Looking to download videos from sites like YouTube, Facebook, and other video streaming platforms? Video downloaders for Windows make it quick and easy to save videos, often in a format of your choice.
Not all video downloaders are made the same, and while there are a ton of options out there, both free and paid, many make for a frustrating experience. In this post, we reveal our favorite video downloaders for Windows 10.
If you don’t have time to read the full post, here’s a quick list of our favorite video downloaders.
Best Video Downloaders for Windows:
- VideoProc: Our top-rated downloader for Windows 10. Downloads up to 8K from tons of sites and includes an editor, converter, and recorder. Plans include a 30-day money-back guarantee.
- 4K Video Downloader: A low-priced tool tailored for YouTube fans who don’t want to miss their favorite streams.
- Allavsoft Video and Audio Downloader: This freemium tool works on Windows and MacOS and is compatible with a ton of sites.
- ByClick Downloader: A well-priced software that enables batch downloading plus conversion within a modern interface.
- YTD Video Downloader: A freemium software that works on Windows desktop and mobile.
- Freemake Video Downloader: Easy-to-use app that allows for batch downloading.
- aTube Catcher: Includes a converter, screen recorder, and DVD creator.
- Any Video Converter: Comes with an editor and converter and boasts lots of format options.
Choosing the right Windows 10 video downloader isn’t always straightforward. The one you pick will depend on your specific needs, as well as other factors such as price and features. Here are the main criteria we considered when selecting the best video downloaders for Windows:
- Solid performance
- Compatibility with multiple sites
- Ease of use
- Features like batch downloading and conversions
- Value for money
Best video downloaders for Windows 10
Here is our list of the best video downloaders for Windows 10:
VideoProc by Digiarty is a full-featured video editing tool that includes a great downloader. This is a paid software but the price is very reasonable and you can try it out with a 7-day trial before you commit.
VideoProc is super simple to use and supports more than 1,000 video streaming sites, including YouTube, Vevo, Vimeo, Dailymotion, and Facebook. You can download video and music streams, live videos, playlists, and channels.
This software supports 8K video, which is becoming a bit more common, but most competitors still only support up to 1080p or 4K. A built-in video converter means you can convert your downloads to over 70 formats, including AAC, MP3, MOV, and AVI.
On the editing side, VideoProc comes with all the features you need to create professional-looking videos, including file-merging, subtitles, effects, deshake, and denoise. There’s also a built-in recorder in case you want to shoot your own video or screen captures from within the app. On that note, if you’re looking to download a live video, you can set the start time and duration to record it.
Some of the benefits of a paid tool are you don’t have to deal with ads and upsells, and it doesn’t try to sneak additional software onto your device. Plus, you get great support in the form of comprehensive web tutorials and an email contact form.
- Supports tons of streaming sites and video formats
- Includes a full editor, converter, and recorder
- Inexpensive for what you get
- Good support
- May be more than some users need
Price:An annual plan for one PC costs $25.95. for the first year. This comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can also save at least 50% by using the coupon on VideoProc Lifetime license.
2. 4K Video Downloader
(Windows, macOS, Linux)
4K Video Downloader is ideal for avid YouTube fans who don’t want to miss any of their favorite content. It looks a little dated, but it’s really easy to use. 4K Video Downloader enables you to save individual videos or full playlists from YouTube, and you can even set it to automatically download new videos from your favorite channels. It also works with TikTok, Facebook, Vimeo, and other video sharing sites.
This freemium software limits users on the free plan in terms of number of playlists, channels, and subtitles. Upgrading to premium means these features are unlimited, plus you get a channel subscription feature, no ads, and priority support.
As its name suggests, this software supports 4K video, but it supports 8K as well. Features include bulk downloading, YouTube subtitle extraction, access to private YouTube content, 3D and 360° downloads, and an in-app proxy (for unlocking blocked content). The formats you can save to are limited to MKV, MP4, MP3, OGG, and M4A.
