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What are the best Chrome video download extensions?

Google Chrome users have plenty of options when it comes to installing extensions to download videos from Internet sites.

A quick search for video downloader on Google Chrome's official Web Store reveals more than a hundred different extensions that you can install. Not all are multi-site extensions, and many don't work that well.

One caveat is that Google does not permit extensions to support downloading videos from YouTube. You won't find a single Chrome video download extension listed on the Web Store that supports that.

What is a good strategy when it comes to selecting the right extension to download media from video portals and other sites?

  1. You could start with the most popular video downloader extensions and test them first.
  2. You could try the most recent extensions with good ratings.
  3. You could focus only on ratings.

The best video downloaders for Chrome

The rating "the best" depends on your requirements to a large degree. Do you want to download videos from different sites or a specific one? This guide focuses on extensions that work on the majority of sites out there.

How I conducted the tests: I installed the most popular Chrome video downloaders first and worked my way down the list of available solutions. I skipped any that support specific sites only and tested the download capabilities of each extension on popular video sites such as Vimeo, DailyMotion, LifeLeak and some video sites for adults that shall remain unnamed.

The extensions should let you download videos from all of the test sites and support multiple video downloads.

Top 3 Chrome video downloaders

Flash Video Downloader

free video downloader chrome

Flash Video Downloader adds its icon to Chrome's address bar when you install it. It indicates videos that can be downloaded with a change in its icon so that you know that directly without having to interact with the icon first.

It lists multiple versions of a video if available and indicates the quality of the video so that you can make a better decision. While you could infer that from the size of the video as well, it is a useful feature especially if you want to download a version suitable for a specific resolution.

The interface is a bit messy as it links to other extensions and asks you to rate the extension. The extension options are manageable; you may want to open them after installation as you can configure the following preferences:

  • Add 3gp video format to the list of detected formats (it detects mp4, flv, mov, avi, wmv, asf, swf, and webm by default).
  • Change the download trigger from 100 Kilobytes to 1 Megabyte.
  • Enable original file name downloads.

Free Video Downloader

free video downloader chrome extension

Free Video Downloader adds an icon to Chrome's main toolbar during installation that you interact with. It changes the icon whenever videos are detected on the active page.

A click on the icon displays the list of videos found on it, and a click on any of the videos listed opens a save prompt.

The extension listed multiple videos sometimes even though these were more or less identical. This happened sometimes but not all the time.

Free Video Downloader comes without an options page.

Video Downloader Professional

video downloader professional

Video Downloader Professional is the most popular video downloading extension for Chrome. It adds an icon to the Chrome toolbar that you interact with.

The icon indicates available video content on the active page, and the interface lists all available videos when you click on it.

Video Downloader Professional lists the video format, file name, and size in its interface. A click on the download button starts the download immediately. One interesting option is the built-in cast option which requires a Chromecast device.

Closing Words

All three video download extensions for Chrome work well but had occasional issues. It happened, for instance, that Video Downloader Professional would not detect the main video that played on the page, or that the extension would download "fake" videos instead of the real one.

While that does not happen often, you may want to run tests for each of the three extensions to find out which works best for you.

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If you want to download videos in Google Chrome, you will find out that you have plenty of options when it comes to video download extensions. We ran tests and list the best extensions for downloading videos from websites.
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  1. James said on February 28, 2018 at 8:07 am
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    I am using “Easy Video Downloader” https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/easy-video-downloader/eaicplkoeceoelookkiaeekhodehdhde

    It has external download manager integration and built-in interruption. Very powerful extension

  2. Besserwisser said on February 28, 2018 at 9:50 am
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    ClipGrab satisfies all my videodownloading needs. Free and multiplatform too, just make sure to download it using the “You can download a version with no third-party offers here.” – option. Unless you like adware of course. I don’t feel comfortable at all using an extension with who-knows-what-it-does capabilities, that’s why I chip in here with my two cents about an article that asked what downloader extensions I use. None.

    1. sebas said on February 28, 2018 at 10:58 am
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      K9 webfilter won’t allow me to visit the official website, says it contains spyware/ malware sources. Do not know if this is a valid warning.

      For Opera I use SaveFrom.net helper, downloads also Youtube videos. For Waterfox 1 Click Video Download for Youtube and DownThemAll (legacy extension).

      1. Besserwisser said on February 28, 2018 at 11:30 am
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        Go to https://clipgrab.org/ and not the other 150 spywaresites that google suggests for you.

      2. Sebas said on February 28, 2018 at 1:18 pm
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        That’s the one K9 blocks. Maybe a false positive.

