Best Youtube to MP3 and MP4 Converters (2018)

Each day, thousands of people are looking to convert videos from Youtube  to Mp3 or Mp4 format for watching or listening later. Youtube to Mp3 is for only the audio, Youtube to Mp4 is for the video (with audio.)

We're here to help you avoid the spam and get you to the best FREE converters that exist today in 2018.

Keep in mind that there are two options when it comes to converting Youtube vids: browser plugins and online converters.  You'll find the best of each below but keep in mind that while both allow you to download the media you want, the online converter websites usually take a couple more steps and may have some ads but the process is easy enough and worth it in my opinion.

While these are free services, they may have ads or a pay-for service that has more options but all of them will let you download at least HD 720p videos or high-quality MP3s. Youtube doesn't allow downloading the higher quality 1080p format anymore but there are some sites that will offer this at a price while they do some behind-the-scenes tricks to get the 1080p version for you.


By the way, we are not affiliated with any of these plugins or websites & we don't make any money if you use them.



Browser Extensions / Plugins: 

note: if you are using Chrome for your browser, we recommend not using the available plugins as you have to manually download and install them (since they are banned by Google) which is a security risk - we recommend to use one of the online converter sites in the next section instead - or simply use Firefox and the extensions/plugins below.

MP4 (Firefox only)

    Easy Youtube Video Downloader Express is my top pic for plugins because you can do audio only or audio+video and it gives you options for higher/lower quality for your media (nice if you want to save time or space)


MP3 (Firefox only)

    Easy Youtube Video Downloader Express is my top pic for plugins because you can do audio only or audio+video and it gives you options for higher/lower quality for your media (nice if you want to save time or space)

    Simple YouTube MP3 Button is pretty nice, it offloads the conversion to their server and provides a progress bar and a download button beneath the video on youtube.com


Online Converter Sites:

You'll copy the video URL (i.e. www.youtube.com/v=abc123) and paste it into these sites and they will either automatically download it to your computer or give you a link to click on to download it

MP4


Although they will prompt you to install their plugin after your download, it's not neccessary or recommended

Make sure to select "Movies" before you click "get files" or you will see lots of stuff thats not the mp4 video

Pops up an ad, just close it and move on, still works well. Sister site to youtubemp3.to

This has to be my favorite one because it's easy to use and gives you different quality options for your download. AND it does both audio only (mp3) and audio/video (mp4) without too many ads or doing any pop-ups.

MP3


This site does both audio and video, just be mindful of the distracting ads so you don't accidentally click one

Pops up an ad, just close it and move on, still decent. Sister site to youtubemp4.to

This has to be my favorite one because it's easy to use and gives you different quality options for your download. AND it does both audio only (mp3) and audio/video (mp4) without too many ads or doing any pop-ups.


Conclusion:

After doing research and trying these out, these are my top pics for Youtube to mp3 and Youtube to mp4 conversion sites and plugins. After doing all this research and trying out various plugins, I think it's safe to say that my favorite way to do it is to simply use https://www.mp3converter.net/ because you don't have to worry about which browser you are using or install any plugins and you can do both audio only for mp3s and audio+video for mp4s with plenty of quality options. If I really had to choose a plugin though, I would go with Easy Youtube Video Downloader Express by Dishita