Download videos from Any websites YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and more
If you know how to download streaming videos from any website, you can save entire movies, web shows, and even live broadcasts on your computer. The best method to download a video from the web depends on the source of the video.
Instructions in this article apply broadly to desktop web browsers for Windows and macOS. However, the instructions are illustrated using Firefox. Some methods may not work in all browsers.
How to Download a Video A Website
Some browsers offer extensions that help you download videos from the web. For example, you can use a downloading tool for Firefox like Ant Video Downloader. To download videos from Mozilla Firefox:
Not all browsers have the same extensions available. If you’re using Chrome or Microsoft Edge, you may need to add a different browser extension.
Go to the Ant Video Downloader page and select Add to Firefox.
- Select Add in the pop-up window.
The Ant Video Downloader icon will appear on the Firefox toolbar. Select Okay, Got It to dismiss the pop-up window.
If you want to use Ant Video Downloader in Firefox private mode, select the box beside Allow this extension to run in Private Windows.
- Go to the page with the video you want to download, then select the Ant Video Downloader icon on the Firefox toolbar. Select Install to download the Ant Video Downloader app.
- Select Save File in the new window that opens, then choose where to save the app on your computer.
- Open the installation file you downloaded, then select Install and follow the instructions.
- Refresh the page with the video you want to download, then select the Ant Video Downloader icon again and select Download next to the video title.
- When the video finishes downloading, select the folder icon that appears to go to the folder containing the video file.
How to Download Videos From the Web Using Inspect Element
If the above method doesn’t work for you, there may be a more technical solution. You might find a link to the video you want to download by viewing a web page’s source code.
However, before you can use this method, you must trick your desktop web browser into thinking you’re browsing on a mobile device. For example, to download videos this way using Firefox:
The steps for doing this will differ depending on what browser you are using.
Open Firefox and enter about:config in the URL bar.
- Select Accept the Risk and Continue to access the Firefox configuration settings.
- Select Show All at the top of the page.
- Type general.useragent.override in the search bar, select String, then select the plus (+).
Type the following in the field provided, then select the checkmark
Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 8_3 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/600.1.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) FxiOS/1.0 Mobile/12F69 Safari/600.1.4
Open a page with the video you wish to download and let the video play for a few seconds, then right-click the video and choose Inspect Element.
- In the window containing the website’s source code, select the arrow next to the entry that begins with div id=”player.
- Select the arrow next to the code that starts with div id=”movie.
- Select the arrow next to the code that starts with div class.
Under the entry, select the link following src= to reveal the full URL.
- Right-click the highlighted URL and choose Copy.
- Open a new browser tab and enter the URL you copied into the address bar, then right-click the video and choose Save Video As.
- Choose a location on your computer for the video and select Save.
- Return to the about:config page and type general.useragent.override in the search bar, then select the trash can to delete the entry and restore the default settings.
How to Download Videos From Streaming Services
Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video use a technology called Digital Right Management, or DRM, to prevent users from downloading videos using the methods described above. However, most of these services allow subscribers to download certain content for a limited amount of time.
For example, there’s a built-in feature that lets you download videos from Netflix. Hulu, Prime Video, and Disney+ all offer similar capabilities, but there are restrictions. Not all shows and movies are available to download, and the downloads are set to expire after a certain amount of time. Since they are also DRM-protected, you can’t make copies of the files, but you can download them again if you don’t get around to watching them before they expire.
Try Using Screen Capture Tools
If none of the above methods are successful, you can always use screen capture software. Screen recording may be the only option if you want to permanently save a video from streaming services like Netflix or Hulu. The resulting videos will likely suffer from diminished video and audio quality.
Another option is to use a video capture card. The quality of videos will differ depending on the specifications of the capture device. For best results, enable the capture card on your television and stream the video you want to record.