How to Save Flash Animation on Web Sites

How can you save flash animation online? Did you find a wonderful shockwave flash animation on the web and wanted to save it. But how to save Flash? Do not buy expensive flash capturing software.. Here is the tip.

Why is saving flash content difficult?

flash playerWhen you right click on a flash animation, you usually get two options – Settings & About Macromedia Flash player. So there is no way to just right click and save a flash animation. Though such a right click and save option is in the works.

Then you may try View>Source and try to locate the flash file and get the source code if you are lucky. But that will also not help, because even if you run it in the web browser again, how will you save it.

There are professional tools and plugins which will help you view and save flash in one go, but for a price. There are several free flash viewers which will only enable you to see flash files located on your computer, but not allow saving flash.

How to Save Flash

Here is the quick fix for Internet explorer in Windows XP I have been using for some time.

Finding the flash file
Open the Internet explorer
Go to Tools > Internet Options
Look for “Temporary internet Files” – click on Settings
Then in the Pop Window, look for “Temporary Internet Files Folder”

Click “View Files”.  This will open the “Temporary Internet Files Folder”. You can sort files by Type by clicking on it. Or by date to see the latest files of you have a large cache. Under the type, you will see several files labelled as “Shockwave Flash Object”. You can right click on file you want, then “Copy”.

Unable to locate the file?
If you have a large number of files and are unable to locate the flash file you want, sort by date such that the latest date is on top. If there are still huge number of files, empty the temporary internet folder (Internet Explorer> Tools> Internet Options> Temporary Internet Files Folder> Delete Files>Delete all Offline content).

Now that your folder is clean, revisit the site and the flash file will be recached into this folder. If your file is lost amongst multiple flash files, then you can click these flash files, but that is best avoided. If you do click, an alert box will pop up. Click on Yes and the flash file will open in your default web browser.

Unable to locate the temporary internet folder?
In Win98-ME – “c:\windows”Win2000-XP
In Win XP-2000 – “c:\documents and settings\user_name\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files”
You can also search for *.swf files from same or higher levels depending on your computer.

See the source…
You can also find the source url of the flash movie easily. Right click the flash file in the temporary internet folder, select properties and it will reveal the full url. Similarly, once you click the file and ok the alert box above, the flash file url will appear in the location box.

Saving the flash file.
Now that you have the .swf shockwave file copied, you need a place to save it. Lets save it on the desktop, the easiest location to find on the computer. Right click on the desktop, and select “Paste”. The .swf flash file will be saved on the computer.

How to see if this file works?
Right click on the file and click > Open with > Internet explorer
and your flash file runs.

NOTE: Please note this is a quick way of saving flash files. Many of these flash files may be copyrighted and its usage may not be allowed by the site owners from which you got the file. So do not go about publishing or embedding these files on your websites.

55 comments on “How to Save Flash Animation on Web Sites

  1. pogenwurst says:

    In Mozilla Firefox, just right click anywhere on the page and click “View Page Info” (or find it in the “Tools” menu) and click on the media tab. Then select the desired .swf file from the list and click “Save as…”

    • Saqlain says:

      Thank u very much .ur suggestion on how to save swf files on mozilla firefox was very helpful.I am currently using it to save a large number of chemical engineering process flash files.Thanks again.

  2. Anarion says:

    Would this work for Macromedia Breeze files too? Thanks!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Good tip – which is useful to know. Thanks!

  4. firq krumpl says:

    as pogenwurst just illustrated, everything is so much simpler with firefox.

  5. PJH's blog says:

    Hi, an easy way to save flash from a webpage is saving the page, which results in a html-file and a folder containing the images etc. …and the swf-file

  6. Qis says:

    Or you could just add a button to your IE favorites/toolbar with this url:
    javascript:var url=prompt(“URL to link to:”,”http://”);document.write(‘‘+link+’‘);

    – Then use the view-source option to get (copy) the filename of the file.
    – Click the just created button
    – Enter (paste) the URL
    – Right-click the link
    – Save As…

  7. Paul says:

    If you have the URL of the file you can also feed it to GNU’s wget. There is also a GUI available.

    Wget is also extremely useful for almost any other HTTP or FTP retrieval (feed it a file containing a list of links to download, mirror a website, etc).

  8. dexim says:

    All you have to do is;
    1) view source to get the address of the .swf file
    2) go to the address
    3) click on File -> Save As…

  9. Meatgrinder says:

    In Firefox use adblock to get URL, then use Flashget (Jetcar) click new download, saves right to your desktop in about 10 secs.