Looking for a tool that speaks your language? 4K Video Downloader supports over a dozen languages including German, Spanish, and Japanese. There are plenty of setup and troubleshooting guides available on the website, and you’ll find an option to send an email if needed.
Price: A limited version is available for free forever, but the premium software costs a one-time fee of $15 for a maximum of three simultaneous downloads. Plans come with a 14-day money-back guarantee.
- Ideal for frequent downloading
- Easy to use
- Decent free version
- More than a dozen languages available
- May be less useful for sites other than YouTube
3. Allavsoft Video and Music Downloader
Allavsoft is a handy freemium downloader that can handle video and audio files. The aesthetic is fairly basic but this tool is very easy to use. It can help you download files from more than 1,000 sites including YouTube, Spotify, Facebook, DailyMotion, SoundCloud, Deezer, Tidal, and more.
The free version allows you to download a maximum of five videos and convert or merge videos of a maximum of five minutes in length.
Allavsoft comes with a built-in converter and can handle a variety of formats including MP3, M4A, Apple Lossless, WAV, MOV, MP4, and AVI. It supports HD 1080p and 4K. You can add multiple URLs to batch download and convert videos.
This software comes with a built-in screen recorder so you can create and convert your own videos. And a built-in player enables you to playback and preview your downloaded files. There’s also a feature that allows you to pause and resume downloading. There aren’t editing tools included which may be disappointing for some users.
Some users have reported issues with initial setup, but Allavsoft technical support is highly responsive and ready to help via email support around the clock.
Price: There’s a free trial version that limits the number of downloads and length of conversions. The full software costs $29.99 per month but is often on sale for $19.99 per month. This is reduced dramatically if you go for an annual plan (currently on sale for $29.99) or a lifetime deal (now priced at $59.99). Plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
- Download from a ton of sites
- Built-in recorder and converter
- Support all popular formats
- Easy to use
- Pricey compared to competitors
4. ByClick Downloader
ByClick Downloader definitely steps things up a notch when it comes to aesthetics. It has a well-designed, intuitive interface that makes it easy to download videos and playlists. It is compatible with a range of sites including YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Vimeo, Twitter, YouKu, Dailymotion, and more. You can download full YouTube playlists and channels as well as entire Instagram pages in one click.
This is paid software. You’ll see a free version, but this is only available for one day, after which you’ll be prompted to pay for the premium plan to continue using the software.
This downloader includes a converter too, which supports a variety of formats, including MP3, MP4, WMV, AVI, FLV, 3GP, and M4A. There are no editing tools that some users may miss. ByClick Downloader supports up to 4K and can handle long videos (over an hour in length). You can download YouTube subtitles with your video, and names and titles are automatically attached to MP3s. Dozens of videos can be downloaded at the same time.
You have two options for downloading. You can either paste the URL or use the one-click download mode. In the latter, you simply navigate to the video and a popup will ask if you want to download it. Another neat feature of this downloader is that it provides personal recommendations for videos at the bottom of the interface. You can also link your video sharing site accounts to download your private videos.
The interface is available in 23 languages, including Spanish, German, and Turkish. A thorough FAQ section on the ByClick Downloader website should help you solve most issues, but there is an email contact form should you need further assistance.
- Batch downloading
- Built-in converter
- Available in 23 languages
- Personal recommendations
- Doesn’t include editing tools
Price: The free version of ByClick Downloader has limitations and can only be used for one day. The full software costs $40 for a lifetime (currently discounted to $19.99). If you want to upgrade to use the client on three PCs, you pay an extra $20 (currently discounted to $9.99). This provider offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
5. YTD Video Downloader
(Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS)
YTD Video Downloader is another freemium software with a limited free version. You can try out the premium tool with a 7-day free trial, but note the free and pro versions are separate pieces of software. Like the previous app, YTD Video Downloader has a bit of a dated aesthetic, but it’s straightforward to navigate.
This tool lets you download videos from many sites, including YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo. YTD Video Downloader has a built-in converter and supports conversion to several formats, including MP3, MP4, AVI, MOV, and 3GP. Premium users can download and convert multiple URLs all in one step, enjoy faster download speeds, and use the software free from ads and upsells.
