Download HTML5 Videos in Safari

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by SethBoy, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. SethBoy macrumors regular

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    When HTML5 videos played in Safari, right clicking offers a choice to download the video.

    The option seems to be gone in Sierra. Any idea how to get this back?
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6

    Fishrrman

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    I'm guessing that you previously had an extension installed that enabled you to download videos, and that after upgrading, the extension is gone.

    You'll have to figure out which one it was, and re-download and re-install it.
    But be careful!
    I believe that before installing it, you -might- have to disable System Integrity Protection
    To do that, you need to
    1. Reboot to recovery partition
    2. Open Terminal
    3. Enter this command: "csrutil disable" (you'll need to write it down, no quotes, and that's a space character between the two words)
    4. Reboot once again.

    Once installed, you can re-enable SIP by repeating the above instructions, and this time use:
    "csrutil enable"

    Final thought:
    I've pretty much given up on Safari for downloading video.
    If I want to download (from YouTube, etc.), I use Opera or Firefox.
    Apple seems to be trying to discourage such extensions with Safari lately.
     
  3. SethBoy thread starter macrumors regular

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    It wasn’t an extension though. Videos that played natively (I think perhaps using quicktime container within Safari or something) used to have an option to download the video when I right clicked on it.
     
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6

    Fishrrman

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    "It wasn’t an extension though. Videos that played natively (I think perhaps using quicktime container within Safari or something) used to have an option to download the video when I right clicked on it."

    Ah, yes.
    Seems to me that years ago, Safari DID once have the ability to download a video or audio file.
    BUT... that capability has long since been removed in more recent versions. I'm sure it was done so intentionally by Apple to make it more difficult to do such things.

    There are fewer extensions than ever that seem to work with the latest versions of Safari for video downloads.

    You might try:
    - Click to plugin
    - Fastest tube
    .. but no promises that even these will work any more.

    Really, if you're into video downloading, it might be easier to use a browser -other than- Safari for such things, such as Firefox or Opera. I've resigned myself to that.

    I've been using Opera with the "YouTube Downloader Lite" extension, works quite well.
    Not sure about extensions for other sites...
     

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