How to save Twitter GIFs

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Twitter is a treasure trove of fun and unique GIFs, and you've probably wondered how to save them for later. Unfortunately, this social media platform doesn't let you download GIFs or videos natively, but it's still possible.

Read on to find out how to download GIFs from X, formerly known as Twitter.

Why does X Twitter not let you download GIFs?

If you want to share GIFs with other Twitter users, the app's Tweet GIF feature allows you to do that. However, downloading these GIFs from the platform will be a little trickier.

Twitter wants to keep people on its platform to make money from ads and engagement. Allowing easy media downloads could cause people to leave the platform, which would be counter to Twitter's goals. 

What are the different methods for downloading GIFs from Twitter?

To save GIFs, you generally need to use a Twitter GIF downloader, which can be a website or a standalone app. Let's explore a few options.

Download Twitter GIFs with an app

First, we will show you the method we use to save GIFs from formerly known as TwitterTwitter. To start, you'll need to download and install Downie and Permute. The first tool is a Mac utility for downloading videos from any online source, including Twitter. The second tool is a reliable converter that converts anything to anything (almost). After you do that, follow the instructions below: 

  1. Open Downie and go to its Settings.
  2. In the left panel, click Postprocessing.
  3. You'll need to set Postprocessing to Send to Permute; and Permute's Preset to GIF Animation.

Postprocessing: Send to Permute

  1. Close the settings window.
  2. Then, find a GIF you like on Twitter. 
  3. Copy a link to the GIF via the share icon (share icon > Copy link).

    Copy link to a gif from Twitter

  1. Open Downie and just paste the link into the app.
  2. The download will start automatically and be saved in your downloads folder.

    Downie downloader

That's how you download GIF from Twitter with the help of Setapp apps (Downie and Permute).

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Download Twitter GIF using an online downloader

Alternatively, you can save Twitter GIFs through a dedicated website. Here's how: 

  1. Find a GIF you want to save on Twitter.
  2. Click on the share icon and choose Copy link.
  3. Visit the Twitter GIF download website.
  4. Paste the tweet link into the field.
  5. Click download.
  6. The service will download the Twitter GIF (often in MP4 format) to the Downloads folder on your Mac.

You will notice that online Twitter video downloaders are usually free, but they bombard you with low-quality banners and start opening new tabs full of adware-like content. Please make sure that you do not click on anything there and simply close all tabs when the download is finished.

Download Twitter GIF in MP4

Downloading GIFs as MP4 files from Twitter is another popular choice among users.

To download Twitter GIFs in MP4, try Pulltube, which is also available on Setapp.

Pulltube is a video downloader that allows you to easily download videos and convert them into different formats. The app supports various video hosting platforms, such as Twitter, YouTube, Dailymotion, Instagram, and many more. 

Here's how to save Twitter GIFs with Pulltube:

  1. Download and install Pulltube.
  2. Then, find a GIF you like on Twitter. 
  3. Copy a link to the GIF via the share icon (share icon > Copy link).
  4. Open Pulltube and just paste the link into the app. It will display a preview of the GIF.
  5. Click the Download video button to start the download.

    paste link to PullTube and downoad gifs from Twitter

Tip: The internet is full of GIFs. Maybe you've always wanted to make your own but didn't know how. Try Gifox. It will let you make GIFs out of a screen area or window. Just a few clicks, and you have a new GIF that you have created yourself!

Gifox gifs maker

Download Twitter GIFs and tackle almost any task on your Mac

As you might expect, you're bound to see a million cool GIFs on the Twitter platform. Unfortunately, getting those GIFs on your Mac is more difficult than it should be. Right-clicking on the file will give you the option to copy the GIF URL, but that's it.

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