How to Download Twitch VOD Videos

Saving a Twitch broadcast to your computer is fast and easy

What to Know

  • To have Twitch automatically save your broadcasts, choose Settings > Channels and Videos, then turn on Store saved broadcasts.
  • Once a stream is saved, go to the Video Producer page, select the More icon next to a video, and choose Download.
  • You can download other streamers' broadcasts with a third-party app like Twitch Leecher.

Twitch streamers and viewers often like to download videos of their favorite broadcasts and either store them locally or upload them to another service such as YouTube. This article explains how to save Twitch videos on demand (VODs) to your computer.

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.

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

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
  • How long does it take to download a Twitch VOD?

    It depends on the length of the video and your internet connection speed. You'll have to wait a few minutes for the initial download to begin, then you could be waiting for an hour or longer if downloading a long video.

  • How do I steam on Twitch?

    To stream on Twitch from your PC, use Twitch Studio or a third-party broadcasting program like OBS Studio and Streamlabs OBS. To stream to Twitch on a Nintendo Switch, you need a capture card, but you can stream on Twitch from an Xbox or PlayStation using built-in apps.

  • How do I delete a Twitch video?

    To delete Twitch videos, go to Creator Dashboard > Content > Clips > Trash Can. To disable Automatic Clip Creation, go to Settings > Channel > Enable Clips.

  • How do I use video clips on Twitch?

    Hover your mouse over a video and select Clip to create a clip on Twitch. To share a clip, select your profile picture > Creator Dashboard > Menu > Content > Clips. Choose the clip and select the Share icon.

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