Command-line tool for downloading videos from

Inspired by youtube-dl. Adds twitch-specific features and uses concurrent connections to make the download faster.


Quick start

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

or by ID

twitch-dl download 1418494769

Download a clip by URL

twitch-dl download

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.

Prerequisite: FFmpeg

FFmpeg is used to join vods into a single video file.

To check if FFmpeg is available, run:

ffmpeg -version

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.

Option 1: Download standalone archive

Go to the latest release and download the twitch-dl.<version>.pyz archive.

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 twitch-dl.

To upgrade to a newer version, repeat the process with the newer release.

Option 2: Install from PYPI using pipx

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.

Install twitch-dl:

pipx install twitch-dl

Check installation worked:

twitch-dl --version

If twitch-dl executable is not found, check that the pipx binary location (by default ~/.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:

twitch-dl --help

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.

videosList videos from a channel.
clipsList clips from a channel.
downloadDownload a video or clip.
infoPrint info for a video or clip.

twitch-dl download

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 mkv.
-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

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

Overriding the target file name

The target filename can be defined by passing the --output option followed by the desired file name, e.g. --output strim.mkv.

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. --output "{date}_{id}.{format}".

The supported placeholders are:

{id}Video ID1255522958
{title}Video titleDark Souls 3 First playthrough
{title_slug}Slugified video titledark_souls_3_first_playthrough
{datetime}Video date and time2022-01-07T04:00:27Z
{date}Video date2022-01-07
{time}Video time04:00:27Z
{channel}Channel nameKatLink
{channel_login}Channel loginkatlink
{format}File extension, see --formatmkv
{game}Game nameDark Souls III
{game_slug}Slugified game namedark_souls_iii
{slug}Clip slug (clips only)AbrasivePlacidCatDxAbomb

A couple of examples:

Pattern{date}_{id}_{channel_login}_{title_slug}.{format} (default)
Expands to2022-01-07_1255522958_katlink_dark_souls_3_first_playthrough.mkv

Pattern{channel} - {game} - {title}.{format}
Expands toKatLink - Dark Souls III - Dark Souls 3 First playthrough.mkv

Downloading subscriber-only VODs

To download sub-only VODs, you need to find your auth token. It can be found using your browser, in a cookie named auth_token.

  1. Open in your browser and make sure you're logged in.
  2. Open developer tools (F12 shortcut in Firefox and Chrome).
  3. Open the Storage tab on Firefox, or Application tab in Chrome.
  4. Click on Cookies in the sidebar.
  5. Find the auth-token cookie in the list and copy it's value.

How to find the auth token in dev tools

The auth token will be a 30 character long string of random letters and numbers, something like iduetx4i107rn4b9wrgctf590aiktv. Then you can pass this to the download command:

twitch-dl download 221837124 --auth-token iduetx4i107rn4b9wrgctf590aiktv

twitch-dl videos

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 --pager.
-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 time. Possible values: views, time.
-t, --type Broadcast type. Defaults to archive. Possible values: archive, highlight, upload.
-p, --pager Print videos in pages. Ignores --limit. Defaults to 10.


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

twitch-dl clips

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 --pager.
-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 all_time. Possible values: last_day, last_week, last_month, all_time.
-p, --pager Number of clips to show per page. Disabled by default.

Listing clips

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 --debug flag.

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.

twitch-dl info

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

twitch-dl env

Print environment information for inclusion in bug reports.


twitch-dl env 

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]

On Windows:

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)]


Temporary files

By default, twitch-dl will download VODs to your systems temp dir (e.g. /tmp/ on Linux). To change the location where the files are downloaded you can set the TMP environment variable, e.g.

TMP=/my/tmp/path/ twitch-dl download 221837124


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twitch-dl changelog

2.1.1 (2022-11-20)

  • Fix Python 3.7 compatibility (#117, thanks @eliduvid)
  • Fix default value for game_ids (#102, thanks @FunnyPocketBook)

2.1.0 (2022-11-20)

  • Add chapter list to info command
  • Add download --chapter option for downloading a single chapter

2.0.1 (2022-09-09)

  • Fix an issue where a temp vod file would be renamed while still being open, which caused an exception on Windows (#111)

2.0.0 (2022-08-18)

This release switches from using requests to 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.
  • Add --rate-limit option to download for limiting maximum bandwidth when downloading.
  • Add --compact option to download for displaying one video per line.
  • Allow passing multiple video ids to download to 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 -w option. Please test and report back if this works for you.

