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Zoom Cloud Recording Download Script

A Zoom Meeting

Recently I was working with a higher education client who needed to reduce their Zoom Cloud storage. There are many ways to deal with this, including Zoom integrations with Kaltura or Panopto. The client wanted to take a different approach and simply transfer the meetings to Google Drive, so we developed a Zoom cloud recording download script.

Earlier this year, we developed a Python script to keep Zoom users in sync with the university’s LDAP and Grouper to manage Zoom user groups, so downloading meeting recordings was a relatively simple task comparatively.

The Basic Outline

The Zoom cloud recording download script takes the Zoom user’s email address, settings file name, and an optional from and to date as inputs. Then we retrieve the user’s meeting recordings from the Zoom Cloud.

  • Get the Zoom User ID from the user’s email address
  • Query the Zoom API for the user’s recordings in one-month chunks
  • Download the meetings from Zoom, using an access token to avoid a login prompt
  • Use rclone to transfer downloaded recordings to Google Drive

The script was written to work on one user at a time, but there is a wrapper shell script to iterate through a file of email addresses, one per line, to support multiple users.

If you are not familiar with rclone, it can be used to transfer files to a number of services and cloud providers.

The Zoom Cloud Recording Download Script Code

The source code is available on GitHub with an MIT license. Pull requests are welcome. Note, there is a separate version for Windows.

Please reach out if you are interested in any custom development work.

Michael McCarthy

Michael is veteran software engineer and cloud computing aficionado. After starting his career as a Java software engineer, he evolved into a consultant, focusing first on enterprise content management and later on AWS. He is currently an AWS Cloud Practitioner and AWS Solutions Architect Associate, although he has held many more certifications in the past.