Downloading YouTube Videos – is it possible?

Everyone knows that YouTube is promoting its “Premium” offering now, and it wants as many people as possible to use that. Why? Because it makes them money.

But there is a drawback: despite what many people think, downloading videos from YouTube isn’t possible from their website, even *if* you have a YouTube Premium subscription. So inevitably people are looking at other ways to download the YouTube source video for offline use.

Some reasons why people might want to download YouTube Videos are:

  • For educational purposes i.e. for your study
  • To make a backup or copy for safety reasons
  • To edit it and add it to another video that you’ve made
  • For many other “fair use” reasons not otherwise listed.

The easiest way that I have found to download YouTube Videos is to use a program like Viddly or DLYou.tube. They are Freemium – that means they are free to an extent. It’s not possible to use them completely for free but it depends on your usecase; for most users you won’t need to pay I suspect!

Websites like SaveFrom that promise ‘free’ YouTube video downloads always come with dodgy spyware or browser extensions. The disturbing thing here is that you DON’T KNOW what is inside them. They are not downloaded from places like the Play Store or from Chrome Webstore – that is very worrying.

All is not as it seems…

Why do websites like SaveFrom not use the Website or Mozilla Extensions website to promote their browser plugin? Because quite simply they don’t want the code (source) to be analyzed. It contains all sorts of dodgy things. I am going to post about my deep analysis of SaveFrom shortly, the results may shock you. Most surprising is that despite having millions of purported downloads, nobody seems to have spotted what they are doing!

Stay tuned…

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