One Script to Rule Them All – Download YouTube Videos (HD/SD) in Opera, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer

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YouTube’s recent redesign broke many of the popular YouTube video downloading utilities and web-apps. But, fear not, there is always a solution. My personal favourite is the ‘Download YouTube Videos as MP4‘ UserScript (or UserJs for Opera users).

This lightweight solution works on all major browsers; some like Firefox require a third party plugin, while others don’t. Scroll down to view installation instructions for Firefox, Opera and Chrome.

The ‘Download YouTube Videos as MP4′ script supports pretty much all high quality video formats offered by YouTube, i.e. formats other than 3GP and low quality FLV. Here is the full list:

Arrow MP4 360p (480×270, 480×360) – all videos are available in this format.
Arrow MP4 720p (1280×720) – HD format, available for a small number of videos
Arrow MP4 1080p (1920×1080) – HD format, available for a small number of videos
Arrow FLV 240p (320×240), FLV 360p (320×240, 400×226, 640×360) or FLV 480p (640×480, 854×480) – highest quality FLV video available

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Once the script has been properly installed, you should see a ‘Download’ button on every YouTube video page. Just click on this button and select the video format you wish to download. Your video would be downloaded directly from YouTube’s servers.

The best thing about this script is that it is lightweight and perfectly integrated into the YouTube UI. Moreover, it is also regularly updated. So, stop paying or jumping through hoops to download YouTube Videos and allow ‘Download YouTube Videos as MP4′ UserScript/UserJs do it for you.

Arrow How to Install YouTube Video Downloader in Firefox

Arrow Download Greasemonkey add-on and restart your browser.
Arrow Browse to the UserScript’s page and hit the Install button.

Arrow How to Install YouTube Video Downloader in Opera

Arrow Open this page. This should display your default User JavaScript folder. If no directory is specified i.e. the field is blank, chose any folder on your computer as the userjs folder.
Arrow Save the UserScript (click on ‘Install’ to open it) into the previously selected folder and restart Opera.

Arrow How to Install YouTube Video Downloader in Chrome

Arrow Click on the ‘Install’ button.
Arrow When Chrome prompts you, allow the script to be installed (as an extension).

Safari and Internet Explorer users will need to install GreaseKit and IE7Pro respectively.

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