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Four Ways to Download YouTube Videos on Mac Fast and Effortlessly

YouTube would never tell you that downloading YouTube videos on Mac is actually a no brainer. In fact, YouTube music videos movies can be saved to Mac computer in multiple ways. In case it takes a long time to sift through all of the clutter, here I'm going to show you how to download YouTube videos on Mac free by using YouTube downloader software, video player for Mac, web browser add-ons, online video download sites.

[Solution 1]: YouTube Video Downloader Software

download YouTube videos on Mac

MacX Video Converter Pro has proved to be a godsend for capturing YouTube HD 4K, 8K UHD(7680 x 4320) videos movies on Mac. Fast speed is one of its main appeals, the YouTube video grabber can download a video music within a few seconds.

It is also able to save YouTube music video movie, TV shows, clips in over 180 video formats like MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV, MP3, AAC, AC3 etc. with world's fastest speed. Besides, you can also use this HD 4K YouTube video downloader for Mac to record screen activity, edit video, make photo slideshow, and many more.


  • Download 8K/4K videos from YouTube on Mac as well as HD 1080p/720p HD, 360 VR, 3D videos from 300+ sites covering Facebook, Vevo etc.
  • Convert any video audio formats (MP4, MOV, AVI ,FLV, MKV etc.) to iPhone X/8/7/SE/6S, iPad Pro, Galaxy S9 on macOS (Mojave included).
  • Great stability, high quality reserved, and world's fastest speed for conversion benefit by unique 3-Level hardware acceleration tech
  • Need software download process; can not convert audio.

[Solution 2]: Free Video Player for Mac

download YouTube videos free on Mac

5KPlayer is a free HD video player, yet online video downloader. Better still, such a feature-rich tool is 100% free and clean! It saves YouTube music/hot videos offline on Mac for free in 1080P HD, 4K, 5K, MP4, AVI, MOV, FLV. 3GP, etc. in a blazing fast speed, and converts YouTube videos to MP3 AAC audio with zero quality loss, and play YouTube videos seamlessly.


  • 100% clean and free, and simple to use, with amazing speed and stability
  • download, convert, airplay, play YouTube SD, HD, 4K, 8K videos
  • support 300+ sites(YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe, Dailymotion, etc.)


  • need software download process
  • only convert video to MP3 and AAC audio
  • fail to edit downloaded YouTube videos

[Solution 3]: Browser Firefox Add-on

To rip YouTube music videos or movies on Mac via Firefox, Video DownloadHelper is a nice choice. Go to DownloadHelper official site, click "Add to Firefox" to install the Firefox add-on. To free save videos from YouTube to Mac, open the video you wanna download, the plugin multicolored icon gets animated, a menu enables you to save YouTube videos on Mac by clicking an item.


  • Free
  • requires no experience to use
  • supports batch YouTube videos download on Mac
  • needs no time to load YouTube video files, downloads directly


  • causes Firefox crash
  • only works for Firefox users
  • video formats supported is limited
  • a hit and miss, DownloadHelper not working sometimes

[Solution 4]: Online Services

Online YouTube video downloader Mac version is not easy to be found. Keepvid is great, but has no mac version. The Keepvid alternative for Mac, Video Grabber for Mac helps you grab videos from YouTube in a simple way. To grab videos from YouTube on Mac online using the web-based services, you install third-party app Java. Then copy and paste YouTube URL, allow Java applet to access to your computer, choose video quality.


  • Free, captures screen
  • convert downloaded YouTube videos on Mac
  • download videos movies from YouTube to Mac in batch


  • Needs third-party help
  • has safety issues because of Java
  • fails to capture YouTube hot/funny videos on Mac sometimes

YouTube Video Download Solutions for Mac Comparison

YouTube video download Solutions

Third-party help

Video formats supported

Convert/edit video

Play video



MacX Video Converter Pro


Almost all video formats



Less than 30 sec(multi-core CPU utility)

1:1 lossless quality



Almost all video formats

only converts video to MP3, AAC audio /No


Less than 30 sec

Original quality

Video DownloadHelper





May crash sometimes


Video Grabber


MP4, AVI, MOV, FLV, and other commonly used formats



Not effective


If you are looking for a feature-rich YouTube video downloader for Mac with great stability and fastest speed to get YouTube HD, 4K, 8K UHD video movie on Mac, MacX Video Converter Pro obviously delivers excellent performance. If you want to download and play YouTube HD videos free on Mac, and cares less about video conversion, 5KPlayer surely is fantastic. If you hate installing software, Video DownloaderHelper and Video Grabber are OK to use, but you still need to install plugin and add-on. One thing worth noting is that you are hopeless to download videos of formats supported by YouTube, but not on the support list of Video DownloadHelper, Video Grabber, say 3GP, MKV, SWF, to name just a few.

Notice: 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 YouTube terms of service before doing so.

Author: Bertha Miller | Updated on Dec. 5, 2018

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