How to Download Flash Videos on Mac OS X (Snow Leopard, Mac OS Lion included)

Flash Video is a container file format used to deliver video over the Internet using Adobe Flash Player versions 6–11. Flash Video content may also be embedded within SWF files. There are two different video file formats known as Flash Video: FLV and F4V. The audio and video data within FLV files are encoded in the same manner as they are within SWF files. The F4V file format is based on the ISO base media file format and is starting with Flash Player 9 update 3.[1][2] Both formats are supported in Adobe Flash Player and currently developed by Adobe Systems. FLV was originally developed by Macromedia.

Flash Video is currently the de facto standard for online video. Notable users of it include YouTube, Hulu, VEVO, Yahoo! Video, metacafe,, and many other news providers.

Apple's pre-installed Safari web browser has a little known feature that makes it easy to download Flash movies from any website on a Macintosh. Add a freeware Flash player and you can watch Flash movies without an Internet connection. You can use the same steps in this tutorial to save Flash games as well.

Free download CBS Downloader - Video Downloader Pro (Windows Version, Mac Version). Launch it and run.

Step 1. Open your Safari web browser.

Step 2.Type in the URL of the webpage where the Flash movie you want to download is located.

Step 3. Go to the "Window" menu and open the "Activity" window. This brings up a list of recently downloaded files. Find the .swf you want to download.

Step 4. Hold down the "Option" key and double-click the file you want to download. The .swf file will download directly to your desktop.

Step 5.Go to the "File" menu in Safari and then select "Open File..." Select the Flash file you just downloaded, then click "Open" to view the .swf file offline.