How to download videos using a browser from any site

I decided to write a small guide on how to download videos from any sites (or from most of them) without using third-party programs.

  1. Go to the page of the desired video, but do not start it
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  2. Click ctrl+shiht+i you will open the developer tools
    and select the network tab there

  3. start the video, you will see a list of files, we are looking for video format files among them
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  4. Right click on it and select “Open in new tab”
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  5. Click here in the tab that opens and click download
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In Dev Tools once you open the Network tab you can often cut through the clutter by clicking on the Media sub tab to filter your results.

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It seems like instead of loading one file, it’s loading a lot of files on both Firefox and Chrome, and each media file is a couple second gif of what was loaded. Like the most convoluted way to prevent people from just taking the entire file.

I have found this method works for perhaps half of the sites I try it on. More and more sites are implementing methods to prevent this kind of access. When that happens I fire up jdownloader and hope that works.

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Ye, I was trying it for Pornhub of course, but they seem to have countered this at some point. I’ll just use other methods like I have always done. Nice to know I could try this method though, if I can’t download something it’s a possibility.

it doesn’t work with pornhub, but there are many downloaders for it. I wrote this guide more for unpopular sites for which there are no other ways

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I just use youtube-dl

I generally check with video download helper first, it can pull 90% of what I’m trying to get. It requires a companion app to properly download from places like pornhub, but it’s very reliable in my experience.

Video DownloadHelper – Get this Extension for 🦊 Firefox (en-US)

Please see this:

And then see this:

This is a great thread but doesn’t always work. Many sites use blobbed streaming to prevent this form of scraping.
It i still worth going over. I can reference this thread for manually doing this.

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of course you can use this

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