Save Watched YouTube Videos From Windows Cache Folder

flv iconThe movies and videos that you've watched online on any website, including YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Metacafe or any other video site can be easily copied to a separate folder for offline viewing.

Whether you're using IE, Firefox or the Chrome browser, the cached video is temporarily saved and can easily be retrieved until the tab containing the video remains open. If you use chrome, jump to this post: Chrome video cache location, while Firefox and internet explorer users should read on.

How to Copy Streamed Flash Videos from Temp folder

Note: Two things are important here.

1. Firstly, the browser tab having the streamed video must remain open otherwise the browser will automatically delete the cached video.

2. Use this method responsibly. Do not copy copyrighted content.


The buffered videos are cached in the following location. Please make sure you have a flaxxxx.tmp file before proceeding.

C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\Temp

Replace <user name> with your windows account user name.

If the above location isn't visible, just go to My Computer - Folder Option - View and Check Show hidden files and folders.

While the tab is open, you wont be able to copy the file. A ‘file in Use’ error will be returned if you attempt to copy:

To be able to copy the files you need a small software called hobocopy (Download)

Follow these steps once you’ve downloaded hobo copy:

1. Extract the file Hobocopy.exe in your C:\ drive (or any other location)

2. Open the administrative command prompt ( type cmd, right click and select run as administrator) and go to drive C:\ and issue the following command (Assuming that you have placed hobocopy.exe in drive C:\

hobocopy C:\users\user name\AppData\Local\Temp e:\videos fla7386.tmp

Note: There is a space between Temp and e:\videos and fla7386.tmp


<user name> --replace this with your windows administrator user name.
e:\videos -- is the location where I want to copy the file.
fla7386.tmp -- is the name of the file to be copied.

Now, wait for the file copy process to complete.

Once the file is copied, change the extension of the file from .tmp to .flv so that it can be played on your FLV supporting media player.

  1. "Starting a full copy from C:\Documents to C:\and
    Copied directory
    Backup successfully completed.
    Backup started at 2012-05-22 13:14:05, completed at 2012-05-22 13:14:09.
    0 files (0.00 bytes, 1 directories) copied, 0 files skipped"
    but NO file at destination. It does state 0 files copied tho. what am a doing wrong please?

    1. Hi,

      Thanks for the comment. The error you're referring to shows up in two cases:

      1) On entering the incorrect name of the file to be copied (Make sure you also don't miss the extension of the file you're copying. E.g. ".flv" , ".mp4")

      2) Wrong file Source or Destination.

      This should work if you have both entered correctly.

      Hope this helps.

    2. bro,while doing must ensure you have some recent played videos in you browser tabs so that the hobo can copied them to your location

  2. i am using windows 8 with IE10 and Chrome, is this different for me as it dosent seem to accept the above instructions?

    1. Hi,
      I haven't used windows 8 myself yet. But you should try VideoCacheView. It supports windows 8 and can retrieve recent videos from cache.

    2. Thanks. This just helped take down the President of a college.

  3. hi there it helped me,thanks a lot :) , just a note about using hobocopy program there is a problem with the paths coz chrome save it so far,that have spaces in it like C:\Documents and Settings\'username'\Local Settings...
    so i used Quotation marks "" to be like this
    hobocopy "C:\Documents and Settings\'your user name'\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Pepper Data\Shockwave Flash" e:\video 123.tmp
    thanks :)

  4. Dear Friend

    Thank you very Much

    This will work for my machine.

    i succesfully saved you tube video from mizila


  5. Great article! Thank you very much! It worked man! Bless you!


  6. I am using windows vista. I followed the process you showed above. But i did not find any flaxxx.tmp file. No video file created in the above location although i unhide all. what can i do. pls suggest

    1. Just verified this using chrome. You're right Mehedi, I couldn't find the file either. I've noticed that chrome now caches files in these locations:
      C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cache
      C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Media Cache

      However it splits them, creating multiple 1 MB files, making it impossible to copy from there. Haven't tried this on other browsers yet. I'll revise the post accordingly. Thanks!

  7. Hi Wajahat,

    I even tried the steps you provided above for Internet Explorer.

    Went to C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Temp but there was no such temp file that could be copied.

    Anybody who has a fix for this, please suggest.