Saving Flash files (with images)

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Saving Flash files (with images)
Saving Flash files (with images)
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Have you found a funny Flash game or Flash video that you want to be able to play whenever you want? Flash files are usually included as links in websites, which can make them difficult to download. If you use Firefox, you may be able to find and save the Flash file using the built-in tools. However, you don't necessarily need Firefox. Any browser will allow you to view the source code of a web page that will help you find out the location of the Flash file so you can save it to your computer.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Using Firefox

Save Flash Files Step 1

Step 1. Download and install Firefox

Firefox is one of the most useful browsers for downloading Flash files because you can view and download every single object of a web page. Firefox is free and available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

  • See wikiHow for instructions on how to download and install Firefox.
  • Firefox is the most convenient for saving a Flash file, but there are other ways. If you don't want to install the Firefox browser, see wikiHow for instructions on finding and saving the file manually.
Save Flash Files Step 2

Step 2. Go to the page containing the Flash file you want to save

This can be a Flash video or a Flash game.

Note: This will not work with YouTube videos as they are not Flash files. To download YouTube videos, check out wikiHow for more info

Save Flash Files Step 3

Step 3. Right click on the page and select "View page source"

Just make sure you click somewhere in the background of the page and not on the Flash file itself, or you won't see the correct menu.

Save Flash Files Step 4

Step 4. Click on the "Media" tab

This will show you a list of all media files (images, sound and video).

Save Flash Files Step 5

Step 5. Click the "Type" tab to sort by file type. It will help you find the Flash files in an easier way

Save Flash Files Step 6

Step 6. Scroll down and find an entry of the "Object" type

Here you will find an overview of the Flash objects.

Save Flash Files Step 7

Step 7. Select the Flash files you want to save

Flash files have a ".swf" ending.

  • Note: If the file says something like "videoplayer.swf", but no other.swf files are shown, try the following method to save the.swf file.
  • Some Flash videos have an.mp4 version that you can download. This is easier to access as it works on most devices and video players.
Save Flash Files Step 8

Step 8. Click the button

Save as….

This will save the file in your browser's download folder.

Save Flash Files Step 9

Step 9. Open the Flash file

If you have saved the Flash file to your computer, you can open it by dragging it into an open web browser. See wikiHow for more information about playing.swf files.

Method 2 of 2: Using any browser

Save Flash Files Step 10

Step 1. Open the website with the Flash file you want to download

You can use this method with any browser, but not all websites allow you to find the file this way.

Save Flash Files Step 11

Step 2. Right click on the website and select "View page source"

Most browsers also have the key combination Ctrl+U or ⌘ Cmd+U to open the source code of a web page.

Save Flash Files Step 12

Step 3. Press

Ctrl+F or ⌘ Command+F to open the search window.

Save Flash Files Step 13

Step 4. Type

swf in the search window.

Save Flash Files Step 14

Step 5. Click the Next button to find each instance of "swf" in the source code

Save Flash Files Step 15

Step 6. View the url of the Flash file

The Flash file usually has a filename that is the same as the title of the video or movie. Sometimes this address is obvious, but other times it will have been given an unrecognizable name by the creator of the website.

  • The url may have been changed by the website owner to make it appear to be incorrect. For example, Newgrounds often adds slashes to make a url look invalid. You can remove these extra slashes to make it a working URL. http:\/\/uploads.ungrounded.net\/643000\/645362_examplegame.swf then becomes
  • Some Flash videos have an.mp4 version that you can download. This is easier to access as it works on most devices and video players.
Save Flash Files Step 16

Step 7. Copy and paste the url into a new browser tab

Make sure you've fixed the URL, if necessary. Press ↵ Enter and the Flash file should load in the new tab, without the website hosting it.

Save Flash Files Step 17

Step 8. Click the File menu or the menu button (☰) in your browser

Select "Save As" or "Save Page As". This will download the.swf file to the chosen location.

If you don't see the File menu, press Alt

Save Flash Files Step 18

Step 9. Open the Flash file

If you have saved the Flash file to your computer, you can open it by dragging it into an open web browser. See wikiHow for more information about playing.swf files.

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