Command-line tool for downloading videos from twitch.tv
Inspired by youtube-dl. Adds twitch-specific features and uses concurrent connections to make the download faster.
List videos from a channel.
twitch-dl videos bananasaurus_rex
List clips from a channel.
twitch-dl clips bananasaurus_rex
Download a video by URL.
twitch-dl download https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1418494769
or by ID
twitch-dl download 1418494769
Download a clip by URL
twitch-dl download https://www.twitch.tv/bananasaurus_rex/clip/PlacidColdClipsdadDeIlluminati-hL2s_aLE4CHvVN4J
or by slug
twitch-dl download PlacidColdClipsdadDeIlluminati-hL2s_aLE4CHvVN4J
For more info and examples see usage.
twitch-dl is open source and licensed under the GNU General Public License v3.
twitch-dl requires Python 3.7 or later.
FFmpeg is used to join vods into a single video file.
To check if FFmpeg is available, run:
The version number and some info should be printed.
ffmpeg version 4.3.2-0+deb11u2 Copyright (c) 2000-2021 the FFmpeg developers built with gcc 10 (Debian 10.2.1-6)
To install FFmpeg see FFmpeg documentation.
Go to the latest release
and download the
Run the archive by either:
a) passing it to python:
python3 twitch-dl.1.13.0.pyz --help
b) making it executable and invoking it directly (linux specific):
chmod +x twitch-dl.1.13.0.pyz ./twitch-dl.1.13.0.pyz --help
Feel free to rename the archive to something more managable, like
To upgrade to a newer version, repeat the process with the newer release.
pipx is a tool which installs python apps into isolated environments, which prevents all kinds of problems later so it's the suggested way to install twitch-dl from PYPI.
Install pipx as described in pipx install docs.
pipx install twitch-dl
Check installation worked:
If twitch-dl executable is not found, check that the pipx binary location (by
~/.local/bin) is in your PATH.
To upgrade twitch-dl to the latest version:
pipx upgrade twitch-dl
To see a list of available commands run:
And to see description and all arguments for a given command run:
twitch-dl <command> --help
Click on a command to see it's documentation.
|List videos from a channel.|
|List clips from a channel.|
|Download a video or clip.|
|Print info for a video or clip.|
Download videos or clips.
twitch-dl download <videos> [FLAGS] [OPTIONS]
|<videos>||One or more video ID, clip slug or twitch URL to download.|
|-k, --keep||Don't delete downloaded VODs and playlists after merging.|
|--no-join||Don't run ffmpeg to join the downloaded vods, implies --keep.|
|--overwrite||Overwrite the target file if it already exists without prompting.|
|-w, --max-workers||Number of workers for downloading vods concurrently (default 5)|
|-s, --start||Download video from this time (hh:mm or hh:mm:ss)|
|-e, --end||Download video up to this time (hh:mm or hh:mm:ss)|
|-f, --format||Video format to convert into, passed to ffmpeg as the target file extension. Defaults to
|-q, --quality||Video quality, e.g. 720p. Set to 'source' to get best quality.|
|-a, --auth-token||Authentication token, passed to Twitch to access subscriber only VODs. Can be copied from the 'auth_token' cookie in any browser logged in on Twitch.|
|-o, --output||Output file name template. See docs for details.|
|-r, --rate-limit||Limit the maximum download speed in bytes per second. Use 'k' and 'm' suffixes for kbps and mbps.|
|-c, --chapter||Download a single chapter of the video. Specify the chapter number or use the flag without a number to display a chapter select prompt.|
Download a video by ID or URL:
twitch-dl download 221837124 twitch-dl download https://www.twitch.tv/videos/221837124
Specify video quality to download to prevent a prompt:
twitch-dl download -q 720p 221837124
Setting quality to
source will download the best available quality:
twitch-dl download -q source 221837124
Setting quality to
audio_only will download only audio:
twitch-dl download -q audio_only 221837124
Download multiple videos one after the other:
twitch-dl download 1559928295 1557034274 1555157293 -q source
The target filename can be defined by passing the
--output option followed by
the desired file name, e.g.
The filename uses
Python format string syntax
and may contain placeholders in curly braces which will be replaced with
relevant information tied to the downloaded video, e.g.
