Save Flash Files in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera

flashFlash has been popular format for desiging interactive games, navigations, media, movies, and animations for the world wide web. You can actually download these files and keep it as your belonging for your viewing or playing pleasure. The following methods shows how you can save flash files no matter which browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera) you are using.

1. Saving Flash Files using Firefox
firefox logo
Firefox: Easy for Newbies
a. Click Tools > Page Info
b. Click the Media Tab
c. The Media tab has a complete list (with preview) of Images, CSS Files and Shockwave Flash files that were downloaded by the Firefox browser while rendering (loading) the page and stored for caching purposes.
d. Scroll down the list, locate the swf file, and save the flash file into a place/folder on your hard disk.

Firefox for Advaned Users
b. Type about:cache?device=disk (Disk cache device) in the address bar
c. Press Ctrl+F, type .swf and try to search for the flash file.
d. Click the SWF URL to open the Cache Entry Information page.
e. Right click on the link and choose “Save link as”

2. How to save flash in IE browser

* It’s advisable to leave IE open and running while you try t save the flash file to avoid purging of the swf files in the cache.

a. Click Tools – Internet Options
b. In the General Tab, click the Settings button available in the Temporary Internet Files group.
c. Click View Files to open your Temporary Internet Files folder.
d. Click View – Details. Now click View – Arrange Icons By – Internet Address. Depending upon the webpage, there could one or more Flash files (Shockwave Flash Object) under the Inernet Address.
e. Once you find the right flash file, right-click and choose Copy. Then paste the swf file in any other directory.

For newbies, I suggest the following approaches:
1. Get a download accelerator like Flashget and tell it to automatically download the shockwave extention (*.swf)

3. Save flash in MyIE2
MyIE2 has a strucutre very similar to IE. Either follow the exact procedure for Internet explorer or download the free Flash saver for MyIE2 plugin.

4. How to save Flash files from Opera browser
opera logoOpera stores the flash files in the browser cache. The temporary files for Opera are usually stored into
C:Program FilesOpera9profilecache4

3 thoughts on “Save Flash Files in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera

  1. in the latest opera for windows, opera 9.64 onwards, video files are located at:-

    C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Opera\Opera\profile\cache4

    - remember to replace ‘USERNAME’ with the name you use on the windows screen to log-in/administrative name relating to the computer. if your not sure, simply go to C:\Users\ and try and work out which folders to click on to get to the required final ‘cache4′ location above.

    it still takes a while to find and rename the files you think are SWF, in order to be able to play them, but it does work, but do it one at a time. rearrange the files in the cache4 folder in order of size, the largest will most likely be the SWF files. copy these files to the desktop, and rename them by adding .swf to the end of each file, and then try and play them in your installed flash player (or in your browser which can play flash). if you cant be bothered with all this hassle, simply look for a flash SWF downloader for your browser, or try download accelerator instead (doesnt always work) and cross your fingers that the swf shows up on the page you are trying to get the file from!

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