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Let me first describe what was the problem faced by me?

I was in my friend’s laptop and ssh-ed in my system. Now i wanted to download a tar file from internet to my system. The link mentioned was a ftp link. When i tried to use wget, I got a permissioned denied error. So I was left with 2 options, either to download it in my friend’s lappy and then scp it into my system or download it using link2 console WWW browser. I chose the later even though it was my first time to try that.

First after starting links2 in console, using links2 command, we need to open the link where the download link is present. For that, the shortcut-key to get address bar is “g”. (Note that I first tried to directly open the ftp link assuming that it would directly download the file, but instead I came to know that links2 actaully tries to open that as a page and hence file does not get downloaded, hence no use). Now after you have entered the web-page, go to the download link. Now you can download the file by using the shorcut-key “d”. It gives you an option to rename the file that is being downloaded. After you have given it a suitable name, you are ready to download it. Note that the file is downloaded in the present working directory(the directory from where you executed the links2 command).
Also let me mention here that “esc” is the key to get the toolbar in links2 browser.

How often has your download stopped after 99% of download while downloading from Firefox just because your internet connection was lost for a moment or because there was no space in your partition? And you must have sweared in anger but restarted the whole download. Well you dont have to do it any longer as wget is there to rescue your downloads.

Everyone must have known wget’s feature to download a partially downloaded file. Well you will be shocked to know that wget can download the partially downloaded file even if it was downloaded using Firefox.

Firefox downloaded usually downloads the file in .part. So all you have to do is rename the .part file to the actual file name.
Then run the command:
wget -c “link of the server from which it was downloading”

Thats it and wget will resume your download as if your internet connection was not lost at all.

Before discussing different ways to download video, let me first tell you that in most of the ways i am going to discuss, you will have to spend time watching that video online atleast once.

To download videos from youtube
For this, view the video online completely once, or atleast let it buffer completely while you spend time working on something else. Then go to the cache folder of your Browser and search for a file with .flv format. The name of the file might be anything. This is the video which you wanted to download. Copy it to any different folder before closing the Browser as the cache might be deleted after you close the Browser. You can view the .flv format video in any FLV Player or VLC.

To download videos from other sites 

For this, just follow as discussed above. When you open cache folder of Browser, instead of .flv format video, you might find files of .swf format and when you try to play it on your media player, you might just not get any clear video. Dont worry, just open the file with your Browser and you can watch the video.

To download videos without watching it (It might not work on most of the sites)
For this, open the site from where the video can be watched online. Then look into the source of the webpage. If you are lucky, you might just find a complete link of a .flv format file. Copy and paste the link in a new tab in your Browser. The Browser will ask permissions to download the file. After the file is fully downloaded, you can enjoying watching it using any Flv player. This method works only on non-commercial webpages in which the user has shared the video for free for the public to watch it.

So now enjoy downloading videos.

 


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