on May 12, 2014

I use the Firefox add-on called video download helper.
posted by werkzeuger at 2:58 PM on May 12, 2014

BTW, if you're looking for a good replacement for Youtube Options, you might try Youtube Center. It's available as a user script and as an experimental addon for Firefox and Chrome. It adds a direct download menu as one of its features.

Also, you can still get to if you add :8080 to the domain, like I did in the link above.
posted by Aleyn at 11:46 AM on May 13, 2014

I\ll second youtube-dl. I call this script youtube-mp3 :
exec youtube-dl -x --audio-format=mp3 $*
posted by jeffburdges at 2:49 PM on May 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

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