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How to Add a Download Button to YouTube Videos using Greasemonkey and User Scripts


YouTube download script for Greasemonkey




Do you want to download YouTube videos without using any external service or software? If you are using Firefox as your browser, you can do that with the help of Greasemonkey and user scripts. In this article, we will show you how to install and use Greasemonkey extension, how to find and install YouTube download scripts, how to manage and update them, how to troubleshoot them, and what are some of the best YouTube download scripts for Greasemonkey. We will also provide some alternatives to YouTube download scripts for Greasemonkey in case you want to try something different.




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How to install Greasemonkey extension




Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension that lets you add bits of JavaScript (user scripts) to any web page to change its behavior. For example, you can use user scripts to add a download button or link to YouTube videos, so you can save them offline. To install Greasemonkey extension, follow these steps:


  • Open Firefox and go to [Greasemonkey Get this Extension for \uD83E\uDD8A Firefox (en-US) - Mozilla](^4^).



  • Click on "Add to Firefox" button and confirm the installation.



  • Restart Firefox if prompted.



  • You should see a monkey icon in the toolbar, indicating that Greasemonkey is installed and enabled.



How to find and install YouTube download scripts




User scripts are small pieces of code that modify the way a web page displays or behaves. There are many user scripts available online that can add a download button or link to YouTube videos. You can find them on websites like [Greasy Fork](^1^) or [UserScripts.org](http://userscripts.org/). To find and install YouTube download scripts, follow these steps:


  • Go to one of the user script websites and search for "YouTube download" or something similar.



  • Browse through the results and read the descriptions and reviews of the scripts. Choose one that suits your needs and preferences.



  • Click on the script name or the "Install this script" button. You should see a confirmation dialog from Greasemonkey.



  • Click on "Install" button and wait for the installation to finish.



  • Go to YouTube and refresh the page. You should see a download button or link added by the script.



How to use YouTube download scripts




Once you have installed a YouTube download script, using it is very easy. Just follow these steps:


  • Go to YouTube and find a video that you want to download.



  • Click on the download button or link added by the script. Depending on the script, you may see different options for video formats, resolutions, or quality.



  • Select the option that you want and click on it. The video should start downloading automatically.



Wait for the download to finish and enjoy your offline video.</ How to manage and update YouTube download scripts




YouTube download scripts are not permanent. They may stop working or become outdated due to changes in YouTube's website or policies. Therefore, it is important to manage and update your YouTube download scripts regularly. To do that, follow these steps:


  • Click on the monkey icon in the toolbar and select "Manage user scripts" from the menu. You should see a list of all the user scripts that you have installed.



  • To edit a script, click on its name and then click on the "Edit" button. You can modify the code, the name, the description, or the settings of the script.



  • To disable a script, uncheck the box next to its name. The script will not run on any web page until you enable it again.



  • To remove a script, click on its name and then click on the "Uninstall" button. The script will be deleted from your browser.



  • To check for updates, click on the "Check for updates" button at the bottom of the page. Greasemonkey will scan all the user scripts and notify you if there are any updates available.



  • To install an update, click on the "Install update" button next to the script name. The script will be updated to the latest version.



How to troubleshoot YouTube download scripts




Sometimes, YouTube download scripts may not work as expected. They may not show the download button or link, they may not download the video correctly, or they may cause errors or conflicts with other scripts or extensions. Here are some common issues and solutions for YouTube download scripts:


  • If you don't see the download button or link, make sure that you have installed and enabled the script correctly. Also, try refreshing the YouTube page or clearing your browser cache.



  • If you see an error message or a blank page when you click on the download button or link, make sure that you have selected a valid video format and resolution. Also, try disabling any other extensions or scripts that may interfere with the YouTube download script.



  • If you can't play or open the downloaded video file, make sure that you have a compatible media player or converter installed on your device. Also, check the file size and extension of the video file and make sure that it is not corrupted or incomplete.



  • If you have any other problems or questions about YouTube download scripts, you can contact the script author or visit the script website for more information and support.



