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Download Online Videos using Firefox Add-ons on your Computer

Interested in downloading online videos using the Firefox browser? Learn how to use the add-ons to download streaming media and videos on social media.

The Firefox browser is completely open-source, allowing developers to create any browser extension or add-on. Multiple add-ons are made for downloading videos.

You can download and install the video downloader add-on like Easy YouTube Video or DownloadHelper app to download streaming video in the browser.

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Editor’s note: Downloading videos from online video streaming sites is illegal; please consider this article for information purposes only. We do not promote piracy in any medium.

In this guide, we have shared the steps to download the online videos in Mozilla Firefox using third-party add-on support.

Install Video Downloader Add-on

Now, before downloading any videos, you will need to download the add-on first. Thankfully, there are many add-ons available in the Firefox add-ons store. Follow the steps to install one:

  1. Launch the Firefox app on your computer.
  2. Click on More horizontal 3-bar icon for the menu and choose the Add-ons option from the list.
    It will open the Firefox Add-ons Manager window.
    Mozilla Firefox Menu Options
  3. Now within the Add-ons Manager search bar, look up video downloader in the Find more add-ons field.
    Firefox Add-ons Manager WindowsIt will open the search results in a new tab.
  4. Select any video downloader of your choice from the search list.
    I recommend you look at each add-on’s ratings before you download it.
    Firefox Video Downloader Extensions Search List
  5. Click and open the Video Downloading Add-ons details page.
  6. Finally, click on + Add to Firefox button.
    Easy Youtube Video Downloader Express Firefox Add-onA window will appear after the add-on has been downloaded.
  7. Click the Add button, and your extension will be installed.

The newly installed add-on will appear Add-ons Manager window under the Extensions tab. You will be able to manage the extensions like enable or disable as well as removing.

Download Videos using Firefox Add-on

Now that we have installed the required extension or add-on in the Firefox browser, the next thing will be downloading the videos from streaming sites.

Download Videos using Easy YouTube Video

If you are downloading YouTube videos, I recommend you use the Easy YouTube Video downloader I linked below. Once is add-on is installed, follow these steps to download youtube videos using the add-on in Firefox:

  1. Go to YouTube and play the video you would like to download.
  2. Below the video – near the subscribe to this channel button, you will see a green DOWNLOAD AS button.
    Video Download As Button on YouTube
  3. Click on it, and a drop-down menu will appear.
  4. Select the File format you would like to download, and a download dialogue box will appear.
    Download File Formats in Firefox Add-on
  5. Select the destination folder in the file explorer to download the file.
  6. Click the Save button to begin the downloading.
    Download and Save Video using Firefox Add-on
  7. Your download will start, and you can find it in your specified download destination once completed.

You can choose the file format to download the video from YouTube. You can also export the music videos in audio formats like mp3. You can even have the quality choice of video to be saved on your computer.

Here is a direct link to the Firefox add-on for downloading the YouTube videos.

Get the Add-on

Download Video using DownloadHelper

I recommend using the Video download helper add-on if you want to download a video from sites other, say Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch. I’ve added the direct download link to the add-on below. Make sure the Video DownloadHelper Firefox add-on is already installed and proceed to the below steps:

  1. Open the site (for example, Facebook Video) that contains the video you want to download.
  2. Play the video on the website.
  3. Click the Video DownloadHelper icon next to the Firefox URL address bar.
    A pop-up will appear with the different formats you can download the video.
  4. If the video needs the download companion app installed, you will be prompted to install it.
    Video Downloader Helper Companion App
  5. Click on the Download icon, and the download will start.
  6. Downloaded video file will be saved in a folder in your C:\ partition on the computer within the DWHelper folder.

Get the Add-on

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Note: that the video companion software is optional and should be installed only if required for the specific site when prompted — this is a one-time process.

Bottom Line

Firefox has made it simple and easy for everyone to download online videos without any issues. Perhaps, Google Chrome is quite stringent and does not allow such video downloader extensions in its web store library.

You could download video instead to save data that could be used for constantly streaming these videos. You must also ensure you have enough storage space on your computer, or you will encounter problems.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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