How to keep buffered flash videos in linux


  • Open your web-browser, play a video and wait until it’s buffered completely.
  • Open the “/tmp” directory using a file manager.
  • Copy the flash file “FlashvX0arE” to a non-temporary directory. The  “vX0arE” part of the file name  is randomly generated, so it will be different each time (even if it is the same video).

Important notes:

  • This method was tested on Mozilla FireFox, Seamonkey, Flock, and Google Chrome Web-browsers. It lets you keep  any buffered flash video (youtube, dailymotion, metacafe, megavedio, and most of the others) in .flv (video/x-flv) format, Except for  youtube HQ videos and wordpress videos, they are saved in MPEG-4 video (video/mp4) format.
  • The video file will be deleted automatically once the web-page is closed.

Updated Sep 3, 2009

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