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I like to download some of the shows from Channel 9. This was no problem in Opera, but in Google Chrome I'm not quite sure how to do this. When I click on a link to a wmv file it starts to stream it with the windows media plug-in instead of downloading it. This is of course ok in some circumstanses, but right now I want to download it. And I can't figure out how...

Any ideas?

Actually, I just figured out in this particular case I could right-click and do Save As. But I still would like to know how to do it if you just had the direct url to a media file. For example when copied from an email or chat client.

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If I receive a direct link to a media file, I usually use wget for windows to download it.

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but that is a console thing isn't it? think I installed it once, but figured it was too much hassle to use... – Svish Aug 20 '09 at 18:04
Yes it's a console program. There are GUIs for wget, a quick google search should return some results. Personally, I don't use any GUI since I could just: wget -c The -c is there so that it resumes downloading the file if a file with the same name is found on the current directory. – Ramon Marco Navarro Aug 21 '09 at 13:25
Command line tools aren't a hassle, they're actually simpler and often more deterministic than GUIs. They should be preferred for these tasks. – jcora Jan 4 '13 at 15:05

Anything that is linked to can be "saved as" before following the link by right-clicking instead of left-clicking on the link. If it's something you visited in the past, it might be fastest to search for it in your history and then click it. With chrome://history/

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But what if you don't have a link to it? When you just have the url. – Svish Aug 2 '09 at 20:08
Well in that case you could put the url into a text file with the html around it <a href="url">right click me</a> and drag the file into a chrome window. – dlamblin Aug 3 '09 at 22:34

Just paste it in address bar and hit go. When it loads, hit Ctrl+S

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Click on link (where you pick quality) with right mouse and click on "Save as...". :)


You can use some download manager, it's best way.

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Yeah, just figured that out too, hehe. Updated the question though, cause I would still like to know how to solve it when you only have the direct link. – Svish Aug 2 '09 at 18:30

Try choosing the format, right click it and click "save link as..."

EDIT: Ah, the link... Try clicking the page button (left side of the wrench) and do the "save page as" from there.

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Works for the channel 9 site, but what if you just had the url? – Svish Aug 2 '09 at 20:23
You could change what it's directing to by pasting the url in the adress bar of the Save as: pop up – Ivo Flipse Aug 3 '09 at 9:40
Clicking Save page as didn't seem to work... does it work for you? – Svish Aug 3 '09 at 17:04
Yup, I tested it. – Artur Carvalho Aug 3 '09 at 18:44

To use the 'SAVE LINK AS' from the right click menu when you have the URL but no link, create a link on

For example:

<a href="">
   right click me to download</a>
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I don't want to steal all of @tumchaaditya's thunder, because they are on the right track, just maybe could be more complete in the answer (or Google changed things around, like they do).

  1. As long as the link resolves to a an actual file, then clicking it starts it streaming as a single file in the browser window.
  2. Now use the Save Page As menu item... and it will actually start the file downloading to your Downloads directory.
  3. Then navigate away from the page that is streaming, so you are not chewing up your own downloading bandwidth.
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You can use chrome extension,

try Any Media Downloader

it will displays a small window over of a player that allows to start download

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Please quote the essential parts of the answer from the reference link(s), as the answer can become invalid if the linked page(s) change. – DavidPostill Jun 14 '15 at 21:03
Please read How do I recommend software for some tips as to how you should go about recommending software. At the very least you should provide more than just a link, for example some additional information about the software itself, for example how it can be used to solve the problem in the question. – DavidPostill Jun 14 '15 at 21:03

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