This tutorial is designed to walk through the steps of downloading a YouTube video as an mp4, flv, 3gp, webm, or mp3 file. Note that Youtube’s TOS prohibits the downloading of content (as of 5-22-2013):

Content is provided to you AS IS. You may access Content for your information and personal use solely as intended through the provided functionality of the Service and as permitted under these Terms of Service. You shall not download any Content unless you see a “download” or similar link displayed by YouTube on the Service for that Content. You shall not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any Content for any other purposes without the prior written consent of YouTube or the respective licensors of the Content. YouTube and its licensors reserve all rights not expressly granted in and to the Service and the Content.

Per the fair use provisions of U.S. copyright law and the TEACH Act of 2002, teachers have the right to utilize copyrighted content without advance permission, and in ways not explicitly granted by the copyright holders. This tutorial was written for a group of teachers, and is provided publicly in the hopes that it will be useful to others. I am in no way condoning copyright infringement, and accept no liability for what you do with this information.

  1. Locate a YouTube video you would like to download. Copy the URL out of the address bar by selecting it, right click your selection, then click Copy
    select_ytube_url
  2. Navigate to keepvid.com
  3. Paste the youtube link copied in step one into the text area stating enter the link of the video you want to download. (Right click the text area, then click paste)
    paste_ytube_url.png
  4. Click the DOWNLOAD link to the right hand side of the text area. Do not click the links below the text area that are contained within a group box stating Advertisement
    click_dl_keepvid.png
  5. You will be asked to give permissions for a Java Applet to run. Click the appropriate box to accept the install (you can choose to accept just once, or always)

    • Google Chrome
      java_chrome_keepvid.png
      java_ie_keepvid.png
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer
      java_ie_keepvid.png
    • Mozilla Firefox
      Screenshot coming once I get around to fixing my Firefox installation…
  6. You will be presented with multiple download formats and qualities. DO NOT CLICK ANY OF THE BUTTONS ON THIS PAGE! Right click the option you prefer, then click Save As. Recommended download format is the highest quality MP4 version
    dl_file_keepvid.png
  7. Browse to the directory you would like to save the file to, then click Save
    save_as_keepvid.png
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