Lots of people upload videos on Facebook daily but you can only play those videos, you’re not allowed to download them. Sometimes, you probably wish to save some of these videos and watch them later but there’s no download option on Facebook. There are several ways to download Facebook videos which ranges from using different browser addons to different online services that allow you to freely download Facebook videos. Out of the different methods, I came up with four which I consider the best. These methods also work on other online video streaming sites.
1. Browser Addons
There are lots of browser addons for downloading facebook videos but some of them are out of date. The most popular one last year which is Facebook Video no longer works but I ran a search on Firefox Addon site and came up with two addons which I personally tested out of the many I saw.
ii Download Flash and Video Browser Addon
After installing any or both of these addons, restart your browser, go to the video page and play. The addon icon is highlighted in blue and you can click on it to download the video. Both of them work in a similar manner.
These addons also allow you to download videos from Dailymotion, Facebook, Metacafe, MySpace Video, Break.com, Blip.tv, MyVideo.de, Spike, vimeo.com, YourFileHost, zippyvideos.com, yikers.com, revver.com, kontraband.com, badjojo.com, collegehumor.com, blastro.com, dachix.com, redtube.com and all the other popular videos sites.
2. GreaseMonkey Script
After installing greasemonkey, install this user script:
Simply go to the video page and refresh, you should now have a download link as shown below:
If the HD link isn’t available, the SD gotta be. The script works fine as at when this article is being published
3. DownFacebook – an Online Service
DownFacebook is a website that allows you to download facebook videos freely by just writing the video url in the provided space. It automatically grabs the video gives the the download link. There’s absolutely no need to download or install anything and it’s perhaps the easiest way to get it done real fast.
4. Download Managers
Certain download managers comes with plugins that allows you to download flash videos from any site including Vimeo and Facebook.
Orbit Downloader comes with a video grabber which is installed in your browser and you can just right click on the video while playing and see different download options. Speedbit Video Downloader too performs the same function and you’re free to try out any of them .I personally use Internet Download Manager and it works great
These are the easiest ways to download Facebook videos for now and I personally tried each of them on after the other. If you any of them worked for you, sharing on facebook isn’t such a bad idea.