DownloadHelper – The Ultimate Video Downloader


Software portals are saturated with so called ‘Youtube downloaders’ which let you download videos off Youtube and other similar sites like DailyMotion, Metacafe and Spike (previously known as iFilm), so much that it is hard to pick which one does its job perfectly because they all do the same thing. Differentiating which one is better has boiled onto whether you could actually download sites from their ‘supported list of sites’ or it just returns an error.

I recently talked about another Firefox Addon called UnPlug which was quite an impressive Addon to say the least but I was just browsing through which is the ‘ultimate’ application or Addon which does the job best and it turns out DownloadHelper is THE best.

Once you install the Addon the only glimpse of the Addon is a ‘grayed’ button on the navigation bar next to the address bar which basically gets ‘colored’ and animates when it detects a video (you can decide if it animates or just stays static but I think the animation is pretty cool) and believe me it detects ANY video. Once it starts animating all you have to do is click on the arrow on the right of the button and download it! It’s as simple as that.


Clicking the button itself brings up a tiny window complete with all supported sites including the rating, the number of comments for the site submitted by users of the Addon and something called ‘Interest’ but I think it would save them quite a bit of coding and give users a bigger picture if they just say ‘all sites supported’!

DownloadHelper Supported Sites

One drawback I found is that it does not integrate into any download manager which can make things a bit ‘slow’ but there’s always a solution. You’ll have to control + click the download link which would just copy the link to the clipboard and you can add the URL from there to your favorite download manager.

Finally, IE and Opera users you might want to install Firefox just to use this Addon, believe me you don’t know what you are missing!

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    33 Comments so far
    1. April 8, 2008 4:48 am

      I am also searching for the same kind of downloader!!! Thanks for sharing info.’s last blog post..Cario Concept Notebook fits on Car’s Steering Wheel !


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    6. Johnny July 20, 2008 4:02 am

      What about the key, I mean the code to register Download helper?


        luq reply on July 20th, 2008 3:00 pm:

      it doesnt need a key, its free, doesnt need to be registered.


        Smilin Bob reply on July 29th, 2008 6:02 am:

      you need a key to register the converter


        srgdfhbg reply on November 18th, 2009 4:28 am:

      i need a code to register so it can convert the video to mp3


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    8. latest movie reviews August 29, 2008 7:33 pm

      thanks for this im always looking for cool tools to use.


    9. You have to reg... October 26, 2008 1:20 pm

      You wrote it doesn’t need to be registered but if you wan’t to use the converter part of the program, what allows you to get the files in choosen formats you must register on their website i can’t remember exactly but I guess for 18 or 25 euros or $. So my post aim to get some answer for this probleme, how can I use all of the services of this prog. THX best regards.


        luq reply on October 26th, 2008 3:42 pm:

      oh i wasnt aware as i dont use the app for the converter, just to grab the videos..i would recommend “format factory” to convert your videos..


        no reg needed for conv... reply on November 20th, 2008 8:45 am:

      from what I can tell, you CAN convert files… however, it’s true that you need the registration in order to convert without the watermark… And it’s a pretty obvious watermark, though the conversion is done well.

      no reg needed for conv…’s last blog post..Say Hello to the Community!


        bob reply on March 15th, 2011 5:00 am:

      Yes, you CAN convert files to other video formats with the program, but were specifically talking about the conversion of videos to mp3s, the most useful feature which the program has locked out until you fork over a decent amount of cash.

      If anyone has come across a crack or a keygen please post it as i cant find one anywhere.


    10. luq November 21, 2008 4:04 pm

      if you are looking to convert the files though, you can use format factory instead, its totally free and converts most video, audio and picture formats


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    12. CD Mastering February 21, 2009 11:09 pm

      Its a bit slow and If we have to copy the link in the end than what exactly is the advantage of this add on


        luq reply on February 22nd, 2009 5:26 pm:

      it integrates perfectly with any download manager and works for any video site, and the latest version offers more functionality with a button next to the video with the option to download using FF’s built in browser or Flashgot which would mean proper download manager support.


        chile vacation reply on March 14th, 2009 3:08 am:

      it can also restore the download and its very small size as compare to other downloa


    13. Doug Beers July 13, 2009 3:38 am

      I have used it for a long time and love it. I just re-installed Windows xp home and the new firefox 3.5 and download helper refuses to install. If I try to get an earlier version, I am told it is not compatible with FF 3.5. I even tried to get an older Firefox, but still cannot get it to work. Am I the only one with this issue?
      Error comment says the “chrome” is missing for this add on. It used to work fine, I really miss it.


    14. Jimmy MRR2 | Free Rapidshare July 18, 2009 10:46 pm

      That’s a good software for downloading. However to download youtube file, I only use

      It’s easy, just add kiss at the front of the youtube’s video url.


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    16. Attitude tees July 29, 2009 12:58 am

      I would like to know a good video downloading program that can not only download flv videos, but also download a multitude of other formats. Firefox users might of heard of downloadhelper, which is cool, but doesn’t produce videos with the same quality of the original video. So, I want a multi-talented, high quality video downloader.
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    18. tobias December 12, 2009 8:02 pm

      does anyone has a reg code, so i can convert video to mp3?


    19. jimitridos December 28, 2009 5:03 am

      please can some tell me where can i find a damm code for this thing?


        Luqmaan reply on December 28th, 2009 9:36 pm:

      I recommend you download the file using Downloadhelper and convert it using another free converter like format factory.


    20. Aggelito May 23, 2010 8:03 pm

      Is´nt there anyone who knows where to get the code for DownloadHelper-add-on to Firefox?? Without any cost of course…
      I get mine converter to work perfectly, but because I don´t have reg-code the DwnHlp logo is visable on all material, and if i´m not mistaken there were a couple of improovments to it after regestration…

      Someone please help me get it 100%

      I´m not interested in another program, just want this to work perfect…

      Fridens liljor

      /Cursed by Murphy´s law crewmember


    21. Draden November 10, 2010 9:36 am

      I think some users (including myself) are upset over the registration for conversion because they (we) just want the audio, and rather not wait for the download and separate conversion of each file.


    22. Muhammed Sayed Abdel-Megeed November 25, 2010 12:44 am

      I need a registration Code for this add-ons because It doesn’t work when I try to download a video and convert it to MP3 Extension :)


    23. rastan February 15, 2011 3:56 pm

      to convert directly videos to mp3, install this on firefox and when you are looking a video on youtube you have a link inside the video window to convert in mp3.

      have fun ;-) )

      the link :


    24. Sage May 12, 2011 10:59 pm

      This is awesome! I’ve always wanted a quick way to download from fla!


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