ClipGrab Let’s You Download YouTube, Vimeo Videos in Ubuntu

ClipGrab Youtube Downloader

Looking for an application to download videos from YouTube, Vimeo, and/or other video sites? Well, ClipGrab is a free and simple tool to do this in Linux, Windows, and OS X.

ClipGrab supports downloading videos from YouTube, Vimeos, Dailymotion, Metacafe, and many other online video sites. It also features:

  • search videos on YouTube
  • convert videos to MPEG4, MP3, and other formats
  • system notification support
  • monitor clipboard for downloadable videos.

Install ClipGrab in Ubuntu 16.04, 14.04:

Only download videos to which you own the rights to or have permission for. Before downloading copyrighted content, you must get consent from YouTube.

ClipGrab offers a non-install version available in the link below.

ClipGrab website

Just download, make executable (from its Properties -> Permissions window), and finally run it from its context menu.

Tip: For those who don’t see the Run option, go to File browser Menu Edit -> Preferences -> Behavior -> check “Run executable text file when they are opened”.

To install ClipGrab with a launcher shortcut:

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the commands below one by one to install ClipGrab from its official PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:clipgrab-team/ppa

sudo apt update

sudo apt install clipgrab


Finally launch the software from Unity Dash / App Launcher and enjoy!

About ml

ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.

One comment

  1. This is perfect for what I was looking for. Thanks for the sharing. I used to save youtube videos to my ubuntu laptop with acethinker video downloader, free and works quite well. It is a free cloud based software to download videos, compatible with Ubuntu, windows and mac. Share it here as an alternative to clipgrab.