The supported placeholders are:
|Video title||Dark Souls 3 First playthrough|
|Slugified video title||dark_souls_3_first_playthrough|
|Video date and time||2022-01-07T04:00:27Z|
|File extension, see ||mkv|
|Game name||Dark Souls III|
|Slugified game name||dark_souls_iii|
|Clip slug (clips only)||AbrasivePlacidCatDxAbomb|
A couple of examples:
To download sub-only VODs, you need to find your auth token. It can be found
using your browser, in a cookie named
- Open twitch.tv in your browser and make sure you're logged in.
- Open developer tools (F12 shortcut in Firefox and Chrome).
- Open the
Storagetab on Firefox, or
Applicationtab in Chrome.
- Click on
https://www.twitch.tv/in the sidebar.
- Find the
auth-tokencookie in the list and copy it's value.
The auth token will be a 30 character long string of random letters and numbers,
iduetx4i107rn4b9wrgctf590aiktv. Then you can pass this to the
twitch-dl download 221837124 --auth-token iduetx4i107rn4b9wrgctf590aiktv
List videos for a channel.
twitch-dl videos <channel_name> [FLAGS] [OPTIONS]
|<channel_name>||Name of the channel to list videos for.|
|-a, --all||Fetch all videos, overrides --limit|
|-j, --json||Show results as JSON. Ignores
|-c, --compact||Show videos in compact mode, one line per video|
|-g, --game||Show videos of given game (can be given multiple times)|
|-l, --limit||Number of videos to fetch. Defaults to 40 in copmpact mode, 10 otherwise.|
|-s, --sort||Sorting order of videos. Defaults to
|-t, --type||Broadcast type. Defaults to
|-p, --pager||Print videos in pages. Ignores
List recent channel videos (10 by default):
twitch-dl videos bananasaurus_rex
Limit to videos of one or more games:
twitch-dl videos --game "doom eternal" --game "cave story" bananasaurus_rex
List all channel videos at once:
twitch-dl videos bananasaurus_rex --all
List all channel videos in pages of 10:
twitch-dl videos bananasaurus_rex --pager
Page size can be adjusted by passing number of items per page:
twitch-dl videos bananasaurus_rex --pager 5
Returns all videos as a JSON list. Useful for scripting.
twitch-dl videos bananasaurus_rex --json --all
List or download clips for a channel.
twitch-dl clips <channel_name> [FLAGS] [OPTIONS]
|<channel_name>||Name of the channel to list clips for.|
|-a, --all||Fetch all videos, overrides --limit|
|-j, --json||Show results as JSON. Ignores
|-d, --download||Download all videos in given period (in source quality)|
|-l, --limit||Number of videos to fetch (default 10, max 100)|
|-P, --period||Period from which to return clips. Defaults to
|-p, --pager||Number of clips to show per page. Disabled by default.|
By default returns top 10 clips of all time.
twitch-dl clips bananasaurus_rex
Increase the number of clips returned.
twitch-dl clips bananasaurus_rex --limit 50
Return all clips, may require multiple requests, see notes.
twitch-dl clips bananasaurus_rex --all
Return clips from past day/week/month by changing the period:
twitch-dl clips bananasaurus_rex --period past_week
List all clips, 10 clips at the time:
twitch-dl clips bananasaurus_rex --pager
Print clips data in JSON. Useful for scripting.
twitch-dl clips bananasaurus_rex --json
Download all clips of the past week, won't overwrite exisitng ones:
twitch-dl clips bananasaurus_rex --download --period last_week
Clips are fetched in batches no larger than 100. When requesting more than 100
clips, it takes more than one request so it can take a little time. You can see
individual requests by passing the
Currently it doesn't seem to be possible to get a list of clips ordered by time of creation, only by view count. Clips with the same view count seem to be returned in random order. This can break paging resulting in duplicate clips listed or clips missed.
Print information for a given Twitch URL, video ID or clip slug.
twitch-dl info <video> [FLAGS]
|<video>||Video ID, clip slug, or URL|
|-j, --json||Show results as JSON|
Print info about a video:
twitch-dl info 863849735
Print info about a clip:
twitch-dl info BusyBlushingCattleItsBoshyTime
Print JSON encoded info:
twitch-dl info BusyBlushingCattleItsBoshyTime --json
Print environment information for inclusion in bug reports.
Includes the twitch-dl version, platform details and python version. Does not include any personal information.
On Linux this may return something like:
twitch-dl 1.21.0 Platform: Linux-5.10.0-10-amd64-x86_64-with-glibc2.31 Python 3.9.2 (default, Feb 28 2021, 17:03:44) [GCC 10.2.1 20210110]
twitch-dl 1.21.0 Platform: Windows-10-10.0.19041-SP0 Python 3.9.4 (tags/v3.9.4:1f2e308, Apr 6 2021, 13:40:21) [MSC v.1928 64 bit (AMD64)]
By default, twitch-dl will download VODs to your systems temp dir (e.g.
on Linux). To change the location where the files are downloaded you can set
TMP environment variable, e.g.
