Downie

Ever wished you could save a video from the Internet? Search no more, Downie is what you're looking for. Easily download videos from thousands of different sites.

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v2.8.8, requires macOS 10.10+

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FAQ

The short answer is no - sorry. Apple doesn't allow apps that download videos from YouTube on the AppStore.
We sell Downie via Paddle. They provide a secure alternative to the AppStore for us, AppStore rejects. You can also purchase Downie right from within the app!
Login to your Paddle account where you can find all your purchases made through Paddle. If you are having any trouble, contact their or our support.
There are sites that require postprocessing the downloaded video anyway. In particular, YouTube often splits the video into separate video and audio files - the conversion is then necessary to put them together. Without it you'd end up with two files instead of one - one with just the sound, one just with the picture. Similarly, many sites use M3U8 (HLS) or F4M (HDS) manifests, which describe videos that are split into dozens, sometimes even hundreds little files, each containing a few seconds of the video. These chunks again need to be put together using a conversion. There is no way around it, not doing so would result in a file unreadable by most video players out there.
If you are using Chrome as your primary browser, you are likely getting this message - Chrome uses an embedded version of Flash Player, so the Flash Player either isn't installed on your system at all, or an older version of it is installed - and the older versions get blocked remotely by Apple. To get Flash working in Downie, make sure the Flash Player plugin is installed system-wide and is up-to-date. To do so, open System Preferences and look for Flash Player preference pane. If it's not present, you need to go to Adobe's website and download and install Flash Player. If it is present, open it, go to the Updates tab and press the Check for Updates button. You will need to relaunch Downie after the installation or update.
You can still happily use v1.x, there just won't be any more updates. You can download the latest v1.x build here. If you wish to upgrade, all users have been sent a coupon for 50% off. If you haven't received your coupon, contact us using the Support button in the top-right corner of this page. If you have purchased Downie after Jan 9, please, contact us for a free upgrade.
As long as you use Downie for personal use only, you can install Downie on all of your devices. Note, however, that we limit your license's activation count to 10 activations - before reinstalling your computer or throwing it away, please, deactivate your license from Downie's menu. If you run into any issues that Downie complains about the license being used too many times, just contact us.
Contact us using the Support button directly in Downie, or using the Support button at the top of the page - chances are we will add the site in the next update.
Send us the link, we'll look into it and possibly fix it.
Contact us using the Support button directly in Downie, or using the Support button at the top of the page - chances are we will add the site in the next update.
Contact us using the Support button directly in Downie, or using the Support button at the top of the page - chances are we will add the site in the next update.
Sorry, but we need to keep moving "forward" and maintaining backward compatibility takes a lot of time which could otherwise be used for improving Downie. Of course, you can still download the last 10.9-compatible Downie build here.
Sorry, but we need to keep moving "forward" and maintaining backward compatibility takes a lot of time which could otherwise be used for improving Downie. Of course, you can still download the last 10.7-compatible Downie build here.

Key Features

Supports many sites - currently supports over 1,100 different sites (including YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) and the number is rapidly growing.

4K video YouTube support - unlike many other YouTube downloaders, Downie supports HD video on YouTube, up to 4K.

Postprocessing - need your video in MP4 for iTunes? Or want just the audio track? No problem, Downie can handle this for you automatically!

Quick support - I respond to emails usually within 24 hours and often add support for requested sites in the next update.

Frequent updates - Don‘t wait weeks for new sites to be supported, or bugs to be fixed! Downie is updated about once a week with new features, sites supported, etc.

International - not only that Downie supports country-specific sites, it is localized into various languages. If your language is missing, contact us - we can offer you a free license in exchange for a translation.

New in 2.0

Ability to pause and resume downloads (note that quitting Downie will cancel the download completely).

Automatic retry on network failure.

HTTP downloads are now split into chunks (if supported by server), hence possibly speeding up downloads.

Automatic login detection.If your site requires you to login, Downie will pick this up and allow you to login using an inner browser.

Additional extraction methods. By default, Downie analyzes the source code of the web site and tries to extract a video file. This has the advantage of allowing you to often pick from several video qualities, but this method can miss on some media files. If Downie fails to find something on the page by analyzing it, it goes on to actually loading the page in an inner browser and looking for dynamically loaded media files.

See what videos are currently popular - there's a blue button right in the toolbar of the main window that shows the top 25 popular videos.

Search YouTube, Vimeo and more right from within the app.

Now also downloads DMG, ZIP, RAR. We're accepting requests for non-video sites now as well.

Image previews. Supported sites will now show image previews of the videos.

Tips for using Downie

To start, you can drag a link from any browser either on Downie‘s window, or the icon in the Dock.

If you have more links, or links within some text, just drop the whole thing onto Downie - it will scan the text for links.

You can use copy and paste as well - just press Command-O in Downie and you can insert all the links in the world!

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