  10. matt says:

    or just do what pogenwurst said, it’s a lot faster…

  11. Praetorian_TMOTC says:

    I’ve also been using the firefox method to save flash files for a long time now, however there is another method if you insist on using a browser that does not have such features such as *cough* IE.

    If you have the address of the flash file, eg. www.site.com/flash.swf, copy-paste it into google, right click on the link google provides, and choose save link as (or whatever it is). Man I

  12. Marc says:

    What about flash files that won’t play unless they are on the site? Such as “The Adventures of Chad” from gprime.net. I copied them but could not view them again in IE or FFox.

  13. M@DM@N says:

    i have been using the firefox method, because no self-respecting computer user would use IE anyways. however, if you still use IE, you can download FlashGet. It is a free download manager. You copy the source, open flashget , click on new download, & ur done!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Just look for “Flash Movie Extract Pilot”. It’s free, and it’s a heck of alot easier to use than doing all that other stuff…

  15. Rajeev says:

    I’ve been doing this for a while now, since I know HTML and can pick out this stuff easily. I make it much quicker though- I assemble the full URL (from the http:// on) and grab the file with wget so I don’t have to search through all my cache to find the flash file. (wget is only for linux as far as I know, and it’s commmand-line only, but I think I remember doing something a similar a few years back with the Add URL feature of Download Accelerator, back when I was on Windows and dial-up.) Nice writeup though.

  16. Nick says:

    Don’t suppose anyone knows how to save pictures displayed through a flash interface? Coz I want to get the pages of a webcomic, but view source doesn’t give me any links to the pictures, and as has already been noted, there’s no ‘save as’ feature available on the menu. Even saving the webpage whole doesn’t get the pics.

  17. R.Kesavan. says:

    Man,
    I have been making ‘no stone unturned’approach so far to learn how to copy a flash file but of no avail until I visited your page, which not only explained how it should be done but also made me float on cloud nine !!
    Thanks,
    R.Kesavan.

  18. durga prasad says:

    how to add shockwave file in email text message box to forwarding newsletter mail

  19. Jesuspower says:

    Or you could get the address of the flash file in Opera, and paste it into the Quick Download box in the transfer window.

  20. Rianna says:

    OK guys if any of the ways you mention work, for what I need I’ll be impressed. Copying the flash off my desktop does not work for what I need it for.

    I have been making a few of my own swf files to put on my own website but my website supports html code but now swf html code. So I need a way to save the swf. file as an IMAGE file not the code. So then I can insert the image flash directly into my website. Does anyone know of any software that can do this? Respond on this page and I’ll check back. Hope one of you know the answer. In the meantime I’ll check on all the software that you mention. Rianna

  21. Rianna says:

    I just went to firefox and there is no way to ask them the question I told you about. So that one is a dead end. If anyone knows the answer to this it would be very helpful to me and many others. Rianna

  22. Afridi says:

    Great Tip,. I always Used this tip to Save Flash or Internet Radio …..
    In Mozilla anyone can Save Flash Easily….
    how..?
    1: Go To TOOLS Menu and Than Page Info,..
    2: Than Click On Media Tab..
    3: All Flash and Images ‘ll bee shown,..
    4: now click anyflash and Click Save As to Save Enjoy..

    Afridi …….. From www.itdunya.com

  23. Wrecks says:

    1. Copy the URL of the page that contains the Flash animation to the clipboard.

    2. Go to: http://javimoya.com/blog/youtube_en.php# and follow the instructions on that page.

  24. andrew says:

    I just use this with IE, simple to use.

    http://www.browsertools.net/Flash-Saving-Plugin/

  25. gadlaw says:

    None of these options work with shockwave files. Opening up page source in Firefox and you get a dcr file in the media folder and it’s locked up tighter than, well tighter than most anything.

  26. Armil Velos says:

    How about saving dcr files?
    I’ve got trouble in it….

  27. TiFFANY says:

    THANKS S000 MUCH-! i HAVE BEEN TRYiNG T0 FiGURE 0UT H0W T0 D0 THAT F0REVER. VERRRRY HElPFUl-!

  28. NEHAL says:

    If you are using Firefox browser, there is one FFextension which allows you to save flash object embedded in the webpage. The link is at However for unknown reasons to me some of saved files are playing blank when played offline. Any ideas what can be reason and solution for the same.
    Thanks

  29. Rudi says:

    Thanks NEHAL, for the addon info at firefox, it help me alot

  30. jason says:

    This looks awesome, ill download it for saving some stuff i did a few years ago and dont have acsess to the files no more. Instread of creating them again this will save time.

    Thanks

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