Archivo: Easily archive recordings from TiVo to your computer

Archivo lets you transfer recordings from a TiVo to your computer. It will automatically find all of your TiVos, list the recordings available on each, and let you convert them to a variety of video types with the commercials removed. Archivo supports standard H.264 and H.265 videos, as well as videos optimized for iPhones, iPads, Android devices, Apple TVs, and tablet PCs. Archivo runs on both Windows and Mac OS X.

Archivo in action

Getting started

Archivo is an easy-to-use desktop app for archiving TiVo recordings to your computer. Getting started takes just a few steps:

  1. If you don't already have Java 8 or newer installed on your computer, you'll need to download and install it before installing Archivo.
  2. Download Archivo using the links below.
    • For Windows users, double-click the Archivo installer and follow the prompts to complete the installation.
    • For Mac OS X users, open the Archivo package and drag the Archivo icon to your Applications folder.
  3. Start up Archivo. Windows users will find an Archivo entry in their Start Menu; Mac OS X users can double-click the Archivo icon in the Applications folder.
  4. The first time you run Archivo, you'll need to tell it about your TiVo's Media Access Key (MAK). You can find your MAK online at or view it on your TV under TiVo → Settings & Messages → Account & System Info → Media Access Key.
  5. Archivo will automatically find all of your TiVos and list the recordings available on them. To archive a recording, select it from the list and click Archive.

Here are some additional tips for getting the most out of Archivo:




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Reporting problems

If you're having trouble with Archivo, please let us know about the problem. When you do, it will help to include the contents of the Archivo log, which you can view by clicking Help → View Log in Archivo.


Archivo is Free Software, so everyone is welcome to view, modify, and redistribute its source code. The only requirement is that you must in turn allow everyone to view, modify, and redistribute your own modifications (learn more about this topic at

If you'd like to get involved in Archivo's development, fork us on GitHub!


Development of this project was made substantially easier by the existence of the excellent KMTTG project. If you want more control over your TiVo than Archivo gives you, KMTTG is probably the tool you're looking for.

Archivo also makes use of the following Free Software projects:

Thanks to Freepik for providing the icon the Archivo logo is based upon.