How to Save YouTube Videos to Your Computer

By Techwalla Contributor

Want to save a YouTube video on your computer? If you like a certain video clip it's important to save a copy to your desktop. Videos get taken down from YouTube by their posters all the time. Here are a few tips on how to save YouTube videos on your computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet connection

Step 1

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

Step 2

Copy the URL address from the address bar. Either right click -save target as, or select the entire address and then copy it.

Step 3

Sign up for a free trial at This is a file converting website that allows you to download videos and MP3's directly from the web and onto your computer. There are also a few other sites you might be familiar with that offer this same function.

Step 4

Paste the URL of your YouTube video into the field right above the words "get it".

Step 5

Click "get it". This will retrieve the videos link and display it below the search field.

Step 6

Copy and paste the video link into your download manager. Make sure to change the file extension to ".FLV" before downloading.