WTe 2 is a unique material in the family of transition metal dichalcogenides and it has been proposed as a candidate for type-II Weyl semimetals. However, thus far, studies on the optical properties of this emerging material have been significantly hindered by the lack of large-area, high-quality WTe 2 materials. Here, we grow a centimeter-scale, highly crystalline WTe 2 ultrathin film (∼35 nm) by a pulsed laser deposition technique. Broadband pump-probe spectroscopy (1.2-2.5 μm) reveals a peculiar ultrafast optical response where an initial photo-bleaching signal (lasting ∼3 ps) is followed by a long-lived photoinduced absorption signature. Nonlinear absorption characterization using femtosecond pulses confirms the saturable absorption response of the WTe 2 ultrathin films, and we further demonstrated a mode-locked Thulium fiber laser using a WTe 2 absorber. Our work provides important insights into linear and nonlinear optical responses of WTe 2 thin films.