How To Save FLV File Flash Video From Firefox Cache Folder


Comparing to the previous Firefox guides, this could be an easier 3-minutes guide about how to save (YouTube) flash video, shockwave game, mp3, movie, music, picture, etc from Firefox cache folder.

Using YouTube video as example, let’s see how could we save a copy of “Gwen Stefani – What You Waiting For?” from the Firefox cache folder:

  1. Wait for the flash video loading completely, i.e. able to play MTV to the end
     
  2. Open a new tab / window of Firefox and enter about:cache as an URL
     
  3. Take note of the Firefox cache folder path specified in Cache Directory: and browse to this folder with Windows Explorer

    If the Storage In Use greater than or approaching Maximum Storage Size, the video might not be cached completely or you’ll have to increase Maximum Storage Size and reload the MTV again.

    To set Firefox cache folder maximum storage size, click Tools | Option… | Network | Cache

  4. Sort the cached files by file size and try to open the biggest file with Storm Codec-MPC or FlV Player. (The biggest file is likely to be the cached YouTube video)

OK. If you want to know what those files in the Firefox cache folder exactly are, here we go:

  1. While in the about:cache page, click the List Cache Entries link of the Disk cache device section
     
  2. Press CTRL + F to search for Key: (URL) with the get_video keyword and also with the biggest Data Size: (YouTube doesn’t cache the flash video in FLV extension. For other flash video hosting site, you may save time by trying to search for .FLV extension).
     
  3. Right-click the URL and select the Open Link In New Tab and refer to the File on Disk:

P/S: There are many Firefox plugins available to save flash video. However, if you’re not regularly download flash video, then it’s worth to know how to do it manually. Running too many plugins might slow down the Firefox or overall PC performance too :-)

source: http://www.walkernews.net/2007/11/19/how-to-save-flash-video-from-firefox-cache-folder/

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43 responses to this post.

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  2. This is just a Great Tip.

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  3. Posted by Mimi on February 23, 2009 at 3:48 am

    I have a *much* better solution that works for me for some websites showing quicktime .mov files. I just open the web page source in firefox (ctrl+U), look for the link for the .mov file (doesnot matter if I dont know the name, I just copy the entire link for the .mov file). Now just download the file any which way you can! I use ‘downloadthemall’ firefox plugin.

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  4. Posted by alap1983 on May 10, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Thanks Man It worked
    I was depending on the IE for this. Now I can work in Firefox

    Cool

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  5. Posted by Washington on June 28, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Firefox, Opera, IE.. whatever, it’s possible to download any flv file.

    Reply

  6. Posted by JohnXY on October 23, 2009 at 7:37 am

    I’m gonna use this one for sure.
    Till now I was using http://www.tubeleecher.com

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  7. Posted by GVJeremy on October 23, 2009 at 7:39 am

    wow great method .
    Till now I was using http://www.tubeleecher.com

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  8. Posted by JohnXY on October 23, 2009 at 7:53 am

    yep great method .
    Till now I was using http://www.tubeleecher.com

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  9. Posted by me on November 7, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    about: cache

    The url is not valid and cannot be loaded.

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  10. Posted by me on November 7, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Oh, I removed the space and it worked… about:cache

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  11. Posted by badrra on December 4, 2009 at 9:02 am

    This one is by far the best solution.

    http://badrra.wordpress.com/category/firefox

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  12. thanks for the tip

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  17. Hey Great Tutorial!

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  18. Posted by miguel@hotmail.com on March 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Hi,

    Would this work for other sites like youku, tudou, or 56.com?

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  19. Posted by deez on May 11, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Any way for downloading a MTV video from firefox 4 and mac osx?

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  20. Posted by Indie on June 21, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Came across this on Google while looking for something similar myself as firefox keeps deleting the files when they’re done. Not keen on installing extra junk when not needed and had an idea. Under Linux you can set immutable flag on the file once it’s started to be downloaded and the firefox can’t delete the damn thing. You can then make a copy of it.

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  21. Posted by Anonymous on September 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    but it wan’t work on firfeox v 6 ….the cache have been change so what else u can do

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  22. but it wan’t work on firefox v6.02…. went u search it u will find many folder and not the cache like before

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  24. Posted by Anonymous on March 9, 2012 at 6:53 am

    it doesnt work in firefox 10

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    This does NOT work. The largest file ALWAYS stays black when I open it with flv player.

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