If you need Twitch broadcasts on PC for YouTube compilation or for offline viewing, here’s how to download videos and highlights.
While Twitch might be about streaming live content, sometimes you might want to download your own highlights or complete broadcasts for YouTube compilation (or just for memories – we’re not the ones who judge).
Here’s how to activate this option in your Twitch settings, with a step-by-step screenshot. For further Twitch advice, see our guide to starting streaming, how to host someone on Twitch and how to stream directly from your Nintendo Switch.
Download your own Twitch broadcasts and highlights
If you want to track your own stream – maybe making a YouTube compilation – then first you need to save your previous Twitch broadcast. After you sign in to your account on Twitch, this is what you need to do.
- Head to the top right corner and select ‘Settings’ in the drop down menu
- Click on the ‘Channels and Videos’ tab
- Switch ‘Save past broadcasts’ to active
This option will automatically save your stream to your channel for 14 days if you are just starting on Twitch or Twitch Affiliates. If you are a Twitch Partner, a Turbo or Prime user, this will be stored for 60 days.
After that, here’s how to download your own Twitch video:
- Click on your profile picture in the upper right corner and select ‘Video Producer’ and this will take you to your old saved broadcast
- Click on the three dots next to the video you want and select ‘Download’
You can also video clips directly on Twitch if you only want to download parts of the video rather than all of them. Do this by clicking ‘Highlights’, editing the segment you want and then clicking ‘Publish’.
After uploading, you can download this directly to your PC, and you can remove the highlight from your channel if you don’t want it to enter under your public video.
Another way to save your old broadcasts is to record locally on your computer. OBS actually offers a record button right next to the flow button, so you can click both when displayed.
Note that OBS automatically exports videos to MKV files that are not compatible with Adobe video editing software, so you might need to convert them to other file types.
Other broadcasting software that has recording features includes Streamlabs and XSplit.
How to download other people’s streams
Twitch does not currently offer the option to download streamer content on the platform. If you want to do this, then you will have an eask streamer if they can send you their own personal downloads, or download their videos through third-party software.
Twitch Leecher is an easy-to-use software for doing this and is recommended by many users, and I have also tested it. Download and install the file to your PC, then launch the application. To download certain highlights or videos, you can enter a channel name and date, enter the URL or video ID (which can be found at the URL).
Please note that you should always ask for streamer permission before downloading anything, and again ask if you want to upload videos (maybe if you want Mod and want to manage YouTube channels). Don’t download anyone’s content without their prior knowledge.