TMP=/my/tmp/path/ twitch-dl download 221837124
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- Fix Python 3.7 compatibility (#117, thanks @eliduvid)
- Fix default value for game_ids (#102, thanks @FunnyPocketBook)
- Add chapter list to
download --chapteroption for downloading a single chapter
- Fix an issue where a temp vod file would be renamed while still being open, which caused an exception on Windows (#111)
This release switches from using
httpx for making http requests,
and from threads to
asyncio for concurrency. This enables easier
implementation of new features, but has no breaking changes for the CLI.
- BREAKING: Require Python 3.7 or later.
downloadfor limiting maximum bandwidth when downloading.
downloadfor displaying one video per line.
- Allow passing multiple video ids to
downloadto download multiple videos successively.
- Improved progress meter, updates on each chunk downloaded, instead of each VOD downloaded.
- Improved speed estimate, displays recent speed instead of average speed since the start of download.
- Decreased default concurrent downloads to 5. This seems to be enough to
saturate the download link in most cases. You can override this by setting the
-woption. Please test and report back if this works for you.
- Add support for downloading subscriber-only VODs (#48, thanks @cemiu)
envcommand for printing environment info for attaching to bug reports
videoscommand (#92, thanks @miff2000)
clipscommands to list all clips or videos in one go.
- Modify how
--pagerworks, will make multiple requests if needed to show all available items, ignoring
- Add support for downloading audio only (#10)
- Fix issues with output formats (#87, #89)
- Fix issues when downloading clip with no game set (#78)
- Add option to use clip slug in
downloadcommand which allows setting output file template (#70)
- Ask to overwrite before downloading to avoid later prompt
- Upgrade m3u8 lib to 1.0.0+
- Fix speed calculation when resuming download (#75, thanks CroquetteTheThe)
- Add artist and title metadata to resulting video (#80)
- Fix compat with older versions of python (#71)
- Fix clips download caused by Twitch changes (#64, thanks to all participants)
- Add support for new format of clip slug (thanks @Loveangel1337)
- Handle videos which don't exist more gracefully
infocommand for displaying video or clip info (#51)
- Don't show there are more videos when there aren't (#52, thanks @scottyallen)
- Fixed Twitch regression for getting the access token (#53)
- Fixed clip download issue (#45)
clipscommand for listing and batch downloading clips (#26)
- Fix bug introduced in previous version which broke joining
sourceas alias for best available quality (#33)
downloadto skip ffmpeg join (#36)
downloadto overwrite target without prompting for confirmation (#37)
videos, don't page by default (#30)
- Make downloading more robust, fixes issues with some VODs (#35)
- Bundle twitch-dl to a standalone archive, simplifying installation, see installation instructions in README
- Fix version number displayed by
- Fix videos incorrectly identified as clips (#28)
- Make download command work with video URLs lacking 'www' before 'twitch.tv'
- Print an error when video or clip is not found instead of an exception trace
downloadcommand, allows specifying the video quality to download. In this case, twitch-dl will require no user input. (#22)
- Fix download of clips which contain numbers in their slug (#24)
- Fix URL to video displayed by
videoscommand (it was missing /videos/)
- Breaking: wrongly named
--max_workersoption changed to
--max-workers. The shorthand option
-wremains the same.
- Fix bug where
videoscommand would crash if there was no game info (#21)
- Allow unicode characters in filenames, no longer strips e.g. cyrillic script
- Fix videos command (#18)
videoscommand no longer takes the
--offsetparameter due to API changes
- Add paging to
videoscommand to replace offset
videoscommand to filter by game
- Support for specifying broadcast type when listing videos (#13)
- Support for downloading clips (#15)
- Fix VOD naming issue (#12)
- Nice console output while downloading
- Fix video downloads after Twitch deprecated access token access
- Don't print errors when retrying download, only if all fails
- Fix usage of deprecated v3 API
- Use m3u8 lib for parsing playlists
--keepoption not preserve downloaded VODs
- No changes, bumped to fix issue with pypi
videoscommand, allows paging (#7)
- Show video URL in
downloadcommand for specifying the output format (#6)
--versionoption for printing program version
- Allow limiting download by start and end time
- Initial release