How to save images from Twitter on a desktop browser

Whether accidentally or by design, Twitter obfuscates image URLs in desktop browsers.

Twitter’s recent allowance of multiple uploaded pictures per tweet has been great for tweeters, but not so great for desktop users who want to download said images.* Right-clicking on a pic no longer gives you the option to save it or view its URL, and even the copy function captures only a white background.

Here’s how to get around that:

  1. If you’re not already using it, download and install Mozilla Firefox.**
  2. Install the DownThemAll 3.0b5 add-on.
  3. Navigate to the page of the tweet whose pic you want to save, e.g.
  4. Right-click anywhere on the page.
  5. Click DownThemAll.
  6. In the windows that pops up, click the Pictures and Media tab.
  7. In the Download column, look for items with the URL*.jpg
  8. You can either right-click each URL, click Copy Link, and then navigate to and download the pic as usual; or you can select those files only, select a download path in the Save files in: field, and click Start. If you select the latter option, the downloaded files will be located at that path you selected.

I don’t know of any way to do the above with any other browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, or Opera), but if you do let me know in the comments and I’ll add the method here.

*Ironically, mobile app users can save pics quite easily.

**One of the reasons I use Firefox (Nightly Win64) as my main browser is it’s absolutely the best for power user stuff like this.


Author: jdrch

ISTJ, Rice Owl, UF Gator, mechanical engineer. STEM, sports, music, movies, humor. Account mine only & unaffiliated.

10 thoughts on “How to save images from Twitter on a desktop browser”

  1. There’s something wrong with my Mozilla Firefox browser. The last couple of times I tried to use it to open up web pages, nothing would happen. It would just give me that thing that goes around in circles where the browser would normally open. But, instead of actually opening, it just stays like that for too long of a time. Firefox used to work, but it doesn’t work anymore.

    That said, I use Google Chrome to get onto the internet (as I am now). Regarding saving Twitter images, some images can be saved as normal with the “copy/paste” options available. But, others cannot. I haven’t the slightest idea why not. And, since Firefox doesn’t even work, I have to use Chrome…or else I won’t be able to get onto the internet at all. Why can some images on Twitter be available to save while others cannot?


    1. i just right clicked on the image without regular clicking on it and it opened normal rather than profile pic size


  2. Much easy way: Right click to the image > same image as > save as type: all files > put an extension on the picture’s name (.jpg) and done!


    1. Maybe if you actually read the post you’d see this applies to tweets containing multiple images. Twitter does not expose the “Save image” dialog for those tweets.



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