How to download Hulu movies on Mac to watch offline

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Emma
January 27, 2024

I wanted to use my MacBook to watch Hulu movies on flights but it seems there’s no Hulu app for Mac. Anyone know of a workaround? Do you have the same confusion? Because most video streaming services including Hulu have not made a Mac app with a local download facility, there is no official way to download Hulu videos on Mac to watch offline. However, there are still 3 workarounds that allows you to download videos from Hulu to Mac. Check them out.

Option 1. Download Hulu videos on Mac with Pazu Hulu Video Downloader

Pazu Hulu Video Downloader is specially developed for Hulu users who want to download movies and TV shows on Mac. It allows you to download Hulu videos as it features a built-in Hulu browser. What’s more the videos are downloaded to MP4 format so you can play the videos with any video player you like and keep them forever. As long as you have an active Hulu account, you can use it to download Hulu videos on iMac/MacBook. It doesn’t matter if you have Hulu ad-supported plan or Hulu (No Ads) plan or even Hulu free trial.

Hulu Video Downloader

Download Hulu movies & TV shows to MP4 with HD quality. 

  • Download Hulu videos on Mac/Windows.
  • Download Hulu videos to MP4/MKV.
  • Download Hulu videos in 1080P.
  • Preserve multilingual audio tracks and subtitles.
  • Preserve 5.1 surround sound.
  • Fast downloading speed.

Tutorial: How to download Hulu shows and movies to Mac with Pazu Hulu Video Downloader?

Step 1. Run Pazu Hulu Video Downloader on your Mac.

Download, install and launch Pazu Hulu Video Downloader on your Mac. Log in your Hulu account and choose hulu.com, hulu.jp or hulu.jp/store.

Hulu Downloader

Select a profile.

choose Hulu profile

Step 2. Search Hulu movies/TV shows to download.

Enter the Hulu movie or TV show title you want to download in the search field.

search Hulu videos

Or copy&paste the url of the movie/TV show from  Hulu website. Then click the Search icon.

search Hulu videos

Step 3. Choose video format/quality

Click Settings icon to change:

  • Video format: MP4 or MKV
  • Video codec: H264 or H265
  • Audio language: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese
  • Subtitle language: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese
  • Subtitle type: Embedded subtitles, Independent subtitles, Hardcoded subtitles
  • Interface languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese
Hulu to MP4

Step 4. Start to download Hulu videos

If your selection is a movie, click the download icon next to it and the downloading begins.

download Hulu movie to MP4

After the movie is downloaded, click History button to quickly locate it. 

download Hulu movie to MP4

If your selection is a TV show, click download icon next to it to select episodes you want to download. Then click Download button.

download Hulu TV show to MP4

Option 2. Download Hulu videos on Mac by sideloading Hulu for iOS on Mac (Big Sur 11.2.3 Or Earlier Only)

Apple Silicon Macs such as Apple M1 and M2 allows you to run iPad and iPhone apps on your Mac without the need for any emulation software.

However, since the release of macOS 11.2.3 Big Sur or later, sideloading has been completely disabled from the Mac App Store.

If you’re still running macOS 11.0 Big Sur or earlier, you can still sideload iOS games and apps onto your Mac this way.

How to sideload the Hulu iOS app onto your Mac Big Sur 11.2.3 or earlier?

  1. Open App Store on your Mac.
  2. Seach for Hulu on the top right corner.
  3. Click on “iPhone and iPad apps”.
  4. Click on the download button or cloud icon next to Hulu to install it on your Mac.
  5. Click Open to run Hulu on your Mac, log in your account.
  6. Find the video you want to download and click the Download icon.

Option 3. Record Hulu on Mac with a screen recorder

Another method to “download” Hulu movies and episodes on Mac is to record Hulu videos while streaming on browser with free online screen recording tools or professional screen recording software. However, there are many reasons why we don’t recommend recording Hulu on Mac:

  • Screen recording is against Hulu terms and conditions and your account may get banned.
  • You have to stream the entire show or movie while recording and you can’t use your Mac to do anything else in the meantime, which is very time-consuming.
  • The audio and video quality of the recorded files will be affected by your internet connection. Any butter, log and glitch during the streaming will also be recorded.
  • Screen recorder can’t guarantee solid video quality as a lot of frames will be skipped.
  • Free screen recorder add watermarks to the recorded video, to remove the watermark you need to pay for them.

When you use QuickTime Player to record Hulu videos on Mac, you will only get video files but no audio. To record the audio coming from Hulu you need to install an additional plugin called Blackhole. However, the installation process are complex so we don’t recommend this method.

Alternatively you can use screencapture.com to record Hulu videos on Mac.

screencapture.com is a free online screen recorder that allows you to record streaming video for free. It is supported in browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera.

How to record Hulu videos on Mac with screencapture.com?

  1. Go to hulu.com with above browser, log in your account and play the video you want to record.
  2. Open https://www.screencapture.com/ in the same browser.
  3. Click Start Recording and choose the Chrome Tab that are streaming Hulu.
  4. Click Share and the recording starts.

After recording, go to screencapture.com tab and click Stop Recording. Now you can preview the recorded video and download it to your Mac.

The free online tool records Hulu movies and TV shows with watermark. You can also get its desktop app for Mac and Windows called Movavi Screen Recorder and purchase a license to remove watermark.

Price: $42.95/year

There are also some other screen recording tools you can use to record Hulu videos on Mac, check them out.

Can I download the Windows Hulu app on Mac?

Hulu do have a Windows app, so many people ask is it possible to install Windows Virtual Machine on Mac and then download Hulu app for Mac. However, this will only allow you to watch Hulu content on Mac with the Hulu app, it doesn’t support downloading videos to Mac as the Hulu Windows app doesn’t have video Download feature.