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Top 15 Free Methods to Download Videos from the Internet (The Best of 2019)

At times, you chance upon such incredible videos on the internet that you want to download and save a version of them on your device.

However, it isn’t always as easy as you think.

While most of the issues start with a slow internet connection that bogs down speed, some platforms don’t have an in-built downloading feature and are pretty confusing to get through.

So, the question is – how do you do it?

Well, considering that there will be millions of our users, looking for ways to download internet videos and build a personal collection of them to watch uninterruptedly, we have got you a guide.

This ultimate guide covers service-specific web apps, desktop apps, and web-based video downloaders that make downloading videos easy and free-of-cost.

Explore the options and pick your favorite now!

Download Internet Videos Using Service-Specific Web Apps


YouTube inarguably is the lion’s den of internet videos. In spite of that, the platform creates issues whenever you try to download videos for free. Try SaveFrom, a YouTube downloader that offers the fastest route to download videos in mp3, mp4, HD, full HD, and a range of other formats for absolutely nothing. Just enter ‘ss’ before the YouTube in the original URL and get the video downloaded — with ease and speed.


For example:

If the original URL is:

Add ‘ss’ to turn it into:

Try this and see for yourself!


FastestTube is a popular choice—and the most intuitive—for downloading YouTube videos for free. It’s a browser extension that adds a physical download button to YouTube videos, which can be found in the bottom right of the screen.

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To download FastestTube, go to its page here and hit install. Once the installation ends, go to any YouTube video and you will find the download button under the video player. Choose your preferences for video format and quality, and wait till the downloading completes. Smooth!


YouTube5, as the name itself suggests, is a YouTube downloader for Safari browser. It works by transforming the default YouTube experience and adding a couple of enhancements, such as volume controls, ability to switch video resolutions within the downloader, and video downloads. Besides YouTube, YouTube5 supports video downloads from Facebook and Vimeo. 

Instagram Downloader

Instagram has redefined the rules of popularity for social media platforms and continues to raise the bar of quality with its improvements. However, despite its so many perks, downloading Instagram videos is a tricky subject since the platform lacks an in-built download feature.

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Instagram Downloader is a really good means to download Instagram videos in mp4 format and does a real quick job. Simply copy and paste the video URL in the white downloader section and click ‘Download MP4’.

FB Down and FB Down Private

Facebook has a vast repository of videos, which is why it makes sense to use a top-end downloader to access videos on this platform. FB Down is a great way to download videos off Facebook. Since it also comes as a browser extension, you can download it and save videos online without leaving the social network’s homepage. And, the best part is — you can also download Facebook Live videos using FB Down, however only after they finish streaming.

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FB Down Private is an offset of FB Down and lets you download videos from pages that users have set as private. To download a private video, go to Facebook’s page where the video is hosted, press CTRL + U to access the source code, and paste the same onto the downloader. Quick and easy!


Downloading videos from Twitter is a real struggle. Thankfully, it’s DownloadTwitterVideo that’s come to the rescue. The process is rather simple and straightforward. Enter the Twitter video URL in the white downloader space, choose the preferred format from the options MP3, MP4 and MP4 HD, and hit download. Wait for a few seconds till the processing ends. The video is ready for the offline watch as and when you want.

Video DownloadHelper

Video DownloadHelper is a Firefox browser extension that lets you download and convert videos from YouTube and many other sites of the same ilk, such as DailyMotion and Google Videos. An interesting stuff is that Video DownloadHelper alerts you of downloadable content as you visit sites. If its icon animates, it’s a signal for you that the content on that particular web page is downloadable.

Download Internet Videos using Desktop Apps

You can also use desktop apps to download YouTube videos for free. Desktop apps have extra features and that’s why take an easy edge over web apps.

Below are a few desktop apps, which let you download YouTube videos for no cost at all. Take a look.

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is a beast of an offering, doing a lot more than just downloading videos. And, since it doesn’t need third-party apps to function, it doesn’t load your system or compromises the security of it.

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For downloading a video using VLC, navigate to Tools > Codec Information, and scroll down to the Location box on the screen. Copy the text and paste it into your browser to play the video. Next, right-click and select Save Videos As to save it on the local drive.

While we agree that the method is a tad lengthy, it’s far more reliable and secure as compared to web apps.

Video Grabber

Video Grabber lets you search and download videos for free. Besides this, it also supports video conversions and screen recordings. Going by its look and feel, Video Grabber might leave off an impression as a web app, but it’s actually a desktop program. To grab a video using Video Grabber, all you get to do is copying and pasting the video URL in the white downloader space and clicking Grab Online Video option provided just right at the bottom.


FLVTO comes in two flavors — a web app and a desktop version. What’s interesting about FLVTO is that it lets you download videos from multiple sources. You can queue videos for instant downloads and can also download new videos as they get available online.

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FLVTO supports a range of formats, including MP4, MP3, MP4 HD, AVI and AVI HD.

Download Internet Videos using Screen Recorders

Wondering how screen recorders can help? Well, screen recorders let you record whatever is playing on your system. If all the above-mentioned options fail, screen recorders can be the final recourse and a fantastic one at that. Below are two of the best screen recorders we would like to recommend.


CamStudio looks basic and is extremely intuitive to use. Though it lacks features that most of the screen recorders in the market boast of, it’s pretty great at what it essentially does — recording all video and audio activities going on your computer screens.

Open Broadcaster Software

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is one of the choicest free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. Compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linus, OBS Studio promises world-class experience as you go about real-time audio/video recording and mixing. It also lets you create the unlimited number of screens you can switch seamlessly while creating custom transitions. Auto filters are another huge plus.

All in all, OBS Studio is a lot more customizable and looks better than many screen recorders with stock interfaces.

Honorable Mentions

This section covers video downloaders that deserve a due mention for the level of ease and functionality they toss in when it comes to downloading internet videos for free. Take your pick.


A pretty simple web app, Video Grabby lets you download videos from the internet in just a few seconds. Also, it supports a wide array of video sites over the web, so you can download any video you like without a fail. Simply copy-paste the link and hit Go.

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ClipConverter comes in extremely handy when you want to download videos off the internet. Since it supports every video site you can possibly think of, you can download a truckload of your favorites without a hint of doubt in your mind. However, note that ClipConverter doesn’t support subscription streaming services. That’s a little exclusion there!

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To download a video, copy-paste YouTube URL and press Continue. Next, choose your preferences in terms of video format and quality, and press the ‘Start’ button. This might take a few minutes, but the wait is worth the result.


YooDownload has all the bells and whistles of a competitive free video downloader and works seamlessly with YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud and pretty much every video platform you can count right now. Negating third-party add-ons and extensions, YooDownload is a clean piece of software that lets you download videos in all formats (up to HD).

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Which video downloader is your favorite? We’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below.


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