Have you ever tried to download a video from a website only to find out it couldn’t be done? You just wish there was a button to download your favourite videos so you could watch them later. Most video-sharing sites don’t let you do that, though, because of copyright issues or because not many people want to download the videos.
Even if a website doesn’t have a download option, there are tools and tricks you can use to download and save videos from almost any site. It could be a YouTube video or something similar. You can also download a movie, watch it, and save it so you can watch it again later.
To do this, copy the video’s embed/source code and paste it into an online converter tool. This will turn the code into a file that can be downloaded. There are a few tools and tricks you can use on your Windows 11 PC to download a video from any website. So, here’s how to get free online videos and watch them.
How to Use a Downloader Tool to Get a Video
In this age of apps and tools, there are a lot of online video downloader tools that can help you save videos from YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other sites. Many tools, like Catch Tube, Itubego, Snapdownloader, and more, are free to use. Even though all of these are free, the Catch Tube website lets you download videos from popular sites like YouTube, Dailymotion, Facebook, Instagram, and many more.
All of the video downloader tools only require you to copy the video’s URL, paste it into the search field, and hit Enter. The download will then begin. Once you’ve downloaded it, you can save it wherever you want for easy access.
Some other well-known video downloader tools are ClipGrab, Video Grabber, Tubemate, Videoder, and more.
How to get a video off of your browser
Videos, like web pages, are made up of codes that you can’t see unless you look for them. All of the videos you stream come from a source, so each one has a unique source code. Now that there are video downloader tools, not all of them can be downloaded by using their urls. So, in these situations, you would have to look through the source code of those videos to find the source link. If you find it, you might be able to get the download link.
One site like YouTube that you can use to try this hack is an example. YouTube is without a doubt one of the most popular video sites where people ask to download videos the most. There are many paid tools that can help you get the video you want from the platform, but you can also hack your browser to get these videos for free. Best of all, this hack lets you download an entire YouTube playlist.
For this method to work, you would need to send a request to the YouTube video through your desktop browser, just like you would on your phone. This is because the way a desktop browser loads a YouTube video is different from how a mobile device does it. At this point, your desktop browser should work like your mobile browser. As soon as the desktop browser opens the YouTube page, a unique download link should be shown. But this can only happen when the page’s source code is no longer hidden. Follow the steps below to hack your desktop browser and get the video to download:
Step 1: Start Firefox, type about:config in the address bar, and press Enter.
Go to Aboutconfig in Firefox
Step 2: You will then see a message that says “Proceed with Caution.”
Click Continue and Accept the Risk.
Be careful what you do Take the risk and keep going.
Step 3: Type general.useragent on the Advanced Preferences page.
change it in the address bar.
In the list of results, click on String and then the plus (+) sign next to it.
Firefox Address Bar Type General.useragent.override Plus sign plus string
Step 4: Now, paste the code below into the same dialogue box:
Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 8 3 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/600.1.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) (KHTML, like Gecko) FxiOS/1.0 Mobile/12F69 Safari/600.1.4
Change the name of the new string in Firefox.
Step 5: Now, open a new tab and find the video you want to download on YouTube.
Step 6: Click the play button to start the video, and let it play for a few seconds.
If an ad starts to play, wait until it’s done.
Step 7: When the ad is done, right-click on the video and choose “Inspect.”
Right-click on the “New Tab” button on YouTube. Inspect
Step 8: Now, in the window that opens below the video, look for div id=”player” under the Inspector tab and click on the down arrow to the left of it to make the section bigger.
Do the same thing for both div id=”movie player”> and div class=”html5-video-container”>, which are below it.
Officer Tab Find the appropriate codes and expand them one by one (1)
Step 9: Just below the code for div class=”html5-video-container,” you’ll see a long url that starts with “src=”.
If you double-click the url, you can see the full address.
Now, you can right-click on it and choose “Copy.”
Expand Div Class=html5 Video Container Code: Double-click the url next to “Src Copy Min” (2)
Step 10: Next, open a new tab in Mozilla Firefox or any other browser, paste the URL you copied in Step 9 into the address bar, and press Enter.
Step 11: Now, right-click on the video and choose “Save Video As.”
Firefox New Tab Copy URL, Right-Click, and Save Video As
Step 12: Now, go back to the tab where you made the new string (user agent setting) and click the bin icon on the right to delete the string.
This will help you go back to the desktop mode in Firefox.
Tab for Firefox’s advanced settings New String Delete
*Note: You can see an example of this here, where the video doesn’t have a download link that’s easy to see. But you can change this Firefox page to work on a mobile device by following the steps above and then refreshing the page. to find a simple MP4 download link in the URL.
This method might not work for all videos on other sites, though, because not all video sites have mobile versions of their sites. But a similar method might work. If you can’t find a download link, you might be able to find one by changing the user agent setting for your browser, as explained above. Using the same method, you might also be able to get a download link from other browsers like Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.