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How to Download Movies and Videos from Youku

Oct. 08, 2014 3:32 pm / Posted by Shawn Hamilton to Online Video Tips
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Youku is the biggest online video website in China where you can find tons of HD videos, full Hollywood movies, TV series, etc. And like YouTube, it updates videos every day. In short, Youku begins to gain great popularity around the world.

However, some Youku users would complain the 60-second ads added at the beginning of each Youku video, and others would wonder "is it possible to watch Youku videos offline on Android/iPad/iPod". Fortunately, there's an easy solution to above issues—download Youku videos to computer. The following are top 2 methods to help you download Youku videos and watch them freely.

How to download Youku videos for PC using IDM

Undoubtedly, there's no way better than using IDM to download Youku FLV videos to your PC. IDM refers to a series of video downloader aiming at increasing download speed and I'd like to share two effective video downloaders with you based on user reviews.

1. Download videos from Youku.com with Youku iKu

iKu is a video player designed by Youku company which aims at downloading HD online videos from Youku exclusively. Then just follow the steps below.

Tips: There is no Mac-compatible version for Youku. And sometimes you may find that you're only able to download 6 to 8 minutes of a video that can be an hour or longer with iKu on Windows. If you fail to download your favorite Youku videos with it, refer to the second methodWindows Video Downloader, which is 100% workable.

Note that there's a limitation to the formats that the downloaded Youku videos can convert to (MP4, 3GF and AVI only). So if you want to convert to other formats, please refer to Windows Video Downloader in the second method.

2. Download videos from Youku.com outside China with Windows Video Downloader

Due to copyright restrictions, some countries block access to Youku. That is to say you must use an IP changer or VPN to login Youku if you're outside China and want to refer to the method mentioned above. However, considering the instability of the network, you'd better find an alternative to iKu which is usable outside China.

One of the best programs that you can use is Windows Video Downloader which lets you easily download HD videos from Youku as well as other 100+ famous video-sharing sites including top 5 sites . Furthermore, it enables you convert the downloaded Youku videos to frequently-used formats like 3GP, AVI, M4V, M4A, WMA, OGG, etc. so as to be fully compatible with most portable devices.

Now just follow the steps below to start the enjoyment of downloading Youku videos to computer (Windows & Mac).


Tips: If you happen to use IP changer or VPN, you can directly enter the official webpage of Youku through big three browser (Firfox, Google Chrome and IE) and copy the URL of your favorite Youku videos. Then just click the "Paste URL" button on the left.

FYI, if you come across the warning "Sorry, this video can only be streamed within Mainland China" when playing Youku videos, you can install an add-on called Unlock Youku from the Chrome browser to get around this problem.

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