The social network Vkontakte has gained immense popularity. Millions of people open it every day to watch educational, informative, scientific and just cool videos. But the broadcast stops when the connection to the Internet is lost. To prevent this from happening, you can download the video to your computer.
The most popular request on this topic, which my acquaintances regularly bombard me with, is how to download a video from VK online without programs, but in order to quickly and without viruses. And I know the answer to this question. Next, I'll tell you how you can do it.
- 1. Download video from VK via browser
- 2. Download without programs online, by link
- 2.1. GetVideo.org
- 2.2. Savefrom.net
- 3. Programs for downloading videos from VK
- 3.1. Vksaver
- 3.2. VKMusic
- 4. Browser add-ons
- 4.1. Video DownloadHelper
- 4.2. Add-on from Savefrom.net
- 5. How to download video from VK to phone
1. Download video from VK via browser
The easiest way is to use the mobile version of the site to save. This is done like this:
1. Go to the page for viewing the desired video. The address bar should contain an address like vk.com/video-121998492_456239018
2. Now enter the letter m in this address so that the beginning looks like this: m.vk.com/… In my example, it will turn out m.vk.com/video-121998492_456239018
3. Now press Enter to go to the mobile version.
4. Start video playback.
5. Right click on it and select 'Save Video As …'.
6. Specify the desired location and name for the file.
In such a simple way, you can download a video from VK without programs. Strictly speaking, we definitely used one – but the browser does not count.
Previously, another option worked: right-click on an arbitrary place on the page, select View element code, then on the Network tab, find the largest file and open it in a new tab. However, with the transition of VK to new types of broadcasting, it ceased to operate.
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2. Download without programs online, by link
Internet services allow you to download videos from VK online without programs via the link. No extra installations are required, no need to look for a working program – you can just take and save the file in a suitable format.
The main advantage of GetVideo.org – an online service and a program of the same name for Windows – is the maximum simplicity and ease of use.
The program interface will be understandable even to the most advanced user at an intuitive level. To download the desired video or audio file, you just need to make a couple of clicks.
Thanks to the program, it is possible to download videos from VKontakte, YouTube, Odnoklassniki, Vimeo, Instagram, etc. At the same time, GetVideo has a number of advantages that other programs cannot boast of. For example, it allows you to extract mp3 audio from any video posted on YouTube. You can download mp3 using the program of the same name for Windows.
It is important that during the download the user gets the opportunity to select the resolution of interest to him. You can also save videos in 4K resolution; the program will indicate the exact size of the file even before it starts downloading.
- high download speed, which starts instantly and goes faster than in similar Internet programs;
- no need to register, authorize on Vkontakte or carry out any other actions;
- support for the most popular formats and major video hosting sites hosting videos;
- Convenience and simplicity of the download manager;
- lack of intrusive advertising calling for the installation of some additional plugins and other software.
The client did not find any cons.
To work with the program you need:
- Copy the link to the video of interest from one of the well-known video hosting sites. In this case, the client himself will insert the address into the search bar of the program and will be ready to download the file.
- Select a folder to save the file to your computer, determine the resolution and desired size (from several suggested options).
- Start the download, which, if necessary, can be stopped by clicking on the 'Pause' button, and then resume by clicking on the 'Continue' button.
Also, the GetVideo program is able to find videos of interest by itself by the search query specified in the 'Insert link' line.
Those who download videos in large quantities and do it often enough should install the proprietary GetVideo program application at: getvideo.org/download. It will allow you to download large volumes in less time.
In addition, the program:
- will allow you to upload several videos at once;
- does not limit the duration of uploaded tracks;
- supports resolutions Full HD and Ultra HD, which are not available for download via the Internet service.
Installing GetVideo on your computer will require following simple instructions:
- You can download the program from the official website by clicking on the 'Download from server' button. Before that, you will need to accept the license agreement and uncheck the boxes that indicate the installation of additional programs.
- Then the installation starts. After its completion, you will need to restart your computer. And the program will be ready to go.
The most popular and, perhaps, the most convenient service of this kind is located at ru.savefrom.net.
- variety of download formats;
- supports not only VK, but also other sites;
- there are examples of use on the site itself;
- no need to pay for services.
- rather obtrusively suggests installing your own add-on (however, not so bad);
- does not always deliver the highest quality available.
How to use the service:
1. First, open the page with the desired video and copy the path to it from the address bar.
2. On the main page, in the input field, paste the link to the page with the video.
3. Wait for the video thumbnail and the button to select the quality.
4. Specify your preferred format. The download will start automatically.
3. Programs for downloading videos from VK
Programs are often even more convenient than services. They allow you to specify general quality settings for downloads, rather than selecting them individually. Some implement the mechanism of simultaneous loading of several videos. Finally, locally installed programs do not suffer from the influx of users to the service.
The official website is audiovkontakte.ru This program is most often remembered as the first one – not only because of its well-chosen name, but also for its ability to save multimedia files. Moreover, this popularity for many turned out sideways: the program began to be actively forged, spreading under its guise viruses that steal passwords from Vkontakte pages, etc. So you need to take it exclusively from the official website.
- sharpened specifically for working with VC;
- starts automatically at system startup, displays its icon in the system tray;
- adds convenient functionality for downloading videos.
