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How To Download YouTube Videos in MP4 Format With A Simple Click

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youtubevidYouTube is an amazing place to find cool videos and once in a while, you find a video you would like to download. By adding a simple javascript bookmark to your browser, you can download YouTube videos with just a simple click which is in MP4 format as compared to FLV format which is of a higher quality.

Copy the following code and add it as a bookmark in your favorite browser and click it to download the video on any YouTube video page. Thanks to Google System for such a wonderful script!! Comment and let me know if it’s working for you!! :D


Written by straw000

January 11, 2009 at 7:47 am

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  1. Hi Straw – cool – will have to try this out. I’ve been using the Firefox Add-on DownloadHelper, but it saves FLV files.

    If you don’t know how to add this as a bookmark, what I did was bookmark this page, open Organize Bookmarks, select the new bookmark, replace the URL with the above code, and edit the description slightly.

    For FLV files, I used to use Riva player – it comes with a tool for converting FLVs. More recently, I’ve been using KMPLayer as its customizable, does a ton of stuff and supports Real, Quicktime, and other stuff without needing those obnoxious players installed.


    January 11, 2009 at 10:41 pm

  2. hmm – that didn’t work. ‘invalid URL’ message.
    I went to the Google System link and added the bookmark the way they suggested and that didn’t work either – but it went to a new page.

    I tried adding the “&fmt=18” at the end – it reloaded but no MP format available – hmmm – it may not be there for that file.

    Ah – I tried it with something new and widescreen. The bookmark worked (it pops up a Save box) and DownloadHelper also offers the MP4, only without a name. (just video.mp4) Be sure to rename it afterward.

    So the MP4 has to be present for this to work – thanks for the tip.


    January 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm

  3. You’re added to my blogroll!


    January 11, 2009 at 11:01 pm

  4. oh – you may want to add an Archives section on the right so we can browse older posts. I used the widget so it was just a pulldown, taking little space.

    Talked about it here:


    January 11, 2009 at 11:04 pm

  5. […] over on AllThatsNew, has a post on how to download those MP4 files instead. Google System explores it in more detail, offering an easy way to get the Bookmark plus […]

  6. Thanks again! I explored this a bit and discovered the Firefox Add-on DownloadHelper does offer MP4 files if they’re available. I’ve ignored them as they were always “video.mp4” instead of the named FLV’s.

    This code is another way and I know will be helpful for many with MP4 players.


    January 12, 2009 at 4:25 am

  7. hi this is very very useful….i would be extremely happy if you (or anybody) else, could post a bookmark that could do this for mp3s… so that i can download songs from youtube as well.. thankyou VERY much in advance. =)


    April 13, 2009 at 12:44 pm

  8. great idea, works great, very simple. thnx alot


    May 26, 2009 at 9:23 pm

  9. YOUTUBE XL is any such script available for youtube/xl?


    October 2, 2009 at 9:15 pm

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    October 22, 2010 at 9:10 am

  11. Thanks for sharing.
    It is also recommended to visit
    It’s totally free and easy to use.
    Or you can just add “want” in youtube URL to get videos!


    August 15, 2011 at 6:49 pm

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