Want to download your Xbox Live avatar for use elsewhere? Here’s how

I’m a fairly recent convert to the Xbox 360 but I do think the avatars are pretty cool (as do my kids). And, if I can use the Avatar on Xbox Live, why not anywhere else?

It turns out that you can.

The clue was in a blog post about the “Next Generation” Xbox interface from 2008 and it seems that you can pick up your avatar in various formats using these URLs:

  • http://avatar.xboxlive.com/avatar/gamertag/avatar-body.png
  • http://avatar.xboxlive.com/avatar/gamertag/avatarpic-l.png
  • http://avatar.xboxlive.com/avatar/gamertag/avatarpic-s.png

By substituting my gamertag into this URL structure, I was able to access the following images:
My Xbox Live Avatar  My Xbox Live Avatar My Xbox Live Avatar

(There used to be a tool called free your avatar, but that seems to have gone AWOL)

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