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How to download Vimeo videos

How to download Vimeo videos

Figuring out how to download Vimeo videos is a great way to preserve high quality content. Vimeo is a great source for highly produced artistic videos with a much more film-like nature than what you find on YouTube. 

But if want to hold onto one of those clips, say, in a safe external drive where they can't be deleted, you probably want to know how to download Vimeo videos.

And while some videos have their own download buttons (a setting the content creator enables), not all of them offer it. Fortunately for you, it's really pretty easy to download stuff off Vimeo that the creators don't want you to take.

How to download Vimeo videos

how to download vimeo videos — get URL

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1. On the web, copy the address from the video's page

You could also right-click and copy a video link in Vimeo search results.

how to download vimeo videos — get url in app

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2. Or get the address from the share sheet

Your Vimeo share sheet may look different.

how to download vimeo videos - open vimeo-downloader

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3. Open vimeo-downloader in a web browser.

All of the sites that do this sort of thing are a little sketchy, so make sure you're careful about not agreeing to notifications.

how to download vimeo videos - paste address in

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4. Paste the URL into the video address field

how to download vimeo videos - click submit

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5. Click Submit

And close any pop-up windows for anything like "Download Ready FREE Multy App Search."

how to download vimeo videos - right click and save as

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Or, long-press on your phone.

how to download vimeo videos — click Save

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7. Confirm download

Feel free to rename the movie file.

how to download vimeo videos - download in progress

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7. Your video should start downloading

how to download vimeo videos — locate your download

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8. Locate your finished download

You've mastered how to download Vimeo videos. But seriously, support artists.

A note about protected videos

Vimeo uses Digital Rights Management tools so that video scraping applications, like the one we'll use, cannot pull paywalled content.

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Instead, such attempts will get you the trailer for the paid video, not the paid video itself. I tested this out on an event from wXwNOW, a subscription service for a German wrestling promotion that is hosted by Vimeo.

Regarding Vimeo's Terms of Service

One bit of heads-up about the process: because Vimeo doesn't want you to download the clips, you'll need to think twice before doing this too often. I didn't see any rules about saving videos without Vimeo's consent in its guidelines section, but that kind of action may be so obviously against its wishes that they may take action without warning.

Admittedly, this would likely require hundreds or thousands of instances of video stealing, as this kind of thing is rather common.

Henry T. Casey

Henry is an editor writer at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and Apple. Prior to joining Tom's Guide — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and looking for the headphone adapter that he unplugged from his iPhone.