1.22.0 (2022-06-25)

  • Add support for downloading subscriber-only VODs (#48, thanks @cemiu)

1.21.0 (2022-02-27)

  • Add env command for printing environment info for attaching to bug reports

1.20.0 (2022-02-25)

  • Add --json option to videos command (#92, thanks @miff2000)
  • Add --all option to videos and clips commands to list all clips or videos in one go.
  • Modify how --pager works, will make multiple requests if needed to show all available items, ignoring --limit.

1.19.0 (2022-02-05)

  • Add support for downloading audio only (#10)

1.18.1 (2022-02-05)

  • Fix issues with output formats (#87, #89)
  • Fix issues when downloading clip with no game set (#78)
  • Add option to use clip slug in --output format

1.18.0 (2022-01-25)

  • Add --output option to download command which allows setting output file template (#70)
  • Ask to overwrite before downloading to avoid later prompt

1.17.1 (2022-01-19)

  • Upgrade m3u8 lib to 1.0.0+

1.17.0 (2021-12-03)

  • Fix speed calculation when resuming download (#75, thanks CroquetteTheThe)
  • Add artist and title metadata to resulting video (#80)

1.16.1 (2021-07-31)

  • Fix compat with older versions of python (#71)

1.16.0 (2021-06-09)

  • Fix clips download caused by Twitch changes (#64, thanks to all participants)

1.15.0 (2021-02-15)

  • Add support for new format of clip slug (thanks @Loveangel1337)

1.14.1 (2021-01-14)

  • Handle videos which don't exist more gracefully

1.14.0 (2021-01-14)

  • Added info command 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)

1.13.1 (2020-11-23)

  • Fixed clip download issue (#45)

1.13.0 (2020-11-10)

  • Added clips command for listing and batch downloading clips (#26)

1.12.1 (2020-09-29)

  • Fix bug introduced in previous version which broke joining

1.12.0 (2020-09-29)

  • Added source as alias for best available quality (#33)
  • Added --no-join option to download to skip ffmpeg join (#36)
  • Added --overwrite option to download to overwrite target without prompting for confirmation (#37)
  • Added --pager option to videos, don't page by default (#30)

1.11.0 (2020-09-03)

  • Make downloading more robust, fixes issues with some VODs (#35)
  • Bundle twitch-dl to a standalone archive, simplifying installation, see installation instructions in README

1.10.2 (2020-08-11)

  • Fix version number displayed by twitch-dl --version (#29)

1.10.1 (2020-08-09)

  • Fix videos incorrectly identified as clips (#28)
  • Make download command work with video URLs lacking 'www' before ''
  • Print an error when video or clip is not found instead of an exception trace

1.10.0 (2020-08-07)

  • Add --quality option to download command, 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 videos command (it was missing /videos/)

1.9.0 (2020-06-10)

  • Breaking: wrongly named --max_workers option changed to --max-workers. The shorthand option -w remains the same.
  • Fix bug where videos command would crash if there was no game info (#21)
  • Allow unicode characters in filenames, no longer strips e.g. cyrillic script

1.8.0 (2020-05-17)

  • Fix videos command (#18)
  • Breaking: videos command no longer takes the --offset parameter due to API changes
  • Add paging to videos command to replace offset
  • Add --game option to videos command to filter by game

1.7.0 (2020-04-25)

  • Support for specifying broadcast type when listing videos (#13)

1.6.0 (2020-04-11)

  • Support for downloading clips (#15)

1.5.1 (2020-04-11)

  • Fix VOD naming issue (#12)
  • Nice console output while downloading

1.5.0 (2020-04-10)

  • Fix video downloads after Twitch deprecated access token access
  • Don't print errors when retrying download, only if all fails

1.4.0 (2019-08-23)

  • Fix usage of deprecated v3 API
  • Use m3u8 lib for parsing playlists
  • Add --keep option not preserve downloaded VODs

1.3.1 (2019-08-13)

  • No changes, bumped to fix issue with pypi

1.3.0 (2019-08-13)

  • Add --sort and --offset options to videos command, allows paging (#7)
  • Show video URL in videos command output

1.2.0 (2019-07-05)

  • Add --format option to download command for specifying the output format (#6)
  • Add --version option for printing program version

1.1.0 (2019-06-06)

  • Allow limiting download by start and end time

1.0.0 (2019-04-30)

  • Initial release