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How to Save An Embedded Vimeo Video to Your Computer



I know how incredibly frustrating it can be to not be able to save raw video files to your desktop for your own personal use.

I’ve paid for handfuls of courses over the years and it always frustrated me that I had to be online at a computer or streaming the content through my smartphone in order to access the content.

With this simple hack I’ve been able to save raw .mp4 video files to my desktop from embedded vimeo videos.

Looking at the web code may be a little daunting at first, but…

50 Comments on How to Save An Embedded Vimeo Video to Your Computer

  1. Thank you so very much! It still works in 2018, September.

  2. Really useful. I used jDownloader but this is WAY faster. Thanks

  3. First video I watched on how to do this, and it works perfectly – thank you!

  4. not working december 2018

  5. awesome….thank you so much it worked…..lots of love for you

  6. Thanks! it worked perfectly

  7. worked great for me!!! thanks

  8. im trying to download a VHX video.
    help please

  9. Thanks your vid helped a lot . but things must have changed or Mac read it different .. ( I doubt that . )

    How to Save An Embedded Vimeo Video to Your Computer

    For Macintosh

    Safari – First time I tried it worked … came back several days later it did not . Could not figure it out – do not think it can be done
    Code is in one long line you can not wrap it .

    For Macintosh

    Chrome – Best one
    FireFOX Second – See notes
    In FIrefox you have to hunt a little more

    Steps:
    Go to page that has embed video
    Open the source code of the website with the embedded video

    Finder – Edit – Find – Find
    and search “ vimeo “
    There will be 4 of them

    click on it or copy past to new browser
    ( look for the one with Player in it .)
    THE 4th one is GOOD.
    The other 3 give you source code that will not have the correct .mp4 URL for a down load

    New widow opens up with Vimeo embedded video being the only item – most of the screen
    Open the source code of the website with the embedded video
    Finder – Edit – Find – Find ( right mouse click – View Page Source )
    and search for “ .mp4 “
    If you find more than 4 you have pulled up code from the wrong embedded video .
    It must have the http:// fdpl

    Read closely there are 4 different down load

    Copy paste : HTTPS to the next quotation – copy between quotation

    This will take you to the video on the page ONLY .
    Now you can download

    RIght mouse click or – File – Save Page As
    Rename and download

    The Rez for the size of file will be at the end of the URL Http .
    55 min vid
    "cdn":"fastly","quality":"360p"
    is 272 MB

    n":"fastly","quality":"720p"
    1.3 gig

    cdn":"fastly","quality":"540p",

    is 699 MB

    Firefox …. use same procedure to go to

    Firefox go to video then page source .
    Search .mp4 will get you a Http//gcs file

    It will work

    OR you can do
    Right mouse click – This Frame – View Frame Source
    search “ .mp4 “
    then look for the Http ::// fdpl code

    copy paste into browser then download

  10. Safari – First time I tried it worked … came back several days later it did not . Could not figure it out – do not think it can be done
    I worked with it quite a while ….

  11. LEGEND. Thank you!

  12. doesnt work anymore, to old

  13. awesome. still correct. Tks u so much

  14. Excellent! Works on multiple browsers!

  15. Amazing!!! Thank you!!!

  16. Thank you so much – worked correctly and quickly – allowed me to save a memorial posted of a friend's passing – I appreciate the clear instructions on how to do this.

  17. but it shows 10 thousand vimeo words in the page source

  18. Great video, it works! I was trying for a long time to download a video from vimeo and I couldn't. Thank you very much!

  19. I'm trying to get the Uma Thurman MV back on youtube.. :p

  20. Thank you needed some resources for my students

  21. I've tried everything but failed, But You Sir You Are The Man!!!! Thank You!

  22. Did you post the video about how to download from vimeo with private settings that make we unable to download through this method yet??? Please??

  23. That worked. Thanks man!

  24. Dude, thank you so much! This works so well, and I don't even do code 😀 😀 😀 😀 LIFESAVER!!!

  25. Can I be traced by the owner if I download the password protected vimeo video?

  26. Brilliant! thank you

  27. ooh man, you're great, be my savior, thanks, very very thanks =)

  28. awesome thank you so much!

  29. Dude – excellent video. Short and to the point. Worked like a charm.

  30. Thank you! This video really helped me out 🙂

  31. Holy crap this actually worked. You need Chrome It has the save button when you play the video. For some reason copy pasting the code into a download manager doesnt work but this does Thanks a lot m8

  32. I used a Firefox extension to download the video and it doesnt download the audio. I don't know but it seems vimeo has changed the way its streaming videos. It is streaming it in individual chunks with the audio in a separate file and then playing the two together simultaniously

  33. I get "Sorry, Because of its privacy settings, this video cannot be played here." on the page … and there is no mp4 in the source…

  34. I don't have one instance of "vimeo" I have 301. Now what?

  35. how use viemo video player in my website

  36. Worked for me in a different way. In the "page source" code page, after finding vimeo, select the link and open in a new tab will directly lead to a standalone page with the video. Then you can download! Don't click the link as you will be shown " sorry, due to privacy setting, the video could't be played here."

  37. Thank you! I was able to do this in less than 3 minutes. very helpful.

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