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VSO Downloader Free is an audio and video downloader. Download audio and video streaming from tons of sites. MP3 converter included. Automatic media detection, no copy pasting necessary. Compatible with all web browsers. VSO Downloader Ultimate($30) supports more download protocols.

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OS: Win
File size: 27.4MB
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Latest version / Beta (August 27, 2021)


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Software License

Freeware/Trialware (Free download but some features are limited to pro/premium version )

Supported operating systems


Version history / Release notes / Changelog Released 2021-08-19
HLS Streams and support
0014008: [Unsupported file/stream format] VSO Downloader seems to download only pieces of HLS streams
0014010: [Unsupported file/stream format] unsupported Released 2020-05-15
Removal of the Ugly popup for social media
0013853: [Suggestion] Support us! improved

Downloader Released 2020-03-09
Restore compatibility with Windows VISTA
- 0013852: [Bug] Restore Compatibility with Windows Vista

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All features

Download video streaming from thousands of sites like YouTube, Dailymotion, Metacafe and more video and audio streaming sites NEW: improved + new website support in version 4
Download audio streaming from any site: Pandora+ more
Download web radio, download radio stations
Download HD video streaming by selecting HD resolution on your web page
All formats supported: FLV, MP4, WMV, MP3, AVI, SWF...
Streaming content is detected and downloaded automatically (no need to copy and paste URLs)
Audio & Video Converter integrated
Convert video files to various formats automatically after download: AVI, Xvid, AVI, H264, Mp4, Mpeg4, mobile phones and Apple formats: Ipad, Ipod, Iphone.
MP3 converter integrated, download videos in MP3 + convert in FLAC and M4A
Converter includes audio normalization setting
Download YouTube to MP3
100% Clean and free
No adware and spyware, or toolbars
Free streaming downloader
Multi-protocol support
Icecast (Shoutcast)
HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS)
Secure stream
RTMP/RTMPT (downloads 50% for non registered users)
High Speed-Download
Download accelerator integrated
Record streaming quickly and no longer wait on buffering
Simultaneous download for multiple files
User friendly
Works independantly from all web browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and more...
Ad blocker: detects ads and does not download them
Smart automated file renamer (manual file renaming also possible (F2))
A resume function starts the download replay video from where it left off
Pause one or all downloads
Restart unfinished downloads when reopening program
Apply filters to select which files are to be detected or ignored
Decide to download all detected media automatically or upon your request
Software works in background and can be controled via tray icon
Preview thumbnail for live file and download check
VPN & Proxy
Supports all main VPNs
Proxy servers supported
Compatible with Windows OS (32 & 64 bits)
Works with XP, Vista, or Windows 7, Windows 8

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17 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews

Version listed was approximate, circa a few years ago, no longer recall the exact details. The program installed but never loaded or ran in a satisfactory manner on my systems. This, and the general reports on Fab company behavior did not induce me to revisit subsequent versions of this software. Not even for free. I wouldn't find it at all needed, in any case. TubeDigger remains king of the hill in this category, with very favorable pricing and license terms the likes of which you'll be hard-pressed to find for most other software. Allavsoft Video Downloader is starting to look like the category runner-up, followed by Fast Video Downloader from FastPCTools. They will all have different lists of supported websites, so I'm shuttling between these. (The latter two programs deserve to be included and reviewed here on VH !) I'm not an IDM user; Ant Downloader showed some merit, but had some issues I objected to. The other downloader tools that I've sampled -- particularly those branded for use on video -- have all been quite limited, empty promise if not outright junk. So, there you have it: Pretty much all you need to know for this task.

Review by Seeker47 on Apr 10, 2021 Version: OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 2/10 Functionality: 2/10 Value for money: 2/10 Overall: 2/10

VSO Downloader is a handy tool for a surprisingly large number of websites.
This ranges from YouTube to Facebook and Yahoo.

The main issue comes down to how unbelievably unreliable it is.
Every time it starts it tries to find your network adapter(s).
In my case I have three total and every time it gets it wrong.
Why, exactly, you can't choose 'Wireless card, always wireless card, never change this for any reason' is beyond me.

When it's running in the background, scanning, it will interfere with all kinds of websites that aren't expressly designed to work with it. Pretty much anything that runs on Apache Tomcat will throw errors saying you can't access it (which is a LOT of websites).
That's not a big deal until you go to stop detection and it crashes or freezes... more on that below.

Further, it mucks with your proxy server settings as that's its core functionality.
Every time it crashes (which is 30-40% of the time) it leaves it as your proxy configuration on your computer, leaving all network connectivity broken.
(To fix this in Windows 10 go to start -> type in 'proxy', 'choose proxy settings' and turn 'use a proxy server' off when it happens.)

It's worth mentioning that when when it's functioning 100% of your Internet traffic flows through the software.
I would advise only installing this on a machine or VM dedicated to -never- using online banking, email, etc. etc.

It frequently freezes, it fails to respond to task manager to exit, and you will fully have to restart your PC to get it to start again.
I will go on the record as saying this is probably both the most-destructive and least-reliable software I've ever used.

Finally, this site states that it costs $30. It's actually $30 per year or $80 for lifetime.
You can use expired-license software but you will have to keep a copy of the installer as you can't run newer versions than the latest version released 1 year after purchase. Older versions will not be provided (as they want you to buy a new license and upgrade).

Anyway, acceptable tool for specific purposes for people with a LOT of free time to spend troubleshooting when other tools fail.

Review by Jeff on Aug 12, 2020 Version: OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 3/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 2/10 Overall: 4/10

Rating by mauroverbania on Sep 25, 2019 Version: VSO Downloader Multilingual OS: 10 Windows 10 Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 2/10 Overall: 10/10

Didn't fully install on a Windows 7 system. Way too many network drivers wanting to install and even allowing it rendered only a partial install where the application crashed and gave error prompt messages when trying to run.

Review by JSasquatch on Aug 7, 2018 Version: OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10

Update. This software works really well with any browser.

Review by robertsaint29 on Dec 7, 2015 Version: OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

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