How to Download Twitch VOD Videos

Saving a Twitch broadcast to your computer is fast and easy

VOD (Video on Demand) is a popular feature on the Twitch livestreaming service. It lets fans view past broadcasts of their favorite streamers when they're offline.

When you download Twitch VODs, these saved videos expire after a certain period of time has passed. Streamers and viewers often like to download videos and either store videos locally or upload videos to another service such as YouTube for viewing later.

A person watching a video game while downloading the video stream from Twitch
Lifewire / Bailey Mariner

How to Download Your Twitch Broadcasts

Twitch streamers can download their previous broadcasts from the Twitch website. Depending on whether you're a regular user, Twitch Affiliate, or Twitch Partner, your window for downloading previous broadcasts varies between 14 to 60 days after the initial stream. After this, the video will auto-delete.

Enable Auto-Archiving

You can tell Twitch to save your broadcasts automatically with a single switch. Here's where to find it.

  1. On the Twitch website, select the drop-down menu in the upper-right corner and select Settings.

    Settings on Twitch
  2. Select Channel and Videos.

    Channel and Videos in Twitch settings
  3. Turn on Store past broadcasts.

    The "Store Past Broadcasts" switch
  4. Your future broadcasts will save to your profile once they finish.

Download Your Videos

After you turn on archiving, you can download broadcasts after you finish streaming.

  1. On the homepage, select Video Producer in the menu under your profile picture.

    The Video Producer heading on Twitch
  2. On the next page, click the More menu to the right of the video you want to save.

    The More menu next to a video on Twitch
  3. Select Download to save the video to your computer.

    The Download command for a video on Twitch

You can't download someone else's past broadcasts from the Twitch website.

How to Download Someone Else's Twitch Videos

Twitch Leecher is a free program that downloads videos from Twitch. It's a third-party app, which means that it isn't endorsed or supported by Twitch. However, it is well designed and has a clean interface that makes it less intimidating than other such programs.

The best thing about Twitch Leecher is that it can download Twitch videos made by any user on the network. This program is also updated regularly to keep pace with major Twitch updates. Its creator is easy to get in touch with using the links in the app if you have support requests.

Here's how to install Twitch Leecher and how to use it to download Twitch VODs.

You cannot download Sub-Only videos with Twitch Leecher.

  1. Go to the official Twitch Leecher page on GitHub to get the latest version of the program.

    The Twitch Leecher download link
  2. Your computer prompts you to either run the program or save it. Select Run and follow the prompts to install the program on your computer.

  3. After the installation is complete, open Twitch Leecher.

  4. Select the Search bar in the top menu.

    The Search bar in Twitch Leecher
  5. Navigate to the Twitch channel and select Videos.

    The Videos heading on a Twitch channel
  6. Right-click the video you want to download. Then, select Copy Link Address.

    Depending on the browser, the command may have different wording.

    The "Copy Link Address" command
  7. Go back to Twitch Leecher and select the Urls tab.

    The URLs tab in Twitch Leecher
  8. Paste the video link into the white box and select Search.

    The Search button
  9. Your chosen Twitch video should appear. Select the Download button in the lower-right corner.

    The Download button
  10. On the next screen, choose the resolution size of the video download and where to save it on your computer. You can also give it a custom filename and choose a start and end point for the video.

  11. Once all of your options are set, select Download. Your video will soon be available in your chosen file location.

    The Download button