Unless you record a Twitch stream separately as you film them, you will need to download Twitch videos before they expire on the platform to keep it long-term. There are several tools online that will allow you to download it with nothing more than the video link. Please note that this means that your viewers will also be able to download videos from your Twitch channel as well.
This post will cover the free tools that will allow you to download videos from the Twitch website as well as give you tips on how you can back up your Twitch VOD videos.
Free Twitch Video Downloader Tools
There are several completely free downloading tools that you can use to download videos. This post will cover a few:
1. Twitch Leecher
Twitch Leecher is a frequently updated downloading tool on GitHub. This free tool will allow you to search for a Twitch VoD using the URL, video ID, or through the channel name. After you open Twitch Leecher, you just need to search for the Twitch video you want to download using their search options. Once you find the video you want to download, you can freely do so (with the exception of subscriber-only videos).
2. 4K Video Downloader
If you love watching a streamer who broadcasts at high quality, you can download their 4K VoDs using the 4K Video Downloader tool. Not only does this took work for Twitch, but you can also download YouTube videos that you can watch later on the go when you are away from a strong internet connection. This is the perfect tool to use if you want to download VODs in a preferred format.
If you have a Mac, you can use Streamlink. It acts similarly to Twitch Leecher (which exclusively works on Windows). While it can be a little more complicated to use, there is a guide available to help you get on your feet.
If you are wanting to download clips that were taken from past streams, use the following tools:
The easiest way to download a video from Twitch is to use the Twitch VOD downloader Clipr. Simply copy the video URL and paste it into the provided space for it.
Once you have inserted the Twitch video link, press the “Get Download Link” button. The page will refresh and show you a “Click to Download” button. After clicking it, the clip will download to your computer (most likely to your Downloads file).
2. Clip Ninja
You can also use Clip Ninja to download your clips. It works in a very similar method to Clipr. All you need to do is input the link and click the download button.
How to Back-Up Your VODs
Even if you don’t think you’ll ever use footage from your Twitch videos, you never know what you will need in the future. You may also have to dispute a copyright issue. For those reasons alone, it is a good idea to back up your past broadcasts.
An easy way of doing this is by multistreaming to a private YouTube channel. Don’t make the videos public (especially if you are an affiliate or partner of your streaming platform as there is generally a time frame in which content can’t be shared on other platforms). The private videos will be stored forever until you delete them or make them public. You can use restream.io for this purpose.
Alternatively, you can save them to a hard drive – or several as it may end up being.
Should You Download Twitch Videos?
Any Twitch user can download any live stream that has been created on the platform. As VoDs are deleted between 14-60 days after it was originally aired, you may want to download a stream if you were unable to watch it live or want to relive specific moments (though you could also clip these).
It is important to remember that the streamer is the creator and owns the rights to their work. You cannot reupload it as your own either on Twitch or YouTube.
Your Viewers Can Also Download Twitch VODs
It is important to remember that viewers can take clips of any portion of your content. It is therefore important to remember to always follow the terms of service and to watch what you say. You wouldn’t want them to save videos that they could later submit as a reason why you should be banned from the platform.
Once you learn to download Twitch VODs from your Twitch account, you can ensure that you never lose another one of your VODs when it is deleted from Twitch. Once your Twitch streams are deleted, you cannot recover them. Even if you aren’t sure you want to see something again, it’s a good idea to download them from the Twitch website using a free service on a third-party app, just in case.