How to Download Video From Baidu

Written by robert schrader
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China's answer to Google, Baidu is a search engine aimed at speakers of Mandarin Chinese within mainland China. As is the case with Google, Baidu is a multifunctional search engine capable of retrieving multimedia such as pictures and videos in addition to Web pages. As a result of lax copyright regulations within China, it's possible to download videos directly from Baidu. Use prudence when doing this, however -- if you suspect a video is copyrighted, don't download it onto your computer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Navigate to the Baidu home page, click the characters that display second-to-right, which represent video, and enter your search term. Hit the "Enter" key.

  2. 2

    Scroll through your video results until you find the video of your choice. Click its link or thumbnail preview image to open it.

  3. 3

    Click the two characters below the bottom, right corner of the video, which mean "Save." Choose a location on your computer, give the file a name and click "Save."

Tips and warnings

  • Do not download commercially available content, in particular music videos and full-length movies. Even if you are a U.S. citizen living abroad in China, domestic copyright laws still apply to you. In general, avoid downloading content that isn't user-generated.

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