How To Save ANY YouTube Video Without a “Free Website”

Downloading YouTube videos can be very inconsistent and tiresome. That “free website” no longer works, or it compresses one’s videos terribly. Here is a sure-fire way to download ANY YouTube video.

Disclaimer: According to Google’s Terms of Service for YouTube, “You shall not download any Content unless you see a ‘download’ or similar link displayed by YouTube on the Service for that Content.” If you absolutely must download a video, make sure it’s strictly for your own personal use — or you risk violating MANY privacy and copyright laws.

  1. Download VLC or another media player that allows Network URL viewing

  2. Open VLC and click Media -> Open Network Stream

  3. Paste the YouTube URL you want to extract. Then, play it.

  4. Go to Tools -> Media Information and highlight the LOCATION at the bottom of the pop-up window.

  5. Paste that URL into a browser and right-click “save video as”

  6. Name the file and desired location

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