How to Download Udemy Courses On Your Computer in 2022

How to Download Udemy Courses On Your Computer in 2022
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Something that every one of us faces while travelling to various places is poor network connectivity and slow internet. I recently went on a trip to Meghalaya through Assam and during my train ride, I had quite a bit of free time. So I thought I'd open up Udemy and attend a course I had recently enrolled myself in. Could I listen to any lecture? NO. Anyway, I figured this is something many people face. So here's a guide on how you can download Udemy courses to your computer for personal use.

Now you might be wondering why bother with this method when you can download videos inside the Udemy app. The answer is simple: convenience. Look, if you're one of those people who have no problem attending classes on a 6-inch screen, good for you. But I prefer using my iPad or MacBook Air, both of which have much bigger screens. Both of those devices also have considerably more free space.

With all that said, let's look at how you can download lecture videos of any course that you have enrolled in.

Step 1:

Install the Udemy Downloader. For this, go to this website and download the zip file. If it asks for you to create an account on the website, do that (preferably with a disposable email ID).

You can also download the same zip file by clicking the link below (version 3.1, uploaded to this website on 5 June 2022).

Please use the official website (linked above) to get the latest version of the extension.

Step 2:

Once the zip file has finished downloading (it shouldn't take more than a few seconds), unzip the file. Now you should have a folder with content similar to what you see in the following picture.

Step 3:

Follow the steps mentioned below (you'll also find the same steps mentioned on the Chrome-Stats website if you download the file from there).

  1. Uncompress the ZIP file to a directory of your choice.
  2. In the Chrome browser, go to chrome://extensions (copy this and paste it into your browser's address bar).
  3. Enable Developer mode (should be on the top right corner of the screen), then click on the Load Unpacked button.
  4. Select the directory with the unpacked ZIP files from step 1. The extension is now installed on your browser.
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[If the video above doesn't load on your phone, rotate the phone, and it should play.]

Step 4:

Go to Udemy's website and log into your account. Then press the icon of the extension you just installed. That should bring up a window that looks like this. Click "My Courses".

Now the extension will look for courses you have enrolled in. Once the analysis is done, you should see your courses listed like this.

Then click "Get video list", and Udemy Downloader will analyse each video one by one before providing you with an option to download them. This process will take a while, depending on how many videos are there in each course.

Once it's done, you'll see all the videos from the course listed. You can choose some specific videos or all the videos to download.

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The videos will get saved to Chrome's default download location, which you can find by going to Chrome Settings (chrome://extensions, copy-paste it into your browser's address bar).

Conclusion

As you can see, with Udemy Downloader, you can easily download courses from Udemy. However, please don't share these courses with those who have not enrolled in some courses. If you're concerned about the legality of downloading these courses for personal use, I'd suggest contacting a lawyer.

That's it for today. Follow me on YouTube and Instagram for more such content.

Update (on 25 June 2022)

I recently learned that the following method doesn't work for a significant number of Udemy videos. This is because Udemy decided to add DRM (Digital Rights Management) and encrypt several course videos. As a result, this method is partially broken. Based on my testing (with the courses I am enrolled in), popular courses that are 20-30 hours+ long with several thousand enrolments are the courses that are encrypted. As a result, when you try to download those course videos, the extension will get stuck at the video loading screen. Most of the courses are still downloadable, though. Although you'll find quite a few methods if you Google search "How to decrypt Udemy DRM", so far, I've not been able to get any of them to work. If and when I come across a method that works, I'll update the website accordingly. For now, please try this method. It may work for your course.