How to save/download MP4 in Safari (instead of playing the file in browser)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ICEBreaker, May 26, 2010.

  1. ICEBreaker macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2007
    Hi Safari users!

    I think most people here know how to use Safari to download internet videos from sites such as YouTube. Simply go to Activity, find the appropriate file based on the file size. Double click it, and the FLV file would automatically be downloaded.

    This also works for MP4 files, at least it used to before the last Safari update a few months back. Now, whenever I try to do the same operation on an MP4 file, it opens and plays the file within Safari itself instead of saving it. This is really frustrating! Does anyone know how to get around this ridiculous issue? I searched all over the web but it seems no one else is bothered by this.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Right click on the link, "Download Linked File" doesn't work? :confused:
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Hold the Option key while you double-click the file in the Activity window.
  4. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
  5. ICEBreaker thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2007
    GGJstudios!! AWESOME! That's did it! Thanks a lot man!

    Hi miles01110 again, thanks for your reply. No, you can't right click on files within the ACTIVITY window of Safari. It's not a link.

    Hi Hellhammer again, thanks for your reply. Safari's way of doing it is the best, because I - being a bit idiosyncratic at times - want to download the original file from the server and not a "new copy" of the file. The difference is in the date of the file. Doing it through Safari preserves the original file's upload date and other attributes. Getting it from Firefox etc, is simply a local copy, with local attributes and the download date. This isn't a small point! The original file date is infinitely useful as it can provide chronological sorting, and gives an indication as to the age of the file.
  6. manoz1990, Nov 10, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2012

    manoz1990 macrumors newbie


    Nov 10, 2012
    South East Asia
    For non-mac user

    And the option key for keyboards other than mac's is right control (ctrl) just encase if someone doesn't know. And thanks a lot to ICEBreaker & GGJstudios. :]
  7. khiem.nguyen macrumors newbie


    Aug 18, 2018
    It works for me!

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