How to Download YouTube Videos Automatically on Mac

How to Download YouTube Videos Automatically on Mac

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When you find a YouTube video that you want to watch again and again, you probably download it so you can view it offline. However, this process has its limitations. You cannot download multiple videos at once, and there’s no option to select multiple videos at the same time. In addition, there’s no option to download it automatically or in batches. If you want to download lots of videos automatically on Mac, the simplest way is by using an app like Vidcetera which has been designed specifically for this purpose. Alternatively, if you want more control over how and where your files are saved, here’s how to use Finder to do so: Read on for details on how to do this in an effective manner with Vidcetera or alternatively by using Finder...

Mac - Download YouTube Videos Automatically

If you want to download multiple videos automatically, there are only a couple of options available. One of these is to use the browser extension for Firefox or Chrome. However, these two options have their limitations. You can only select one video at a time and the downloaded file goes to your computer’s Downloads folder, which can get very cluttered. A better option is to use an app designed for this purpose. One of the best apps for downloading YouTube videos on Mac is Vidcetera. Vidcetera is a dedicated downloader app that lets you select multiple YouTube videos and download them automatically. Vidcetera also supports downloading videos from other websites as well. You can download any videos on any site to your Mac’s local storage with just a click of a button. Vidcetera is free to download and use, but does contain advertisements. You can pay for a Vidcetera Pro membership to remove the ads and get other perks. For those who want to download lots of videos automatically, the Vidcetera Pro membership is worth the investment.

Step 2: Select the video(s) automatically with Vidcetera

Start by opening the Vidcetera app and selecting the source website from which you want to download videos. In this case, we want to download YouTube videos. Select a video that you want to download and then click the download button. You can select more than one video at a time by holding down the Command key while clicking on the videos you want to download.

Step 3: Where to find your downloaded YouTube videos on Mac

By default, Vidcetera saves your downloaded videos to the Downloads folder. However, you can change this location by clicking the “Save to” drop-down menu and selecting the relevant folder on your Mac. You can also create a separate folder for the downloaded videos if you want to keep your Downloads folder clutter-free.

Step 4: Download different file formats

By default, Vidcetera saves your downloaded videos in the MP4 format. However, you can also download videos in different file formats such as MP3, AVI, AIFF, FLAC, and many more. To change the format of your downloaded videos, click the “Settings” button and then select the “Download” tab. You can also select the desired quality of your downloaded videos from the “Quality” drop-down menu. You can also change the name and location of your downloaded videos using the “Rename” and “Destination” fields. Click “Save” to save the changes.


Vidcetera makes it easy to download multiple videos automatically for free. You can select a source website, select the videos that you want to download, and change the location of your downloaded files. The only downside is that you cannot schedule the downloads, so you have to sit in front of your computer while the app is downloading the videos. If you want more control over when the videos are downloaded, you can use the Finder to download YouTube videos automatically on Mac. Bear in mind that you cannot download YouTube videos automatically from within the YouTube app, as this is against the terms of service. However, there’s nothing stopping you from downloading the video to your Mac using the Finder. To do so, click the Share button, select “Download” and click “Copy link to the download”. From there, you can save the video file to your Mac’s local storage.


Sherry Dale is a YouTube expert, having grown multiple channels to 300,000+ subscribers.