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How to Download Embedded Flash Videos and Music With a Browser

Saikat Basu Updated 14-12-2019

You can downloaded embedded Flash videos inside of a browser. This article covers getting videos inside of Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox.


Flash animation files are embedded as SWF (Small Web Format) files in web pages. With a bit of elbow grease, it is possible to download these files without the overhead of browser extensions. Here’s how you can do it on Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

Download Flash Files Using Chrome

To download SWF files in Chrome without the express help of any extensions, you have to dive into some of Chrome’s tools that are favored by developers. Don’t worry, the steps are simple enough.

  • Open the Flash video on a Chrome tab and allow it to load completely. Right-click on an empty area and select Inspect Element from the context menu.

Download Flash files with Chrome

  • The Developer Tools opens up in a separate frame at the bottom of the browser screen.

Chrome developer tools

  • Instead of searching for the specific SWF file in the jumble of code, click on the magnifying glass icon which says – Select an element in the page to inspect it. Using the selection also helps if there are more than one video on the page.
  • Click on the Flash video which gets highlighted in blue. Correspondingly, the object path is also selected in the code.

Select path of flash object

  • Select the URL and paste it in the address bar of Chrome, and then open it again.
  • Open the drop-down Chrome menu (Customize and control Google Chrome) from the top-right and click on Save page as. Save the flash video to your computer disk.

You should also know how to enable Flash in Chrome 5 Steps to Enable Flash in Chrome Google Chrome doesn't want you to use Adobe Flash Player. Here's how to enable Flash in Chrome in case you need it. Read More in case you need it.

Download Flash Files Using Firefox

Launch Firefox and load to the page which contains the embedded SWF Flash file that you want to download. Let the SWF file stream through once completely.

  • On any empty part of the page, right-click and select the Page Info context menu option. Or alternatively, go to Tools – Page Info.

View Page Info in Firefox

  • The Page Info box has five tabs. Select the Media tab. As long as the page has any media in it, the Media tab lists all image elements like icons, style sheets and Flash files on the particular webpage.

Page Info Box

  • There’s bit of work involved as you have to sift through the cached elements to locate the SWF file. You can make it quicker by sorting the elements by type and narrowing down to the one that says Embed. Highlight the file and click Save as to save the file on your hard drive.

Download Flash Files Using Internet Explorer

Earlier versions of Internet Explorer made it easy to go into the Temporary Internet Files and copy the cached SWF files. You could access the Temporary Files from the browser’s Internet Options. Since Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 7 (as far as I can recall), you have to take a more roundabout route. Here are the steps which will allow you to grad SWF files if you are using Internet Explorer.

  • Log into your machine with your Administrator account.
  • Open IE and load the video of your choice completely.
  • You have to go to the Folder Options from the Control Panel or Explorer to tweak a few visibility settings i.e. enable “Show hidden files and folders”, uncheck “Hide protected Operating System Files” and also uncheck “Hide Extensions for Known Filetypes”.

Windows Folder Options

  • Now, navigate to Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\
  • Add “Low\Content.IE5” to the location in the address bar.
  • There will be some folders with random alphanumeric names.

Temporary Internet Files

  • Open these folders search through them manually for the SWF file. For an easier search, you can click on the “Type” column header and arrange all similar files together.

Search for SWF files

  • Copy the SWF file to a location of your choice.

All Done!

The downloaded Flash files can be viewed in players like Media Player Classic and the excellent Daum PotPlayer among others. Alternatively, you can simply drag and drop it into your browser. The next time you come across a cool animated interactive, think about downloading it and keeping it offline. You now have the methods now, or you probably knew them and this information is old hat.

If you prefer to download an entire website for offline reading, that can be done too (although obviously, the flash files won’t be coming with.)

Either way, tell us if you prefer browser extensions for the job or would you go back to the basics as explained here. What do you usually look to download Why xVideoServiceThief Is the Ultimate Download Manager for Online Videos It's easy to download any video from the internet if you use this one free tool available on Linux, Windows, and Mac. Read More ?

