Disclaimer: Before going any further, you have to figure out, although GogoAnime doesn't host or store any copyrighted media and only links to various third-party servers, nonetheless, it is nowhere a legit way to stream anime online as it's a piracy site. That's why GogoAnime's domain will be changed or get blocked constantly. The following content is compiled for instructional demo only, WonderFox would never advocate downloading copyrighted anime for illegal distribution or any commercial purpose. Please make sure whether it's legal in your country/region.
If you want to learn more about the official website of GogoAnime, just navigate to Part 2. To make things simpler, without further ado, let's go straight to the point - four methods are provided to free download anime from GogoAnime.
Warm tips: The GogoAnime's biggest headache are the hundreds of advertisements and pop-ups. But in the mean time, it makes sense that the free websites make profits through advertising to maintain servers, bandwidth, development, etc. You're recommended to use a combination of the VPN and AD blocker to avoid the geo-restriction and ads.
Some mirror and clone sites of GogoAnime have offered a Download button so that you're able to directly download and save videos without any difficulty. And what many people don't know is that, some servers that host the anime content will embed the download button into the media player. So try to switch to another server if there is no download button offered, which may surprise you in a casual way.
You may have suffered from a variety of ads when you navigate GogoAnime and click on the Download button. Video DownloadHelper is a reputable browser extension that can act as a free GogoAnime downloader to help you detect and download video from GogoAnime with ease as well as reduce clicks on the website to avoid a certain amount of ads.
Download and install Video DownloadHelper to your Chrome, Firefox or Edge via https://www.downloadhelper.net/install, and there will be a colorless 3-balls icon appearing in the top right corner of the browser. Now go to play an anime episode, when it starts loading and buffering, Video DownloadHelper will be highlighted as a colored 3-balls icon, which indicates there are videos to be downloaded. Click on the icon and select one option to download from GogoAnime to MP4 video.
I have to say, Video DownloadHelper sometimes doesn't work, and requires a companion App installed to download a video delivered in HTTP Live streams (HLS) protocol, meanwhile, it is limited to only 1 download per 2 hours unless you purchase a Premium subscription. So HLS Downloader can serve as an alternative GogoAnime Downloader designed for sniffing and downloading HLS videos.
In my personal experience, I have installed both extensions for unexpected needs. Download and install HLS Downloader via https://github.com/puemos/hls-downloader-web-extension, you'll see a blue "hls" icon at the top-left corner of your browser after that. Now go to play an anime episode, if there are HLS streamed videos available, you'll see a red dot that overlays the extension icon, which means it successfully detect the HLS streams. Click the icon and select a playlist that contains several fragmented video clips. Press the arrow icon and select any resolution option, then hit the download icon to download video from GogoAnime. When the download is complete, you'll be prompted to rename the video and choose a directory to save it. Since the video is downloaded in .ts format, you can also change the video format using some free video transcoders as you wish.
In addition to the above methods, some online GogoAnime downloaders claim to be able to download GogoAnime videos. But as of writing this article, I only find two websites that have a high success rate to analyze the anime URL of GogoAnime. However, the results vary dramatically in different GogoAnime clones and mirror sites. Anyway, try it yourself and let me know the outcome.
1. https://9xbuddy.org/sites/gogoanime (Recommended, it can extract videos from different servers.)
2. https://www.tubeoffline.com/download-GoGoAnime-videos.php (It requires you to create bookmarklet or install extension.)
Obviously, this is an unavoidable topic if we would like to move on. When you input "GogoAnime" in the search engines, a great deal of websites will show up with various kinds of domain extensions or related name combinations using a plural, just like Naruto's Multiple Shadow Clones (Tajū Kage Bunshin no Jutsu), and every shadow clone is physically real. As you know, in regard to GogoAnime official website, it has been a controversial debate among respective advocates.
In my humble opinion, an official website can at least provide a hub to make an announcement of domain changes and server maintenance, but also build a platform or group for loyal users to discuss, recommend and review anime, even own the ability to develop and add new features based on viewers' feedback. To take all into account, gogoanime.so (now it's redirected to gogoanime.ai) or gogoanime.vc is qualified for the real official website from my perspective. And so, it's just a matter of each person having his or her own principles, as long as you can benefit from bookmarked websites.
Here is the domain list for your reference based on the FAQ of GogoAnime Discord.
The Current Active Domains:
The Redirecting Domains: (If a domain does not redirect to the above domains. It's not the official GogoAnime website.)
The Official Social Media:
I hereby declare that WonderFox and I are in no way collaborated or affiliated with GogoAnime. This is just a simple post regarding my personal experience. Theoretically speaking, the four methods will work for most GogoAnime clones as well. If you have any problem, suggestion or different idea, feel free to share with me via Facebook. Thanks for reading!