How to Download Videos from YouTube Using VLC for Watching Offline


Sept 29, 2020 09:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

It cannot be denied that YouTube is the most popular video stream platform. You can find oceans of video contents on YouTube, from music to gameplay, from tutorial to TV show. However, it is annoying that you cannot watch your favorite videos because of poor internet connection. At such moment, you might want to download YouTube videos to local drive and play them. That may be why some people asked how to download YouTube videos in VLC. This guide will show you the how-to.

How to Download Videos from YouTube Using VLC for Watching Offline

Let’s begin.

1. How to Download YouTube in VLC

As a media player, VLC is powerful and able to open a wide of multimedia formats. You can also play online streaming with URL in VLC. When it comes to download videos from YouTube using VLC, you have two options and we share them below.

How to Download YouTube in VLC Normally

Normally, YouTube will hide the real video address to prevent from downloading. VLC has the capacity to analyze the real address, so that you can download video from the server.

Suppose you see a video on YouTube and you want to download it to your computer. Right-click the address bar and choose Copy to copy the video address.

Next, open your VLC media player, go to the Media menu, and choose the Open Network Stream option. Then you will be presented the Open Media dialog.

open network stream

Put your cursor to the box under Please enter a network URL. Paste the YouTube video address into the box. Click the Play button at the bottom and the YouTube video will begin playing in VLC.

play video

Head to the Tools menu and pick Codec Information. Then locate the bottom area of the popup dialog, and copy the content in the Location box.

codec information

Open a browser, paste the content you copied from the Location box into the address bar. Hit the Enter key on your keyboard. When prompted, click the Save button to download the YouTube video from VLC.

save button

How to Download YouTube in VLC by Streaming

If the normal way is not available to your desired video, you can also try the video record feature in VLC.

Make sure that you have copy the YouTube video address in to clipboard.

copy address

Open VLC, go to Media and choose Stream. Paste the video address into the box, click the Arrow icon next to the Play button and choose Stream.

destination setup

Click the Next button on the Source dialog to enter the Destination window. Hit the Add button, and click the Browse button to enter a filename and location folder.

add button

Hit the Next button and click Stream. Now, VLC starts downloading YouTube video while doing streaming. When streaming is done, you will get the video file on your computer.

stream video

2. Best Alternative to VLC to Download YouTube PC

YouTube cannot download every YouTube videos, especially the copyrighted contents. If VLC is not available to your desired YouTube video, try Fonelab Screen Recorder. It can download any playable videos on YouTube.

The Basic Features of the Best YouTube Downloader

  1. Download playable videos on YouTube by recording.
  2. Optimize video and audio quality automatically.
  3. Offer a wide range of bonus functionalities and custom options.

Needless to say, it is the best alternative to VLC for download videos from YouTube and other stream platforms.

How to Download YouTube Videos without VLC

Install YouTube downloader

Run the best video recorder for YouTube once you install it to your PC. There is a specific version for Mac. Then choose Video Recorder to open the main interface. The Audio Recorder is used to convert YouTube video into music. If you want to customize options related to output format, quality, hotkeys and more, click the Gear icon and you will find them on the Preferences dialog.

choose mode

Record a YouTube video

Open a browser, find the YouTube video that you wish to watch offline. Turn to the YouTube downloader, enable Display and set the recording area based on YouTube media player, turn on System Sound while disable Webcam and Microphone. Now, click the REC button and play the YouTube video to start downloading it. When you see an important moment, click the Camera icon on the toolbar to take a screenshot.

record settings

Preview and save YouTube video

When the video playback is done, click the Stop button to enter the preview window. Here you can check the video recording with the built-in media player. If the video contains redundant frames, use the Clip tool to remove them. Finally, click on the Save button to export the downloaded YouTube video to your hard drive.

save recording

3. FAQs of VLC YouTube Download

Why cannot I download YouTube videos in VLC?

VLC cannot download copyright-protected videos on YouTube. Moreover, if the video file has been corrupted, VLC cannot download it and you have to use a dedicated video downloader.

Can VLC record streaming video?

VLC does provide the video recording feature. Go to the Tools menu and check Advanced Controls. You will get the Record button. Now, stream the video in VLC and click the Record button to get what you want. Bear in mind that the output quality is poor.

How do I save a VLC video to my desktop?

VLC is not only able to stream online videos, but also save them to your hard drive. You can follow the guide above to get what you want easily.


This guide has shared three ways to download videos from YouTube with or without VLC. Firstly, if you are using VLC right now, you can play a YouTube video and try to save it to your hard drive On the other hand, FoneLab Screen Recorder has higher success rate when downloading YouTube videos. According to our research, it is available to almost all playable videos. If you have other questions or suggestions, please feel free to write them down below this post.

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