Have you ever watched a video on YouTube or another online site that you wanted to grab and save? And I bet you wanted it in a popular format like say, AVI or MP4 right? For Mac users its simple and easy to free download YouTube and YouTube 1080 HD videos with Safari. The following are the best and easiest ways to free download the YouTube videos from Safari browser in Mac.
Method 1. Free Download YouTube videos via Safari Activity window
This is one of the easiest ways to download the YouTube video from Safari browser. Just open Safari, and then browse to the YouTube video which you want to download. You can use either keystrokes Command-Option-A or paths Safari: Window - Activity. Look at activity from YouTube.com and then search for the biggest file size which is obviously the video file. Safari will open its Downloads Window and start downloading the file you double-clicked on as "videoplayback.flv".
Method 2. Free Download YouTube videos via Safari Extension
With the release of the new Safari browser version 5.0, the availability of extensions and its installation is possible now. To spot and download YouTube video with Safari extension on Mac, Go to the Preferences in the Safari browser, and then open the "Advanced" section. There you would see an option of "Show Develop Menu in Menu Bar" at the bottom. Mark that option.
After that, you would see a Develop section in the top menu, in which you need to select the option of "Enable Extensions" which will help you enable the usage of extensions in the browser. Download the extension which named "Dropdown" from the list, then reopen your safari, after the video page opens in YouTube. You can get easy options for downloading videos from YouTube in Safari browser.
Method 3. Free Download YouTube videos via Safari bookmarklets
There is a safari bookmarklet which you can place in your toolbar, to just click and start the download of the video, when the video is being loaded. It will lead you to a link of mp4 version download. Drag this below bookmarklet link to your toolbar - Get YouTube video.
Alternative Way to Free Download YouTube Videos
In addition to free download YouTube videos with Safari, there is an alternative method which is effective and super easy. iFunia YouTube Downloader Mac is a powerful Mac app to download videos from youtube, dailymotion, facebook, and spotify to MP3, MP4 and download videos from 1000 other video sharing and social networking websites. Here’s how it works.
Step 1 Download iFunia YouTube Downloader and install it on your Mac. Go to youtube.com, search for the video you like, and drag and drop the video’s thumbnail to the app’s main interface. You can also copy and paste video URL. You can add multiple URLs to download videos in bulk.
Step 2 After you finish the first step, the video’s title and duration will be displayed. At the Format field, there is a dropdown menu where you can find all the formats and video qualities available for download. Select the one you want and click the small arrow down ↓ icon to start downloading.
You can stop the downloading anytime you want. If you click the download icon again, the downloading will resume. After the video is downloaded to your Mac, just click the small folder icon to view the file.