Twitter apparently doesn't like the idea of people saving images and other media elements from their feed, because they've made it awfully difficult. Things I've tried

  • right click hoping for save option (nope)
  • left click hoping for expanded image (nothing happens)
  • inspect element using browser debugger (no obvious img element)
  • search for chrome extension (none that worked for me)

Any other ideas?

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  • Thanks. I changed the title of the question. I'm on a ordinary browser (Chrome), simply going to twitter.com. Twitter is intercepting right clicks. – I. J. Kennedy Nov 14 '16 at 19:42
  • Okay, then, you most likely have a rogue extension. I use Chrome and it works just fine. Try launching Chrome without any extensions. (Incognito mode should suffice.) – ale Nov 14 '16 at 19:44

Below is a trick found here that worked for me.

  1. click on the tweet (the browser will show you the tweet url in the bar)
  2. insert mobile. in the url before twitter.com and navigate to the mobile version
  3. click on the image in the tweet
  4. right click and save the gif/mp4 or the images
  • This doesn't seem to work any longer. I've tried in Firefox and Chrome, and even on my iPhone. – Seamus Jun 4 '18 at 23:37
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    @gevra it still works thank you so much much love from iceland <3 – somethingSomething Jun 14 '18 at 6:37
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    Inserting just an m also works. – jtheletter Jul 24 '18 at 5:56
  • this still works, verified in 2019. – Nick Mar 9 at 22:16

So there's a couple of things at play here. Firstly, what you're looking at on twitter is actually a video, not a gif. They convert all animated gifs to videos to save on bandwidth (generally videos are smaller than the same content as an animated gif).

A quick (possibly hacky) way of getting the content (I've used, disclosure, I wrote it), is to use Snapbird to find the tweet then download straight from there: https://snapbird.org/sheenadempsey/timeline/waiting (you'll need to auth to search, and yeah, the permissions are aggressive due to twitter's limited control over API access - if you want to read DMs you need to get write perms—!?!?).

Anyway, that should work (and of course, if you can find the video element in devtools somewhere, that works too) :)

  • Hi Remy, thanks for joining this site just to answer my question! – I. J. Kennedy Nov 16 '16 at 23:27

Two alternatives with fewer mouseclicks than Gevra's answer.

Right-click on the picture in the tweet, select open image in new tab, append :orig to the url, hit F5 to reload.

Or right-click on the picture in the tweet, select copy image url, open new tab, paste the url, append :orig to it and hit enter.

:large instead of :orig also works, result is the same AFAIK.


Right click on the image and then there should be an option that says "search google for image". You press that then go to the images and you then have your saved image.

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hi guys i found a solution on how to download pictures from twitter using your pc and its a bit frustrating to do. first click/open your desired picture, 2nd right click it then click inspect, a window will appear on the right side of your screen and a bunch of codes will be there, if you want to download the picture you must thoroughly click all the small arrows just beside the codes until you find the link of the picture, just hover your mouse the link will be in blue color and once you hover onto it a glimpse of the picture that you want to download will appear then right click it and click open link in new tab or copy the link then paste in the search bar. i just downloaded my 1st picture from twitter


Use the windows snipping tool. Works great.

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