How to Save YouTube Videos to Your Computer

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Want to save a YouTube video on your computer? If you like a certain video clip, you should save a copy to your desktop, since videos are taken down from YouTube by their posters all the time. You can't save directly from YouTube to your desktop, but third-party software makes the process achievable.


Step 1

Open YouTube and bring up the video you wish to copy.

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Step 2

Copy the URL address from the browser address bar.

Step 3

Sign up for a free trial at VideoDL. This file-converting website allows you to download videos and MP3s directly from the web and onto your computer. Other similar websites offer this same function.


Step 4

Paste the URL of the YouTube video into the field next to the words "Get It" on the VideoDL website.

Step 5

Click "Get It." This retrieves the video link and displays it below the search field.

Step 6

Copy and paste the video link into your download manager. Change the file extension to ".flv."