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Step-by-Step Guide on How to Download Twitch VODs

We can probably all agree that being locked up at home for hours on end can be extremely boring, especially after a few months. While some people are managing to overcome boredom with some fun and exciting activities, others are having a hard time finding ways to pass the time. If you’re feeling bored during quarantine or you’re simply feeling unproductive, why not kill some time by watching your favourite streamers on Twitch?

Now, we understand that not everyone has time to sit around all day staying up-to-date with their favourite streamers. Which is exactly why we’re going to let you know how to download Twitch VODs (Video on Demand) so that you can catch up with the streamers you love at a later date.

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By downloading Twitch VODs locally, you’ll be able to view past broadcasts from your favourite streamers, even after they have been removed from the platform. This way, you don’t have to worry about missing an important live stream.

If you happen to be a streamer yourself and you wish to edit and upload your streams to YouTube, you can even download your past broadcasts to keep your viewers in the loop. With all of that being said, here’s how to download Twitch VODs from your channel and someone else’s channel.


How to Download Your Own Twitch VODs

These days, Twitch streamers tend to post their highlights to YouTube so that fans can keep up-to-date with the latest content. If you happen to be a Twitch streamer yourself, it is important to note that your broadcasts will automatically be removed from the platform after 14- to 60-days depending on the type of account you have. Fortunately, you can easily download all of your past broadcasts before they are deleted from Twitch forever.

Twitch VOD User Interface

If you want to download your Twitch videos, you will have to make sure that your Twitch account is configured to store VODs. To do this, you’ll have to:

  1. Head over to the official Twitch website and log in to the account you wish to download VODs from.
  2. Click on your profile picture in the top right-hand corner to access the drop-down menu.
  3. Select “Account Settings”.
  4. On the Settings page, click on the “Channel and Videos” subheading.
  5. Toggle “Store past broadcasts”. This option can be found under “Stream Key & Preferences”.

By following the steps above, Twitch will automatically save your broadcasts for up to 14-days if you’re a non-paying member. If you’re a Twitch Partner, Twitch Turbo subscriber or Prime user, Twitch will automatically save your broadcasts for 60-days.

Twitch Stream Key and Preference Page

Now that you’ve allowed Twitch to automatically save your broadcasts, it’s time to download a VOD. To do this, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Head back to the official Twitch website and log in to your account (if you logged out).
  2. Select your profile picture in the top right-hand corner and select “Video Producer” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on the small drop-down menu (All Videos) and select “Past Broadcast”.
  4. Find the video (past stream) that you wish to download.
  5. Click on the “Download” button found under the video (VOD).
  6. Save the file to your PC and begin downloading your past stream.

How to Download Someone Else’s Twitch VODs

If you don’t stream yourself but you enjoy watching other people play, you can easily download VODs that aren’t your own. Having said that, it is currently not possible to download someone else’s videos directly from Twitch as you can with your own. Instead, you’ll have to use a free, third-party app known as Twitch Leecher.

What makes Twitch Leecher so great is that you can download any video created by any streamer on Twitch. In addition, the application is regularly updated to keep up with important Twitch updates.

Here’s a step-by-step on how to install Twitch Leecher and use it to download Twitch VODs from other streamers:

  1. Navigate to the Twitch Leecher releases page on GitHub and install the latest version of the app. The download link can be found under “Assets” at the bottom of the latest blog post. Select the link with the .exe file extension.
  2. Follow the instructions in the Twitch Leecher setup wizard to complete.
  3. Open up the application.
  4. Once Twitch Leecher is open, click on the search button found in the top menu.
  5. Open your browser and head over to the official Twitch website.
  6. Search for your selected Twitch streamer and click on their channel.
  7. Click on the “Videos” subheading next to their username. If the streamer is live, click on their username under the stream before heading to the “Videos” section on their channel.
  8. Locate the video that you want to download, right-click on it and select “Copy link address” (on Chrome) from the drop-down menu.
  9. Head back to Twitch Leecher, click on the URLs tab and paste the URL of the VOD into the empty box.
  10. Click on the “Search” button once again.
  11. The video you pasted into the white box should now appear on Twitch Leecher. Once you see it, click on the “Download” button.
  12. Next, change the resolution of the video (quality) and choose where you wish to save the video on your PC (folder). You can also change the filename and give the video a custom start and end time to shorten longer streams.
  13. Once you are happy with your chosen options, click “Download”.
  14. Find the file location on your computer and click on it to begin viewing.

Conclusion

At this very moment in time, it is not possible to download past broadcasts from your favourite streamers directly from Twitch. Thankfully, there are many trusted, third-party applications out there that allow you to download any video on the platform. At present, our favourite application is Twitch Leecher: an app on GitHub that allows you to download any video on Twitch.

Did you find our guide helpful? Perhaps you require further assistance? Feel free to let us know below and we’ll be with you as soon as we can!

If you’re a Twitch streamer who wants to promote your favourite content on your channel while you’re offline, why not learn how to host on Twitch? In our guide, we’ve detailed the advantages of hosting on Twitch, how to host someone on Twitch, and how to use Auto Host.

Courtenay Smith
Written by Courtenay Smith

Courtenay’s love for gaming started when she was handed a Game Boy SP as a child. From there her youthful gaming memories consist of hitting some Donkey Kong bongos and cruising around Vice City listening to 'Take Me to the Clouds Above' at an unsuitable age. Since, she has gained a love for both PC and console games, sometimes even jumping on mobile. Don’t judge! When she’s not writing for the site she enjoys travelling, film, and diving down the rabbit hole that is YouTube.

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