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    youtube: Save the file that is open in the filesystem?

    I used to be able to start a youtube video, then find it in the filesystem by searching for open files,

    Code:
    $ lsof -n | grep Flash
    and then save the flash file to one of my directories on the drive.

    Either I can't now remember the method correctly, or the world has changed---I can't do it anymore. Can anyone tell me where the open file is or how I can find it in the filesystem (and access it).

    Note: Please don't tell me I can download youtube videos using a browser add-on or some particular software---that's not my question.

    Cheers.

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    Re: youtube: Save the file that is open in the filesystem?

    Doesn't downloading content from youtube violate their ToS?

    The following restrictions apply to your use of the Service. You are not allowed to:

    access, reproduce, download, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, alter, modify or otherwise use any part of the Service or any Content except: (a) as expressly authorized by the Service; or (b) with prior written permission from YouTube and, if applicable, the respective rights holders;
    https://www.youtube.com/static?template=terms

    Yes, the world has changed.

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    Re: youtube: Save the file that is open in the filesystem?

    Also youtube hasn't used flash for years. In fact very few websites still use flash.

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    Re: youtube: Save the file that is open in the filesystem?

    As @TheFu mentioned above it may be illegal to download but the simplest technical solution is to use youtube-dl, either from the repo or from https://ytdl-org.github.io/youtube-dl/ which will give you the latest version. Again, legality is something you will need to consider before using it.
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    Re: youtube: Save the file that is open in the filesystem?

    Quote Originally Posted by gdesilva View Post
    Again, legality is something you will need to consider before using it.
    And forum rules and policy are something that need to be considered before posting about it: https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2439118

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