How to Download / Rip Video and MP3 Audio From Youtube

May 5, 2009 – 6:09 pm

Youtube is one of the best video sites that provides pure, new age entertainment to everyone, including myself. Have you ever thought that you can download or rip video / audio from Youtube . In this how-to, I will show you one of the easiest way you can do it.



Step 1 – Ripping online video from Youtube with Video DownloadHelper

1- Open Mozilla Firefox. IE users stay away (lol!)

2- Install this add-on – Video DownloadHelper.



3- Restart Mozilla Firefox to complete the installation.


4- You should notice the DownloadHelper icon (three colored balls) on your Navigation Toolbar.

5- Open any Youtube videos that you want to rip. In this example, I will rip Susan Boyle’s famous audition on Britain’s Got Talent 2009.


6- Wait a few minutes until DownloadHelper managed to capture the video. Click on the downward arrow next to the DownloadHelper icon to view available videos for download.

7- Click on one of the videos to download the file. Make sure that you are downloading the video with the .flv extension (normally the first one on the list).


8- Save the file to your Windows desktop. Congratulations, you have successfully ripped a Youtube video! You can play the downloaded file with VLC player.



Step 2 – Ripping MP3 audio from a downloaded Youtube file.

1- You need to download FLV Extract first.

2- Unzip the downloaded file and run flvextract.exe afterwards.


3- Deselect all extract options except “Audio”.

4- Drag and drop the ripped video in Step 1 above to FLV Extract.


5- Wait for a few minutes. Your audio file will be successfully ripped in MP3 format!



Tip 1: You can use Audacity to remove noises / cut unnecessary audio from the ripped Youtube audio file.

Tip 2: FLV Extract allows you to convert the default .flv format from a ripped Youtube video to the preferable .avi format.

There you go, one of the simplest way to rip / download video and audio from an online Youtube video. Remember that these activities are illegal in some countries. You have been warned! (and enjoy!)

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  1. 12 Responses to “How to Download / Rip Video and MP3 Audio From Youtube”

  2. we can extract mp3 form youtube video by using website as well

    By venkat on May 12, 2009

  3. Cool. I uses flashgot to download flv files and it works fine just like video download helper. Hooray! Now we can keep all favorite videos permanently :) Thanks to firefox, video download helper and flashgot :p

    By Kit Kat on May 19, 2009

  4. hail ripping!

    By Syahid A. on May 19, 2009

  5. Bye bye streaming, welcome ripping! :p

    By Kit Kat on May 20, 2009

  6. i am using internetdowload manager to download flv files from any website such as youtube

    after download flv to my computer i use total video converter to extract mp3 from flv file

    i hope this is useful information and new way to extract mp3 from youtube

    By aymen on Jun 5, 2009

  7. Or just download this freeware software…

    Install, run, select the desired quality of the mp3 an just paste in your youtube links and hit the download button,

    Easy as pie!


    By Webslinger on Jul 15, 2009

  8. you can download youtube video as mp3 and mp4 and flv… in
    just type ABC before youtube video link, and enter

    By juan on Aug 14, 2009

  9. i am so addicted to Youtube. I watch mostly music videos and funny videos on Youtube sometimes i also upload my own funny videos in youtube. “

    By Anya on Nov 12, 2009

  10. You can also download YouTube HD videos (1080p and 720p) from Very fast and simple to use – no pop-ups and spyware!

    By VidRip on Dec 27, 2009

  11. Just as a heads up, it works perfectly on a Mac running Firefox, too.

    By Daenyathos on Mar 18, 2010

  12. I downloaded the helper and the flv I needed. I was able to get the audio and save it, but now I am having trouble getting it to open with Itunes instead of my media player. I wanna be able to add it to my ipod. Can anyone help?

    By Brittany on May 10, 2011

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