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Best YouTube Downloader for Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan (720P/1080P)

Any robust YouTube downloader for Mac El Capitan recommended? The YouTube downloader I used before no longer works after I update my Mac to the latest Mac OS X 10.11.4. I need a YouTube downloader which supports Mac OS X El Capitan that works equally well to my previous one to help me free download movie videos music from YouTube in 720P/1080P. Thanks in advance.

While 69% users say that they stay on the internet almost all the time, they also admit that they need to download videos from YouTube in case no Wi-Fi is available. Fortunately, a few, if not many, Mac YouTube downloaders out there help with it. However, the latest Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan disables most YouTube downloaders which work properly on Yosemite or earlier Mac OS. How to free download YouTube on El Capitan? Any free YouTube downloader compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 (10.14 incl.)? Read on the get the list of top best free YouTube downloader for Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

How to Download YouTube Movies on El Capitan with Best YouTube Downloader

Below we list three common used YouTube downloader for El Capitan 10.11.4/10.14, which covers desktop YouTube downloaders, online YouTube downloader and web browser YouTube download plugin. Choose the one most suitable for you and enjoy!

Part 1: Top Best Free Desktop YouTube Downloader for Mac El Capitan/Mojave

Download YouTube videos 720p on El Capitan

1. MacX YouTube Downloader

MacX YouTube Downloader is a 100% clean and free YouTube downloader under Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. It works seamlessly to free download MP4, WebM, FLV SD 720P/1080P, 4K 4096p/8K, 3D Bluray videos, movies, MP3 music, full playlist/channel and more from YouTube, including xx videos/films from sites like mytube, xhamster, xnxx and 300 more on Mac OS X El Capitan/Mojave-based MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac and more. No virus, malware, with ultra-fast download speed and original quality!

YouTube downloader for Mac OS X 10.11

2. 4K Video Downloader

4K Video Downloader is another excellent free YouTube downloader for Mac OS X El Capitan. Suggested by its name, it's a HD video downloader to legally download YouTube video free in HD 720P/1080p or 4K 3D. As a 100% safe and virus free Mac OS X 10.11 YouTube downloader, it can not only free download YouTube playlists/channels on El Capitan, but also save the downloaded video in 3GP, MP4, MKV, or MP3, M4A or OGG formats.

Pros: 4K UHD HD videos supported.
Cons: Only YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, Flickr, Facebook and DailyMotion supported.

Free YouTube Video Movie Downloader Mac El Capitan

3. YTD Video Downloader for Mac

Need to free download YouTube videos 720P/1080P on El Capitan based Mac computer? YTD Video Downloader for Mac is a good helper. This YouTube downloader for Mac El Capitan can free download videos from YouTube and other 50 sites, as well as to convert the videos to a few popular formats, namely mp3, mp4, wmv, flv, mov, 3gp, avi for further playback on iPhone iPod iPad Android devices.

Pros: It's fast and free.
Cons: Not stable on the new Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.4. Be careful of the malware!

Part 2: Online YouTube Downloader for Mac OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan

After we talk about the desktop El Capitan YouTube downloader, the other common-used helper to download YouTube videos are the online downloader service. As they are online sites, many of them will support the new Mac OS X, but the ability and speed to download YouTube videos may vary distinctly with your internet.

Free download YouTube on El Capitan

1. Clip Converter

This is a free online YouTube downloader for Mac OS X El Capitan, which allows users to free download HQ HD 720P/1080P 4K UHD videos from YouTube, Vimeo and many more. An highlight of this Mac OS X 10.11 YouTube downloader is that it also works as a simple converter to convert the downloaded YouTube videos to 3GP, MP4, AVI, MOV and audio MP3, M4A, AAC.

Online El Capitan YouTube downloader

2. KeepVid

KeepVid is a popular online YouTube downloader for Mac El Capitan that helps countless internet users everyday to free download videos from not only YouTube, but also 50 other online sites, covering Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion etc. Up to 18 media formats (MP3, AAC, AIFF, AU, AC3, AVI, FLV, FLAC, MP4 etc.) are supported to download the YouTube on Mac OS X 10.11.4.

Part 3: Free Download YouTube Video Movies on Mac El Capitan with Browser Plugin

The online YouTube downloaders, which require no installation or registration, seem to be simple enough. But the much easier is to directly download YouTube videos 720p/1080p on El Capitan without leaving the video page. The last way to download YouTube vidoes: web YouTube downloader extensions.

Free YouTube download on El Capitan

1. Video DownloadHelper

Video DownloadHelper is a free Firefox YouTube download extension. After you download this addon, you can free download videos on Mac El Capitan from YouTube as well as DailyMotion, Facebook, Periscope, Vimeo, Twitch, Liveleak, Break, Metacafe and thousands others. Only one click needed.

Download YouTube videos 720p on El Capitan

2. Video Downloader professional

A powerful extension to free download YouTube videos on Mac OS X 10.11 for Chrome. It's able to download and save videos on sites like YouTube and Vimeo to hard disk. Besides, it allows users to add the videos to your video list for quick access later without returning to the original page.

Comparison of the Three YouTube Downloader for Mac OS X El Capitan

Having learned three different types of El Capitan YouTube downloaders, let’s have a look at the advantages disadvantages of those YouTube downloader for Mac OS X 10.11 to help you decide which is the most suitable one.


Desktop Downloader

Online Downloader

Browser Helper


Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan/Mojave

Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

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Different Output Formats




YouTube Playlist/Channel Download




HD/UHD Support





More powerful and extra features provided

No registration or download needed

You may have to change your web browser to get a good extension

[Guide] How to Free Download YouTube Movie Videos 720p/1080p on El Capitan

The steps to free download videos movies from YouTube on Mac OS X 10.11.4/10.14 are quite similar. Here we take the YouTube downloader for mac El Capitan MacX YouTube Downloader as an example to show you how to download YouTube on Mac OS X 10.11.4 based MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac etc.

YouTube downloader for Mac OS X El Capitan

1Free download the Mac El Capitan YouTube downloader. Copy and paste the URL of the video or movie you want to download from YouTube to the address bar and click "analyze" to load the video details. Alternatively, click "paste & analyze" button to automatically detect the video opened in browse.

2Choose format, resolution, and file size for the video to be downloaded.

3Click "Browse" button to specify an output folder on your computer to save the output files.

4Hit "Download Now" to start the 4K 1080P/720P YouTube videos free download on Mac OS X 10.11.4.

Notice: All these YouTube downloader for Mac don'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. 7, 2018

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