How To Download Videos from Crunchyroll

Posted by Robert Hayes on July 31, 2019

Anime fans are well aware of the existence of Crunchyroll, probably the world’s foremost anime site. Crunchyroll is a prime destination for watching Japanese anime in HD, and probably has more streaming anime content than any other site. Many of the shows are available for free, while other shows require a Crunchyroll subscription, available for $7.99/month with a 2-week free trial. However, as with many streaming services, there are times when users want to actually download content to their own devices rather than rely on an Internet connection. Perhaps you don’t have WiFi at home, or are going to be in an area with no service for some time and want to take some quality anime with you. Regardless of why you need to download videos from Crunchyroll, in this article I will show you several ways to do it.

First, a caveat: downloading video from Crunchyroll is against their Terms of Service, and may be against the law in your jurisdiction. Be aware of the risks before you decide to download anything.

Downloading Video

I had mixed success and failure in my tests using these tools. Crunchyroll, like most streaming services, doesn’t want people downloading their content, and regularly takes steps to block websites and apps that offer downloading services. You may have to experiment yourself and mix things up to find a service that will work reliably.

Video Grabber

Video Grabber is a web app that can download from many different sites, Crunchyroll included. Just enter the URL of the Crunchyroll video you want to download and press the Download button. Videos download in MP4 format. If Video Grabber can’t download the file, you can use its Screen Recording feature to play the video on the Crunchyroll site and capture it as it plays. That’s less than ideal, but better than nothing.

Flash Video Downloader

Flash Video Downloader is a Chrome extension that works even on videos that don’t use Flash. I had mixed success with this extension. Some videos would download flawlessly while others didn’t. There seemed to be no pattern to what worked and what didn’t either.

Crunchyroll Downloader

Crunchyroll Downloader is an app that runs on Windows or Mac. There is a free trial version that you can test. Operation is very simple – put the URL in, hit the download button, and away you go.

Windows screen recorder

If you use Windows 10, you may not even know that there is a screen recorder built in. It has been there for a while now but unless you’re a gamer, you might not have noticed. You can use a screen recorder to record any Crunchyroll video you watch on that computer.

  1. Select the Game Bar from your Windows Start menu.
  2. Select Game Capture and then Record.
  3. Set a save location and record the Crunchyroll video.

If you have a stock install of Windows 10 you should also be able to use Windows Key + G to instantly load the game bar.

Mac screen recorder

Mac also has a screen recorder built in that you can use to record anything that happens on screen.

  1. Hit Shift + Command + 5 to bring up the recording dialog.
  2. Play the Crunchyroll video.
  3. Select Record from the dialog and enjoy the movie.
  4. Press Record again once finished.

Do you know any other ways to download videos from Crunchyroll? Tell us about them below if you do!

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