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ClipGrab – A Free, multi-platform YouTube Downloader and Converter

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There are many applications available to download videos from video hosting websites, for example YouTube. Today, we are going to discuss one such application named ClipGrab. ClipGrab is a multi-platform YouTube downloader and converter. It allows you to download single or multiple videos at the same time. Just copy the video URL and paste it in the ClipGrab interface and start downloading them instantly. It can download videos from popular video hosting platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe, Dailymotion and several other websites using its advanced video recognition technology.

Clipgrab can download videos in various formats such as MPEG4, Mp3, WMV, OGG Vorbis, OGG Theora, FLV or WebM. It is also possible to download videos in different qualities such as 1080p, 720p, 480p, 360p and 240p etc. ClipGrab has built-in search option, so you can search for your favorite YouTube without even having to visit the YouTube website.

It is not only a downloader, but also a converter. So, you can download the videos and convert them to other formats. ClipGrab supports many modern operating systems, including Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X. It is completely free, open source, and is released under GPLv3.

Install ClipGrab YouTube Downloader On Linux

In Arch Linux:

ClipGrab is available in Arch Linux default repositories. You can install it using command:

$ sudo pacman -S clipgrab

Download and run ClipGrab AppImage:

ClipGrab is also available in AppImage format.

Download the latest AppImage from ClipGrab website:

$ wget -O clipgrab https://download.clipgrab.org/ClipGrab-3.8.2-x86_64.AppImage

Make it executable:

$ chmod +x clipgrab

And,launch it using command:

$ ./clipgrab

Download videos using ClipGrab

Once installed, launch ClipGrab from application launcher or menu.

The default interface of ClipGrab will look like below.

Clipgrab default interface

Clipgrab default interface

As you can see in the above screenshot, ClipGrab has four tabs.

  1. Search - You can search the Youtube videos without having to YouTube website.
  2. Downloads - This is where we put the video link and download it. You will be here by default.
  3. Settings - In this section, We can change the download location, add metadata and enter proxy settings etc.
  4. About - Displays the ClipGrab details

Let us search and download a video. To do so, click on the Search tab from the main interface and type your serach term.

Search YouTube videos from Clipgrab

Search YouTube videos from Clipgrab

You will see the list of videos based on your search term. Choose the video of your choice. ClipGrab will automatically shows the video list from YouTube. Just click on the video you want to download.

Then, choose your desired video format, quality, and click Grab this clip! button.

Download videos using Clipgrab

Download videos using Clipgrab

Choose where you want to save the video and click Save.

If you want to download videos from websites other than YouTube, just copy the link and paste it in the Downloads tab and click "Grab this clip!" button. It is that simple!

Convert videos using Clipgrab

Converting videos is just same as downloading videos. All you have to do is just select the video format from 'Format' drop-down box as shown below.

Convert videos to other formats using Clipgrab

Convert videos to other formats using Clipgrab

As you can see in the above screenshot, I have selected mp3 format from the "Format" drop down box. Hence, ClipGrab will only download the mp3 version of the video.

I have been using ClipGrab for a long time to download online videos and convert them into another formats. As far as I have tested ClipGrab, It worked well. If you ever looking for an easy to use online video downloader or converer, ClipGrab might be a good choice.


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