How To Download Facebook Videos

Facebook first introduced video support back in 2007 and has since then improved the feature, for instance by adding high definition video support. Users can actually encounter two types of videos; Videos that are hosted on Facebook after they are uploaded by users, and videos that are embedded in messages and wall posts.

Facebook itself has no controls to download videos that are hosted or embedded on the social networking site. Users who want to download videos from Facebook need to look for third party solutions, like scripts, extensions and software programs.

Many popular solutions redirect the user to third party websites where the videos are downloaded. That's not very user friendly. This guide looks at solutions that offer direct downloads from Facebook without third party site redirection.

Browser-Independent: download Facebook videos

save facebook videos

Probably the easiest way to download videos from Facebook is to do the following:

  1. Open the Facebook video on its own page on the Facebook website.
  2. Replace www in the address bar with m, so that the beginning reads https://m.facebook.com/ instead of https://www.facebook.com/.
  3. Reload the page.
  4. Right-click on the video afterwards and select "save video as" to download it to your device.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox users have the largest assortment of tools and extensions at their disposal. I'm going to introduce two different options here, there are however many more available.

The best option is to visit the official Mozilla Firefox add-ons repository and search for Facebook Video Downloads. A list of browser extensions is displayed to you which you can use for that purpose.

All have in common that they display an icon in the browser interface that you can click on to download the video on the page to your local system.



Facebook Video Downloader [update: no longer available] - is another option. This is a userscript which is compatible with the Firefox web browser. It is necessary to install either the Greasemonkey or Scriptish extension first before userscripts can be installed in Firefox.

Visit the userscripts page of the userscript after installing one of the extensions listed above. A click on the Install button installs the script

facebook video downloader

Userscripts manipulate web pages when they are loaded. Facebook Video Downloader adds a download link to every video page on Facebook.

Read also:  Facebook Messenger Lite: what is it, how to get it

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Please note that you may have to reload the video page once before the download link appears on the page.

Google Chrome

The userscript mentioned above may work as well. Chrome like Firefox supports userscripts. No additional extension needs to be installed prior to installing userscripts in Google Chrome. Follow the installation instructions above to install the Facebook Video Download userscript in the Google Browser.

facebook video cache

An alternative is the Windows software Google Chrome Cache Viewer which displays all cached items in the web browser. Videos, like other media, are cached on the local hard drive. Just sort the display by content or file size and select File > Save Selected Items to save the Facebook video to another location on the hard drive.

Please note that the video needs to be playing before it appears in the cache viewer.

Opera

Opera users can utilize a similar software called Opera Cache View by the same developer. It basically offers the same functionality as the Google Chrome software.

Internet Explorer

Guess what, Internet Explorer users can use IE Cache View from the same developer for exactly the same functionality. Just start the video on Facebook, open the software program, look for the video and download it.

General

Video Cache View is another alternative. The application supports multiple browsers and filters their cache for videos. This makes the identification of the Facebook video a lot easier.

We have shown how to download Facebook videos directly with extensions, userscripts and applications. The guide offers at least one solution for every popular web browser out there. The solutions sometimes may be limited to the Windows operating system, but that's what the majority of Internet users are using.

If you have a different solution for download videos from Facebook let us hear about it in the comments.

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Responses to How To Download Facebook Videos

  1. BobbyPhoenix March 3, 2011 at 2:30 am #

    You can also use the free version REAL player. During install you select custom, and select "enable downloading of video". Then next time you watch a video in any browser you can just click download, and it puts into your video folder on your drive. It works on all video types including youtube.

  2. integra August 6, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    You can also try

    http://www.tubekeeper.com

    the website able to download online video from Facebook and youtube, just copy & paste the video page URL to the website, it will generate download link to you. :D

  3. Bernard October 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    I'll give it a try

  4. Susan October 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Actually you only need Chrome for this. You don't need any apps or anything else if you follow this:

    (1) Watch the video. Let Chrome cache it.
    (2) Go to [User Profile]\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cache
    (3) Sort according to date. You can recognize the video from its size too, should be couple of MBs, depending on the length of the video.
    (4) Copy and paste it to, say, your Desktop.
    (5) Rename it to something.mp4
    (6) Tadaaaaa!

    • Brad July 26, 2012 at 2:17 am #

      This worked! Awesome, thanks!

    • Natasha August 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

      thank you so much, it worked

    • Melissa September 22, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

      Do I just type that into the URL or how do I get there??

  5. Greg October 21, 2011 at 2:25 am #

    On Mac OS it's [User Profile]/Library/Caches/Google/Chrome/Default/Cache

  6. Prabhu October 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    download IDM and install it

    that ask u "download this video 'when ur video play

  7. PakuAlam November 21, 2011 at 3:35 am #

    Thanks for the information. Now I can download Facebook videos easily from my browser..thanks once again!

  8. Melvindrbk December 7, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    that works, but not eveyone uses Mozilla firefox. I was searching and found this tutorial. it works for Facebbok and other Sites. I got videos From worldstarhiphop too
    .
    http://mr-chuleria.com/tutorials/download-videos-from-facebook

  9. Manny October 9, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    Great info 2 tech 4 an old lazy man though.
    Any solutions may be easier for the IPhone 4?
    Again real good info though

  10. Apna Jahanian October 13, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    great and very detialed, friend can you please help me that how to download photo album from facebook? i have too many photos and can't download one by one.

  11. Peter Patrick April 25, 2013 at 4:40 am #

    There are some facebook video downloader(I am using Allmytube) could help achieve that

  12. sureshkumar May 4, 2013 at 4:14 am #

    If you're planning to download the facebook videos directly into the android phones then check out this tutorial
    http://softwarebuzzer.com/2013/04/download-facebook-videos/

    So that you can save your time ;)
    Cheers
    Suresh

  13. Ayush Gupta May 13, 2013 at 2:19 am #

    Thanks. Downloading Facebook videos was never easy before. Thanks to your tutorial. Now I can download Facebook videos on the go! Cheers gHacks!

  14. Emmanuel September 19, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    Exellent!! thanks for sharing!!

  15. Sandy October 9, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    Simple.....from your preferred browser (IE, chrome, etc), change the URL from http://www.facebook.com to m.facebook.com, then go to your messages, right click on the video then choose 'Save As'. viola!!! video downloaded.

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