Bad, works sort of Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Ok, I am changing this review. The interface is clunky, bad fonts. It's not recognizing a downloadable web all the time, sometimes yes sometimes no. I use FF 38.1.0 ESR on a mac. I couldn't get it to work on my pc running 39.
Videos off of youtube are SLOW. Faster to watch then download. You should have left the interface the way it was. I don't work for any software companies. Period.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Программа замечательная, очень все просто и быстро!

Why the hell did you change the UI Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Cette extension ne s'intègre (graphiquement) plus dans firefox et c'est vraiment dommage.

What's with the QR Code display? Rated 2 out of 5 stars

There were changes and need to install a converter. Ok, I'm fine with that. But not with the QR Code been display on the top left. It's very irritating to see it while watching the downloaded video. Anyway to remove it?

Video DownloadHelper still not working Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I already try a lot of version but still there is a lock symbol that denied me to download the video from youtube. Now using version 5.4.0 on Firefox 39.0. Each time i click on the video that i choose, it will show warning " Downloaded file for "Artist - Song Name" is empty. Media might be protected." May i know what is the problem since i never had this on older version.

Does What it Says on the Tin Rated 5 out of 5 stars

DVH has been a great addon for years - a good alternative to scummy websites that claim to convert videos for you and rarely do (properly). With the latest update, it handles YouTube videos well again, along with a very large number of other sites. It is an excellent timesaver.

I've also never had it create performance issues on my system, even while actively working on several videos at once. My system is about 4-5 years old, its not the fastest thing around either.

The new interface really exposes some new options, I'm glad to see it.

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Excellent ! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Now it works flawlessly!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

i'm really impressed by the efficiency of downloadhelper and it came just at the right time when i needed to download videos. they have my 100% approval

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

In my personal point of view, the new interface it looks ugly and confused, i prefeer the old style, it seems a bit slowly when it apears, there's a problem with youtube, vdh just stop downloads from youtube, i hope fix it, i use a 3rd party app (Freemake) that works fine with ytube but itsn't the best way.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

the new interface is ugly and difficult to understand.. the DownThemAll integration have disappeared... the fonts are too big.. the ui colors doesn't integrate properly with themes such as FT DeepDark.. the UI translations are obviously made with google translate. but all in all i think that most of the bad reviews lately are from people that didn't spend 10 minutes to figure out how the new version works

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I've been using Video DownloadHelper for around 18 months; and the latest update (March 2015) shows a vast increase in the range of options and in the ability to trawl a wide range of sites. For resuming an interrupted download (common for me because of unreliable internet coverage in my very rural area) I find iSkysoft YouTube Studio better; but that's a programme independent of the browser, and has not the range of options that this Mozilla one does. In my experience Video DownloadHelper is the strongest tool available for my purposes, and is very reliable. Really good! (I've donated, and will do so again.)

"unusable" might be a bit strong... Rated 3 out of 5 stars

... but I also dislike a lot of the new interface and functions.
What would be really helpful would be a mode where VDH just works *on demand* on a page, like prutzer proposed. I don't have the slightest need for any background activity.

(Also, the options are incomprehensible and the language of the plugin not selectable... What the heck is "Netzwerksonde"?)

The language of the add-on is chosen by Firefox not by the add-on itself.
A *on demand* per page mode is only possible on YouTube and Dailymotion. For other sites, the addon must monitor the network activity to know what page/tab it was initiated from.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I have always loved this add-on. But currently, I can't even use it at all. I don't even see the icon anywhere on my window. when i try to find it under customize, i dont see it there either.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I've been using this addon for a very long time. Always loved it.
Then today it stopped working for me on youtube. All I have is the ADP file as an option now, with the giant logo in the corner.
So basically I uninstalled it since it's useless to me now, all I used it for was youtube. A sad day indeed.

This is a change in YouTube, not in our add-on. Anyway, we could find a fix for this and the new 5.4.0 release (waiting for approval at Mozilla) corrects the issue. Please give it a try and update your review. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/video-downloadhelper/versions/

Read latest reviews Rated 1 out of 5 stars

As many users here, I had been having troubles with my Firefox. For a long time it had been crashing without reason. I even formatted my PC hoping that would solve the problem, but it didn't. Tonight was my last crash, so I decided to disable some add ons I hadn't been using. I noticed DownloadHelper hasn't been helpful for a while now so I decided to deactivated as well. Fair enough, Firefox suddenly went back to normal! Amazing! I've been using Youtube center (GreaseMonkey version) for a while now so I don't think I'm gonna be enabling this add on again, but will have it there just for the sake of remembering the good old times... Good bye, DownloadHelper.