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  1. Axe
    March 18, 2019 at 1:55 am

    What do you mean by "obviously the flash files won't be coming with" when saving an entire web page? Not true, they always do unless the .swf file is hidden in which case it cannot be saved on its own anyway by your above means. Or can it somehow be saved from the browser cache since it is obvious it remains there even when taken offline, but not once browser is closed.

  2. wooden
    December 14, 2018 at 3:16 am

    Some videos are embedded in website MP4 player, which means that you can download these videos just like save a picture online. It can be called the simplest method to download an embedded video. Apart from that, wonderfox free hd video converter factory also can download embedded video easily.

  3. Nachubang
    February 27, 2018 at 5:45 am

    Thanks... Worked well- Chrome

  4. Mary Soto
    August 25, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Thank you for these instructions, really helpful!! I used to save flash file to my computer with a web-based app calls Acethinker video downloader, It is a free online tool that lets you download swf video right from the browser. Share it here as an alternative method.

  5. Nate
    January 5, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    What do you do when the link looks like this?


  6. Hannah Czerny
    December 23, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Very useful, thanks a lot!

  7. Hannah Czerny
    December 23, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Very useful, thanks a lot!

  8. pablo
    September 24, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you!

  9. pablo
    September 24, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    thanks for showing me the way to extract a .swf from year 2004

  10. mrinal
    August 3, 2016 at 7:12 am

    I have followed the steps but could not download it.I am downloading from the link>>

    On inspecting the page source I further got the link >>


    but could not able to download.

    Can anyone help me in this regard.

  11. Dank Memes
    March 9, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Lifesaver, thank you so so much, time to listen to some dope beats

  12. moranche
    January 30, 2016 at 4:51 pm
    • Anyone
      February 11, 2016 at 9:01 am

      If you want to download the videos, FlashGot for Firefox does the trick.

  13. Treejog80
    January 24, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    I am a Sploder member. On Sploder, you can create your own Flash games. But I cannot download my own games onto my PC. How can I do this? (Chrome)

  14. Wayne
    January 23, 2016 at 10:21 am

    It works but sometimes you have to dig deeper into the code shown in the developer window to find to find the video. A page from which I wanted to download what I thought was an embedded Flash video turned out to have a URL to an MP4 video embedded in the Flash element. Moreover, the video URL was encoded and I had to use to first decode it, then copy and paste it to my browser's address bar. Initially, the page showed a 404 error but then a window popped up which allowed me to download the video.

  15. schwack
    November 29, 2015 at 3:17 am

    To get the files to play, locate the swf on your computer and right-click it. Select properties from the menu. Under the 'General' tab, at the bottom will be a notice that the file came from the web and might be unsafe.

    Before you simply click to enable the file, remember: the file came from the web and might be unsafe.

    Enable with discretion.


  16. Russel
    November 11, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Hello Saikat,
    Hope you're good.
    I'm tried to download this:

    And I did download the embedded file, but all it shows – using PotPlayer – is a white screen with a spinning circle inside.
    What shall I do?

  17. Anonymous
    August 28, 2015 at 5:12 am there a way for opera browser?

    • Saikat Basu
      August 31, 2015 at 2:45 am

      Not the right person to advise you on this as I don't use Opera now. They use the same open-source Chromium engine now. Maybe you can try Opera extensions like Flash Video Downloader and [Broken Link Removed]

      Look into the comments as well. They seem to be all favorable.

  18. Anonymous
    July 14, 2015 at 5:31 am

    thank u Saikat. i used your information to download for a while and it worked with firefox, but then i had to download adobe shockwave and adobe air. now whenever i try to download i find object in place of embed in the type column of the the media option. please, how can i make it return to the way it was before?

    • schwack
      November 29, 2015 at 3:18 am

      Uninstall shockwave & air

  19. Anonymous
    July 6, 2015 at 3:39 am

    It doesn't work on my chrome. When I paste the code to the address bar I get "400. That's an error. Your client has issued a malformed or illegal request. That’s all we know." Ah well.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 7, 2015 at 3:51 am

      I think Chrome has disabled that workaround now. It's much easier now in 2015 with third-party extensions. Flash Master is a good one.

