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How to Watch YouTube Videos Offline on Mac

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Want to watch YouTube movies, music videos or other funny video clips offline when your Mac is without an internet connection? Actually you can save videos from YouTube to Mac so that watch them anytime and anywhere. Read this post to find out about 2 versatile methods on how to download YouTube videos to MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iMac, etc. for offline viewing.

1. Save YouTube Videos for Offline Watching Using TubePaw

To enjoy YouTube videos for offline viewing on Mac, you can try a powerful YouTube downloader for Mac TubePaw, a free video download program supporting to download videos from YouTube and other 10000+ online video sites for totally free. That’s not enough, another outstanding feature of this YouTube downloader is you can have a further video conversion of the downloaded videos. Can’t wait to free try it now? Below are the detailed steps about how to use it.

To get started, please free download and install TubePaw on your computer.


Step 1: Find the target videos you’d like to download from YouTube and copy the URL, then paste the URL by hitting the Paste URL button.

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Step 2: After that, TubePaw will automatically recognize it and start downloading the videos.

Step 3: Once the video download completed, go to Downloaded section of this app, where you can all your downloaded videos. Here, you can also convert the download video to any format as you like. After that, double click the video to watch offline.

2. Download YouTube Videos Offline on Mac with Browser Add-on

Actually, you can also watch YouTube videos offline on Mac by downloading them locally with web browser. With these plugins, you are not bound to things like system requirements or platform support. Below is how you can do to download your favorite YouTube video for offline viewing on Mac.

1. Safari:

To get YouTube videos offline in Safari, just do the following:

First of all, please make sure that the Safari version you are using is the latest.

Then go to YouTube and open the video you want to download and start it playing.

Next, press Command-Option-A to bring up Safari’s Activity window.

Look for a resource of the video, (the name of the video followed by the YouTube). If it doesn't show up, reload the page.

After that, option-Double-click the resource to open and it will download to your Mac as an flv file.

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Note: This method will only work with Safari 7.0.1 on OS X Mavericks

For Firefox

For Firefox users, it is recommended to download the DownloadHelper extension. Once the extension is installed, simply restart your FireFox, then you will find the DownloadHelper icon in Firefox’s address bar or in the status bar at the bottom of the browser window.

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Now you can start playing the YouTube video and click download and choose any of the available video formats.

For Chrome

If you are using Chrome, you are not allowed to get YouTube video Downloader extension from Google Chrome Web Store, but you can copy and paste  http://addoncrop.com/youtube_video_downloader in the address bar, then click on Download for chrome and hit the Save button.

Find and click on the Setting icon of Chrome located in the upper-right corner of the browser, then select More Tools>> Extensions. Locate the YouTube Video Downloader folder and double click on to unzip it.

save youtube videos on mac using chrome

Drag the unzipped folder to Extensions in Chrome.

Next, open the video you want to download, hit the download button and click on video quality, select the download path and click on Save, then the target video will be save on your computer.

If you were wondering how to save YouTube videos for offline viewing on Mac, hopefully you found an answer from this post. What method works best? Which one is more easy-to-use? Make your choice and enjoy your videos!

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