I am using Ubuntu.Sometimes I am watching videos tutorials from several sites. Some sites have a download section, some sites are not having a downlod link. I don't want to watch the same tutorial again and again with the help of internet. So I want to download the streaming videos when I watch it the first time, so I will refer the video tutorial next time without internet connection. I know that Internet Download Manager available for this in Windows OS. But I want know that is there any Linux application available to download all live streaming videos and audios from Website. Does anyone know applications to download streaming videos from video streaming websites?

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    Hi, welcome to the site! Could you be a little more specific about how you envision something working for you? The more detail you put into your question, the better and more custom tailored your answers will be. Thanks!
    – Tim Post
    Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 5:21
  • What video and streaming formats do you want to support? How do you want to decide which videos to support: do you want to point the tool at a streaming video URL, or do you want a tool that also crawls the site? Command line or GUI? Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 10:46
  • @Gilles: similar to "Internet Download Manager" in Windows. GUI only. Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 10:51
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    “Similar to X” doesn't help if we don't know what it does. When you ask for alternatives, you can't expect people to know the software that you're using now, especially when you mention software on platform X but are asking users of platform Y. Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 11:03
  • There is number of browser extensions for that, would a browser extension satisfy your needs or has to be a desktop software?
    – danijelc
    Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 11:15

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As you initially already watch the tutorial online, and most likely use Firefox to do so, please take a look at DownloadHelper:

DownloadHelper is a free Firefox extension for downloading and converting videos from many sites with minimum effort. It sits in your toolbar, grayed out ­– and as soon as it detects media (images, audio/video files) if takes on color and gets animated, to inform you there's something to grab. Then you can simply select what you'd like to have. Even streaming videos are detected as soon as they start playing – and hey, you'd either check the quality first before deciding to keep it, right?

Note: The plugin was renamed lately to "Video DownloadHelper". That was after I installed it. Version number still reflects mine, but of course, I cannot vouch both are the same.

Download-Menu animated icon
Download menu, animated icon (source: DownloadHelper)

  • Thank you. Download helper is downloading as well as converting videos. Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 12:11
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    Since you asked for resume @balajimca I'll suggest using downloadhelper extension to capture streaming and than add it to download manager uGet for example which offer excellent acceleration and excellent resume support. Works like a breeze for me.
    – danijelc
    Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 12:18
  • @danijelc uGet ? Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 12:21
  • check this answer for more information on uGet. These two tool (DownloadHelper and uGet) are my tools to go for recording video streams
    – danijelc
    Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 12:25
  • Thanks for this answer @IZZY. Saving lives since 2014
    – Phil
    Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 11:59

It depends a lot on the protocol used to stream the video. At a minimum, you could use a screen capture tool like RecordMyDesktop (easy to find in the Software Center). This is a good how-to.

If you are looking for something to specifically capture RTMP (although a lot of streaming sites are moving away from plain RTMP), you could use rtmpdump (might also be available in the Software Center). It can act as a proxy server for your media connections. There are instructions for using it with iptables NAT to make sure that it captures everything (1, 2), but I have never used it that way.

  • how this meet requirements??
    – danijelc
    Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 12:14
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    Please don't take this as "bad competition", but a "screen recorder" would miss the sound (not a good thing on tutorials), and "use something like" is not the kind of answers we expect here. We want high quality answers, including details on how they meet the requirements, and best expressing your personal experience with the recommended software. Please see What is required for an answer to be high quality? for details.
    – Izzy
    Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 12:17
  • @Izzy RecordMyDesktop also captures sound. As far as "like", that is unfortunately just my writing style.
    – yakatz
    Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 16:41
  • @danijelc I answered the question before you edited it. My answer reflects your original question which was "I want know that is there any linux application available to download all live streaming videos and audios from Web browser?". Live streaming and streaming a recorded video are two different operations.
    – yakatz
    Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 16:43
  • I haven't done any editing in questions or answers here. @Izzy posted meta where you can see which kind of answers are helpful on this site.
    – danijelc
    Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 17:02

For Firefox there are is one I use in combination. First up is FlashGot, then I do a basic setup and add Xtreme Download Manager (there is a Linux version, but I haven't explored Linux all too well). You can easily switch which downloader you want to use.

If you don't want to use an external downloader, you can use FlashGot to set DownThemAll(DTA) as your default downloader. There is also Turbo Downloader Manager, but IMHO it isn't as powerful as DTA.

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