  20. Cheryl Alvarez
    May 7, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    It looks like the ones I'm trying to download have some sort of block on them. I tried it in both Chrome and Firefox, and was able to locate the file, but when I tried to access it directly, in Chrome I got the message "error loading player: could not load player configuration" and in Firefox the file is listed as type "object" not "embed" and it is grayed out. Is there any way around this?

    • Saikat
      May 7, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      I think sometimes, the files you are trying to download get uploaded with the wrong file permissions. That could be one of the reasons for this error at your end. Couldn't find a solution so far.

  21. Lasting
    March 5, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Great information! I try it on Chrome, it works. Thank you.

  22. TheShadyColombian
    March 1, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Great Tutorial! unfortunately, Nitrome thinks the game is being run on a different server, so it won't work, but that's just the DRM. Thanks!

    • Saikat
      March 2, 2015 at 6:57 am

      Ah, a lot has changed in SIX years :)

  23. Fatima
    February 12, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I LOVE YOU!!!!!! omg thank u so much!

  24. Imtiaz
    January 20, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Good information Thank you for sharing:)

    • Saikat
      January 21, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      You are welcome. This is a very old article. Glad to see that it is still useful.

  25. Robo
    January 9, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Some obsolete info. In nowadays flash isn't anymore embedded, it is downloaded in real-time into the player consequently.
    Will there be updated methods?

  26. dan
    January 8, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    This is all obsolete. Chrome doesn't support Flash. Right-clicking in Firefox just brings up the Flash-options, etc.

    • Saikat
      January 9, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      Adobe Flash Player is directly integrated with Google Chrome and enabled by default.

  27. Utku Demir
    January 24, 2010 at 2:41 am


    Another way to download with Chrome is typing "about:cache" in adress bar. Right clicking and clicking "Download" works. Like Firefox.

    And sorry for my bad English :).

  28. satya
    November 29, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    thanx a lot

  29. dOPEpHIZH
    October 7, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Is there a easy way to download .SWF files that are "hidden" behind a preloader?

  30. flash files
    September 30, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    great information on flash files. thanks

  31. hannah
    September 21, 2009 at 1:39 am

    safari is just option+command+a
    already knew how to do this, though. I was thinking maybe there was another option..

  32. Kurt
    July 12, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    For anyone who isn't helped by the above: I found a flash file that, for whatever reason, was not downloaded into the cache, but into the Documents and Settings\Default\Local Settings\Temp directory as a .tmp file. If I tried to copy it, even when the movie was stopped, I'd get a "file in use" error. If I closed the window containing the movie, the .tmp file disappeared. If I used the source code window to find the file, there was none. I solved the problem by using freeware program ShadowCopy, which can copy files that are still open. Info for anyone else who has this problem.

  33. ggstarling
    June 17, 2009 at 4:10 pm

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    This morning I have found a very fresh cartoon about the office workers everyday life.
    I recommend this for all to elevate your mood.
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  34. vas
    June 13, 2009 at 2:10 am

    hi, Nacho
    thanks for your reply
    i want to give you url for that photo gallery but here it doesn't allow me so how can i give to you.
    and i use that downThemAll but still i can't download it.

    many thanks.

  35. vas
    June 9, 2009 at 12:45 am

    hi, all frnds....

    I want to download one photo gallery from one webpage but it cant download. pls anyone help me... thanks..

    • Nacho
      June 10, 2009 at 1:26 pm

      To download a photogallery, you can try "downThemAll" extension for Firefox.

      • vas
        June 13, 2009 at 2:05 am

        hi, Nacho
        thanks for your reply. i want to download photo gallery from this url
        [Broken Link Removed]
        but i cant can you pls tell me how can i get it.

        Many thanks..

  36. vas
    June 9, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Hi, all frnds....

  37. Saikat
    June 8, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Thanks Sid, actually I tried this before I wrote the article. but the files wouldn't play. While it would when downloaded thru the remaining browsers. Probably a glitch, I couldn't figure out at that time. There are of course a few programs that help out Chrome with this job just like the many add-ons for FF.

  38. Diego Ripley
    June 2, 2009 at 7:28 pm
  39. monte cabet
    June 2, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    The firefox addon downthemall works here too. Look for it in the "Pictures and Embedded" tab...

