Save Images More Comfortably With Image Fetcher

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 22, 2010
Updated • Mar 15, 2018
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

Image Fetcher is a browser add-on for the Firefox web browser that simplifies the image downloading process.

If you download images from Internet sites frequently, you may have come to the conclusion that the default option to do so is not the most comfortable one: right-click on any image you want to save, select the save image option from the context menu that opens up, and select a folder on the local drive to save the image to.

Might work for the occasional image, but what if you download dozens or even hundreds a day? Download managers and add-ons that can batch download images from websites might be an opportunity, but they may as well be overkill for downloading just a few selected images.

Image Fetcher

That's where Image Fetcher for the Firefox web browser has found its niche. The browser add-on speeds up the process of saving images in the web browser without making the process overly complicated.

It basically displays a Save link whenever you hover over an image on a website for some time. That save link can be clicked on with the left mouse button to save the image to the local computer system.

A file save window is displayed which, to be honest, leaves room for further improvements. If you save the image to the same directory all the time, it would be nice if you could bypass the save dialog completely to save time.

Image Fetcher saves you from having to right-click on images to save them. One issue is the fact that Image Fetcher will save the shown image, and not the linked image. If a thumbnail is shown only on a page, it will be saved.

Image Fetcher is compatible with all Firefox 3.x versions. The add-on is available at the Mozilla Firefox add-on repository.

Update: Image Fetcher has not been updated since 2010, and the add-on as a consequence is no longer compatible with newer versions of the Firefox web browser. Alternatives are Context Menu Image Saver, Image Picker or Image Download II. They all provide a better image saving functionality in the web browser.

Update 2: All add-ons listed under Update are no longer compatible with Firefox 57 or newer. We suggest you use the compatible extension Save In instead which adds multiple download directory functionality to Firefox.

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  1. HitMeWithIt said on March 25, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I use the addon called ‘Easy Drag to Go’ as it is so simple to set up a function for saving images. I have it now so that, when I see an image I want to save I simply click and drag a tiny bit to the left and drop. the image is saved right into a directory called, surprise here – ‘Saved From Net’ inside My Pictures.

  2. Robert Palmar said on March 23, 2010 at 2:21 am

    I use the Image Toolbar extension
    which brings the IE Image Toolbar to Firefox
    and allows for setting a default download directory

    It does not work if one has NoScript installed
    unless the site is given permission for JavaScript.

  3. abhishek said on March 22, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    If the image is thumbnail, will it save the full size version of the image or just thumbnail ?

    1. Martin said on March 22, 2010 at 11:33 pm

      It saves the images that are shown, not the ones that are linked.

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