A List Of Recommended Free Media Downloaders, Converters and Players

The software listed below is both free and mostly available on all platforms.

Free Media Downloaders

  • Youtube-dl is a free command-line YouTube downloader — it also can download from a few other sites — apps available for Windows, Mac and Linux
  • MacX Youtube Downloader is a free Youtube downloader for MacOS — unfortunately the app opens a sales web page in your browser after each download

Free and Open-Source Media Converters

  • Media Human Audio Converter is a free audio converter that supports many audio formats — apps available for Mac and Windows
  • HandBrake is a free video converter (or transcoder) — apps available for Linux, Mac and Windows

Free and Open-Source Media Players

  • VLC is an free media player — very full featured and configurable — apps available for Linux, Mac, Windows, Apple TV, mobile devices
  • MPV is a free media player — it’s fast loading and lightweight — apps available for Linux, Mac, Windows, Android
  • foobar2000 is a free audio player — apps available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android
  • FreeTube is a free YouTube player built with privacy in mind –apps available for Linux, Mac, Windows
  • Plex is a media manager and media streamer — apps available Windows, Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and just about every other platform and device

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