Here you will learn how to download and save Shockwave Flash swf files (including videos, animation movies and Flash games) from the Internet to your hard disk using Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer.

If an animation video or an online video game is using the Adobe Flash Player, you can download the embedded Flash file to the computer and play it offline.

The problem is that saving Flash Animations from websites is not so easy. The Adobe Flash player context menu has no option to download or save the Flash movie so here are some workarounds to help you save the swf files using your favorite web browser.

How to Save Flash files in Firefox

  1. Click Tools -> Page Info and then click the Media Tab on the Page Info screen.
  2. The media tab has a complete list (with preview) of Images, CSS Files and Shockwave Flash files that were downloaded by the Firefox browser while loading the page.
  3. Scroll down the list and locate the swf file. Click the "Save As" button. Select some directory on your hard drive and save the file (No need for a third-party plug-in)
There's an alternate way as well though its for advanced users.
  • Type about:blank in the Firefox address bar
  • Now click List cache entries or directly type about:cache?device=disk (Disk cache device)
  • Press Ctrl+F and try to location the flash file by typing some part of website URL or the flash file name or just .swf. After some hit and trial, you should be able to locate the swf file URL
  • Click the SWF URL to open the Cache Entry Information page. Right click on the link and choose "Save link as"

How to Download Flash Movies in Internet Explorer

  • Click Tools - Internet Options and in the General Tab, click the Settings button available in the Temporary Internet Files group.
  • Click View Files to open your Temporary Internet Files folder. Depending upon your IE settings, the Temp. folder can contain tens of thousands of files.
  • Click View - Details. Now click View - Arrange Icons By - Internet Address. Depending upon the webpage, there could one or more Flash files (Shockwave Flash Object) under the Inernet Address.
  • Once you find the right flash file, right-click and choose Copy. Then paste the swf file in any other directory. Be sure to keep the page and IE open to avoid purging of the cache file.

Alternatively, you can get a download accelerator like Flashget and tell it to automatically download the shockwave extention (*.swf). 

How to save Flash files from Opera or Google Chromebrowser
Just like IE, these browsers store also the flash files in the browser cache.