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download iconFlash games can be awesome – they’re all over the web, free to play, and easy to dive into. Flash games MUO Games - The Best Websites to Play Flash Games MUO Games - The Best Websites to Play Flash Games Read More run the spectrum from fun, casual time wasters 6 Fun Websites To Waste Time On 6 Fun Websites To Waste Time On Read More to indie gems 5 Classic Indie Strategy Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming] 5 Classic Indie Strategy Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming] Strategy games have a long history that dates back to the very first game consoles and even arcade games (such as Rampart). As with any other genre, most of the games produced have been developed... Read More created by developers with a unique vision. Downloading a Flash game is deceptively easy and simple once you know the trick.

Unfortunately, many people copy Flash games, throw them up on their own websites, and slap ads on them, stealing revenue and page views from the developers. This is why we can’t have nice things, like consistent offline support for Flash games – the same countermeasures that affect the people trying to profit off the backs of developers also hinder offline support.

Use File2HD

You can grab a Flash game directly from a page’s source code, but that’s a bit technical. One less-technical solution is File2HD, a website that will automatically locate the Flash files on a page and help you download them.

To use File2HD, open the File2HD website. Copy and paste the address of the web page containing the Flash game you want to download into the box, select Objects, and click Get Files.


If the page has multiple Flash objects on it – for example, Flash advertisements and other such things – you’ll see multiple Flash objects (SWF files) you can download. Locate the one that represents the game – here, since I’m trying to download Closure, I’d download the one with “Closure” in its name. It’s also in a subfolder named “gamez”, which points me in the right direction.

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Right-click the link and save the SWF file to your computer.


We’ve covered File2HD before — it can help you download other types of files from websites too, including music and video files.

Download With Mozilla Firefox

Firefox makes it easy to download Flash games right from your browser. From the page containing the Flash game, right-click the page and select View Page Info. Select the Media tab in the Page Info window, click the Type column to sort the media on the page, and look for the game – it’ll be classified as an Object. Once you’ve found it, you can use the Save As button to save the game to your computer.

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Playing Flash Games Offline

Once you’ve got the game downloaded, playing it offline should be easy. Locate the .swf file representing the game on your system and open it in your browser. You can open it in your browser using drag-and-drop, or double-click it and associate it with a browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer 7 Useful Tips & Tricks For Internet Explorer 9 Users 7 Useful Tips & Tricks For Internet Explorer 9 Users Tech websites write a lot about Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, so it’s easy to feel a bit left out if you use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer 9 is easily the best version of Internet... Read More .


The game will open in your browser – you may need to resize the game’s browser window to make the game smaller and more playable. If the game is taking up your entire browser window, it may perform quite slowly.

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Many Games Are Site-Locked

Here’s the bad news – this won’t always work. In the case of Closure, the game won’t play properly offline – clicking the Begin button does nothing. Some Flash games are designed to not play unless they’re on a website – this is to prevent the Flash games from being stolen and placed on other websites. However, this also prevents us from playing them offline. We’ve covered this subject in the past How To Download and Play Flash Games Offline How To Download and Play Flash Games Offline Read More , and site-locked games that refuse to work offline have only become more common since.

Some games won’t fail so silently, and will inform you that the game can only be played on a specific website. For example, download ImmorTall 10 Really Cool Games From The Google Chrome Store [MUO Gaming] 10 Really Cool Games From The Google Chrome Store [MUO Gaming] The Chrome Web Store contains thousands of games - we've dug through them for you and unearthed some gems. Whether you're looking for casual fun, Zen puzzles, rich 3D graphics, arcade-style multiplayer action or interesting... Read More from Armor Games and you’ll see the following error when you try to play it offline:


However, downloading ImmorTall from the developer’s website at gets you a copy that works fine offline.


The moral of the story is, if you want to play a Flash game offline, you should always try to download it from the developer’s website. Downloading it from a large Flash game repository like Kongregate or Armor Games is not as likely to work.

Can you get around the site-lock? Maybe, but it will be quite a bit of work. We’ve covered playing games from Kongregate offline How To Download and Play Kongregate Games Offline How To Download and Play Kongregate Games Offline Read More in the past – you basically have to impersonate the Kongregate server and trick the game into thinking it’s running on Kongregate. It’s rather technical, and it may not even work for some games that request resources from online servers while they run.

Have you downloaded Flash games for offline use before? Do you have any other tips or tricks to share? Leave a comment and let us know!

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  1. ReeceC
    March 7, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    I have a problem. I downloaded flash games to play at my school on a memory stick however I would like to know if there is any way of saving the progress as it won't. I'm not sure if this has something to do with the computers but I was wondering if there was any way to save the progress through creating save files. I've looked all over but I still haven't found a solution, please help.

  2. Vir
    December 18, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    you can use fvd downloader extension if you are using chrome.its simple and easy.

  3. gogo th
    August 14, 2012 at 7:40 am

    You have given this step make me much easier to download.Thank

    • Unknown
      September 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

      i can give you any .swf game below then 20 mb , don't care it is protected or not i just open it delete export access files and some other files which stuck the game no worry . Just email me If the blog head allows me i can post the thousands of way to patch , hack , modify , make trainer , or start game private server , many more to go , so plz contact everything for free :D just practicing my hacking skills :P

  4. Aditya Roy
    August 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Thanxx for the info.

  5. Timothy Liem
    August 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    intersting tips. heard the Firefox tips before. but the sitelock is a new thing to me. thanks for the info.

  6. Saurabh Kumar
    August 11, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Thanks. Can flash videos can also be downloaded using like this?

    • Arron Walker
      August 11, 2012 at 10:28 am

      He did mention that you could in the article - I prefer to to use a dedicated program for that though, last one I used was actually called "Youtube Downloader", but there's quite a few - check . It's a good site for software

      • Chris Hoffman
        August 17, 2012 at 4:39 am

        Thanks, Arron. You could download a flash video like this in many cases, but a dedicated tool may be more convenient.

    • Arron Walker
      August 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Good tips: I used to do this a lot, although I've mostly replaced it with emulation instead.

    • Unknown
      September 3, 2012 at 9:56 am

      yes you can easily do it by the same method mentioned above or just Google it :P

  7. Juan Carlos Espinosa Agudelo
    August 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Is this legal? I've never done it, because I thought it might be illegal in some way or another. I mostly play flash games because usually you can play them for 5 minutes and just quit at any given moment(not on all flash games, just on most). It's something which separates them from bigger games.

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 17, 2012 at 4:38 am

      Legal? Well, I don't see why not -- your browser downloads the flash game each time you play it. This is just grabbing the flash game file and loading it later, perhaps when you don't have an internet connection.

      As we saw above, it's possible for game makers to stop games from working offline if they want.

      • Mikki McNatt
        August 22, 2012 at 5:51 am

        I agree

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