It's been messing up my computer experience for a long time and who knows what else... Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Normally I am quite thoughful about what to install.

I still remember all too well the browser toolbar fiasco of the internet explorer days and am aware that add-ons for Firefox are a possible albeit more hidden replacement for such kind of terror.

For Firefox I have only 10 add-ons, and mostly the security and privacy related classics next to a couple highest rating ones so it took me a while to go figure out that Video DownloadHelper was still lurking like a parasite in my Firefox' entrails and causing a lot of trouble.

Issue was Firefox heating up my computer, web sites from which you would expect a whole lot of optimization like Amazon.com would crawl forward.

Why did I not think about an addon causing this trouble?

Well, I always tend to have like 20 open tabs in Firefox so I just figured wrongly that would be the main issue.

There is also a saying that Firefox is a resource hog with many tabs opend - I will have to re-investigate and verify this later.

With today's excess of processing power available we should always be vigilant about where this 80% of CPU usage is being attributed to.

A program just hanging or real time compressing data before sending?

Anyway, after months of suffering I decided to take investigate the issue of my Firefox using a lot of CPU and battery.

It seemed to be too easy to discover the source of the prolonged misery:

1. Start Firefox in safe mode w/o any add ons ; and if Firefox then runs fine, then it must be an add-on that is the cause.

2. Restart Firefox with add-ons enabled and disable one add on at a time starting with the less needed ones.

Voila, direct hit, I first disabled DownloadHelper and Firefox returned to normal.

It tuns out that between a couple of versions and updates this add-on had developed issues to put it mildly.

Normally I would expect such add-on to be only active when I actually need it:

Activate by push button - Search for downloadable content on current page -> download - finished and de-activate add-on.

Instead it seems there is a whole lot going on on the background of any page you open thanks to Video Downloadhelper.

Not saying this program can't be useful but given its popularity I suspect it must giving Firefox a bad reputation and causing a lot of waste energy on many computers out there.

Without digging in the settings, my advice is to enable / install it when you need it but don't leave it just there in the background.

Version 5.4.0 is waiting for Mozilla review (but can be installed right now from https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/video-downloadhelper/versions/) and brings many improvements regarding performances. Please give it a try and come back to update your review.

Making the programme works Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I was just able to use the download helper.

I have a old Vista laptop and the programme is still working with no problem.

In my current laptop (win 7), I installed the same older version of FireFOX (26). Initially, I could not find the download button. But then I point the mouse to the upper aspect the screen, right click and there was a "custom" tap - and the Download helper icon was hiding there. I just dragged the icon to the address bar. Initially, the computer was asking to convert the video (you have to download another thing as said in multiple links), but if I click the download icon, and chooses the format I prefer (I use mp4) and then another drop down manual will show up on the right. Just got to "quick convert" and then the download will perform automatically without any conversion needed.

I hope the above helps and will work for a while. I did not try the latest version of Firefox. I use Chrome anyway.

does not work Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I, like most others here, are *not* "competitors", but frustrated users of your, once working extension. Unfortunately now it does not work at all "Fehler Aggregieren von "xyz" fehlgeschlagen ". Maybe you could start taking these messages seriously instead of just ignoring them as "spam" from a competitor. It takes time to come here, register and write a review, and it shows that the user actually cares - or cared.

So far, we only got one case of a media not working on VDH5 while fine on VDH4 (a special case of MP3 streamed over HTTPS). If you think you found a second case, please post it on http://www.downloadhelper.net/support.php . Posting in the support forum to get help does not take more time than posting here without details on the problem you are having.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

it was best, now forces me to use some crappy video convertor even if there is no need for conversion, but ok that can be "fixed" in settings...
anyway on some sites it giving me only ADP but with older version of VDH I was able to download videos successfuly
for some videos on youtube I don't get all versions, even if 1080p video is available in youtube player, video download helper gives me 720p as max video quality
Thanks developer for this plugin, even if it's not perfect, still it is best for online videos download

This Addon Slows Down Firefox A TON! Do Not Install! Rated 1 out of 5 stars

My Firefox was running very slowly for months and finally I decided sort it out...I didn't want to, but I refreshed Firefox which deleted all of my 30+ addons, and upon reinstalling them one by one I discovered that it was Video Download Helper that was the source of all the trouble. Literally...the second I enable this cancerous addon my Firefox slows considerably, even the simple act of switching tabs becomes laggy. Some videos won't even play with this addon enabled! It's a shame that an addon I once loved is now in this state, but it is what it is. Don't bother with this addon, if you want to download videos you'd be better off with literally anything else.