Download YouTube Videos on Your Mac Using the Safari Browser

When it comes about downloading Youtube stuff, Windows has more options including a diverse range of apps, softwares and online tools to help the user to easily download Youtube videos on pc. But as far as Mac is concerned the options are limited, there are only a few apps which let the Mac users to download videos from Youtube.

SEE ALSO: 5 Best Softwares to Download YouTube Videos [For Windows]

But don’t worry, because today in this post I’m going to show you a smart way to download videos from Youtube on your Mac and the best part is; this method will not even require any additional app or tool. With this method, you can download Youtube videos to Mac using Safari, that’s all, nothing else.

How to Download YouTube Videos On Mac

Below is the step-by-step guide on downloading Youtube videos on Mac without any additional app or other stuff, you can directly save Youtube videos on your Mac using the Safari browser.

Follow these steps:

Step #1. Open the video on your Safari browser you want to download.

Step #2. Once the video has loaded, now go to Windows => Activity Monitor, a window will open in the Safari UI or alternatively press ‘Command + Option + A‘.

 Step #3. Here you will be presented with a window named “Activity” and you will find your recent activity on, now here double click on the video which has the maximum data size (in MBs).

Step #4. Once you have double clicked on the video link, your video download from Youtube will automatically start.

Now that’s it, you’ve done it. Now Safari will start downloading the Youtube video on your hard drive and than you can easily watch it anytime without having to access the Internet.


If the file extension is not in .flv, rename it and assign it the .flv file type extension which will make it ready for playback.

In case you’re having problems in playing the downloaded Youtube video and wondering which media player can play .flv video formats on Mac, well you can use VLC Media Player [download here], it will run flash videos on your Mac.


You can use other softwares on your Mac to download Youtube videos with just a few clicks, simply drag and drop the Youtube video URL into the app UI and the download will start automatically. Check out this list > Click here.

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4 Responses to “Download YouTube Videos on Your Mac Using the Safari Browser”

  1. Smanta says:

    doesn’t work anymore

  2. Aurangzaib says:

    Try the alternatives.

  3. ANuPRA says:

    Done. great

  4. newbeginningboy says:

    Just google search Step by Step Guide on How to Download and Convert YouTube FLV, F4V, WebM to Mac format

    You will find a detailed guide on how to download as well as convert YouTube to Mac format so as to play YouTube on Mac QuickTime or iTunes, edit YouTube on Mac Final Cut Pro X/Final Cut Pro/Final Cut Express/iMovie; transfer YouTube to iPod/iPhone/iPad for playback on the go.

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