How To Download Youtube Videos On Mac Without Software

Everybody loves YouTube, but at times, you might want to download a video or two for offline viewing. This situation becomes tricky, especially when you don’t want to resort to third-party software on your Mac. In this blog post, we’ll guide you on how to download YouTube videos on Mac without using any software.


Before we start, note that downloading videos from YouTube can infringe on copyright laws and can be against YouTube’s terms of service. Always ensure you have permission from the copyright holder before downloading any content.

Using Online Video Downloaders

One of the easiest ways to download YouTube videos on your Mac without installing any software is by using online video downloaders. These are websites that fetch the video file from YouTube and make it available for you to download. One such site is

Here’s a step-by-step process:

  1. Open your browser and visit the YouTube video you want to download.
  2. Copy the URL of the video from the address bar.
  3. Now, open a new tab and visit
  4. Paste the copied URL into the input box on the Y2mate website and click Start.
  5. Choose the video quality you prefer and click Download.
  6. The video will be downloaded to your default download location on your Mac.

Using Browser Extensions

Another method to download YouTube videos without any software installation is by using a browser extension, such as Video DownloadHelper for Firefox. This extension will add a small icon on your browser toolbar, which can be used to download the video when you’re on the YouTube page.

Here’s a quick guide:

  1. Open Firefox and visit the Video DownloadHelper extension page.
  2. Click on Add to Firefox to install the extension.
  3. Now, navigate to the YouTube video you wish to download.
  4. Click on the DownloadHelper icon on your browser toolbar and select the video quality you prefer.
  5. Your video will then be downloaded to your chosen location on your Mac.

Ultimately, while software may offer more features, these methods should suffice for most users looking to download YouTube videos onto their Mac without software. Remember to respect artists and creators by not infracring copyright laws or YouTube’s terms of service.