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FLV Spider is a simple utility that allows you to capture online videos. So, if you see a cool online video, and would like to save it to your Mac or to your iPod, nothing is easier!

Just launch FLV Spider before you start to surf the Web. FLV Spider will automatically capture all online videos opened in a Web browser. Embedded Lossless Movie Trimmer lets you easily cut-off a portion of captured video, and Lossless Movie Joiner lets you easily join captured video/audio files into one continuous movie. Please read the help manual to learn more about these advanced tools.

IMPORTANT: Only Flash videos are supported more...

What's New

Version 3.1.34:
  • Capturing engine performance is upgraded significantly.
  • SmoothStreaming(TM) format capture is bugfixed.
  • "Save File As Is" function is added to save captured file in its native format.
  • Minor interface improvements.


OS X 10.4 or later

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Fariborz Member IconReview+284

I bought this application today. This is the ONLY program that captures video on ALL sites I've visited so far. I could even capture live streams of the Persian BBC which was not possible before. The DEMO version is very limited and doesn't show all its capabilities. Users who experience partial downloads should know that the demo version doesn't allow complete downloads. Despite a few tiny bugs I think it's the best video capturer I've ever bought. Fariborz AMIRSHAHI - Verona (Italy)

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Version 3.1.30
An.onymous Member IconReview+143

Rejoyce !
Finally, FLV spider can keep recording until the end of the movies (no more partially downloaded films).
It makes it, by far, the best app in its category.
I must admit that this LVSpider's developers have been working continuously to correct the many limits and drawbacks of FLV Spider. They have now achieved a truly efficient app.

Future improvements, won't be so dramatic but they may still be welcome, for instance :
- the capacity to start the copy from somewhere in the course of the movie (not necessarily at the beginning)
- the possibility to opt for a direct download from a window's link (when available), as with iTubeDownloader or MpegStreamclip
Congratulations for the good job. Please ensure that future updates do not ruin the present achievement (a possible issue because FLVSpider's updates automatically destroy the previously installed version).

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Version 3.1.20

Caution :
If you use the "save movie" option, the movie will be called "video 1.flv" and replace the previous saved with this same name => use "save movie as" and change the name each time.

An.onymous Member IconReview+143

Still stopping after a few minutes with the same cryptic message "Partially downloaded". It happens even when the site's window where the movie is played stays on top.
Grrrrrrrr !

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Version 3.1.20
Pnn314 Member IconReview+24

Hi everybody.
Good news from http://home.flvspider.com. The developer upgrades free of charge all promotion versions of FLV Spider (which did not have the update function)! After upgrading FLV Spider to v3.1.20 I found that the program has become more stable. Now it works fine. I think that in terms of ease of use and quality the new version of FLV Spider works better than a program like Wondershare AllMyTube for Mac. In any case, all the sites I tried, I was able to download the video, but the program Wondershare AllMyTube for Mac sometimes refused to download videos.

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Version 3.1.20
An.onymous Member IconReview+143

Works only for some short films and some sites. Stops prematurely when the copy takes more than 15 minutes.
It could be due to a failure in FLV's cache management, or FLV'sunability to update the connection when required by the site (including YouTube). Who knows? The error message(s) is totally worthless.
In addition, when it stops prematurely FLV Spider cannot restart from where it stopped and - often - cannot even restart from the beginning.
Lots of time lost without any hint to face the problem.
IShowU is much more reliable but it must remain on top of the screen when it is operated.

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Version 3.1.17
Dr. Mike

I can agree, the problem with long movies is real one. So, I've asked it in techsupport. They gave me a link to new beta and it works perfectly for me! And as far as I can see, they've released it now. So I'd recommend this update to everyone. Updates are free and it's really great!

vdolmstead Member IconReview+4

I'm the techie in my firm where our Chief Investment Strategist frequently interviewed by CNBC. They button up their flash videos and my firm needs a copy of these appearances. FLV Spider is a godsend! Not only is the software functional, intuitive and reliable their tech support is responsive. I didn't read the directions. We used to call that "RTFM" when I was a beta tester. It's sometimes a recipe for frustration but the folk at FLV Spider overlooked it and helped me over my ignorance with patience and understanding. To top it all off, I see from other reviews the updates are free and relatively frequent. All in all, an excellent tool.

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Version 3.1.17
Hilbo60 Member IconReview+70

Works pretty darn well.

Just a hats off to the author, following a hard drive crash I needed to re-install, emailed the author and received a fairly prompt reply, sorting me out. Makes a nice change from dealing with some of the big boys, who you can wait sometimes days for an answer.

Top marks for customer care.

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Version 3.0.9
Mauro1 Member IconComment+0


Please copy the code above (select all 24 symbols of the code by mouse and then press Cmd+C key combination) and paste it into "Activation Code" input box of the "Activate Now!" dialogue. Then click "Activate" button.

My question:

Where is the "Activate Now" dialogue?

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Version 3.0.9
Rubaiyat Member IconReview+562

Not sure what utility this has.

You can capture FLV and a lot of other formats using the DownloadHelper plug-in in FireFox. You get a whole lot more flexibility in what you DL and how.

The ability to trim the video is available in the latest QT.

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Version 3.0.9
MP3FLV.COM (Developer)

Just to repeat another user opinion (see below):
"This tool breaks its competitors, as it is universal flash video grabber. It works with any browser and any flash video web site."

It is not a trick to save _downloadable_ video. In fact you don't need any special tool for that. But as for _streaming_ video, the nearest competitor is twice more expensive!

BTW, QT can't cut/join video _lossless_.

Dr. Mike Member IconReview+0
Dr. Mike

Version 3.0.8 works with youtube.com again! Previous version had some troubles with capture from youtube. So, update is really worth of doing. New version also supports HD videos at vimeo.com. HD videos are saved in MP4 which I can copy to my HD video player without any conversion. It's just what I need.

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Version 3.0.8
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Version 2.1.8
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Version 2.1.8
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Version 2.1.7
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Version 2.0.4
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Downloads 31,089
Version Downloads 2,187
License Shareware
Date 01 Feb 2014
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $29.95
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