VDownloader v0.73 Private

Checker on 9 May 2013

VDownloader is a download manager for video sharing sites such as YouTube, Google Video, Grinvi and DailyMotion. Given the URL for a video clip, it downloads the clip and automatically converts it to AVI, MPEG or PSP. It supports batch downloading and clipboard monitoring.

Note: The latest version (0.77) of VDownloader writes settings to the user profile folder. As such, I am making the older version (0.73) available for direct download until further notice. Alternatively, you can try the JPE launcher for this application.

System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: System codecs
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the zipped installer and extract to a temporary folder
  2. Move the files inside the {app} to a folder of your choice
  3. Delete eBay_shortcuts_1029.exe
  4. Launch VDownloader.exe.

26 comments on VDownloader  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

GM 2007-05-31 15:02

Needed a 30 second You Tube clip. Downloaded this program and had it 2 minutes later. Piece of Cake!

GM 2007-05-31 15:03

Forgot to include that it automatically converted it to AVI format !!!

Otto 2007-06-15 18:16

Please Help!!! I've had this program for a few weeks and just now it's starting to mess up. I download a file from youtube and it downloads but freezes at the "converting video" stage. It'll stay here all night if I let it. I just downloaded the new version and it's still doing this. The file never completes and I can't use it. Before, this program was the best thing since sliced bread, but now it's useless to me unless I can get it to work again. Please let me know what is going on. Thank you in advance

Sr. Mina, ICC. 2007-07-24 03:08

Otto, I'd say the problem is that your cache is full. Empty it and you should be able to download and convert the files again. This freeze typically happens when you have no more space left in your cache for the file to be worked on. Post again if that does not solve your issue.

Mark 2007-08-16 19:10

A simpler and quicker method is to use firefox and the "Fast Video Download" plugin for firefox:
no cut n paste, just save to a folder directly with the original filename.

[BOT]Fluffy 2007-08-17 15:25

Mark: Some of us Opera users are glad to have this tool. And when we do have to use Firefox once in a blue moon, we'd rather it not be any more of a bloated mess than it needs to be. :D

Pevanis 2007-08-20 00:51

Really nice tools BUT download from Daily Motion doesn't work. When You press Download it says that is downloaaded 100% but no any data in the folder.

dot 2007-09-12 09:18

I like it's search function. It found a few flicks for me quite *quickly* that I didn't find with several search engines.

Yet!!! The search engine seems to have some bug: it doesn't stop searching and keeps using up over 50% of CPU usage until you exit the program! So, when VDownloader converts a longer film that you got via its search function and is using 100% CPU power, converting will take rather, rather long as the search function probably is still using about 50% of CPU power. And you can't exit the program after a search to start converting without the search function still running and using all that CPU power at the same time as converting goes on.

I'm posting this here as there seems to be no way to post on VDownloader's website. Maybe someone can confirm this bug with the search function?

QueenOfStars 2007-09-13 16:47

@Pevanis: Try closing the source page in your browser and then hit download. In most cases, Vdownloader doesn't work when the browser is playing the .flv at the same time you try to d/l it.

Polac 2007-09-21 13:30

dot: I've exactly the same problem, the search never ends !!
queen: and it doesn't matter if you have or not the internal browser working !!!

Tianon 2007-09-30 00:02

@Mark: what this does that Fast Video Download won't is convert it to some other arbitrary format for you. no more messing around with FLV files unless you have to... for that, I'll gladly use a separate program, since I'd have to anyways.

Eldad 2007-11-24 03:38

Pros: Works great, enables many features like size, format etc.
Cons: Pay attention that sometimes it takes it a few seconds to locate the file on Youtube and if you press "Download" more than once it may hang or claim that the address supplied is not valid.

Whirly 2008-04-15 18:57

Mark: That's ridiculous. Instead of downloading a reliable application that does one thing really well, you're suggesting people download an entire browser (which they obviously didn't want, since they're looking at this program and not at firefox.com) and then search for a plug-in? Seems needless to me!

Kadzhi 2008-04-24 00:32

best alternative:
4 firefox users -- Flash Video Resources Downloader 1.0.1 -- https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/downloads/file/17695/flash_video_resources_downloader-1.0.1-fx.xpi (just 4KB)
4 opera users -- Flash Video Downloader -- http://widgets.opera.com/widget/download/9402/


lightshadow 2008-04-28 23:34

free you tube download works as a standalone DLer. currently still works with no problems, also does batch. i'm still looking for something that does google videos or VBS.tv videos. any ideas?

bkweathe 2008-09-11 07:53

The newest version (0.73) seems to have a new installation system. The ZIP file contains "vd_setup.exe". Does anyone know if it is still portable?

DanG 2008-09-24 20:03

Not worth what I paid for it.
I tried on two different machine (running from a flash (as it was advertised as a portable app v73). Got error "not a valid date", Googled it no support, have to move on to other things..CRAP.

DanG 2008-09-24 20:25

Follow up:
Found the problem problem was in Windows XP regional time format layout. I'll take back the CRAP statement but suggest this could be solved programmatically.

Nice, but lacks adjustable settings 2008-10-10 09:25

Nice prog, I like that one can choose between a lot of formats to have the downloaded file output it, but it lacks a bit in the settings department. I downloaded some youtube vids as plain mp3 files, the output is pretty low: 56 kbps/22 khz. Can't find options to adjust this in the programme.

PortableTester 2008-12-11 22:56

This is no longer portable as it stores its settings file in the %username%\Local Settings\Application Data\vdownloader folder. (Previous post was submitted mistakenly)

Onesimus Prime 2009-01-02 00:51

It seems that PortableTester is right. With the current version, 0.76, I tried both creating a blank settings file, and moving the one it creates into the app's directory. Neither worked, and the settings file gets written where PortableTester said. Anybody else have an idea?

My 2 cents - if you have an older, portable version, keep using it. I can't tell what new functionality, if any, has been added anyway...

nandos11 2009-07-09 11:02

I have Vdownlaoder and was using it quite happily, then suddenly it stops downlaoding, suring the "queued" part it says " error downlading file" , is the server no longer running or soemthing...? please get back to me at scorpion_queen_11@hotmail.com thanks

monster 2010-07-24 16:19

My universal extractor won't extract the installer, says it "cannot be extracted. Filetype returned was Borland Delphi 6.0 - 7.0 [Overlay]." Anybody have any idea what this means?

mrpink 2011-12-17 22:01

You don't have to extract anything, just unzip the package and launch VDownloader.exe


BillO255 2012-04-13 16:06

I've tried using this app several times and I'm getting a URL not valid error. I've tried to cut and paste the URL from FireFox and used the embedded browser in VDownloader. Even when selecting a video from inside the VDownloader browser and playing it, when I try to download it tells me it's not a valid URL. It's not a firewall issue (I'm assuming that because VDownloader loads YouTube in the browser just fine). After about 5 tries I brought up Youtube Downloader HD and it download the file from the same URL that VDownloader says isn't valid. I've never used this particular app before but I didn't see anyone else with the same problem so I'm stumped. Anyone have any ideas?


webfork 2012-04-13 21:18

BillO255: I didn't have great luck with VDownloader -- I'd recommend trying one of the other download tools on the site including YoutubeDownloaderHD or Video Backup Fusion.


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