  40. cristiano007
    June 2, 2009 at 11:07 am

    AdBlock Plus is the way to go for dynamically loaded media! Thanks!

    • Bunda
      June 2, 2009 at 12:34 pm

      Well, Adblock is not for that certainly - but is there any sense in installing one more Firefox-addon just for downloading a few files? For me not.
      If I want to make an offline collection of hundreds of flash games - I use an addon.

      So if I stumble into a good flash game or video once in 1-2 months - I use a simple way but without installing another addon.

    June 2, 2009 at 4:57 am

    yea..... Downloading flash files using Google chrome is the most simplest.

    Thanks for this article

  42. ChromeISCool
    June 1, 2009 at 9:23 am

    You can find it in Google Chrome by typing "about:cache" into the address bar. It helps if you clear the cache out first.

  43. Sid
    June 1, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Doing this in Chrome is as easy too.

    1. Ctrl+U [Page Source].
    2. Ctrl+F [Find]
    3. Type "swf"
    3. Keep hitting F3 till you come to the swf file you need.
    4. Chrome will present it to you as a clickable hyperlink - so all you have to do is to right-click and save.

    PS: I do this ALL the time :)

  44. Brave Littlle Meme
    June 1, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Safari can do this without any third-party add-on. Just load the window containing the flash file and look under the Activity Window (Manu > Window > Activity) for whatever has a rapidly growing byte count. Double-click that entry and the file will be saved in your download folder.

    • undahpresha
      July 29, 2009 at 11:40 pm

      Thank you for this tip! Never had a clue that Safari was capable of this!

  45. aerobroken
    June 1, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Sweat find and share! I have been looking for this hack..

  46. Yanguang
    June 1, 2009 at 6:20 am

    I use my own little method to download embedded flash media, using Adblock Plus (as weird as it sounds)

    • striipes
      September 25, 2009 at 12:18 am

      Thanks for the tip of using adblock
      Works perfect for what I needed to download

  47. Abhijeet Pathak
    May 31, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    From "Shockwave Flash" to "Small Web Format" becaure Macromedia acquired it.. Then I guess it should be now called ASWF (Adobe Small Web Format) as Flash is their product now.. :-P

  48. Adam Hill
    May 31, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Try Flashgot plugin for Firefox

  49. fractal
    May 31, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    One problem that is overlooked here is the fact that Flash files have the ability to load content dynamically. For instance, the swf that you save locally may need to load images, text, code or even other swf's in order to render correctly.

    If a Flash developer doesn't want you getting at the Library or ActionScript, you're likely going to be left with an empty container that does nothing at all. This is usually the case with games and more complex animations or interactive movies.

    • cristiano007
      June 1, 2009 at 8:57 am

      You're right, I've seen this in many photo galleries sites, very bad. Anybody has a walkaround for this problem?

  50. Gringo
    May 31, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Yeah ! But doesn't work for some sites, even with software like Orbit that are almost perfect for retrieving content from youtube, or dailymotion.

  51. Mickey
    May 31, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Shaneecy, SWF was originally called Shockwave Flash but Macromedia changed it to Small Web Format

    Nice article, and I am sure this will come in handy for some people

    • Saikat
      June 8, 2009 at 10:11 am

      Yes, Mickey...that's true. But what's surprising is that this fact is so difficult to establish. In fact, it's not even mentioned in the SWF specification doc which is 278 pages long!!!

  52. Hal
    May 31, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    The most simple way to do this is use the Firefox extension Downloadhelper. Easily download just about any media without opening backend windows.

    • Andrew J
      June 1, 2009 at 4:06 pm

      I also use the Downloadhelper extension for Firefox. It really is the simplest way to capture flash video - what could be easier than clicking the extension's browser icon and saving the flash file?

  53. shaneecy
    May 31, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    "Flash animation files are embedded as SWF (Small Web Format) files in webpages."
    --i believe that SWF means "Shockwave Flash" file, not small web format file.

    good article, though i still prefer to use (thx to whoever wrote the offline flash game tut) because its less complicated :)

  54. The Computer Lady
    May 31, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Thanks so much for the information. I have been trying to figure this out for a while? What about embedded videos?