Quick Tip: ‘Download’ YouTube (or like) Videos, Linux only

You watch videos on YouTube, Google videos, and all those FLV powered video sharing portals. You want to download it and save it for your later pleasure. Ofcourse, lots of desktop and online portals are available. Well, if you are on Linux (atleast; don’t know about other Unix), you need none.

The video that you are currently viewing is on your Linux in a file: /tmp/FlashFOO (the FOO can be any random string. After the video is completely buffered, you just have to copy the file to your local disk for persistent storage. That is it.

You can watch as many you want and copy them too. Each of the Flash* files have a unique random character string.