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How to Download Vimeo Videos 2021

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Sep 02, 2021• Proven solutions

There might be instances when you wonder how to download the Vimeo video you like the most. An honest answer is, there is no simple way to obtain such clips from the streaming platform. And it’s not only the case with Vimeo, but even YouTube and many other similar platforms wouldn’t allow you to download videos that don’t belong to you from their servers due to copyright restrictions.

If you have seen the Download button under the video player, then you can click it to download the Vimeo video directly. But only Vimeo Plus and higher paid members can able the allow downloads option so viewers can download the video directly. So, you can know this by noticing that no online streaming website has the ‘Download’ button. Those which have any such button offer paid subscription, and the downloaded clips are available mostly for mobile platforms, that too merely for a certain time after which the content is automatically removed from your device.

However, there is still a workaround that you can go for to learn how to download Vimeo videos on your device.


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The author of this piece, the publisher, the owner of this website, and anyone directly or indirectly related to this content do not support or endorse piracy, and the methods given here to obtain the videos from Vimeo or any other similar platform are merely for information and educational purposes. The author of this piece, the publisher, the owner of this website, and anyone directly or indirectly related to this content are not responsible for any illegal activities performed by you or anyone else reading this in any manner whatsoever.

Part 1: How to Download Videos on Vimeo Without Any Software?

If you can read the basic source codes of a web page, this would be a piece of cake for you. On the other hand, those who are not from an IT background may find it challenging to understand all the gibberish characters that the codes a program or website has. Considering this, the following step-by-step instructions would teach how to download Vimeo videos without any issues:

Step 1: Obtain the Embedding Code and Open the Video in Vimeo Player

Go to the Vimeo video that you want to download, click the Share icon from the right side of the player window.

Vimeo Video Player Share

Copy the embedding code present under the Embed section of the Share this video box that opens up next, and paste the code in your preferred text editor (Notepad here).

download Vimeo Video Embed code

Next, copy the URL of the video with its ID from the embed code. (Note: The URL should look something like https://player.vimeo.come/video/572374008 where the numbers at the end are unique and are different for each video. Make sure to copy the code without double-quotes.). Open a new tab on the Chrome web browser, and paste the URL.

paste Vimeo Video Embed code

Step 2: Check the Available Video Resolutions

Click the Settings icon from the bottom-right area of the video player, click Quality from the menu that comes up, and notice all the resolutions available for the video. These figures will be helpful while downloading the video in your preferred quality.

Vimeo Video Player Settings

Step 3: View Page Source and Copy the Video URL

After noting the available resolutions, right-click anywhere inside the video player, and click View page source from the context menu. On the next page that opens up, press Ctrl + F, and in the input field, type the resolution of the video, e.g., 1080 for this illustration. Use the Up and Down icons on the Search/Find box to locate all the entries with the 1080 number.

Vimeo Video Player View Page Source

Here, make sure to look for the code that starts with {“profile”:123,”width”:1920,…. and has something like “quality”:1080 in it. In this code, width:1920 is important as it means that the height will be 1080. Once you locate this entry, in the same line, copy the URL that starts with https://vod-progressive. Ensure to copy the code up till .mp4.

Download Vimeo Video and locate video url

Step 4: Download the Video

Open a new tab in Chrome, in the address bar, paste the URL that you copied in the previous step, and hit Enter. As the video starts playing, right-click anywhere inside the player, click Save video as, and download Vimeo video to your computer.

Download Vimeo Video and save video as

You can also click the three-dot on the right bottom and select the Download option to download the Vimeo video directly.


Part 2: How to Download Vimeo Videos with Chrome Extension?

Extensions extend the capabilities of your Google Chrome web browser by installing many features that do not come along with the app as its default features. One such extension is Video Downloader for Vimeo that adds a ‘Download’ button to the browser when installed. You can learn how to install this extension, and then how to download Vimeo videos using it by following the instructions given below:

Step 1: Install the Video Downloader for Vimeo

Open Google Chrome, go to the Chrome extension page , and click Add to Chrome.

When the confirmation box appears, click Add extension to install the extension on your instance of Google Chrome.

Step 2: Download Vimeo Video

On Google Chrome itself, go to the Vimeo video that you want to download. Notice that a notification badge appears on the icon of the extension present at the top-right corner of the web browser, click the icon.

Download Vimeo Video with extension

Next, click the Download button and click your preferred video quality from the list that appears inside the same box to download Vimeo video in your selected resolution.

Download Vimeo Video with extension

Besides the extension mentioned above, you can also find more Chrome extensions for downloading Vimeo videos.


Part 3: How to Download Vimeo Videos Online Directly?

Although Vimeo doesn’t allow to download the copyright-protected videos to your PC, footages that don’t have such restrictions imposed upon them can be downloaded directly from the website without using any tweak, or installing any third-party app or extension on the web browser. You can learn how to download Vimeo videos directly by following the instructions given below:

Step 1: Check If the Vimeo Video Is Copyright Protected

Go to the Vimeo video that you want to download. From the bottom of the video player, check if the Download button is present. If you can see the button, it means that the video is not protected by copyright restrictions, and can be downloaded.

Step 2: Download the Video

Click Download, and when the Download box opens up, click the Download button representing the resolution you want to save the video in. Wait while the video is downloaded to your PC before you can watch it in offline mode.

Download Vimeo Video directly

Summary

Any video or other content that is available online is copyright protected, and you cannot steal it and use it for your monetary gains or other promotional or commercial purposes. However, if your intentions are good, and you want to download Vimeo video for educational reasons, you can either save the non-copyright protected video directly to your PC, use the source code method or exploit any of the available Chrome extensions for the copyright-protected ones to get the clip on your PC.

Pro Tip: If you want to record your videos and upload them to Vimeo or any of your favorite streaming media portals, you can try using Wondershare Filmora X to get the job done with perfection. More information about Vimeo video recording, you can check how to record Vimeo video.

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Shanoon Cox
Shanoon Cox is a writer and a lover of all things video.