How to Download Bilibili Videos and Playlist to MP4, MP3, or Others

Peter William
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Summary: Want to watch Bilibili videos off the net? This post will walk you through how to download from Bilibili 2021 and save them to any format you want.

Bilibili is a famous video streaming site based in China, which has abundant video channels, such as anime, dancing, music, science & technology, news, entertainment, etc. It allows users to make comments, upload, share, like, or favorite videos. But you might fail to open Bilibili videos or watch them in lower quality due to the poor network. So, I believe you are eager to find a solution to download Bilibili videos and playlist for better offline enjoyment! Well, read the article below.


Facts about Bilibili and Bilibili Video Download

What is Bilibili?

Bilibili (B Site, B站, 哔哩哔哩), formerly known as Mikufans, is video sharing website originally for ACG (animation, comics, games) content. It now covers more than 7,000 layers of interest. Bilibili has the wonderful ACG atmosphere and creative Up hosts, and its highlighted feature is the real-time comment function floating above the video.

Note: The corresponding A Site (A 站), called AcFun, is also a similar cultural community and video platform.

Can I download videos from Bilibili directly without using tools?

The answer is yes.

You can download Bilibili videos directly within the app on mobile and Win 10. It's the most convenient way to save videos from Bilibili with optional resolution and decent speed.

On mobile phone: open a Bilibili video you wish to download > tap on the ellipsis (three dots) vertically aligned icon ("⋮") in the upper right corner > from the pop-up menu, select the second option - “缓存”. Bilibili doesn't have an English version, but you can tell if it's a download option from the icon.

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On Windows 10: install the Bilibili app (UWP version) > open the desired video > click the download icon at the bottom and save it.

direct download on win 10

Ordinary users can only download Bilibili videos from 360p to 1080p. To download 1080p high bitrate videos, you must become a member (more privileges).

Is it possible to save Bilibili videos to MP4, MP3, or other formats?

Yes, it’s possible.

The default format of downloaded Bilibili videos and playlist is FLV. You are able to use a video converter program like Cisdem Video Converter to convert them into different formats, including MP4 and MP3.

Can I download Bilibili video playlist?

Yes, you can.

There are a few open-source and command-line utilities like Annie, You-Get, YouTube-dl, etc. that have the ability to download Bilibili playlist for free. For more information on how to use them, see:

  • https://github.com/iawia002/annie
  • https://you-get.org/
  • https://github.com/ytdl-org/youtube-dl

But these Bilibili playlist downloaders are too complicated for a technical novice.

Additionally, the online services - fbion.com and tubeninja.net claim that they can download Bilibili video playlist online. It's actually a false advertisement. They can't do that. Once you add the playlist URL and start to analyze, you will receive the message - "No download file found" or "Link not supported".


How to Download Multiple Bilibili Videos from Playlist All At Once?

In fact, in addition to the Bilibili playlist downloader, the best way is to use a professional video downloader software to grab any single or multiple videos from the website without limitation and make video conversions.

#1 Cisdem Video Converter (Mac)

Cisdem Video Converter is a multipurpose Bilibili video downloader that can download, convert, and edit Bilibili videos. Besides Bilibili, it's compatible with other 1000+ sites, including YouTube, Livestream, Periscope, TikTok, Instagram, Dailymotion, Facebook, Nicovideo, etc. It’s able to download Bilibli videos in 720p, 1080p, or higher resolution if the website supports. This Bilibili downloader also offers the flexibility of downloading and converting videos to any format, and you can even extract audio files from videos.

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Download Cisdem Video Converter to your computer by clicking the above button.

Step 1. Copy the video link

Go to Bilibili from the web browser on your Mac and get the URL of the video you'd like to download.

copy bilibili video url

Step 2. Paste the link and start to download

Open the software, and click the second icon at the top to switch to the “download” interface. Paste your copied URL into the input field at the bottom.

main interface

Click on the download icon button to download Bilibili video on Mac.

To download the whole Bilibili playlist, you can copy & paste the link of each video from the playlist, and process them together. The software helps to download multiple Bilibili videos at the same time.

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Step 3. Convert Bilibli FLV to MP4, MP3, etc. (optional)

Once the downloading gets completed, the Bilibli videos will be saved in FLV format. You may want to convert Bilibili FLV to other formats for better playback on your devices.

At this time, you can click the tick icon button to locate to your downloaded Bilibili videos, and drag & drop them to the first interface of the software (the "convert" interface).

Open the “format” drop-down box, and choose MP4 as output format under "General Video", or choose MP3 under “General Audio”. Hit the conversion icon button to begin conversion process.