If you run into issues, you can submit a ticket, although YTD strongly encourages users to consult the fairly comprehensive FAQ section first.
Price: The basic version is free but paid plans cost $9.99 per month on a monthly basis and $71.76 (effectively $2.99 per month) for a two-year plan.
- Works with many platforms
- Premium version makes fast work of batch downloading
- App is easy to use
- Built-in converter
- The Pro version is fairly pricey
6. Freemake Video Downloader
Freemake Video Downloader is a popular software used for downloading, converting, and editing. It’s a freemium tool, although the free version has a major downside: there’s a large watermark in the middle of downloaded videos, making some unwatchable. That said, it does include a converter and several editing features (including cutting and rotating).
The Freemake app is primarily intuitive and has a bright, fun aesthetic. It comes in 18 different languages, including Italian, Portuguese, and Vietnamese. Freemake supports 4K resolution and lets you download videos from over 10,000 sites.
You can save to various formats, including AVI, MP3, MP4, and MPEG. Other features include batch downloading, the option to curb bandwidth consumption (handy if your internet is already slow), cloud uploading, and parental controls.
The premium version of this software branded the “Freemake Mega Pack,” offers faster conversion speeds, logo removal, additional editing features such as subtitles, custom watermarking, and a DVD burner.
Freemake has a dedicated support site that caters to users of all its products. If you don’t find the answers you’re looking for, you can submit a request form which will be responded to via email.
Price:The cost of the premium version of Freemake is $39.95 per year or $59.95 for an unlimited license.
- Works with lots of sites
- Offers batch downloading
- Simple to use
- Large watermark with free version
7. aTube Catcher
aTube Catcher boasts lots of features in one tool, and it’s totally free. Aside from the downloader, you have a screen recorder, video converter, DVD creator, and audio capture tool.
The downloader is compatible with thousands of video streaming sites. It allows you to download and convert in one step and offers a ton of conversion options. Supported formats include 3G2, 3GP, AVI, MP4, MP3, XVID, GIF, MOV, and many more. That said, conversions can be slow.
One issue with aTube Catcher is it installs multiple programs on your device. It also tries to install AVG Free Antivirus, although it does ask permission for this. Even if you decline, it will still install Music Search MP3, a music downloader. While some users might find this useful, we’re generally wary of tools that install additional software, as this can sometimes result in malware finding its way onto your device.
You have around a dozen options for the interface language, including French, Italian, and Turkish. While this downloader is simple to use, there isn’t much in the way of support material on the website. You can contact the team via a web form if needed.
Price: aTube Catcher is free, but you have the option to donate to the project.
- Multiple tools in one
- Budget-friendly option
- Supports lots of sites and formats
- Installs additional software
- Slow conversions
8. Any Video Converter
Any Video Converter (AVC) is primarily a video converter software but it comes with a downloader built-in. It has a free and premium version (both including a downloader), with each requiring a separate install.
AVC works with more than a hundred video streaming sites, including Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, and Metacafe. As expected (since conversion is the primary focus of this software) there are ample format options (17 in total), including AVI, MOV, and MP4.
Aside from downloading, the free version enables you to perform basic edits, convert between video and audio formats, burn video to DVD, and play videos and DVDs with a built-in player. Upgrading to the ultimate plan means you get a DVD converter, video and screen recorders, and DVD templates. Both handle up to 4K resolution but the Ultimate version is much faster for downloading and converting.
Apps are available in more than a dozen languages, including French, Polish, Korean, and Thai. AVC offers lots of how-to articles and video tutorials and you can email support if you need additional help.
Price: AVC Free is completely free while AVC Ultimate requires a one-time payment of $49.95. The company extends a 30-day refund policy.