  3. sunny said on February 28, 2018 at 9:54 am
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    where is Video Downloader GetThemAll for chrome?

  4. MdN said on February 28, 2018 at 12:53 pm
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    I rarely download videos, usually from YouTube and via Firefox or Pale Moon. There’s a few add-ons that add a “Download” button right below the video, I just click, choose the resolution and that’s it. Couldn’t be easier, nothing goes through third-party websites. Understandably, such add-ons aren’t available for Chrome (if I am wrong, someone correct me).

    1. Sebas said on February 28, 2018 at 1:24 pm
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      Martin wrote about installing Opera extensions in Google Chrome: https://www.ghacks.net/2013/06/23/how-to-install-opera-extensions-in-google-chrome/

      I don’t know if this is still valid today ( do not use Chrome), otherwise you could install one of the Opera/ Youtube extensions, like SaveFrom.net helper.

      1. MdN said on February 28, 2018 at 3:46 pm
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        Thanks, just tried it but it looks like they disabled it, “Add to Opera” doesn’t show – only “Download Opera”. There’s one “YouTube Downloader” extension that had a website link so I got it from there, but it doesn’t show – comments say that it only works for old version of YT, but couldn’t even get it to work that way.
        However, I got SaveFrom.net helper installed on Chrome following the instructions on their website, and it works. So, problem solved. Thanks again!

      2. Sebas said on February 28, 2018 at 5:51 pm
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        Glad you could install it in this way.

  5. ilev said on February 28, 2018 at 5:22 pm
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    I use 4K Video Downloader application to download from YouTube….

  6. Anonymous said on February 28, 2018 at 10:33 pm
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    Video Downloader helper is the real deal.

  7. Free Spyware Downloader said on March 1, 2018 at 2:15 am
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    Free has a price. “… servers automatically record information when you visit our website or use some of our products, including the URL, IP address, browser type and language, and the date and time of your request.”

  8. Pierre said on March 1, 2018 at 6:02 pm
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    I installed Video downloader professional in Edge : I love it
    I didn’t know it existed in Chrome
    I exists in Firefox too
    https://addons.mozilla.org/fr/firefox/addon/video-downloader-profession/

  9. PurpAndAlpo said on March 2, 2018 at 12:35 am
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    I use youtube-dl and uBlock Origin (its logger is enough to usually get media sources) only. It’s not a coincidence that when you see lists of compromised extensions, video downloaders along with other social “enhancer” extensions tend to make an appearance.

  10. Anthony said on May 31, 2018 at 12:33 pm
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    I don’t suggest wasting time with Chrome stream downloading extensions since Google don’t want people downloading videos from Youtube so the extensions don’t work anymore.
    I found two web sites I use often which help me download streaming from Youtube and Facebook (among others), VidPaw and downvids.
    VidPaw sometimes is offline so I use downvids, they work very good.
    Also I installed Allavsoft (pay) which is very powerful, it downloads “everything” 99% of the situations.
    When things don’t work with Allavsoft for example when downloading geo-blocked stream, I use the life saving Hola vpn Chrome extension, it works 100% of the time by changing the country, then with Allavsoft I use its screen recorder function and the job is done 100% believe me I can record and save everything.

  11. ReqMaete said on June 30, 2018 at 9:47 pm
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    1. Anthony said on July 8, 2018 at 8:34 am
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      I warn anyone not to install those extensions because it’s just a matter of time before Google blocks them.
      The warning is because your system will be left with hidden extensions (like the now defunct KeepVid) which are impossible to be deleted but they still pop up anytime a streaming is played!

  12. Sebas said on July 8, 2018 at 11:39 pm
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    Just use Youtube-DLG installer. Open source. Not a chance that Google Chrome can block it.

  13. Don said on August 23, 2018 at 5:48 pm
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    I can’t find Free Video Downloader. The link “https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/free-video-downloader/ppgadljdflpomdcdacknofppeejgmjdn?hl=de” leads to an Error 404 (Not Found). I have it on my chrome now and I want to add it to another computer with Chrome (it’s the best one I’ve found). I tried the “View in Chrome Web Store link for the extension (on the computer with it installed) and I get the same 404 error. It seems the web store doesn’t have it any more. Does anyone know another link I could use to get it?

    1. Ajay kumar said on November 6, 2018 at 7:48 am
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      I am currently using these extension’s to download video’s from YouTube. It’s absolutely free.

      Available download formats : MP4,3GP,MP4A and WEBM

      Chrome : https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/youtube-download-assistan/miomdmhicjigcajlcmgcgcocgndkdmdj

      Firefox : https://addons.mozilla.org/addon/youtube-downloader-utlimate/

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