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Save a YouTube video to Mac with Airy

How to Download YouTube Videos on Mac - an Easy Way

YouTube may be the biggest video hosting service out there, but it still can’t beat offline video. If you save a YouTube video to Mac, it will be available to you at any time - no buffering required. Most importantly, you won’t have to settle for lower quality if your connection is subpar. Want to save videos from YouTube? The information below will be helpful.

How to Safely Download YouTube Videos on Desktop

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Out of all the ways to save a YouTube video to Mac, desktop apps are the most advantageous. Desktop development facilitates high security, feature richness and continuous support. Airy is a great example - a convenient, versatile YouTube video downloader which can handle playlists just as well as single videos. It’s especially great if you need subtitles - any available subtitles will be acquired and saved into separate .srt files.

Use Airy to download a YouTube video in 3 clicks

Airy Guide: How to Download a YouTube Video with Subtitles

1. After downloading Airy, install it.

2. Open a YouTube page, copy the address.

Step 1 on how to download from YouTube for free with Airy.

3. Paste it in Airy. The video will show up in the queue.

Step 2 on how to download videos from YouTube for free with Airy

4. Set the quality/format setting and start it up.

Step 3 on how to save YouTube videos for free

No need to configure anything - the subtitle file will be found in the same directory as the video itself.


Using a Video Player for YouTube Downloads

Multipurpose apps are all the rage nowadays. Elmedia Player PRO is a video player with built-in YouTube downloader functionality. This combination is incredibly useful - Elmedia’s features ensure that you can enjoy downloaded clips to the fullest. Save a YouTube video to Mac and play it in the same app. As an added bonus, it can play subtitle files along with your videos, even if they aren’t embedded.

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How to Download a Video from YouTube on Mac through Elmedia

1. Install Elmedia and activate the PRO version.

You’ll need to purchase a license beforehand.

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2. Switch to the Browser Mode.

Use the Browser Mode to download videos from Youtube

3. Paste a YouTube link. Choose the format.

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4. Start the download.

Videos will be stored in the Downloads folder by default.

A Downloader Website - KeepVid

YouTube downloader services are widely available on the internet. This is one of the two ways you can download YouTube clips right in your browser. Keep in mind - it’s very restricted, and it’s likely that you won’t get any subtitles with your download. It’s worth giving a try, but KeepVid can get tedious when downloading a large amount of clips.

This is how you use it:

  1. Copy a YouTube link.
  2. Go to the KeepVid website.
  3. Paste your URL into the text box.
  4. Choose a format option and press "Download".
Save YouTube Videos to Mac with KeepVid

How to Download YouTube Videos on Mac: Browser Add-on

A browser add-on is a significant improvement over online services, even if it’s not the best solution. These compact apps won’t amaze you with their feature set, but they’re very lightweight, and will allow you to start a download right from the YouTube page.


Chrome doesn’t allow YouTube downloaders on the official extension store. You need to use a workaround: install Crosspilot. Once that’s done, we suggest that you get one of the Addoncrop extensions. This is how it’s done:

  1. Go to You’ll be prompted to "Install via Crosspilot". Do it.
  2. Find the necessary extension and add it to Chrome. Restart the browser.
  3. Find a YouTube video.
  4. Use the download button; it’s close to "Like/Dislike".
  5. Set the download options. Crop if necessary.
  6. Push "Download".
How to Download YouTube Videos on Mac with Chrome


It’s quite simple on Firefox. The Add-on Library contains many downloaders. Our recommendation is that you use the “Easy Youtube Video Downloader Express”. It’s incredibly simple:

  1. Install the extension and restart your browser.
  2. Go to any YouTube video page.
  3. Locate the "Download as…" button next to "Subscribe".
  4. Choose the desired format and start the download.
How to save Youtube videos on Mac with Firefox


Airy is your answer - it’s a flexible YouTube downloader that can deal with any video or playlist. The demo version allows a limited amount of downloads, but it’s enough to get started.
Use Airy’s browser integration feature. By creating an Airy bookmark in your browser, you can save a YouTube video to Mac in a single click. Upon clicking, it will send the current page’s address to the desktop app, thus removing the need to copy and paste.
QuickTime offers a screen recording option that can be found under "File - New Movie Recording". Set the boundary for your clip and press the red button. This is inconvenient for batch downloads, but useful for livestreams and demos/tutorials.

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