Windows only: Free software YouTube File Hack is a standalone application and Internet Explorer integrated menu item that downloads videos to your desktop from the popular video sharing site. Simply run the application, enter the URL of the YouTube video you want to view offline, and press the Download button. When all is said and done, you'll have an FLV file for watching offline (we recommend the free VLC player to do so).
To use the Internet Explorer integration, navigate to any web page, right click on a YouTube video link, and choose the "Download this YouTube Video" option from the right-click menu. (Note that the "Download this" menu item displays regardless of whether a video is present or not.)
YouTube File Hack is one of several ways to download YouTube video clips. Let's review just a few of our favourite options:
- The All-In-One Video Bookmarklet works in IE or Firefox and requires no installation—just drag and drop it to your browser toolbar.
- The Better YouTube Firefox extension adds a "Download this video" link to any YouTube page in Firefox.
- Vixy.net and Viddownloader takes the URL of a YouTube clip, converts it to a format of your choice, and offers it for download.
For more video handling desktop and online apps, check out our top 10 free video rippers, encoders, and converters.
Currently, YouTube File Hack works within Internet Explorer only; the software is a free download for Windows only. What's your favourite way to download YouTube clips? Let us know in the comments.