Best Free YouTube Video Downloader Mac for Offline Playback

Posted by Bertha Miller to YouTube Download, Online Video, MP4 | Last Updated on Dec.25, 2020

I'm planning to save my favorite YouTube videos on Mac, but it crashes halfway as I did with ClipGrab. Then I turn to 4K Video Dowloader but it cannot be open on my Macbook Air with macOS High Sierra. Is there a free YouTube video downloader for Mac to help me save YouTube videos with no trouble? - Sandy

You see, downloading YouTube videos on macOS may come to a deadlock with app cannot be open error, URL detecting failure, unexpected interruptions, adware or malware etc if you choose a wrong tool. Then, you may search "free YouTube Downloader Mac" on Google. And you got a lot of answers, from online tools, browser extensions/plugins, to third-party programs. But what's the best one? Throughout these three types of YouTube offline downloaders, third-party software comes to the best option beyond doubt because of its favorable stability, safety, fast speed, numerous formats support, various online site compatibility, batch download etc.

Best Free YouTube Downloader for Mac You Can't Miss

Further, MacX YouTube Downloader is absolutely the most remarkable free YouTube downloader Mac 2018, which prevent you from any errors and perfectly pocket your favorite videos for offline playback on iPhone iPad Android devices.

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How to Free Download YouTube Videos on macOS

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Step 1: Download the free YouTube downloader for Mac and launch it on the Mac. Then click Add URL button > Paste & Analyze to detect the video info copied from YouTube or other sites.

Step 2: Choose video output format, resolution, codec, size for the popped up window. You're highly suggested to download 1080P YouTube video in MP4, H.264 codec.

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Step 3: Click Browse button to specify an output folder on your Mac computer to save the downloaded YouTube video.

Step 4: Hit Download Now to start downloading YouTube video for free with the free YouTube downloader for macOS Big Sur.

Real Data Test on Downloading YouTube Videos with MacX YouTube Downloader

Be forewarned, I'm running on my macOS High Sierra 10.3.1 iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011), 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 8GB 1333 MHz DDR3, AMD Radeon HD 6770M 512 MB Graphics.

Video Source

IT Trailer 3 (Extended) 2017 | MP4/74.15MB/1080P/6min35s |


Video Format

MP4 (H.264 codec)

Video Resolution & Frame Rate

1080P, 60FPS

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Avg Downloading Speed


During the process, this free YouTube downloader for Mac occupies the least CPU usage, as little as 0.1%. So it doesn't interfer with your other tasks on Mac, such as playing videos, searching on the browser, or listening to music.

Disclaimer: Finally, MacXDVD Software doesn't advocate any reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast or sell any content for any other purposes without prior written permission of YouTube or the respective licensors of the content. Please refer to specific terms of service for YouTube or any other online video sharing sites before you use this best free YouTube downloader for Mac.

Author: Bertha Miller | Updated on Dec 25, 2020

MacX YouTube Downloader: Free Download 4K/HD Videos

Try to use the best free YouTube downloader for Mac to download any video in MP4, FLV, WebM, 4K, HD 1080p/720p, VR video, or soundtrack from YouTube, Dailymotion, Facebook, Vimeo, and 1000+ video sites with original quality at blazing fast speed. Seconds only for 3-5 minutes video clips!

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