How to download Udemy courses

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 22, 2018
Updated • Nov 14, 2019

Udemy is a popular online learning resource with more than 80000 video courses at the time of writing. Most courses are paid courses that users need to buy on the site before they can stream them online.

Tip: check out how good Udemy courses are before you make a purchase.

Some users may prefer to download video courses from Udemy to their local system after the purchase for offline access, archiving purposes, or situation where the Internet connection is not fast enough to stream without hiccups or buffer phases. It happened in the past that Udemy videos did not load at all for some users.

Udemy does not provide download links for its courses and limits customers to online course access because of that.

Several applications exist that support the downloading of video courses from Udemy. All require that courses have been purchased or are free; it is not possible to download courses you did not pay for or that are not free.

Udemy Course Downloader

Udemy Course Downloader is a free cross-platform application to download Udemy video courses.

You can download the latest version of the application from GitHub and run it after the download on a supported version of Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X.

The application requires that users sign-in to their Udemy account using it. The application is open source and users who run it may browse the code repository to make sure that their authentication data is not stolen by the application.

The interface is straightforward. The application displays all courses bought by the account in its interface afterward.

You may switch to the Settings tab to configure download details such as the destination directory for courses and the video quality.

The application supports multiple course downloads simultaneously, pause and resume, and setting download start and end.


The free cross-platform application udemy-dl changes that by adding capabilities to download Udemy courses to the local system.

Udemy-dl is a Python script which means that Python needs to be installed on the system to make use of it. Python 2 and 3 are supported, and the project page on GitHub highlights other dependencies.

The application is a bit more complicated to use; not only does it require that Python is installed on the machine it is run on, it also requires that users use a browser's Developer Tools to extract session information from Udemy for use in the application.

The base command is python COURSE_URL but there are lots of additional parameters that let you specify the video quality, destination directory,  the extracted data, and other information.

The Python application supports the downloading of entire courses or some chapters or even lectures only for offline access.

Users who would like to give it a go can check out the project website linked above for detailed instructions on using the Python script on their devices.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

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    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

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  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

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  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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