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#2 WinX YouTube Downloader (Windows)

WinX Youtube Downloader is an awesome video downloader that features the ability to catch videos from 1000+ sites as well, bilibili.com included. It supports batch processing and ensures a high video quality of up to 8k. You can download Bilibili videos in MP4, MP3, 3GP, or WebM formats. With its built-in Multi-thread and Multicast Technology, this Bilibili video downloader for Windows will finish all works at time.

  1. Download, install, and launch WinX Youtube Downloader.
  2. Copy the target Bilibli video or playlist URL.
  3. Click “Add Url” on the software, and click "Paste URL & Analyze" in the pop-up window to get the video title, duration, and list of versions.
  4. Select the output quality and format.
  5. Click “Download Selected Videos” (some of the videos) or “Download Full Playlist” (all videos)
  6. Click "Download now" to save Bilibili videos offline. bilibili video downloader windows

How to Download a Single Bilibili Video for Free?

Users who are looking for a free method can read this section. We will recommend 3 Bilibili downloaders based on Chrome, Firefox, and online.

#1 Video Downloader Plus (Chrome)

There is more than one extension called Video Downloader Plus in the Chrome Web Store. The one I'm talking about is provided by hoaterotrung. It's able to download video from Bilibili, Vimeo, Vevo, and so on, but YouTube is not included because of restrictions of the Developer Program Policies and Google Web Store Policies. This Bilibili video downloader for Chrome has 50,000+ users. The most frequently reported problem in reviews is failing to download Facebook video.

  1. Head to Video Downloader Plus extension in Chrome Web Store.
  2. Click on "Add to Chrome", When prompted by the browser to confirm installation, click "Add Extension".
  3. Go to the page that contains a Bilibili video you desire to download.
  4. Hit the extension icon in the upper right corner of the browser, you will notice that it has already detected your opened Bilibili video.
  5. Select one and download Bilibili video in MP4 format. bilibili video downloader chrome

#2 Video Downloader professional (Firefox)

Video Downloader professional, as the name suggests, is a solution for downloading videos from media websites on Firefox. It supports video download from Bilibili, Vimeo, Twitter, VK, SoundCloud, Youku, Nicovideo, OKru, and more. This Firefox add-on is powered by startpage24, which has also developed other add-ons for video downloads such as All Downloader Professional, Pinterest Downloader Professional, and tumblr Downloader Professional.

  1. Find Video Downloader professional in addons.mozilla.org, and then add it to Firefox.
  2. Open and play the Bilibili video that you are going to download.
  3. Click the add-on icon next to the URL address bar. A small dialog box will pop out containing several detected Bilibili video clips.
  4. Choose one of the clips and click the "download" icon. bilibili download firefox

#3 Y2mate.TV (Online Tool)

When it comes to downloading Bilibili videos free without installing software, Y2mate.tv has make things simple for you. Although three output options are offered, the "Download HD" function is not available and will open an advertising page to recommend other 3-rd party software. When you select the "Download MP4" option, it saves Bilibili videos online in FLV format, even if it says MP4.

  1. Navigate to https://y2mate.tv/ in your browser.
  2. Copy a link of Bilibili video and paste to the text field of the online Bilibili downloader.
  3. Hit the “Convert” button to analyze the video link.
  4. Click “Download MP3” or “Download MP4” (actually to FLV). download bilibili video online free

How to Download Video from Bilibili on Android Smartphone?

You can try 3 ways to download Bilibili videos on Android phone:

  1. Download video directly from Bilibili app
  2. Using online downloader
  3. Install an Android video downloader app or file manager. Here is a user from Reddit who introduced the details: https://www.reddit.com/r/Bilibili/comments/8p8uaz/guide_how_to_download_bilibili_videos_in_hd_only/.

All solutions above let you complete Bilibili video download on Android.

Not enough?

Get another easy Bilibili downloader app for Android!

Free Video Downloader, created by Simple Design Ltd., is capable of downloading video from Bilibili, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. It can be applied to Android 5.1+.

  1. Install the APK file on your mobile, and initiate it.
  2. On its main interface, you can see a search bar. Input the keyword to find your favorite Bilibili video. search for bilibili video
  3. Tap the red download button on the page. click the download icon
  4. From the pop-up box, tick the first option.
  5. Tap on "DOWNLOAD" to save Bilibili to MP4 on Android. download bilibili video android

Closing Thought

We have brought to you the best possible ways to download Bilibili videos and playlist. While all of them have their own pros and cons. If you only want to download single Bilibili video, online Bilibili downloader, web plugins, or free apps are good. But to download videos simultaneously from any site, and edit & convert the downloaded videos, the paid software is more helpful.

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