Best YouTube download scripts for Greasemonkey




There are many YouTube download scripts for Greasemonkey available online, but not all of them are equally good. Some may have more features, more options, more reliability, or more compatibility than others. Here are some of the best YouTube download scripts for Greasemonkey that we recommend:



Script nameDescriptionFeatures


[YouTube Video Download]A simple and easy-to-use script that adds a download button below every YouTube video.- Supports MP4, WEBM, 3GP, FLV, and MP3 formats- Supports 4K, 1080p, 720p, 480p, 360p, 240p, and 144p resolutions- Supports subtitles and annotations- Supports playlists and channels- Supports dark mode


[YouTube Downloader]A powerful and customizable script that adds a download link next to every YouTube video title.- Supports MP4, WEBM, 3GP, FLV, MP3, M4A formats- Supports 8K, 4K, 1080p, 720p resolutions- Supports dash videos (separate audio and video streams)- Supports thumbnails and metadata- Supports multiple languages- Supports keyboard shortcuts


[YouTube Center]A comprehensive and versatile script that adds many features and options to YouTube website.- Supports MP4, WEBM formats- Supports 4K resolution- Supports downloading videos with embedded subtitles- Supports downloading audio only- Supports changing video player size and quality- Supports removing ads and annotations- Supports many other features such as auto-play, loop, volume control, etc.


Alternatives to YouTube download scripts for Greasemonkey




If you are not satisfied with YouTube download scripts for Greasemonkey or you want to try something different, there are other ways to download YouTube videos without using user scripts. Here are some alternatives to YouTube download scripts for Greasemonkey that you can try:


  • Use a browser extension. There are many browser extensions that can add a download button or link to YouTube videos. Some of the most popular ones are [Video DownloadHelper], [YouTube Video and Audio Downloader], and [Easy YouTube Video Downloader Express]. To use them, you need to install them from the Firefox Add-ons website and follow their instructions.



  • Use a web service. There are many web services that can download YouTube videos for you. Some of the most popular ones are [y2mate.com], [savefrom.net], and [keepvid.pro]. To use them, you need to copy and paste the YouTube video URL into their website and choose the download option.



  • Use a desktop software. There are many desktop software that can download YouTube videos for you. Some of the most popular ones are [4K Video Downloader], [Freemake Video Downloader], and [WinX YouTube Downloader]. To use them, you need to download and install them on your computer and follow their instructions.



Conclusion and FAQs




In this article, we have shown you how to download YouTube videos with Greasemonkey and user scripts. We have also provided some alternatives to YouTube download scripts for Greasemonkey in case you want to try something different. We hope that this article has been helpful and informative for you. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below. Here are some frequently asked questions about YouTube download scripts for Greasemonkey:


Q: Are YouTube download scripts for Greasemonkey legal?




A: The legality of YouTube download scripts for Greasemonkey depends on your location, the purpose of your downloading, and the terms of service of YouTube. Generally speaking, downloading YouTube videos for personal use is not illegal, but downloading copyrighted videos or distributing or monetizing them may be illegal. You should always respect the rights of the video owners and follow the YouTube terms of service when using YouTube download scripts for Greasemonkey.


Q: Are YouTube download scripts for Greasemonkey safe?




A: The safety of YouTube download scripts for Greasemonkey depends on the source and quality of the scripts. Some scripts may contain malicious code, viruses, or spyware that can harm your browser or device. You should always download and install user scripts from reputable websites and check the reviews and ratings of the scripts before using them. You should also scan the downloaded video files with an antivirus software before opening them.


Q: Are YouTube download scripts for Greasemonkey free?




A: Most YouTube download scripts for Greasemonkey are free to use, but some may require a donation or a subscription to access some features or options. You should always read the description and the license of the scripts before using them and decide whether you want to support the script author or not.


Q: How can I create my own YouTube download script for Greasemonkey?




A: If you have some knowledge of JavaScript and HTML, you can create your own YouTube download script for Greasemonkey. You can use an online editor like [OpenUserJS] or a text editor like [Notepad++] to write your code. You can also use existing user scripts as a reference or a template for your own script. You can find some tutorials and guides on how to create user scripts online, such as [How to Create a User Script] or [Greasemonkey Manual: Coding].


Q: How can I share my YouTube download script for Greasemonkey with others?




A: If you want to share your YouTube download script for Greasemonkey with others, you can upload it to a user script website like [Greasy Fork] or [UserScripts.org](http://userscripts.org/). You can also post it on social media platforms, forums, blogs, or websites related to YouTube or user scripts. You should always provide a clear and accurate description, screenshots, and instructions for your script and respect the feedback and suggestions from other users. dcd2dc6462


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