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Post Posted October 29th, 2007, 2:25 am

Hello,
I'm using the latest version of Firefox, and trying to copy a FLV file from the Cache to another file in my hard drive. I have used "about:cache" and looked at both the memory and disk cache files, but the file I'm looking for is not there. I have the file (video) on another tab while I'm searching for it in cache, but it's not there at all. How do I go about in finding this video file in FLV format without having to download any extensions for Firefox? I would like to be able to find it manually, but I've tried all that's been suggested as to how to find files in cache using "about:cache" Also, while is the video file not in the cache?

Thank you for any help on this matter.

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Post Posted October 29th, 2007, 2:29 am

A streaming file might be in the Windows Temp folder - not sure about FLV formats, but WMV files all end up in the Temp folder it seems.

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Post Posted October 29th, 2007, 2:54 am

Hello,
Thanks for your reply. I looked under windows Temp folder, wasn't there. I also tried to find the folder where Firefox cache is stored, but the cache folder isn't there. I looked under: c:\documents and settings\user name\local settings\application data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\somename.default\cache

But the Cache file isn't there....

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Post Posted October 29th, 2007, 2:31 pm

Some sites make the videos no-cache, so it might not have been cached. The Unplug extension can provide a link to a video so that it can be downloaded.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2254

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Post Posted October 29th, 2007, 3:07 pm

"c:\documents and settings\user name\local settings\application data\" is a hidden folder.

You can also look at: Download Helper - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3006

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Post Posted October 29th, 2007, 3:13 pm

Finding the cache folder isn't gonna do you any good, everything there is obfuscated (no file names) as a security measure to keep stuff "sandboxed".

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Post Posted October 31st, 2007, 6:42 am

Hello,
Thank you for your replies. I have found a way to locate the file and download it without add-ons. Thanks again.

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Post Posted October 31st, 2007, 1:40 pm

It would be nice to share how you did it, so that future viewers of this thread know the solution, too.


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Post Posted October 31st, 2007, 3:58 pm

For some sites it is easy: if you look at the link of the object that loads the Flash Player then you see the url of that file appended as GET data.
If the url of the flv file is in an xml file or otherwise not present in the code and also doesn't show up in the cache then it is much more difficult to retrieve the file without an extension if at all possible.

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Post Posted February 9th, 2009, 8:59 am

Just to clarify this topic, although I'm a little late, whenever you stream a flash player video such as the videos off of youtube, the .flv files would be listed in temporary internet files (usually as "GetVideo"). All you would do is grab the file from cache and convert to whatever your liking is. The problem is that I no longer see .flv in cache in either firefox nor ie7. I do not know if this is because they realized the flaw with the temp files. If anyone knows the reason, please explain.

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Post Posted February 9th, 2009, 2:13 pm

I have no idea why you resurrected an old thread like that, but I found an extension called BetterCache to be somewhat helpful to allow at least some files to be cached. It removed no-cache instructions from the server headers, but I do not believe it affects no-cache metacode in web pages. Still, that is better than nothing.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6371

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Post Posted February 9th, 2009, 2:19 pm

Locking. Anonymosity's suggestion should do the trick. If not, start a new thread.
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