ClipGrab for Mac: Download and convert YouTube videos

A few days ago I received a question from a reader asking about a Mac alternative for the Windows software "Ant" with which you can download and convert videos from YouTube on your Mac. Looking for such macOS apps for YouTube download, I'm on the software ClipGrab which is completely free. For the development you can donate to Philipp Schmieder Medien, based in Seybothenreuth, if you want. Although the Ant alternative is not an add-on for the web browser, it is just as practical as a stand-alone program.

TL; DR: You can download the app directly here

The ClipGrab Mac app lets you download YouTube videos for free. The download is possible in original quality and with your own specifications.

The ClipGrab Mac app lets you download YouTube videos for free. The download is possible in original quality and with your own specifications.

ClipGrab Mac App - Download YouTube videos in original quality

While the aforementioned browser extension Ant for macOS and Linux is still in development, it can be used for Firefox, Opera and Chrome on Windows here downloaded. If you want to download videos from YouTube on your Apple Mac, iMac or MacBook, you will find a selection of apps online. Here in the blog it was already about the 4K Video Downloader, but this is fully chargeable. With ClipGrab I found a free option that is even “Made in Germany”. Here, too, you simply copy the link from the address bar of Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera or something and then paste it into the app.

In the YouTube Downloader for macOS, Windows and Linux you can specify the format of the target file (video or audio) ...

In the YouTube Downloader for macOS, Windows and Linux you can specify the format of the target file (video or audio) ...

... and the resolution and frame rate can also be selected, provided that the original is available.

... and the resolution and frame rate can also be selected, provided that the original is available.

Convert while downloading - format, quality and audio excerpt

Before downloading, you can then specify the format and quality of the target file. For example, do you want to download a video that is on YouTube at 1080p and 60 fps running but saving time and disk space, you can convert it to 720p without 60 fps. If you want to download a video as a podcast or song, you can choose different audio formats such as MP3. In addition to assigning your own video or audio format, you can also simply select "Original". You can find more settings by switching from the "Downloads" tab to the "Settings" tab. There you can set the target folder, control notifications and also one proxy establish.

In the settings of ClipGrab under macOS you can set some preferences such as the download folder or a proxy. I don't have a ClipGrab test under Windows or Linux ready yet.

In the settings of ClipGrab under macOS you can set some preferences such as the download folder or a proxy. I don't have a ClipGrab test under Windows or Linux ready yet.

Small ClipGrap test - no limit, no watermark

For this post I downloaded the app and of course installed it. This worked with macOS 10.14 Mojave without any problems. On the developer website In addition to the "Mac OS X" edition, you will also find versions for Linux and Windows. In my little ClipGrab test, which consisted of downloading a video with a length of approx. 1 hour and 45 minutes and 1080p full HD and 60 frames per second, everything went great. The video downloaded quite quickly (in parallel with writing the paragraphs above) and was not broken or watermarked at any point. Playback in QuickTime and VLC worked fine. Great thing!

The ClipGrab download, installation and use are free!

The ClipGrab download, installation and use are free!

Counselor: Do not download programs from download portals!

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