How To Download Private Vimeo Videos on Mac


Download Private Vimeo videos.

Downloading videos online is just as important as streaming, since you would probably want to reward such videos later on be it tutorials, lecture clips or entertainment videos.

For that, in this article we will be discussing how to download private Vimeo videos on Mac.

In our previous post, we talked about the top free and easiest ways to download Vimeo videos on Mac however, we did not cover private videos in the article.

Vimeo videos ordinarily has a download button which you can click on to download the video if it is set to public but in some cases some Vimeo videos are set to private. These private videos do not have the download button.

By the end of this tutorial, with simple and easy tricks, you will be able to download such private Vimeo videos without using any software, chrome extension or any video downloader tool.

Lets process to the steps right away.

How to Download Private Vimeo Videos on Mac

Follow the following steps attentively in order to learn how to download private Vimeo videos on your Mac devices.

Inspect the video Page

To be able to download the video private video of your choice we will have to find the video direct URL and to do this, you have to inspect to video page and view the source code.

Right-click anywhere on the page and select “Inspect”.

Go to the Sources Tab

The next step in this tutorial is to go to the “Sources” tab and select it. This will reveal all the list of files. If you don’t see the “Sources” tab, click on the >> button, this will reveal the “Sources” tab.

Refresh the video page

Sometimes the files do not show up on the sources tab so you should just go and refresh the video page to bring out those files in the sources tab.

Find the 9-digit numbered folder

In the sources tab you will find a 9-digit numbered folder, this file contains all the video URLs in the Vimeo page. Refresh the page again if you can’t find this file.

Open ‘

Now that you have successfully found the 9-digit numbered folder, in it is a folder named ‘’. All you have to do in this step is to expand the 9-digit folder, expand the ‘’ folder and finally open the ‘video’ folder to reveal another file which contains all the video download links.

Save the Vimeo file as .txt

The next step is to Right-click on the file inside the ‘video’ folder and select “Save as…”.

This file contains all the video download links as said in the previous step. Save the file as a “.txt” file so that your text editor can read it. I prefer using Notepad and for that I used it in this tutorial, you can use your favorite text editor.

Open the .txt file Downloaded above in your text editor preferably Notepad and then proceed to the next step.

Search and find the hidden Vimeo video URL

Now that we have opened our Vimeo video.txt file in a text editor, It is finally time to search and find the private Vimeo video URL hidden inside this text file. To find this hidden URL, I recommend you use the search function in order to speed up the whole process.

Simply Press CMD+F for the search box to pop out.

Search for your desired video quality

Type your desired video quality in the search box and search. This will highlight all the URLs containing the search term. So all you have to do is to find the URL ending with .mp4, select it and copy it.

When you have copied the URL ending with .mp4 (make sure it is the one that contains your desired video quality since there will be other URLs with different video quality there), you can now proceed to the next step.

Save your private Vimeo video

After you have copied the .mp4 url successfully, paste it in your browser, press enter and allow the Vimeo video to load.

Let the video play for 2-3 seconds and then right-click on the video and select “Save video as…”.

You can thereafter rename the video and hit the “Save” button to start the download.

Immediately the private Vimeo video will start downloading and it will be saved to your default download folder.


That’s all you need to be able to download private Vimeo videos on your Mac. You can also download embedded Vimeo videos from any website using the same trick.

Let us know if you encounter any difficult in the course of this tutorial and also don’t forget to share.

How to download private Vimeo videos on Mac


Can I download a video from Vimeo?

Of course Yes, If the video is set to public, there will be a download button for the video. Just Click the “Download” button to download the video in a .MP4 format.
However, if a video is set to private, there won’t be a download option under the video.

How do I download a private Vimeo video?

Copy the video URL from the correct file and paste the URL into your browser to save the video. Follow the above steps or watch the video tutorial to understand better.

How can I download a protected video from a website?

To download protected videos, Finding the URL from the source code and follow the steps above to download private videos.

#how to download Vimeo videos not available for download

#download private Vimeo videos mac

#how to download video from Vimeo in chrome

Leave a Reply

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Privacy & Cookies Policy
Follow us on Social Media