The Easiest and Fastest Way to Download Youku Videos for Free

Youku the same as YouTube and is China's largest video-sharing site. You can upload, share and stream videos on Youku. It hosts popular Youku movies, cartoon and TV shows in full length with license. When watching Youku videos online, you will be frustrates by the annoying ads. Luckily, you can download Youku videos for playing offline. To do this, you can get help from Youku downloader. Here we will show you the best way to download and watch Youku videos offline with ease.

Part 1. How to Download Video from Youku on Mac (EL Capitan)

iTube Studio - Youku Downloader

The Best Tool for Downloading Youku Movies and Videos

iTube Studio for Mac will be the highly recommended Youku video downloader. You only need one click to save your favorite videos from Youku or other 10,000+ sites on your Mac (including new macOS Sierra, 10.11 EL Capitan, 10.9 Mavericks and 10.10 Yosemite). The fabulous program also integrates with a converting tool, which allows you to convert videos to other video or audio format to fit for your devices. (and iTube Studio for Windows is also available.) Now try it out to find more amazing features.

  • One click download videos from Youku, Tudou, YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, BBC News and 10,000+ other sites.
  • Convert videos to any video and audio format. Support preset for iOS and Android devices.
  • 3X faster download videos in high quality. And you have sveral resolution options to choose.
  • It is easy to organize your videos. You can delete or add videos to your library.

Steps to Download Videos from Youku to Mac

Now see how to download Youku video by iTube Studio. The detail guides bellow is for your reference (screenshots are taken from Mac version). The way to save Youku videos to Windows PC is almost the same. Windows users can take the same steps.

Step 1. Run Youku Video Downloader

Click the above big "Free Download" icon to download Youku downloader and install it according to the setup prompts. When installation completed, this Youku downloader will launch automatically.

launch the youku video downloader

Step 2. Download a Youku Video with One Click

Open your browser and navigate to the video you want to download on When you play the video, you will get a "Download" button appeared on the top left corner of the video window. Click it to add video to the download queue.

download youku videos

Tips: You can also copy the video URL and then click the "Paste URL" button in the program's interface, or directly drag and drop the video URL to the program to start the download. If you can't get the "Download" button to show in Safari, it is recommended to use Firefox to download videos from Youku.

download youku videos via url

Step 3. Convert Downloaded Youku Video (Optional)

This program also works as a Youku video converter. It allows you to convert your downloaded videos into the format that is compatible with your portable device. You will see the "Add to Convert List" icon on the right side of each video in "Downloaded" tab. Just click this icon to import video to "Convert" tab.

convert youku to iphone and android

You will find the selected video is on the list in "Convert" tab, try to click "Convert" icon on the right hand of this video, you will then be guided to the output format interface to complete the conversion process.

convert youku to iphone and android

Tips: To watch the downloaded videos, you can go to the "Downloaded" tab and double click the target video to play it with the inbuilt HD media player.

Note: Some videos would require you to have a Chinese IP address if these videos are blocked internationally. Also, click the "Download" button after the ads are done to avoid downloading videos with ads (these usually last for 10 seconds).

Video Tutorial on How to Download Youku Videos on Mac

Part 2. How to Download Video from Youku on Windows 8/7/XP/Vista

If you are Windows users, iTube Studio for Windows is the best Youku downloader for PC. With it, you will get a built-in browser, which can help you to access Youku videos directly. And you can get Youku download for PC by clicking the Download button or simply copying the video URL.

  • Download videos from 10,000+ sites, including Youku, Facebook, YouTube and more.
  • Convert video to any format and fit your iPhone, Android or other players.
  • Support batch download videos and allow one click download the whole YouTube playlist.
  • Manage your videos and directly export videos to your iTunes library.

Steps to Download Youku Videos to PC

Step 1. Launch Youku Downloader for Windows

Download and install the program with the help of on screen prompts. When you finish installing the Youku downloader, it will run automatically on your PC.

launch youku downloader for windows

Step 2. Download Youku Video in One Click

Now open the "Online" tab and go to in the built-in browser and find your lovely videos. When you play the video, you will see a "Download" button on the video window. Just click it to download Youku.

download youku video in 1 click

Tips: Another simple way to download Youku videos is to drag and drop the Youku video URL to the program dock. The video will be downloaded.

