Each of us has our own reason to download a YouTube video for legal use. And in fact, there are numerous online or offline tools designed to download a YouTube video. Here, in particular, we sort out all the feasible solutions to download YouTube videos without any software.

Best Way to Download YouTube Videos without Failure

If you are in request for a solution to download YouTube videos without installing any software, please skip this part and read the following parts.

Maybe you have tried some downloaders, but failed to grab the YouTube videos, especially those long webinars, tutorials videos. Here is a new way to grab YouTube videos, instead of using traditional YouTube downloaders.

Movavi Screen Recorder is an efficient tool to record/grab videos from your screen and take snapshots. It cannot only grab YouTube videos, but also other online videos by recording the video & audio. Even, it can record from your webcam and let you export the standard/1080p/4k online videos as MP4, AVI, MOV, MP3, etc.

Why Movavi Screen Recorder is Worth A Try?

  • Grab online videos from YouTube or other video hosting websites
  • Never fail to grab webinars, tutorials, movies, all kinds of online videos
  • Record screen with ease
  • Record from webcam
  • Record audio from internal and external device
  • Screen recording edit: highlight, trim, etc.
  • Export videos as MP4, AVI, GIF, MOV, WEBM and MP3
  • Set up schedule to record without waiting all the time before your screen
  • Take and edit screenshot

How to Use This Best YouTube Downloader?

  1. Grab the free trial of Movavi Screen Recorder 2021, install and run the app.
  2. Open the YouTube video in your web browser.
  3. Click on Screen Recording icon, select the capture area by drag and move your mouse.
  4. Play the YouTube video, click the red Start button and wait for the countdown.download youtube videos with movavi 1
  5. (Optional)Click Edit button for highlights.download youtube videos with movavi 2
  6. Click Stop button to exit from the recording mode.
  7. Play, trim and export the YouTube recording to your wanted format.download youtube videos with movavi 3

Is That “All the Online YouTube Downloaders Work” True?

To finalize the list of online tools to download YouTube videos without any software, I tested 20 online youtube downloaders that rank top in Google result, the test results led me to the conclusion: not all the online youtube downloaders work to download youtube videos successfully. You can find the details as following, and will have a wise decision which ones to try next time.

No. Online YouTube Downloader Work or Not Notes
1 Y2mate Work /
2 Onlinevideoconverter No /
3 Keepvid Work The download video cannot be opened sometimes, try to re-download
4 Saveclipbro Work High resolution
5 Savefrom.net Work /
6 smallseotools No /
7 topvideodownloader No Can process the download, but downloaded videos cannot be opened and played
8 apowersoft Work The downloaded video cannot be opened sometimes, try to re-download
9 vidpaw Work Quality scarified
10 savethevideo Work Quality scarified
11 ytoffline No /
12 Catchvideo No Not support copyright material or music
13 ddownr Work High quality
14 amoyshare Work Low quality
15 sconverter Work Low quality
16 video-converter-mp4 No /
17 Bitdownloader No Download of Music content is prohibited
18 flvto Work Quality sacrificed
19 Ripsave No /
20 videoder No Youtube downloading is not supported anymore

Download YouTube Videos without Software Online

By testing the same YouTube URL with above-listed 20 online free YouTube downloaders, we finaly pick saveclipbro and ddownr as the best 2 solutions to download YouTube videos without any software.

#1 saveclibro

SaveClipBro allows users to download videos from YouTube and other video streaming platforms.

  • Download YouTube videos in 11 video formats
  • Save YouTube videos as 9 audio formats
  • Video resolution option

Steps to Download YouTube videos with saveclipbro.

  • Step 1. Navigate to https://www.saveclipbro.com in your web browser.
  • Step 2. Paste the YouTube video URL into saveclipbro.
  • Step 3. Select video resolution and output, then click Convert.
  • Step 4. Once the conversion finishes, click Download your files.
  • Step 5. Save the YouTube video to your computer.save clip bro

However, SaveClipBro falls short on the downloading speed, it may some time to download the YouTube video one by one, just wait patiently.

#2 ddownr

The video quality of most YouTube videos that downloaded online is always scarified, but it is really lucky to have ddownr. It allows users to download videos in high quality, including 4k and 8k:

  • Download YouTube videos in 2 video formats
  • Save YouTube videos as 3 audio format
  • Output high quality videos

Steps to Download YouTube Videos with ddownr.

  • Step 1. Navigate to https://ddownr.com in your web browser.
  • Step 2. Paste the YouTube video URL into ddownr.
  • Step 3. Click Download to choose output and video resolution.
  • Step 4. Once ready, save the YouTube video to your computer.ddownr

Download YouTube Videos without Software/App on Mobile Phone

No, without the needed apps, you can not download YouTube videos to your mobile phone.

And there are free solutions to download the videos to your iPhone or Android phone.

For iPhone Users:

Apps Needed—Download the Documents app from Readdle, it allows users to search and open YouTube videos with its own web browser, also allows users to download and save the media files.

  1. Go to App Store, download Document, tap it to run.
  2. Copy the YouTube video URL.
  3. Go to Documents, open the web browser and input https://ddownr.comdownload youtube iphone
  4. Then paste the YouTube video URL into ddownr.
  5. Choose output and download the YouTube video.
  6. Then go to Documents>Downloads, find the YouTube video and play.

For Android users:

Items Needed: Google Chrome (or preferred web browser), a Video Player for Android

  1. Open Google Chrome and head to https://ddownr.com
  2. Then paste the YouTube video URL into ddownr.
  3. Download the YouTube video.
  4. Find and play the YouTube video in installed video player.

Does Google Extensions Help to Download YouTube Videos?

Another method to download YouTube videos without any software is installing the Google extensions. However, the truth is, Google Chrome won’t allow any extensions to download from YouTube website. After all, YouTube is one part of Google services, users who want to enjoy unlimited YouTube services need to pay for the Premium.

And according to my test, though the extension can be added to Google Chrome, there will be error message indicating YouTube videos are not allowed for downloading, even there is no YouTube video found.


Also, I tried to install add about 10 add-ons into Firefox but found no one helps to download YouTube videos without software.

No. Extensions Work or Not
1 YouTube Downloaderby al3k_popov Cannot add to Firefox
2 YouTube Downloaderby Web Development Studio Can add to Firefox, but only with a spinning circle, cannot download
3 Youtube Downloaderby Youtube Downloader Addon Can add to Firefox and analyze youtube videos, but cannot download successfully
4 YouTube Download Button by YouTube Downloader Can add to Firefox but don’t work
5 YouTube Downloaderby YouTube Addons Can add to Firefox but cannot download successfully
6 Youtube Downloaderby download-lagu-mp3.com Cannot add to Firefox
7 HD Youtube Downloaderby Samc Can add to Firefox but cannot download successfully
8 YouTube™ Downloader Liteby Skott Can add to Firefox but cannot download successfully
9 Easy Youtube Video Downloader Expressby Dishita Cannot add to Firefox
10 YouTube Download Plusby uepselon Cannot add to Firefox

Therefore, if you want to download YouTube videos without software in Google Chrome, you will need to go back to an online YouTube downloader as we mentioned in the above parts.

In Summary

Indeed, there are solutions to download a YouTube video without installing any software, but not all online free YouTube downloaders work. As we have tested for you, saveclipbro and ddownr deserve a try. But if you want to download YouTube videos easily and without any failure, Movavi Screen Recorder is a solid option.