Ubuntu – How to download flash (streaming) videos from sites like youtube, dailymotion, vimeo, etc.


I have read this thread but please hear me out.

I use Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (32-bit) and I didn't bother to install the Flash plugin for Firefox as I am using a netbook and sometimes Flash caused firefox to crash. What I would like to ask is if I had the link to the video, is there some way I can download it and watch it offline (via VLC) so that I don't need to install Flash plugin? Command line or GUI techniques is welcome.

Based on what I have read, using the /tmp technique requires Flash plugin to be installed and the video to be loaded before I can go scavenge it in the said directory. Note that I also want to dload videos from site aside from youtube.

Best Answer

I would recommend ClipGrab, it downloads videos from many popular video sites including:

  • YouTube
  • Clipfish
  • College Humor
  • Daily Motion
  • MyVideo
  • MySpass
  • Sevenload
  • Tudou
  • Vimeo

It also allows you to transcode the video into multiple formats including audio formats such as mp3 and ogg vorbis.

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You can install it from the ppa:clipgrab-team/ppa PPA.