Saving Flash Videos In Linux

This guest article was written by Nate from The Geeky Life blog, who is also one of our most prolific forum members. Thanks!

Have you ever watched a video on Youtube or some other site that lets you view flash videos and then wanted to save a copy of the video to your hard drive so that you can watch it later,out but you then cannot because there is no download link?  This can be done very easily because when you watch a video on any of those sites they save a temporary file on your computer of the video.  So from there you will need to just find the file and rename it.

So the first thing you are going to want to do is go to the site with the video that you want to download. Once you are there you will have to wait for the video to fully load so that you will have all of the video when you make a copy of it later.

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You Can Tell When The Video Is Fully Downloaded When The Light Red Bar Is At The End Of The Box

Now from here you will need to navigate to Filesystem/tmp.  Now you will just need to find a file that has “flash” in the name of it.  In my case it is FlashZv9s8f yours should be something similar.  From here you will just need to copy and paste the file to where ever you want it and then rename it to whatever you want with the file extension .flv so in the end mine was “FlashZv9s8f.flv”.

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The Original Version And The Copied Version

To play the flash movies on your computer you can use VLC Player. In most versions of Linux you can find VLC pre-installed or in your package manager.

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Flash Video Playing In VLC

Now you are done and you can download all of the flash videos that you want onto your hard drive.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/29/09
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