Twitch is the most important game streaming platform in the world and many people aspire to be one of its stars. After all, who doesn’t want to make a living doing what they love and entertaining thousands of adored fans? That said, it can take a lot of work and luck to create a great following on Twitch.
Whether you want to be a major Twitch streamer or just want to download your favorite game segments, you need to know how to download Twitch videos. It’s not as easy as it may sound, but this guide will guide you through the best methods for storing your favorite videos on your hard drive.
How to download your own Twitch videos
Twitch allows you to download your own videos from previous shows. This is perfect for streamers who want to upload the video to another service, such as YouTube or Vimeo, or for those who want to save the best bits of each stream to create a montage.
If you have a basic Twitch account, you have 14 days from the date of your broadcast to download the video. If you are a Twitch affiliate or a Twitch partner, this time may vary up to 60 days from the date of issue.
Before you do anything, make sure your videos are automatically saved to your profile. Go to Twitch > Configuration > Canal and Video and slide the file Store previous broadcasts change to Turned on position. When you do this, the videos will be automatically saved to your account once the broadcast is complete.
All videos you stream or stream will be credited to your account. You can easily access it by clicking on your account icon and then on Video producer. Once on the Video Producer page, click the three dots on the right next to the video name and select download. After clicking, the video will take a few seconds to prepare and will be downloaded to your computer.
How to download Twitch videos from Other
If you see an especially funny broadcast that you want to show to someone else, or just watch it in the future, downloading it is a little harder. Twitch doesn’t have built-in tools to download other people’s broadcasts, but the good news is that there are numerous third-party tools to do just that.
Make sure you do not violate any copyright laws or Twitch policies when downloading these videos.
One potential option is KeepVid, a service that acts as a free Twitch video downloader. All you have to do is copy the URL of the video you want to download and then paste it into the bar at the top of the page.
When you do this, KeepVid will convert the Twitch video to a downloadable format. The time required to convert the video will vary depending on the length of the Twitch video, but when it’s finished a small preview will appear, plus a button for “Download Video”. Just click this button to save the file to your computer.
If you want more customization, just scroll down the page to find different video formats and audio options, including the ability to download video in a format as small as 284 × 160.
Twitch Leecher is a free third-party app available on Github. It has a powerful search feature built into the tool, but if you’re looking for a specific video and don’t know the channel name, you may be lucky enough to search the Twitch website first. You can search by three different criteria: channel name, video URL, or video ID.
Each search can be further refined. For example, when searching by channel name, you can search for a broadcast, highlight, or load in a specific time period. When searching for a URL or video ID, you can search for multiple videos at once. After performing the search, the results are displayed and you have the option to download what you find.
One thing to keep in mind is that subscriber-only videos (those that are only available to subscribers on a specific channel) cannot be downloaded using Twitch Leecher.
Twitch Leecher is a Windows-only tool, but there is a Mac option called Streamlink which fulfills a similar function. The problem is that it takes a little more to know how to use. The Streamlink Github page provides a user guide and an explanation of how to use it, making it one of the best options for Mac users who don’t want to use an online download tool like KeepVid.
4K video downloader
Some high-end streamers will stream 4K content. If you want to get the best possible video quality from your favorite streamer, you’ll need a tool to download 4K content. 4K video downloader is a tool that works on both Mac and Windows and can get several different resolutions, not just 4K.
To use the tool, you will need to download and install the application. Copy the URL of the Twitch stream you want to download, then launch the app. Select Paste the link at the top right. A menu opens where you can choose the quality of the video and download it.
There is a free and paid version of 4K Video Downloader. In the basic unpaid plan, you can download 30 Twitch videos a day.
Other options to download Twitch videos
A quick Google search will reveal a dozen or more third-party tools for downloading Twitch videos, but you should be wary of using anything you’re unfamiliar with. Many of these tools are incomplete and come from unreliable sources and can put your machine and data at risk.