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Download posts from via CLI, CLI UI or programmatically.

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PixivDownloader enables you to download artworks, mangas and videos from via CLI, CLI UI and programmatically.


To start CLI UI:


To start downloads directly:

pixiv "XXXXXXXX" ""

If the user is not logged in yet the CLU UI starts and asks for login credentials. This can be disabled with using –username and –password to log in. If only one of those is given then the Login CLI UI will be started asking for the missing value. So eg. in this case the UI will start and ask for a password:

pixiv "XXXXXXXX" -u my_user

If you want to disable the CLI UI completely and just exit if no username and passwords are given then use -q.

pixiv "XXXXXXXX" -q

Finally, you can also use this downloader via its python interface like this:

from pixiv.downloader import PixivDownloader
pd = PixivDownloader(username='xxx', password='pwd')
downloader = pd.download_by_url('', '~/Downloads/pixiv-downloads')
# Or just by the id
downloader = pd.download_by_id(74607898, '~/Downloads/pixiv-downloads')
for path in downloader:
    print(f'Downloaded {path}')

Is my pixiv password saved?

TLDR: No, it is not.

For the communication between the program and Pixiv PixivPy is used. This enables us to use a so-called “refresh token” with which we can re-authenticate without saving the password anywhere.

This token, as well as other settings, are saved in ~/.pixivrc.


With pip:

pip install pixivdownloader

From source:

git clone
cd PixivDownloader
python install


0.1.1 (2020-02-17)

  • Fix slash in filename resulting in additional folders [Nachtalb]

0.1.0 (2019-11-15)

  • Initial implementation

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