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Save Twitter GIFs as MP4 without any add-on or service

codepo8 profile image Christian Heilmann Originally published at christianheilmann.com ・1 min read

When you want to save a GIF from Twitter, the interface plays a cruel joke on you. If you context-click the GIF you get a menu that states "Copy GIF address".

Copy GIF address context menu on Twitter

All it does though is copy a link to the tweet with the GIF in it, which is pretty pointless. Under the hood Twitter also converts any GIF to MP4 because it is a much more effective file format.

Knowing this, the easiest way to save the GIF is to open DevTools, go to the Console and type/copy:

window.open(document.querySelector('video').src)
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This opens the GIF as a video in a new tab and you can save it there as shown in this screencast:

saving a GIF from Twitter

Of course there are a myriad of web services, Twitter bots and other things that do the same for you and also in more advanced fashion, but I think it is always a very good idea to not trust any service that offers to save protected content from the web for you. I've seen far too many malware browser extensions in that arena.

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