How To Batch Download Coursera Lecture Videos In A Few Clicks

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MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) like Udacity, edX and Coursera have taken the world of online education by storm with their high quality, collaborative, work-when-you-want style of study. Coursera in particular is quite popular because it curates courses from multiple world-class universities. You can take up all sorts of courses: from Survey of Music Technology to advanced Computer Science programs like Design and Analysis of Algorithms.

If, like me, you are the sort of person who doesn’t have the time to get completely involved with a course, and just want to go through the videos to expand your theoretical knowledge of things, you’ll be glad to know that there is a program you can use for batch-downloading all Coursera lecture videos in a course, so you can watch them offline during your daily commute or whenever convenient to you.

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DownThemAll is a popular extension for Firefox that can be used to download all lecture videos in a free course you’ve signed up for in a few steps. To get started, you must, of course, install the Firefox browser. After that, head over to the link provided at the end of this post in order to download and install DownThemAll.

Once you’ve met these prerequisites, log in to a course on Coursera and navigate to its Video Lectures page. From there, right-click on the page and choose DownThemAll! It will open a new window that looks like this:

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From here, you can use filters to choose just .mp4 files and then hit Start! to begin the download process.

We’ve tried multiple ways for batch-downloading Coursera video lectures, but this one is by far the easiest of the bunch. If you are command-line savvy, you can also check out the ‘coursera-dl’ script from its GitHub page here. It requires you to install Python 2.7 on your computer along with a tool called PIP, before you can execute the program with required arguments from the system terminal. I didn’t find it easy to use, so we skipped on writing a full section on it but it’s there for those of you who are interested.

Another alternative is Coursera Viewer for Windows 8 and RT. It’s a $2.99 download from the Windows Store. With it, you can batch-download, view and manage all your Coursera videos.

Install DownThemAll for Firefox

Got your own favorite method for batch-downloading Coursera.org videos? Let us know about it in the comments section below.

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  • aristarkhos

    This should also be possible by way of browser extensions, right? Like Video DownloadHelper

    • sylarko

      Yes, I think it’s also possible with many of download managers like IDM or another browser extensions.

  • Daniel Gomez

    Hi, I tried & follow all the steps, but when app download the “videos” of fact was so fast, I only found in the folder a list of webpage links!! 🙁 I do not if I did the correct steps but this app did not work!

  • ohwell

    This stoped working for me, the pdfs download but the selected mp4 files don’t download a signin.html file instead of the actual video. It used to work a while ago, not sure what changed or if there is a way around it.

    • Ilmono

      In my experience, if you close the browser or the coursera webpages, the download fails, something related to cookies I guess.

  • xyz

    after download pdf or mp4 from coursera class, both file can’t open, pdf file error is damaged and mp4 file the viewer can’t recognized the format,…

  • Lin

    Worked like a charm for me, thanks! 🙂

  • Sreejith

    Thank you very much for the information!!!

  • It didn’t work for me too. It could only download html files without actual videos. Or am I doing something wrong?

  • getuper

    You
    may also use Allavsoft which can easily and batch Download Videos from Coursera to MP4, AVI, WMV etc

  • this information is useful, thanks for posting…

  • Lily Lucky

    Have you tried Allavsoft which can batch download coursera lecture videos directly to any video format like MP4, AVI, etc.
    It also helps to download video courses from Lynda, DigitalTutors, CruncyRoll, Udemy etc.