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I've got Firefox running on the Nexus 10, and I'm trying to download a video from a URL. When I tap on the video link, it starts trying to play in the browser, instead of downloading the file. How can I download the file?

Long-pressing on the URL does not provide a download or "save" option.

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    I'd definitely say the browser is just detecting that the video is supported and playing it. Potentially you could create an HTML form that would let you enter a URL and then explicitly launch it as a download. You should be able to bookmark it and have it on your device to keep things simple. I agree though that the browser should really support saving it. – Matthew Read Dec 10 '12 at 23:53
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    Yeah, it should provide the option at least. I know some other people want it to play in the browser, but I'm trying to download it for offline playback in the future. Thanks for the comment. – Trevor Sullivan Dec 11 '12 at 0:08
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Download a downloader (download manager) app like aDownloder. Long press on the Video URL in browser and select "Share" from the context menu. Then select share with aDownloader (or any other downloader app that you install). This should start downloading using the download manager app.

This may not always work as some sites don't let you download videos. Give it a try.

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As of December 2012, I don't see any way to get something like "Save link as" option in Firefox for Android. However, in some cases clicking on a video link automatically starts downloading the video, but in most cases it starts playing them. Best you can do is to request Firefox to add this feature. Meanwhile, you can try a download utility as I mentioned earlier or use an alternative browser that has this feature for your video downloads.

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    Thanks for the tip, but I don't want to download a "downloader" utility. This functionality should easily be built into the web browser, just like Chrome. – Trevor Sullivan Dec 10 '12 at 19:38
  • :( Can you paste here the URL to the page from which you are trying to download the video so I can give it a try myself? – Suraj Bajaj Dec 10 '12 at 19:42
  • @SurajBajaj Here's an example page where I'm trying to download a video: channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Defrag-Tools/… I'm trying to download the high quality MP4 video file. – Trevor Sullivan Dec 10 '12 at 23:36
  • I've cleaned up the comments here ... just err on the side of being polite and a lot of problems go away, folks :P – Matthew Read Dec 10 '12 at 23:49
  • @TrevorSullivan: Well, I don't see any way to get something like "Save link as" option in Firefox for Android. However, in some cases it automatically starts downloading the video, but in most cases it starts playing them. Best you can do is to request Firefox to add this feature. Meanwhile, you can try a download utility as I mentioned earlier or use an alternative browser that has this feature for your video downloads. I will update this information in the answer. – Suraj Bajaj Dec 11 '12 at 6:14
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On android you have to add this feature via an addon like Save Link Menus. After installing the Save Link option will appear as on Firefox for desktop.

  • Yes, but it doesn’t let me to browse and select the target folder. Not to mention this doesn’t work on mp4 files. – user2284570 Aug 28 '16 at 9:09
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I'm not sure if it worked this way back when you asked the question, but this can be done without an addon.

Change Firefox settings to tap-to-play plugins if not already set.

Then click the video link to open the file. Firefox will not play the video if tap-to-play is set to on.

Instead of tapping to play, long-tap the video placeholder until you are presented with a menu which will include an entry to download the file.

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As stated on https://support.mozilla.org/fr/questions/792670 this by design you can’t download videos without the required server‑side ʜᴛᴛᴘ headers.
The reason is dumb users get confused when they are too much options in the menus (I agree that I don’t understand the difference with desktop).
So the rule is always keep the user interface minimal.

Of course, extensions can’t triggers the android file dialog box.

Just use opera mobile classic or vivaldi…
Or learn the hard way that android is always less featured than a Windows® ᴘᴄ.

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I had to google a lot before finding this solution. In firefox everything can be configured to the finest details using the about:config link. Just type in about:config in the address bar. The resulting page will have a search bar on top. Search for browser.download and you'll see a lot of browser downloading window configurations. The specific configuration might change for different versions of firefox. But what worked for me was this browser.download.preferred.audio/mpeg configuration. Set it to false or if you see the "Reset" button click that.

And thats it.

Hope this helps someone

  • browser.download.preferred.audio/mpegdoesn’t exist on Firefox for android. – user2284570 Aug 21 '16 at 15:19
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Did you try chrome browser. It has the save link option in long press menu.

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    Good point, but the question clearly mentions Firefox for Android. There may be many other browsers which do that, but this question is about Firefox. – Suraj Bajaj Dec 11 '12 at 5:54
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    This should have been a comment, not an answer. – Cristian Ciupitu Dec 27 '14 at 19:53
  • @SurajBajaj : but ultimately, this is the correct answer since Firefox chose to not implement this to keep the interface minimal. – user2284570 Aug 27 '16 at 18:40

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