The Best Video Downloading Tools for Mozilla Firefox

5 Great Tools for Downloading Video

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With high-speed internet connections, it's quick to download songs, games, videos, movies, photos, and apps. Nearly every type of file and entertainment media can be downloaded in a few seconds or a few minutes. It's easy to download files on the web if you have the right apps. These five tools, combined with the Mozilla Firefox browser, locate what you're looking for and download it to your computer.

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Flash Video Downloader

Screenshot of download manager for Flash Video Downloader

Paul Saint

What We Like

  • Download multiple files at once from a single page.

  • Filter for specific file formats.

  • Download Flash games.

What We Don't Like

  • Downloads cannot be paused.

  • The video converter (fvd-module) no longer works on any platform.

  • Downloads videos up to 720p only.

Flash Video Downloader notifies you through its toolbar button whenever one or more downloadable video or multimedia items are present on the active page. Select that button to download the file, which is stored in MP4 or AVI format, to a location of your choosing. This add-on supports several major sites, including YouTube and DailyMotion.

Use Flash Video Downloader to download streaming videos and full high-definition videos.

Cost: Free

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iMacros for Firefox

The iMacros logo on a turquoise background

Ipswitch, Inc.

What We Like

  • Share macros and scripts with other users.

  • Automate dozens of routine tasks.

  • Can be combined with other web development tools.

What We Don't Like

  • The free version allows only limited customization.

  • Commercial versions can be expensive.

  • No support for Flash, Silverlight, or Java in the free browser add-on.

The iMacros for Firefox extension automates countless tasks in the browser, including download-related activities. Use this add-on to configure macros to download full web pages or individual files automatically at preset times, and then perform actions on those files. The possibilities are almost endless with iMacros for Firefox, especially when the extension is used with JavaScript code.

Use iMacros for Firefox to fill out web forms, remember passwords, and more. Just record the ​action one time. Then, select the button to repeat the action.

Cost: Free

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Video DownloadHelper

Screenshot of Video Download Helper in the process of downloading Android apps

Video DownloadHelper / Facebook Support

What We Like

  • Customization options are extensive for advanced users.

  • Capture almost any video hosted online.

  • Available for macOS, Windows, and Linux.

What We Don't Like

  • The add-on can be buggy, especially after a Firefox update.

  • The toolbar is overly complicated.

  • The supported video list is slow to update.

Video DownloadHelper captures and downloads audio, video, and image files from YouTube and similar sites. It also sends alerts whenever a new video is available in your interest range on a select group of sites. Just surf the web as you usually do, and Video DownloadHelper notifies you when you arrive at a web page where it can do something for you.

Cost: Free

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Download Star

Screenshot of Download Star interface displaying everything downloadable content on the YouTube homepage

 Star Interface / Youtube 

What We Like

  • Download web assets in multiple file formats.

  • Scrape links and images from multiple tabs at once.

  • Works with the native download manager.

What We Don't Like

  • Can't pause and resume downloads. 

  • There's no dedicated download manager.

  • Downloads only to the default Firefox downloads folder.

Compatible with Firefox 60 and later, Download Star is similar to the now-defunct DownThemAll. It instantly parses websites for media files and displays an icon on downloadable content. If you know what you're looking for, take advantage of the extensive search filters in Download Star.

Cost: Free

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Free Download Manager

Screenshot of Free Download Manager torrent manager interface

 Free Download Manager

What We Like

  • Pause, resume, and schedule downloads.

  • The tool is highly customizable.

  • Download whole websites.

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't support Windows shortcut keys.

  • Confusing menus.

  • Antivirus software can confuse it with malicious code and block it.

Free Download Manager (FDM) stands out for its impressive BitTorrent support. Torrents download files in pieces to optimize transfer speed, and you won't lose any data if your connection is interrupted. FDM also comes with a site explorer that examines the folder structure of websites.

Cost: Free