#cli #reddit #images

app reddsaver

CLI tool to download saved media from Reddit

8 releases

0.4.0 Sep 5, 2021
0.3.3 Jun 24, 2021
0.3.2 Mar 19, 2021
0.3.1 Feb 20, 2021
0.2.3 Jan 9, 2021

#1710 in Command line utilities

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Reddsaver build Crates.io

  • Command line tool to download saved/upvoted media from Reddit
  • Supports:
    • Reddit: PNG/JPG images, GIFs, Image galleries, videos
    • Giphy: GIFs
    • Imgur: Direct images and GIFVs
    • Gfycat/Redgifs: GIFs
  • GIF/GIFV from Imgur/Gfycat/Redgifs are downloaded as mp4
  • Does not support downloading images from Imgur post links



To download videos hosted by Reddit, you need to have ffmpeg installed. Follow this link for installation instructions.

You can download release binaries here

Alternative methods

Using MacPorts

If you are a macports user on macOS, you can install reddsaver using port:

sudo port selfudpate
sudo port install reddsaver

Using Homebrew

If you are a homebrew user on macOS, you can install using brew tap:

brew tap manojkarthick/reddsaver
brew install reddsaver

Arch Linux

If you are an ArchLinux user, then you can use a tool like yay or paru to install it from the AUR:

yay -S reddsaver

Using cargo

If you already have Rust installed, you can also install using cargo:

cargo install reddsaver

Using nix

If you are a nix user, you can install reddsaver from nixpkgs

nix-env --install reddsaver

or, if you manage your installation using home-manager, add to your home.packages:

home.packages = [

Building and running from source

Make sure you have rustc v1.50.0 and cargo installed on your machine.

git clone https://github.com/manojkarthick/reddsaver.git
cargo build --release

Docker support

Pre-built docker images are available on Docker Hub

mkdir -pv data/
docker run --rm \
    --volume="$PWD/data:/app/data" \
    --volume="$PWD/reddsaver.env:/app/reddsaver.env" \
    manojkarthick/reddsaver:latest -d /app/data -e /app/reddsaver.env


  1. Create a new script application at https://www.reddit.com/prefs/apps
    • Click on create an app at the bottom of the page
    • Input a name for your application, for example: -reddsaver
    • Choose "script" as the type of application
    • Set "http://localhost:8080" or any other URL for the redirect url
    • Click on "create app" - you should now see the application has been created
    • Under your application name, you should see a random string - that is your client ID
    • The random string next to the field "secret" is your client secret
  2. Copy the client ID and client secret information returned
  3. Create a .env file with the following keys, for example reddsaver.env:

NOTE: If you have 2FA enabled, please make sure you set PASSWORD=<password>:<2FA_TOTP_token> instead

  1. Run the app!

# Create a directory to save your images to
mkdir -pv reddsaver/

# Check if you installation is working properly
reddsaver --help

# Check if the right configuration has been picked up
# NOTE: In case the `USERNAME` variable is being overriden by
# your system username, please use 
# On Linux/Mac - unset USERNAME
# On Windows - set USERNAME=
# before running to temporarily remove the system username
# from your environment
reddsaver -e reddsaver.env -d reddsaver --show-config  

# Run the app to download the saved media
reddsaver -e reddsaver.env -d reddsaver

# Also allows you to download upvoted media
reddsaver -e reddsaver.env -d reddsaver --upvoted

NOTE: When running the application beyond the first time, if you use the directory as the initial run, the application will skip downloading the images that have already been downloaded.

View it in action here:


Description and command line arguments

Optionally override the values for the directory to save and the env file to read from:

ReddSaver 0.4.0
Manoj Karthick Selva Kumar
Simple CLI tool to download saved media from Reddit

    reddsaver [FLAGS] [OPTIONS]

    -r, --dry-run           Dry run and print the URLs of saved media to download
    -h, --help              Prints help information
    -H, --human-readable    Use human readable names for files
    -s, --show-config       Show the current config being used
    -U, --undo              Unsave or remote upvote for post after processing
    -u, --upvoted           Download media from upvoted posts
    -V, --version           Prints version information

    -d, --data-dir <DATA_DIR>           Directory to save the media to [default: data]
    -e, --from-env <ENV_FILE>           Set a custom .env style file with secrets [default: .env]
    -S, --subreddits <SUBREDDITS>...    Download media from these subreddits only

Some points to note:

  • By default, reddsaver generates filenames for the images using a MD5 Hash of the URLs. You can instead generate human readable names using the --human-readable flag.
  • You can check the configuration used by ReddSaver by using the --show-config flag.

Other Information

Building for Raspberry Pi Zero W

To cross-compile for raspberry pi, this project uses rust-cross. Make sure you have docker installed on your development machine.

  1. Build the docker image for rust-cross: docker build -t rust-rpi-zerow:v1-openssl -f Dockerfile.raspberrypizerow .
  2. Make sure that the image name used here matches the image name in your Cross.toml configuration
  3. Run cross build --target arm-unknown-linux-gnueabi --release to build the project
  4. You can find the compiled binary under target/arm-unknown-linux-gnueabi/release/


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