Best ClipGrab Alternatives for Windows and Mac

Last updated on January 5, 2019 by Cindy Smith

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Best ClipGrab Alternatives for Windows and Mac

ClipGrab is independent software that allows you to download videos on your computer for free. Anyone can download and use the app. Yes, you read it right, you won’t have to create an account or pay for the software to use it. Simply go to the official site and click the download button to get it. This tool has a very simple and easy to use interface. No complicated process and guaranteed safe without having to worry about malware that can harm your computer. What it does is download a video by using the URL. You just need the link from the video source and paste it into the “URL field” of the tool and hit the “Grab this clip”. There are also suggested videos you might want to get on the interface itself under the “Search tab”. However, since it is for free, it has limited sites supported. It can only download videos from open source sites like Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook and some similar sites to it. So, want to download videos from movie sharing sites it won’t work. To be more specific check the advantages and disadvantages of the tool below. Also, check out some good alternatives for good downloading experience.


  • Safe and easy to use
  • Free and reliable


  • Supports limited site for download
  • It eats a lot of space to your internal storage
  • It installs other third-party app with it upon download and installation

Free Online Downloader

Why bother downloading software on your computer if you can use a free online downloader? Acethinker Free online downloader is a browser-dependent tool that allows users to download videos from hundreds of sites. This works exactly the same as ClipGrab. Likewise, you can use the link of the video to download it. You do not have to download anything on your computer. That makes the tool reliable, safe and efficient. Also, it acts like a converter, where you can extract audio out of the video you are trying to download. For this tool provides several formats upon download. That is why this considered as one good alternative. You just need a working internet a browser. Compared to ClipGrab this tool supports more sites for download. On the other hand, we incorporated the downloader below so it will be easier for you to try and use the tool. By the way, the tool does not require any registration to be able to use it. Just grab and go. Follow the rest of the steps for a better experience of the tool.

Step1 Copy and paste the video link

Just like ClipGrab, you must stream for the video you wish to download. Play the video to make sure that you are copying the direct link of the video. From the address bar, copy the URL. Below, is the download bar to use, paste the link into the “URL field” then click “Download to initiate the download.

Step2 Download the video

Wait until the video is detected. Once the video is recognized you will another window pops containing a list of the videos, formats and the download button available. Decided which format you prefer. This tool provides a format that is mostly compatible on all devices like MP4, MP3 for audios and WebM for a better quality of the video. When you are ready to download it, use your computer mouse, hover the cursor of the mouse to the blue download button beside the format chosen. Use the right-click of the mouse and choose “Save Link as”. In no time the video will be downloaded on your computer.

choose a format and download

Video Keeper

Although using a free online downloader is practical, nothing beats the idea of having the freedom to download any videos you want. As we all know not all downloading software can do that. But not Video Keeper. This tool has the ability to get videos even from the most restrictive ones. With a feature that can decrypt sites, you can have the freedom to stream and download on any site. Aside from that, it also incorporated a screen recording feature intended to use as a back-up. From premium sites like Netflix and Pureflix, screen recording is the best alternative to acquire videos online. This tool has more to offer. If you want to know more about it you can check this guide. Meanwhile, if you want to get started with it using the free trial, then use the download buttons below. By the way, this works with Windows and Mac platform. Just choose the right one for you.

Try It Free

After downloading the app, install it by following the set-up wizard until the app is launched. Please register an active email address to get started. If you need a step0 by step procedure guide, just click the hyperlink from the decryption of the tool. Then continue with the steps below for better downloading experience.

Step1 Download video manually

There are actually two unique ways on how to download videos using this tool. The first way is the one you are familiar with. It is by using the link of the video to download it. Just like ClipGrab you use the direct link of the video to get it. It is the manual way because you copy the video manually. All you have to do is copy the video link and go to “Download” tab then click the “Paste URL” button to add the video to the download queue. You just have to wait then until the video is acquired.

download via URL

Step2 Download video using auto-detection

The other way is what makes tool worth buying for. The auto-detection feature of the tool is the one responsible for decrypting restrictive sites. A built-in browser was incorporated to directly search for the site. All you have to do then is go to the “Detect” tab from the main interface of the tool. Visit any site and stream the video. While streaming the video, the tool will then detect the video being played and downloads it.

download video

If the video is not detected or downloaded, there are only two possible reasons. One is your internet connection is not stable enough to download it. You see it takes a lot of effort for the tool to detect it, so it needs a reliable and stable internet for faster and better performance. Two, the auto detector is not “on”. Upon download and installation of the tool, the detector is enabled, yet it may alter according to the permission you set upon following the set-up wizard. To make sure it enabled, look at the bottom left-hand side of the interface and makes sure to see “disable detector” otherwise its off. If problems still persist contact our support team

Step3 Check completed download

All video downloaded are compiled under folder . That is by going to “Download” then choose “Completed”. If you want to play the video use your computer mouse to double-click the file name then it will be played by the built-in video player.

check the downloaded video

Video Download Professional

site screenshot The last one will give you a little feel of the auto-detection feature of Video Keeper. If the manual downloading is like ClipGrab or free online downloader, this time it is auto detection incorporated in a browser. Also known as, Chrome extensions. Most people know that this is an easy way to do multitasking. People find it convenient that is why Video Keeper thought of incorporating it. You need to have Google Chrome as your browser to use it, then add it as a Chrome extension. You can click here to get the direct link of the extension. The concept is streaming the video on your browser and the tool detects it and provides download links for you. On the other hand, try following the steps below to maximize the tool.

Step1 Stream the videos

After integrating the tool to your browser, search for any video using the chrome browser then play the target video. Prior the search the icon for the tool is grayed out, once there is a video detected, it will be highlighted. Click it to see the download links and choose the video you want.

stream the video

Step2 Download the video

Once decided which one to get, click the “download button beside it and wait until it is saved on your computer. Check picture below for a better demonstration.

download the video


In other words, all of them are helpful way of downloading videos online. However, if you will analyze it, both features provided by the free online downloader, ClipGrab and the Video Downloader Professional are all incorporated in Video Keeper. On top of that, the tool has a Converter where you can alter the format of each video you want to download. If you have questions or suggestion on the list do not forget to leave a message under the comment section below.

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November 9, 2016

Post By Cindy Smith to Video Downloaders

Last updated on January 5, 2019

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