How to download or save a Vimeo video to your computer

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

Vimeo logoVimeo is a collection of high-quality films, videos, and animations from people all around the world. You may want to save your favorite videos to your computer so you can watch them without being connected to the Internet or mobile devices. Below are the steps required for downloading and watching Vimeo videos on your computer for free.

Download within Vimeo

Download VimeoUnlike most video services, many of the videos on Vimeo can be downloaded using the download button below the video (as shown in the picture to the right. If this button is available, click the button to view available formats that can be downloaded. In our example, we can download either a Mobile SD or SD version of the video.

Saving a Vimeo video using another servic

There are also third-party websites that allow you to enter the URL of the video you want to save to your computer and get a link to download the file. Below is a simple three-step process to download any Vimeo video.

Note: If you are at a school or job that is blocking Vimeo, these steps may not work.

1. First, go to Vimeo and navigate to the video you want to save. When you've found the page, press Ctrl+L on your keyboard to highlight the text in the address bar, and then Ctrl+C to copy the Internet address.

2. Once this address has been copied, paste that URL into the text field below by clicking inside the box and pressing Ctrl+V on your keyboard. Then, click the Download Video button.

3. If done properly, a new window will appear displaying a preview of the video, (similar to the one shown below) along with the Download links. For most users, we suggest downloading the MP4 format. Other available formats may include FLV, 3GP, and WebM. Once you have selected your format, click the appropriate download link.

YouTube download window

After the file has been downloaded, it will be available in your downloads folder.

I still can't download a video

If after following the above steps, you do not get a preview like our example, make sure that the link you are using works by opening the page in a new window. Once verified as working, try the above steps again. If the steps continue to not work, try refreshing this page by pressing the F5 key on your keyboard and following the above steps again. If that still does not work you can try installing a utility to download videos on Windows, Linux, and Apple macOS X computers.

It is only saving as audio and not video

Make sure you are choosing the "MP4 360p" or "MP4 480p" option from the download link. If you choose "Audio MP4 128," it only downloads the audio and not the video. If you did choose the right download link to download the file, it is very likely that the player you are using does not have the necessary codec for video files. Download the free VLC player for your computer and try to play the video file from within VLC and not the player you are currently using.

Vimeo bookmarklet, browser add-ons, and extensions

If you plan on downloading several videos, you can also use the Computer Hope bookmarklet. See our bookmarklet page for more information about bookmarklets. There are also browser add-ons for Firefox and extensions for Google Chrome to download videos from video sites.

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