Freemake Video Downloader

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Freemake Video Downloader
Developer(s) Ellora Assets Corporation
Initial release 1 July 2010 (2010-07-01)
Stable release
3.8.0 / 6 July 2010; 8 years ago (2010-07-06)
Written in C#
Operating system Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Size 13.59 MB
Available in Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese
Type Download manager
License Crippleware

Freemake Video Downloader is a crippleware download manager for Microsoft Windows, developed by Ellora Assets Corporation. It is a proprietary software that can download online video and audio.[1][2][3] Both HTTP and HTTPS protocols are supported. Users must purchase a premium upgrade to remove Freemake branding on videos and unlock the ability to download media longer than 3 minutes in length.


The GUI provides several modal windows that help to access different program features, including download progress, download queue, output file saving options, download history, program settings.[4]

Technical capabilities[edit]

  • Batch downloading support for downloading multiple files
  • Flash and HTML5 video download from sites like YouTube and Google Video[5]
  • Pausing and resuming downloads
  • Enables YouTube playlists, favorites, charts, channels download[6]
  • Video conversion of downloaded files into list of predefined formats which are supported by the program

Premium Pack[edit]

Users may purchase (communicated as a "donation" in the software's dialog) a Premium Pack to unlock features such as full-speed downloading and disabling of the added Freemake branding in all downloaded media.

  • Download videos longer than 3 minutes in length
  • Removal of Freemake branding in all downloaded videos
  • Download speed control (limited in the free to try version)
  • Download via proxy connection
  • Automatic file export to Apple iTunes

Technical requirements[edit]


Freemake Video Downloader is criticized for toolbar and web search engine installation. Freeware offers to install sponsored software upon installation changing default search engine and browsers homepage.[7][8] Users may opt-out of sponsored software, but it has been criticized on several pages.[9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jacobi, Jon L. "Freemake Video Downloader review". PC Advisor. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  2. ^ "Review: Freemake Video Downloader grabs any video with a URL". PCWorld. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  3. ^ "Freemake Video Downloader". Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  4. ^ Opris, Elena. "Freemake Video Downloader Review – Efficient with Optional File Conversion". softpedia. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  5. ^ "Freemake Video Downloader 3.5 embeds download buttons directly into YouTube pages". PC & Tech Authority. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  6. ^ Opris, Elena. "Freemake Video Downloader Review – Efficient with Optional File Conversion". softpedia. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  7. ^ "How to Download YouTube Videos". PCMAG. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  8. ^ "The best free YouTube downloader 2017". TechRadar. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  9. ^ "Freemake Video Downloader Removal Guide". Retrieved 2017-04-23. various other programs come bundled with Freemake Video Downloader, which could turn out to be harmful to your PC.
  10. ^ "Freemake Video Converter Removal Tool -". 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2017-04-23. the programs is bundled with several other applications, some of which were already flagged as PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), and are being installed by default, when the user accepts the EULA and had selected an express/recommended installation. (...) Freemake Video Converter appears to be a legitimate application, but it is not recommended for use. The online community states that Freemake Video Converter relies on unfair distribution technique and can get inside your computer in a bundle with other applications, which might cause serious problems.

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