How to Download YouTube Videos legally

From time to time I want to download a Youtube video for my own personal use. These videos often have no copyright license on them, and they can be downloaded legally, as long as you don’t distribute them or monetize them.

Earlier I explained how you can use Python to download Youtube videos.

Youtube channels often allow their videos to be downloaded, but they do state that if you are going to use their footage, that you should at least link to their Youtube channel.


Publishers on YT do their best to create the content, and in return Youtube makes it possible for the publishers to monetize their content. Once you download a video, you actually take away the chance for the publishers and Youtube to generate an online income.

Is it legal to download videos from Youtube?

Yes, as long as you are the owner of that video, you can download the video at any moment. If you are not the owner of that video, you will need to get written approval of the content owner.

Should I use those online Youtube download tools?

No, there is a high risk that these sites will serve you unwanted content. Malware can be hidden as an advertisement, and you might allow those sites to send unwanted messages to your system. Try to dodge those sites. Fake alerts shown on YT downloader

If you really have to download a YouTube video, then do continue. In this post, I am going to teach you how to download those videos legally.

Download Youtube videos

Time needed: 4 minutes.

This How to Download YouTube Videos tutorial will show you the legal way to download videos from Youtube. By using this method, you can download the videos in the highest resolution like 4K, and you will not run into trouble with Youtube or any legal identity.

  1. Login to Youtube

    You will have to login to your Youtube account. Navigate to and login with the account which holds the Youtube videos that you want to download.

  2. Navigate to your video manager

    The Youtube video manager manages all of the videos that have been uploaded. This contains public, share-only and private videos. You can also download your ‘Live’ videos.
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  3. Click on the video that you want to download

    Hover on the video that you want to download. Once you do that, a menu will appear, click on that menu.
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  4. Download the youtube video

    In the new menu, you will be able to click on ‘Download’. Once you click on ‘Download’, the selected Youtube video will be downloaded in the format that you have specified.
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