Download all Vimeo videos

When I started making programming videos, I didn’t put too much thought into organizing them. I didn’t organize them into directories; I didn’t even name them right. My focus was on just getting the next video out.

As you can imagine, this turned into a mess over the two years I’ve been making videos.

Today I decided to delete everything on my local machine and download my videos from Vimeo.

While you can easily download a video from your Vimeo dashboard, I couldn’t find a way of downloading all my videos. So I turned to external help: youtube-dl.

This tool is fantastic. If you haven’t starred it yet on GitHub, please do.

Its name suggests that it only works with youtube videos, but it also works with Vimeo. And you can easily download ALL your videos; you don’t have to do it one by one.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Install youtube-dl; it works on Linux, Windows & Mac OS.
  2. Make all your Vimeo videos public and downloadable. You can easily do that by loading all your videos, selecting them, and then editing their privacy options in bulk.
  3. Open your terminal, navigate to wherever you want to download the videos, and run:
    youtube-dl https://vimeo.com/your-username
  4. Profit! The tool will download the raw version of all your public videos.
  5. Turn your videos back to private.

youtube-dl is amazingly good.

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