ViDL is a great free YouTube and video downloader for Mac
ViDL is a YouTube download app for Mac. It comes from Ole Moritz, developer of the amazing Pythonista and Editorial iOS apps. ViDL is a simple wrapper for the youtube-dl command-line tool, so if you already use that, you don’t need this. But the app is far easier to use than a command-line tools. Plus, it offers a built-in browser, in case you need to log in to a site to get access to the target videos. There’s even a ViDL Safari extension.
ViDL on Mac
I download YouTube videos all the time. Specifically, I grab live versions of songs so I can see the guitarist play, and get an idea of how they played the song while I transcribe it. A download is essential for me, because I run the clips back and forth, and slow them down in a dedicated app (AudioStretch). Or I do the same, only with tutorial videos.
ViDL is just fantastic.
On iOS, I’ve experienced limited success using shortcuts to do this. On Mac, the process should work more reliably, as youtube-dl isn’t subject to Apple’s App Store rules and regulations.
To use ViDL, just download it and put it in your Applications folder like any other app. The app contains youtube-dl, and the ffmpeg video-processing binaries it requires to run, so you don’t need to install anything else. If you want to use ViDL’s built-in Safari extension, you must enable it inside Safari’s preferences. If you can’t use the Safari extension, a bookmarklet does the same thing.
Click and play
Then, when you’re on a webpage with the video you want to download, just click on the bookmarklet or the extension button in the Safari window. Youtube-dl, and therefore ViDL, supports a huge number of sites, so you should be good wherever you go. ViDL also supports playlists.
You also can grab only the audio from a video, if that’s what you prefer. Finally, you can specify a download location on your Mac.
I can’t see a way to specify the quality of the downloads. Some default to 720p, others to 360p. I have asked the developer if it’s possible to choose.
ViDL is great. It’s simple, it works, and it comes from a developer I trust. Oh, and it’s completely free.
Download: ViDL from omz:software (macOS)