Step 3. Convert Youku Videos to Any Format

If you want to convert Youku videos to other format, first go to "Download" menu > "Downloaded" tab and click "Add to Convert List" icon to add the video to the "Convert" tab.

convert youku videos

And open the "Convert" tab, and then find the video you want to convert to other format, click the "Convert" icon on the right, in the next window, select your desired output format and start the conversion.

Tips: To watch Youku on iPhone or Android devices, you can directly select the device name as the target output for conversion.

convert youku videos

Part 3: Directly Download Youku to MP3 High Quality

If you want to get Youku to MP3 directly, iTube Studio for Mac (or iTube Studio for Windows) is the great helper. It can download any online video to MP3 format in high quality in only 1 click.

  • Download music and video from any video sites.
  • Record video from 10, 000+ music/video sites.
  • Save music or audio to MP3 with original quality.
  • Export downloaded video and audio to iTunes library.
  • Convert video and audio to any portable devices.

download youku videos to mp3

Part 4: How to Get in English

You can use Google Chrome to translate the Youku page to English by right-clicking the mouse on any part of the webpage and clicking the "Translate to English" option. If you're using Firefox, you can find the translation option on the top of the page. Alternatively, you can go to the Google Translate website to translate the Youku page for you.

Note: Youku and Tudou, the two famous video-sharing websites in China, had merged in 2012 and become Youku Tudou Inc.

get youku in english

Part 5. How to Watch Youku Outside China with Unblock Youku

Unblock Youku is a free tool that allows you to access Youku outside China mainland. To watch Youku on your PC, you can install Unblock Youku on your browser Chrome or Firefox. Below is the detailed guide on how to apply Unblock Youku on PC for accessing Youku outside China.

How to Use Unblock Youku for Chrome

First launch your Chrome browser and go to the "Tools" bar to open the Chrome Web Store. And then search for Unblock Youku from the search box. Select Unblock Youku addon and then click "Add to Chrome" to install the addon on your browser. Now you can go to Youku and find any videos from Youku outside mainland China.

unblock youku for chrome

How to Use Unblock Youku for Firefox

Go to Firefox Add-ons page and search for Unblock Youku add-on from the search box. Click Download and install the Unblock Youku add-on on your Firefox browser. The installation is very simple with the on screen instruction. Once done, type on the address bar of your Firefox browser and access any videos you want.

unblock youku for firefox

Part 6. More Tips about Youku You Should Know

Youku is China's largest video-sharing site, having over 800 million daily video viewers and 500 million monthly visitors. Internet users in China have no access to YouTube. Therefore, Youku Tudou steps in to offer users the much needed online platform video services. The platform offers users online search, viewing, and sharing capability of video content.

Youku Tips

Popular contents available on Youku for users include sporting events, movies, and television shows. Also, there are other user generated contents.

Youku offers its users exceptional advertising experience, numerous advertisement options, and online viewing analytics.

1. Advertising

You have the capability of enjoying multiscreen advertising, brand advertising, and brand advertising, as a Youku user. Multiscreen advertising allows companies to engage their customers by increasing their online presence. The mobile advertisement has become a leading form of advertisement by firms. But that is not all. Youku allows users to advertise their brands and reach a greater pool of potential customers.

2. Online Viewing Analytics

The online viewing analytic tool allows individuals/firms/organizations to have an in-depth understanding of their audience. Firms can accurately determine their users' geographical location, demographics, browsing language and technology.

3. Numerous Advertisement Options

Youku displays advertisements in many ways like text links, animated, and static. Common Ad display options include mid-roll, pre-roll, and post-roll options. The cost of an advertisement depends on how and where the Ad is located.

YouTube Vs Youku

The differences which exist between YouTube and Youku Tudou are due to varied cultural differences and business models. These include;


Most contents on YouTube are user generated, unlike in Youku. Youku focusses on TVs, movies, and films, while YouTube focusses on shorter videos.

Copyrights And Censors

Youku is aligned to be compliant with government regulations and not copyrights. On the other hand, YouTube worries about copyrights violations but not government censors.


YouTube is popular in almost all countries, which allow its use. On the other hand, Youku is more aligned towards Chinese people.

Business Model

Youku is more static, while YouTube is more animated. For example, you are more likely to see a 30 seconds advertisement before seeing any video.

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Mar 22,2017 11:13 am / Posted by to Video Downloader

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