Monday, 17 September 2018

Downloading YouTube Video in Google Chrome

As I have mentioned before, I live way out in the wop wops in rural New Zealand. Internet is as dodgy as dial up, and trying to watch streaming video is a series of hiccoughs. Whenever I can, I download video so I can meaningfully watch it… though admittedly, downloading video takes a very, very long time as well.

As I am more and more using Google Chrome (Firefox appears to be sadly losing its edge), I find I am unable to download most YouTube videos. However there is a downloader that can be installed using developer mode in Chrome.

Called YouTube Video Downloader, simply go to, and click “Download for Chrome”, which you will find on the far right hand side of the page. Save the download.

To install, open Chrome, and click on the menu button on the far right hand side of the Chrome header bar. In the drop down menu, click on More Tools | Extensions.

Open the zip file, and drag and drop the YouTube Video Downloader folder within onto the extensions window. Restart, and when next on YouTube, underneath the video, you will see a new menu item immediately beneath the video title with a grey download video icon and the video definition size beside it. Simply click on that to download your video in the desired format.

NB: Since installing this, I no longer see my menu icon in Chrome. The icon on the far right-hand side of the page has now been replaced with an orange circle with an exclamation mark inside it. Just be aware that you can still click this icon and it is still the Chrome menu button. It is just a developer mode alert. I simply ignore it.


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