How to View and Save Twitter Images in Original Size

As a social media as well as a microblogging platform, I love Twitter than any other social media site and have been actively tweeting for 10 years now. As we all know, images and photos play an important role for users, web publishers like us, and more. Hence, I often find the need to download an image from Twitter to use it elsewhere or just save in the gallery to view later. The only concern is that images uploaded on social media sites are heavily compressed and resized, thus reducing their quality up to a certain extent. Having used Twitter for so long, I was always under the impression that we can’t save images in their original size. It was only recently when I came to know about it and thought its worth sharing.

To test out, I uploaded a DSLR photo having a 6000 x 4000 resolution through Twitter’s web interface. Generally, anyone can download the normal version of an image by simply right-clicking and saving it. To get a large version, you need to click on the image in the tweet and then save it. However, obtaining the original size of an image on twitter isn’t straightforward but can be done easily. Let’s find out how!

Downloading images on Twitter in original size –

Open the normal version of the image in a new tab. Simply append :orig to the image URL and hit enter. Then right-click and save it to your downloads. Make sure to rename and change the file extension of the downloaded image file.

downloading twitter images in original size

Similarly, if you’re viewing a large version of the image then replace large with orig to open the original image.

To get an idea, we compared the resolution and size of an image in different versions.

  • Normal – 1200px × 800px | 156KB
  • Large – 2048px x 1365px | 385KB
  • Original – 4096px × 2730px | 1.5MB
  • Uploaded – 6000px x 4000px | 10.5MB

Alternatively, users who save images very often can use this Google Chrome extension that offers various customization options and makes the above job a lot easier.

It should be noted that even the original version is compressed and resized but there is a major difference when you compare the details with the normal or large version.


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

2 Responses

  1. Carlos says:

    Whats the difference betweet :large and :orig ?
    Because this one and are with the same dimensions.

  2. Smiley says:

    I can get my own photos in original size, but not the photos of other people. Do you know how I can fix this?

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