How to download YouTube videos

YouTube was started in 2005 by founders Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, Jawed Karim, all early PayPal employees.  The first YouTube video uploaded was by one of the founders Jawed Karim, titled “Me at the zoo” and it was recorded at the San Diego zoo by one of the Jawed’s high school friend Yakov Lapitsky. Considering this video has a running time of 18 seconds and it captures a perfectly ordinary moment, the view count for this video is over 97 million, which is pretty impressive. Jawed, who has a YouTube channel with the same name, has this single YouTube video uploaded to it and it has over 800K subscribers. Since this first historic video, YouTube has come a long way.

YouTube has over 2 Billion monthly logged in users and more than 500 hours of content are uploaded to YouTube every minute. People watch over billion hours of videos every day, which generate billions of views. YouTube has launched local versions in more than 100 countries and YouTube is available in over 80 different languages.

With the vast content out there on YouTube, its only natural to want to download some of the content to watch later.

Is downloading YouTube videos legal?

The YouTube Terms of Service states the following “You are not allowed to access, reproduce, download, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, alter, modify or otherwise use any part of the Service or any Content except: (a) as expressly authorized by the Service; or (b) with prior written permission from YouTube and, if applicable, the respective rights holders”.

As long as you are downloading videos for your own personal use, there shouldn’t be a problem. Having said that, there are number of ways to download YouTube videos. Let’s look at some of them. First, you need to decide on a YouTube downloader software. There are several YouTube downloaders in the market.

4K Video Downloader is a great tool to download YouTube videos from the web for Windows, Mac or Linux. This software an be used to download videos not only from YouTube but also from Vimeo, TikTok, etc. 4K Video Downloader comes in two versions, the free and premium versions. If you don’t need unlimited number of downloads and are okay with ads, the free version should be good enough. Let’s see how you can use 4K Video Downloader to download YouTube videos.