Quick Tip: Save youtube videos in Ubuntu - the easiest way28 Jan 2011
Sometimes, we would like to save Youtube videos to our computer for watching them later. There are many download managers and helpers to do this on different platforms. But if you are using Firefox on Ubuntu, there is a simpler way without any hassles of using plugins.
- Open the video on the youtube page normally and allow it to buffer completely.
- Open the directory /tmp in which the flash video is actually cached. You will notice a file something like say "FlashXXQ4xGrX".
- After the video is completely buffered, copy the file from /tmp to your directory and rename it like something.flv
- That's it and you are done.
Many a times, the Mozilla Firefox cache is not stored in /tmp but in the folder like /home/user/.mozilla/firefox/your_profile/Cache. This is a hidden folder and use Ctrl+H to make it visible in the File manager. A lot of files are stored in the Cache folder and sort the files on DateModified to trace the right one.