Download YouTube .flv files

Posted on December 08, 2006

youtube download screenshot

Don't know if everyone already knows this, but I just discovered it by accident.

You can download the .flvs from YouTube in Safari simply by Command-clicking (Apple key + click) on the video. Up pops a context-menu with one option: "Copy flv to Download folder". And there it is:

youtube_flv_file.jpg

Just seen that it doesn't work in Firefox. A Safari only feature?

(Watch out for those evil iPods!)

Update

Seems to be an extra feature added by the Safari Stand plug-in, one that doesn't seem to be documented.

Here's another screenshot when you try downloading before the .flv has finished streaming.

youtube download streaming

For those who don't know, Safari Stand is the plug-in suite for Apple's Safari browser, with a whole range of useful features. My favourites:

  • It can organise your downloads into folders, sorted by date.
  • It can remember your last "workspace" when you re-open Safari.
  • It'll colourise HTML source, and make it editable.
  • You can search your bookmarks and browsing history simultaneously.
  • It can open target="_blank" links into a new tab automatically.

And a whole load of other stuff.



Comments (18)

Peter said

Erm, no. I only get the Flash-menue as usual with ctrl-click but there is no result with Command-click.

Posted by: Peter at December 8, 2006 01:57 PM .

Gerry said

No, doesn't do it for me either.

Posted by: Gerry at December 8, 2006 02:35 PM .

bsn said

Hmm. Maybe it's because I've got Safari Stand installed... Can't think of any other reason.

Posted by: bsn at December 8, 2006 02:40 PM .

SG said

Me too..... I wish it did that though. Apple are you watching?...

Posted by: SG at December 8, 2006 04:31 PM .

bsn said

OK. I deinstalled the Safari Stand plug-in, and now it doesn't work any more. Seems to be an undocumented feature.

Posted by: bsn at December 8, 2006 04:41 PM .

Lequeb said

BSN! What do you mean by "Safari Stand", case it does not work for me to.

Thanx

Posted by: Lequeb at December 8, 2006 04:41 PM .

Lequeb said

Ok got it!

Posted by: Lequeb at December 8, 2006 04:43 PM .

Sascha said

Please, enlighten us, Lequeb (:

Posted by: Sascha at December 8, 2006 09:29 PM .

AVTPro said

YouTube recently upgraded and now my safari cant display any video from there. Anybody know how to install the new flash?

Posted by: AVTPro at January 14, 2007 04:11 AM .

kevlar said

FLVs (and everything else on the page) show up in Safari's Activity window (opt+cmd+A). Click and copy that item there and paste it in the Download window (cmd+opt+L).

Posted by: kevlar at January 17, 2007 05:04 AM .

Joe said

I have a similar tool for Opera since May/2006! :)

Posted by: Joe at February 12, 2007 02:13 PM .

Dustin said

I think I may have found a way to directly access a .flv from youtube based on the origional link. Just insert the id (after v= on youtube view page) onto the end of this url.
ash-v227.ash.youtube.com/get_video?video_id=

Posted by: Dustin at February 14, 2007 04:37 AM .

Coleision said

Or you can download from many sites and convert to iPod, PSP, DVD, Xvid etc... using http://myvideodownloader.com

Posted by: Coleision at March 6, 2007 12:35 AM .

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Posted by: Neoretix at March 11, 2007 05:41 PM .

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Posted by: Neoretix at March 11, 2007 05:41 PM .

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Posted by: Neoretix at March 11, 2007 05:42 PM .

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Posted by: endrit at October 6, 2007 06:01 PM .

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