The easiest way to save videos on Facebook

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 8, 2015
Updated • Feb 6, 2018
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Facebook is one of the largest video hosting and streaming sites on the Internet. It is held back somewhat by missing options to embed most videos on third-party websites (you can embed videos that you have uploaded but not videos by other users), and lack of a proper video portal with search options and categories or tags.

Still, you may want to download some of the videos that you watch on Facebook so that you can rewatch them again without wasting data and have them backed up safely offline.

The following guide walks you through the steps of downloading any video on Facebook.

Update: Facebook changed the system that it uses in recent time. It uses HTML5 video by default now and not Flash anymore. The method described below does not work anymore, so here are two alternatives that you can try to download Facebook videos:

Using Developer Tools

facebook download videos

This method does not require the use of third-party software or services. It is a bit technical, however.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Open the video page on Facebook.
  2. Press F12 to open the Developer Tools in your browser.
  3. Go to Network > Media in the interface that opens.
  4. Play the video.
  5. The video URL will appear in the Developer Tools area after a while. If it does not, switch to another filter, e.g. All, and then back.
  6. Right-click and copy the link address.
  7. Open a new tab page and paste the link address.
  8. Click on play.
  9. Right-click on video and select "save video as"

Using a free third-party service

Fbdown is a free service that you may use to download Facebook videos. Just paste a Facebook Video link into the form on the site and click on the download button. The service displays download links for SD and HD video copies of the video (if available), and all that is left to do is right-click on the one you want to download and select the "Save  Link As" option. End of Update

Saving Facebook videos, the old (outdated way)

The company uses different technologies to serve video contents to Facebook users. By default, it is using Adobe Flash on most systems for that.

If you open this NBA video for instance on Facebook on a desktop system, Adobe Flash is required to play it in your browser of choice.

There is no automatic fallback to HTML5 video or an option to switch to the new standard instead.

While you could use download extensions to download the video in its original form from Facebook, there is an even easier option than that which may be sufficient for you.

Lets use this video url as an example: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153084880278463

All you have to do is the following:

  1. Replace the www part of the url with m. This would modify the example url to look like this: https://m.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153084880278463
  2. Right-click on the video and select the save video option displayed in the context menu.
  3. Select a location on your hard drive you want to save the video to.

That's it.

facebook download video

The method should work on all videos on Facebook.

It loads the mobile version of Facebook instead even if you are not using a mobile device to access the site. Mobile videos are served using HTML5 video and not Adobe Flash which in turn enables the HTML5 video player on Facebook which displays the save video option in its right-click context menu.

There is one drawback to the method though: the video quality is reduced when you switch to the mobile site. The player itself does not allow you to change the quality and it is unclear if there is a parameter that you could add to the url itself to improve it.

For now, you seem to be stuck with the lower quality unfortunately.

Still, this is an elegant solution that may work, for instance when you watch those videos on your mobile phone or device and not the desktop.

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  1. The Dark Lady said on July 9, 2023 at 11:19 am
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    Martin, I would appreciate that you do not censor this post, as it’s informative writing.

    Onur, there is a misleading statement “[…] GIFs are animated images …”. No, obviously you don’t seem to have take much notice of what you were told back in March regarding; Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).

    For example, https://www.ghacks.net/2023/03/31/whats-gif-explanation-and-how-to-use-it/#comment-4562919 (if you had read my replies within that thread, you might have learnt something useful). I even mentioned, “GIF intrinsically supports animated images (GIF89a)”.

    You linked to said article, [Related: …] within this article, but have somehow failed to take onboard what support you were given by several more knowledgeable people.

    If you used AI to help write this article, it has failed miserably.

  2. KeZa said on August 17, 2023 at 5:58 pm
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  3. Database failure said on August 18, 2023 at 5:21 pm
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    Martin, [#comment-4569908] is only meant to be in: [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/09/how-to-send-gifs-on-iphone-two-different-ways/]. Whereas it appears duplicated in several recent random low-quality non relevant articles.

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  4. Howard Pearce said on August 25, 2023 at 12:24 pm
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    Don’t tell me!

    Ghacks wants the state to step in for STATE-MANDATED associations to save jobs!!!

    Bring in the dictatorship!!!

    And screw Rreedom of Association – too radical for Ghacks maybe

  5. Howard Allan Pearce said on September 7, 2023 at 9:13 am
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    GateKeeper ?

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    But the article says itself that those appointed were not happy – implying they had not choice!!!!!!

  6. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 9:50 am
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    @The Dark Lady,
    @KeZa,
    @Database failure,
    @Howard Pearce,
    @Howard Allan Pearce,

    Note: I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and posted.

    The current ghacks.net is owned by “Softonic International S.A.” (sold by Martin in October 2019), and due to the fate of M&A, ghacks.net has changed in quality.
    >> ghacks.net/2023/09/02/microsoft-is-removing-wordpad-from-windows/#comment-4573130
    Many Authors of bloggers and advertisers certified by Softonic have joined the site, and the site is full of articles aimed at advertising and clickbait.
    >> ghacks.net/2023/08/31/in-windows-11-the-line-between-legitimate-and-adware-becomes-increasingly-blurred/#comment-4573117
    As it stands, except for articles by Martin Brinkmann, Mike Turcotte, and Ashwin, they are low quality, unhelpful, and even vicious. It is better not to read those articles.
    How to display only articles by a specific author:
    Added line to My filters in uBlock Origin: ghacks.net##.hentry,.home-posts,.home-category-post:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))
    >> ghacks.net/2023/09/01/windows-11-development-overview-of-the-august-2023-changes/#comment-4573033

    By the way, if you use an RSS reader, you can track exactly where your comments are (I’m an iPad user, so I use “Feedly Classic”, but for Windows I prefer the desktop app “RSS Guard”).
    RSS Guard: Feed reader which supports RSS/ATOM/JSON and many web-based feed services.
    >> github.com/martinrotter/rssguard#readme

  7. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm
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    We all live in digital surveillance glass houses under scrutiny of evil people because of people like Musk. It’s only fair that he takes his turn.

  8. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm
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    “Operating systems will be required to let the user choose the browser, virtual assistant and search engine of their choice. Microsoft cannot force users to use Bing or Edge. Apple will have to open up its iOS operating system to allow third-party app stores, aka allow sideloading of apps. Google, on the other hand, will need to provide users with the ability to uninstall preloaded apps (bloatware) from Android devices. Online services will need to allow users to unsubscribe from their platform easily. Gatekeepers need to provide interoperability with third-parties that offer similar services.”

    Wonderful ! Let’s hope they’ll comply with that law more than they are doing with the GDPR.

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