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A recent video project required me to download MP4 files from our streaming partner's site. When I would click a link, however, the video would play in Safari, and there wasn't a way to right-click on the link and download it, as you can do with other kinds of files. So how do I download the MP4?

Open the Downloads window in Safari and paste the URL into it. The download will start immediately.

[crarko adds: This is generally worth trying for hard to download files.]
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Download an MP4 file in Safari
Authored by: kirkmc on Feb 01, '11 07:45:16AM

Option-clicking a link usually works.

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Download an MP4 file in Safari
Authored by: arcticmac on Feb 01, '11 10:39:07AM

Or option-enter in the url bar. That's especially convenient when you accidentally just clicked the link and it opened in the browser, because then you just do command-L followed by option-enter.



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Download an MP4 file in Safari
Authored by: marook on Feb 01, '11 08:54:49AM

Drag & Drop to Downloads is also nice..

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Download an MP4 file in Safari
Authored by: maxz on Feb 01, '11 10:00:15AM

This was a new one to me, thanks.

I usually use the Terminal and curl which is available on all recent Mac OS X installations.

curl -o outputfilename address_to_download

For people not used to the terminal it might be a bit daunting at first, but it is rather simple. I have gotten non-geeks at work to find the terminal appealing after showing them how to do it. The advantage with curl is that it can handle almost any kind of download.



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Download an MP4 file in Safari
Authored by: arcticmac on Feb 01, '11 10:36:07AM

or even easier tell curl to use the file's name on the server:

curl -O url_to_file

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Download an MP4 file in Safari
Authored by: joeyblades on Feb 01, '11 12:04:12PM

These are all OK if you're looking at a link to the actual file. Sometimes there's a level of indirection or two involved and you'll just end up downloading a .htm file or some other intermediate file. In most of these indirect cases you can get to the streaming content by double-clicking on the appropriate line in the Activity Window. Of course, sometimes more inventive tricks are required...



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Download an MP4 file in Safari
Authored by: rab777hp on Feb 01, '11 02:32:21PM

Why on earth would you need to do this over option-enter or command s (save) or a cURL command?
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Download an MP4 file in Safari
Authored by: AriX on Mar 01, '11 04:47:18PM

Agreed. This is basically the worst out of those three possible methods to force a file to download?



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Download an MP4 file in Safari
Authored by: dandj on Feb 01, '11 09:03:18PM

Identifying the file in the Activity Window and Option-Clicking the file will start a download.



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Download an MP4 file in Safari
Authored by: david-bo on Feb 02, '11 06:50:29AM

Cmd - S FFS!

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Download an MP4 file in Safari
Authored by: everkleer80 on Feb 03, '11 08:22:31AM

I always option-clicked in the activity window, but a lot of these other ones (including the original) are good hints for those like me who never knew about them. I can't believe I never realized some of these myself - particularly that you can just do Save/CMD-S when you have a difect link to an mp4 or whatever file!



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