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delia25
Dec 16, 2013

How to download YouTube videos without a third-party plugin?

Is there a way to directly download YouTube videos without using a third party plug-in? I try not to install third party plug-ins for my browsers due to concerns about privacy and security.

Doraemon Ken
10/21/2014
As far as I know, you could use the sites which provide free download service to handle the YouTube clips. I usually use Zamzar which is a completely free site which guides you through downloading desired videos with 4 steps. There's no need to pay, subscribe, etc. The only drawback is that it cannot process the video with over 100MB, but you could find alternatives to Zamzar for helps.
jimlynch
12/18/2013
The Easiest, Cleverest Way to Download Any YouTube Video
http://gizmodo.com/5451811/the-easiest-cleverest-way-to-download-any-you...

"Want to have your mind blown, slightly? Try this:

• Open any YouTube video
• In the video's URL, switch out the "Y" in "Youtube" for a 3
• Ask yourself why you didn't think of this first."
landon
12/17/2013

Yes, you can do it. Pretty easily in fact. Go to the YouTube site and find the video that you want, then open it. Then add “pwn” to the URL. For example, this is a trailer for a game called Ni No Kuni: http://www.pwnyoutube.com/watch?v=4MznAY8Es5c&noredirect=1

 

This is a redirect to a non-youtube website that will allow you to download in either MP4 of FLV format. If you don’t want to do it this way, I think you are stuck with the browser plugin option.

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Mai Katayama
12/17/2013

I know there's that 'ss' thing you can do, but I never trusted that either. I started using the torch browser, so it's not exactly a software-free solution. But it's a chromium based web browser with the media grabber and a torreent client built in. I've never had any security issues so far. http://www.torchbrowser.com/

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