10 Browser Add-ons That Make Downloading Videos Easier

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Maybe you want to save an image or video clip from the web through the browser because it will make a great background or you want to include it in the video you are making. In most cases (especially when it comes to images) you can just right click on the file and choose “save image as” or something similar.

But sometimes it doesn’t work or isn’t good enough. What if there is no save option in the context menu? What if you want to quickly save dozens of images from a single website? What if you’re trying to save an animated video as a GIF, or you keep downloading one of those .webp files that no one wants?

That’s where third-party browser extensions can come in handy, add-ons that will delve into the HTML code of a page to extract the image or video clip you need and automate the process for you.

Image Downloader Continued

Open Image Downloader Continued (Chrome/Edge) and you’ll get a neatly organized grid of all the images on the current web page: you can see the format and dimensions of each image, save them to disk, and even filter and arrange them based on their size. The add-on couldn’t be easier to use and it’s one of the best image downloaders out there.

Download all images

Download all images (Chrome/Edge) works a little differently than Image Downloader. Continuation. It can get some images when Image Downloader Continued can’t, and vice versa. Click on the extension button when you’re on the site and every image on the page will be zipped so you just have to choose where to save it.

Download all images gives you options for saving.

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Ultimate video downloader

If you’re struggling to save a video from a website – whether it’s embedded in a page or included in a social media post –Ultimate video downloader (Chrome/Edge) might help. With one click, you will see a list of all the videos included in the website that you are currently viewing, and then you can either get their URLs or save them locally.

Twitter video downloader

Sometimes you need a special tool for a website. Twitter video downloader (Chrome/Edge): It grabs social media-hosted clips with minimal effort and embeds neatly on the page so it almost looks like a native feature. Just click the download icon next to the video tweet to save the file.

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Base Image Downloader can filter images by size.

Base Image Loader via David Neild

Base Image Loader

GIFs can be especially tricky to extract. Some sites publish them as GIFs, others use the mp4 format, and still others convert them again. Regardless of the format Base Image Loader (Chrome/Edge) does a great job of capturing just about anything GIF-related (and supports most other image formats). The extension opens a gallery of image thumbnails and you can save them all at once or one at a time.

Screen recorder and editor

If other tools don’t work, you can try using a screen recording tool instead. Screen recorder and editor (Chrome/Edge) is one of the best in my experience, offering a lot of options for recording the active tab or the entire desktop, as well as editing features.

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Save Page WE allows you to choose which parts of the website to download.

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Save page WE

Another option to bulk grab items from a website is to save the entire page, which Save page WE (Chrome/Edge) works pretty well. It is easy to use and supports keyboard shortcuts. Depending on the site you’re working with, you may be able to save images from a page to disk, and in some cases this works for audio and video files as well.

Download all images

While Download all images (Firefox) has the same name as the other extension above, it’s not the same utility, and it works with the Mozilla browser. This add-on offers many options to filter downloads by image size, image type, and even image URL (so you don’t accidentally download ads or other related content), and there’s a lot of flexibility when it comes to how captured images are saved.

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Download all images gives you plenty of options.

Screenshot: Download all images via David Neild

DownThemAll

neatly named DownThemAll (Firefox) can grab absolutely anything from a website, including images, videos, and audio clips. It’s by no means a dumb tool, and it has plenty of options for choosing what to save and where. This is one of those extensions that you will quickly find necessary.

Separate file

Another extension for saving entire web pages, Separate file (Firefox) is one of the best and most efficient at its job. It will download all the HTML, text and images on a particular website and integrates very neatly into the Firefox interface. If you are struggling to get images with other extensions, this might be the solution.

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