Best Mac iSkysoft alternative apps

Olga Weis

iSkysoft Free Video Downloader for Mac is an app for downloading video files from YouTube in various formats or resolutions on your Mac computer. After you have downloaded videos you can use this app as a player for downloaded content as well as for something you've already had on hard drive. There is no doubt a lot of users love iSkysoft downloader.

Unfortunately no software is perfect, especially the free software. Here are a couple of drawbacks you will encounter when using iSkysoft Free Video Downloader for Mac:

  • It won't download private videos;
  • Cannot extract soundtrack from YouTube videos;
  • Won't add the downloaded MP4 files to iTunes library automatically.

So if the features described above are something you were actually looking for, you may need an advice on some alternative to iSkysoft free video downloader for Mac.

Here is the list of top software similar to iSkysoft video downloader

Contents:

  1. Airy - the best alternative to iSkysoft Free Video Downloader for Mac
  2. Elmedia Player PRO
  3. YouTubNow
  4. Video DownloadHelper
  5. ClipConverter
  6. SaveFrom.net

Airy for Mac

Airy is easily the best alternative to iSkysoft Free Video Downloader for Mac that downloads videos from YouTube in MP4, 3GP, FLV, and MP3 formats. It has so many essential features at the same time being easy and light. And additionally to all perks it offers, Airy can extract MP3 from YouTube videos. If you need to download the complete playlist or even a complete YouTube channel, Airy will handle it effortlessly. Private videos are also downloadable with this Mac iSkysoft alternative.

How to use Airy for YouTube downloading:

  1. Download the app on your computer. First 2 downloads are free, and if you are going to use Airy continuously - upgrade to full version.
  2. Open the YouTube video, playlist or channel you want to save, paste the link to the Airy window.
  3. Select the file format to download video or audio (MP3) in. Note that the more videos you are downloading at once, the more time it may take. A large channel will definitely download for a longer time than just one music video.
  4. Click the Download button.

Elmedia PRO

Here is yet another great alternative to iSkysoft free video downloader for Mac. Its definite advantage is that it can download from YouTube as well as from lots of other websites and social platforms with videos. Also it is a free media player for all your downloaded content as well as other videos that you already have on your hard drive. Elmedia can easily save videos and audios from YouTube in different formats (3GP, MP4, FLV, WebM, MP3). Elmedia PRO will also download playlists from YouTube.

One other thing about Elmedia PRO is that it can stream your videos and music via AirPlay and can also be an AirPlay receiver.

To download videos from YouTube with Elmedia PRO follow the steps:

  1. Download Elmedia and activate PRO version with an activation code that you receive in your email after you placed the order on developer's website.
  2. Switch to browser mode: Window → Browser in the main menu.
  3. Enter the link and press Enter.
  4. From the list below choose the video and click Download.
  5. Choose the format to save video in or switch to the Audio tab and choose the supported audio format to only save the sound.
  6. By default you'll find all saved files in Downloads folder.

Video DownloadHelper

This add-on is exclusively for Firefox browser fans. You could say it is the only significant downside for this downloader. However if you are a Firefox user this simple and well-known solution is the easiest way to download videos from the web.

With an additional installation, DownloadHelper offers conversion of your video files to different formats. Conversion can be done manually, or you can set up conversion preferences for an automatic process.

How to work with Video DownloadHelper:

  1. Go to the addons.mozilla.org site, find Video DownloadHelper and click the Add to Firefox button.
  2. Open YouTube.com. In the toolbar of Firefox browser you'll see an animated 3-balls icon with a number next to it.
  3. If the icon is animated i means there are videos available for download.
  4. Click this icon to open the main panel.
  5. Note that clicking outside the panel will close it.
  6. Choose the video from the list. In a dialog that opens you can change rename the file and/or the target folder. Confirm and wait for the download to complete.

ClipConverter

ClipConverter a video downloader and video converter at the same time. This app is easy to use and operates fast. It allows downloading videos from YouTube in different formats - audio and video included. It supports not just YouTube, but other services like Dailymotion, Vimeo, Metacafe, and MySpace. You'll just need to copy and paste the video link in the box, and choose the available option from the list below. With ClipConverter you can download and convert only a part of the video.

How to download a YouTube video and convert it with ClipConverter:

  1. Paste your YouTube link in 'Video URL' box and click Continue.
  2. Choose the format for your downloaded file (MP3, MP4, M4A) and conversion options. You can stick to default conversion options.
  3. Press the 'Start' button.
  4. The conversion may take some minutes. After the conversion completed you can save the converted file to your computer.

SaveFrom.net

SaveFrom.net is an online service for downloading of YouTube videos. It also offers downloading from other resources like Vimeo, Facebook, etc. Simply paste the link to the video and choose from the offered formats and qualities. SaveFrom.net also comes as a browser extension.

You can download videos with SaveFrom one of the following ways:

  1. Enter the link in the input box on the web page and click the "Download" button on the right.
  2. Paste the link into browser's address field and add "savefrom.net/" or "sfrom.net/" before the link. E.g. sfrom.net/http://youtube.com/watch?v=u7deClndzQw and press 'Enter'.
  3. Install the browser add-on for one-click download.

We have made a comparison chart of all iSkysoft alternatives for Mac described in this article. Take a look:

Features iSkysoft Free video downloader Airy for Mac Elmedia PRO Video Download Helper Clip Converter Save From.net
Price
free
$19,95
$19,95
free
free
free
Select Download File Format
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Built-in Video Player
yes
no
yes
no
no
no
Convert YouTube to MP3
no
yes
yes
no
yes
no
Playlist/Channel downloading
yes
yes
yes/no
no
no
no
Download private videos
no
yes
no
no
no
no
Airy
Requirements: OS X 10.7+ , 14.87MB size
Version 3.9.218 (14th Jul, 2019) Release notes
Category: UtilitiesApplication