How to Download Thumbnail Images from YouTube Videos

Today I am going to show you how to download thumbnail images from any video on YouTube, including auto-generated ones, high-quality ones, and low-quality ones.

Download thumbnail images from YouTube videos

There are two ways of doing this. Let’s discuss them one by one:

Auto-generated thumbnails download

YouTube automatically selects 3 thumbnails per video and adding either 1, 2, or 3 in the URL will give you access to all three so you can select the best one you want to use. Just replace VIDEOID with your video’s id.

Small auto-generated thumbnail 1 [120×90]

http://img.youtube.com/vi/VIDEOID/1.jpg

Small auto-generated thumbnail 2 [120×90]

http://img.youtube.com/vi/VIDEOID/2.jpg

Small auto-generated thumbnail 3 [120×90]

http://img.youtube.com/vi/VIDEOID/3.jpg

Custom thumbnails download

If you want to download the custom thumbnail that you (or another creator) made then substitute the VIDEOID in the following URLs.

You’ll note that there is a lot more flexibility with size options:

Small custom thumbnail [320×180]

http://img.youtube.com/vi/VIDEOID/mqdefault.jpg

Medium custom thumbnail at 4:3 ratio [480×360]

http://img.youtube.com/vi/VIDEOID/0.jpg

Large custom thumbnail [1280×720 or 1920×1080]

(only available if video has 720p or 1080p option)

http://img.youtube.com/vi/VIDEOID/maxresdefault.jpg