- offers to change the browser home page, install Yandex Browser and Yandex panel, as well as Yandex browser manager;
- currently does not support working over a secure https connection.
It is recommended to close browsers during installation, since the program needs to configure integration with them. Also, the system may require confirmation of the installation, with which you must agree. If you don't want to change the settings (see cons), then be careful and uncheck all the boxes in the installer.
After installing VKSaver (at least for now) honestly warns that you will additionally need to change the Vkontakte settings and disable the constant use of a secure connection.
In the VK interface, this setting with the checkbox already unchecked looks like this.
Attention! Browsers can forcibly transfer VK to pages with https, so it will not be possible to start VKSaver normally – additional settings will be required that reduce your security on the network.
It is strongly discouraged to do this without a clear understanding of what you are doing and why you need it. If you don't want to risk it, you'd better use another download program.
The program is simple in operation:
- Navigate to the video you want to download.
- Find the blue icon labeled S. This is the button that VKSaver adds. Click on it.
- The download information page will open. You can customize the quality you want. Then click 'Download', select a location to save and wait for completion.
The official website is vkmusic.citynov.ru This program has a love for detail and a desire for simplicity. VKMusic provides a ton of settings and at the same time does a great job of downloading videos.
- simple control;
- choice of quality;
- flexible settings;
- convenient search;
- can be loaded as a list;
- you can download music, videos and even photos.
There were no minuses other than the traditional trailer with Yandex pieces. Make sure you uncheck the boxes when installing.
The program works quietly over HTTPS, downloads quickly and flawlessly – what else do you need? In my opinion, the best remedy at the moment.
When launched, it displays a window with links to tutorials. It is very convenient for beginners, and an experienced user can find out some details. If you check the box, then the next time you turn on the window will no longer appear.
Here's how to work with the program:
1. Go to the page of the video you want to download and copy the link to it from the address bar. Now in the main VKMusic window click on the 'Add' button. A list will open where you can add video addresses. Paste the copied address into it.
Life hack: boldly copy and paste several addresses in a row. The program supports downloading many files at once, so there will be no problems with this.
2. If this is the first launch, a window will appear asking for authorization. Enter your data (phone or e-mail, password) and click the Login button.
3. At the next step, you will need to specify the quality in which you want to save the file. You can click 'Choose Best' so you don't have to think about choosing. However, the higher the quality, the longer the download will take.
4. The program will ask where to put the download results. Specify the desired folder and click the 'Accept' button.
5. Wait for the download to finish. Everything, you can enjoy watching the video without visiting the site.
I will add a few words about the program's features. Firstly, it's a great menu. If you open the Vkontakte item, you can see a selection of popular places. Very comfortably.
Secondly, the ability to configure various parameters, from folders for files to a choice of formats and hot keys (in case you need to download a hundred or two videos). You can also change authorization there if the videos are in personal files of different VK users.
I will summarize: in the category of how to download videos from Vkontakte to a computer, the VKMusic program is the best that is now on the Internet.
4. Browser add-ons
Add-ons integrate into the browser and allow you to easily download videos without launching additional programs.
4.1. Video DownloadHelper
I already wrote about the Video DownloadHelper plugin in the article on downloading from YouTube. It also works for Vkontakte, however, only in the browsers Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox – these are the options that are offered on the add-on page www.downloadhelper.net.
- works in VK and beyond;
- supports various formats;
- with additional codecs, you can change the format right when downloading;
- easily downloads multiple videos;
- for fine-tuning, you need to know English (no need for a simple download);
- sometimes it will offer to send money for food to the developers (decide for yourself whether to send or not);
- does not work in all browsers (in the same Opera does not).
The plugin is very easy to work with:
- Install it in your browser from the official website.
- Open the page with the video you like.
- Click the plugin button on the toolbar and select the appropriate file format.
The download will start after specifying the location where you want to save the file.
By the way, this is how you can download a video from VK from messages – the plugin does not care about the source, as long as the video can be played.
4.2. Add-on from Savefrom.net
On Savefrom.net, in addition to downloading directly, it is also proposed to install an add-on for the browser. First, you need to download it from the main page of the resource, then install it. During the installation process, I recommend unchecking the ubiquitous Yandex services.
Attention! This add-on is based on TamperMonkey scripts. Scripting is a powerful tool that must be used with care. Refuse to install scripts that cause you even the slightest doubt, for example, if you do not know where this squeak came from.
After installation, you will need to enable scripting.
With the add-on, downloading becomes very simple:
1. Open the video page, click the 'Download' button under the video.
2. Select the desired format and click on it.
3. The download will start automatically, by default in the same folder where the files are saved in the browser.
5. How to download video from VK to phone
If you have a computer at hand, you can simply download the video to it in any of the ways described above, and then send the file to your smartphone. How to do this, I described in the article about downloading from YouTube.
When using a mobile browser, Savefrom.net will also work. By the way, the mobile version looks very simple, no unnecessary details – well done, developers!
Finally, let me remind you of the safety rules. Ideally, you should not enter the password for your Vkontakte account anywhere other than the official website. Just for the reason that it can be stolen by unscrupulous downloader developers. I recommend creating a separate account for this, which you will not mind losing.
Write your opinion about these options in the comments. And if you know something better than VKMusic – be sure to share with me!