- Works with many video streaming sites
- Includes a converter
- Has plenty of format options
- Ultimate version is expensive
- Free version is slow
Our methodology for finding the best video downloader software
As you’ve already discovered, there’s a lot of competition in the video downloader space, so before adding our recommended providers to our list, we have a list of considerations we use to make sure they’re the best of the best:
1. How quickly do they let you download? This is one of the most critical factors when selecting a video downloader, and it’s easy to determine which services we recommend for this category. First, we look for providers with large numbers of streamable media content available on their site, check out the download time listed on the streaming content, and then compare them against each other.
2. What device compatibility do they offer? Many video downloader services are very limited in device compatibility, but you should ideally be looking for a provider that offers support for a wide range of devices, such as smartphones (both Android and iOS), tablets, smart TVs, game consoles, and even web browsers.
3. Is the service easy to use? Even if you find a video downloader with all the features you need, it can be challenging to use that software if it’s not very user-friendly. Instead, we look for providers that offer an intuitive interface and simple controls so that anyone can easily download videos from any web page on their own.
4. How much does it cost? While there’s no denying that some video downloader services are a lot more expensive than others, you shouldn’t necessarily let price be your only determining factor when choosing between providers. We try to strike a balance between the cost and the features you’re getting for your money.
5. Can they handle all of the main file formats? There’s a wide range of different video file formats out there, so it’s crucial that the video downloader software you choose can support all of the main file formats, including MP4, MOV, AVI, and more.
6. Can you save videos in different resolutions? If you’re planning on watching your downloaded video on a large-screen TV or computer monitor you’ll need various resolution options. This may not be as important to you as someone more concerned with saving storage capacity on their smartphone or tablet.
7. Does it support subtitles? This is a less common feature but can be very useful for anyone who wants to watch foreign language videos or videos with embedded subtitles.
FAQs about video downloaders for Windows 10
Can I use a Windows 10 video downloader on macOS?
Generally, Windows 10 video downloaders are built for Windows operating systems, and not all will work on macOS devices. However, several of the apps on this list, including YTD Video Downloader and Any Video Converter, will work on a Mac.
Should I use a free video downloader for Windows 10?
It is perfectly safe to use a free video downloader for Windows 10. However, some free providers bundle additional software (bloatware) like AVG free in exchange for using their product for free. Premium video downloaders are typically the better choice as they remove annoying ads, include other valuable tools, and do not (usually) install bloatware.
Will a video downloader slow down my PC?
Most video downloaders have little to no impact on system resources, with the exception of some free apps that slow down your computer to try and entice you into purchasing their premium product.
Can I download copyrighted videos using a Windows 10 video downloader?
Downloading copyrighted videos using a Windows 10 video downloader without explicit permission from the copyright holder is a big no-no. This would amount to a violation of copyright laws and could result in severe legal consequences, including but not limited to lawsuits, fines, and even criminal charges.
To avoid such sticky situations, we should always strive to respect the intellectual property rights of content creators and owners. Therefore, obtaining the necessary permissions or using legal means, such as licensed streaming services, to download or use copyrighted material is crucial. After all, it's only fair that we show appreciation for the hard work and creativity put into producing the content that we enjoy.
In a nutshell, aim to stay on the right side of the law and respect the intellectual property rights of creators and owners by obtaining their express permission or using legal means to access copyrighted material.
Any Video Converter work perfectly!
does video proc allow any url
As with other downloaders, it may not be compatible with every site. You can quickly find out if VideoProc will download by entering the URL and clicking Analyze.
I’m normally like you and don’t like anything that installs other software but I make an exception for aTube installing Music Search MP3 I just love that program it’s fantastic at finding songs. I’d actually uninstalled aTube a while back as I found it wasn’t as good as I thought and it also uninstalled Music Search MP3. I spent ages searching the web for the program or anything similar but I couldn’t find any music search and downloader programme that measured up to it so I’ve reinstalled aTube just to have the extra programme of Music Search MP3. Is this sort of thing something you’ve come across before where the added program is better than the original, as I’ve never found that before?
This is pretty unusual but thanks for the tip!
Does any video downloader program download the captions ?
You can search for .srt files (subtitles) on a variety of sites including Yifi (good selection, multiple languages)
VideoProc allows you to extract and add caption transcripts.