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Free Youtube Downloader

ClipGrab is a free Youtube downloader and converter for YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe and many other online video sites.

ClipGrab is a multi-platform software for downloading videos from popular websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion or Metacafe. It also provides the possibility to convert the downloaded files to other file formats such as MP3, MPEG4, OGG Theora or WMV. It is published as free software under the terms of version 3 of the GNU General Public License.

ClipGrab officially supports the download from a handful of video websites which include YouTube, Collegehumor, Dailymotion, Vimeo. 

In addition to being a free youtube downloader, the software provides a heuristic which can also download videos from sites that are not officially supported. When available, ClipGrab offers different quality options for a video. With this feature, the user can choose between downloading a high definition, standard definition or low definition version of the video. 

ClipGrab can automatically detect compatible URLs when they are copied to the clipboard. The program also provides an integrated search function for YouTube. It has been especially praised for its clean and easy-to-use user interface. 

Software review sites states that “[ClipGrab] has a beautifully designed graphical user interface” and “stands out immediately for its look, feel and performance”

If a site isn’t “officially” supported by ClipGrab, you might still be able to download videos from it. Through an advanced video-recognition system, ClipGrab allows the download from thousands of websites even if they are not listed here.


  • Simple and fast downloads
  • Converts videos
  • No Spyware and Time Limits
  • OpenSource
  • Completely Free

You can also Save YouTube videos to iPad

Unfortunately, Apple’s policies don’t allow software with this functionality on their devices. With ClipGrab, however, it is very easy to download videos on your PC or Mac and then transfer them on your mobile device.

Check out how to free download youtube videos easily to iPad

Download Free Youtube Downloader

Downloading YouTube videos on Windows has never been easier!

Free Youtube Downloader ClipGrab works great on Windows 10, Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP.

Free Youtube Downloader

ClipGrab brings you the best video downloading experience for your Mac.

ClipGrab is a GPLv3-licensed Open Source project and of course also available for Linux.

You can download a precompiled version that has been tested with the most recent version of Ubuntu. 

Output formats supported for Youtube Downloads


MPEG4 is nowadays the most popular video format. It is compatible with almost all devices and players and is also the best choice for downloading videos to your iPad or iPhone.

Many videos, e.g. HD videos from YouTube or Vimeo, are in fact already provided in the MPEG4 format. That means if you select MPEG4 as an output format, you will get the crystal-clear original quality of your video because ClipGrab will intelligently recognize the input format and not perform any superfluous conversions.


MP3 is an all-purpose audio format and a great choice if you only want to download the audio track of a video.


Another popular video format is WMV (Windows Media Movie). It is mostly used by the Windows Media Player but there are also many devices and other programs supporting WMV.

OGG Vorbis & OGG Theora

If you are a fan of Open Source and open standards, you might prefer to use these formats developed by Xiph Foundation.
OGG Vorbis is a popular audio file format, OGG Theora, on the other hand, is the corresponding video format.

Original format

You want the highest possible quality for your video downloads? Then select “Original format” and your download will not be converted at all. The output file will be, depending on the source, MPEG4, FLV or WebM.

If you want to download online videos and convert them to convenient file formats, get ClipGrab for free!