Some of the important features of the HLS Downloader addon are listed below. This is followed by an overview of this addon. This summary contains few words about the addon, its function, and its features. Next is FAQ, this section is useful to get information about how this addon works in your browser. If you couldn't find a specific answer, please fill the bug report form on this page or the contact form on the homepage to let us know about your question. Following the FAQ, is the bug report form. It is designed to collect user feedbacks and bugs about this addon. Users can suggest improvements or feature requests through this form too. The next section is for submitting comments about this addon which uses the Facebook comments plugin. The last section is dedicated to reports submitted through the GitHub website. We hope the information provided on this page, could help you get all the basics you need about this addon and enable you to have a better experience with HLS Downloader.
In short, HLS Downloader is a lite addon that lets you easily download HTTP live stream media file from the internet.
4 Reasons to Use HLS Downloader
A lite addon that let you easily download HLS media.
Has a stand-alone popup window that can be opened in the popup, tab or a separate window.
Has badge number that shows the captured media for the active tab.
Available for Firefox, Chrome, Edge and Opera browsers on all operating systems.
This video gives you an idea of how the extension works in your browser.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is HLS Downloader?
HLS Downloader is a lite and multi-browser addon that lets you easily download fragmented media files from the internet. HLS or HTTP Live Stream is a new media format developed by Apple. It contains a master playlist with .m3u8 file extension. To get more info about HLS, please visit this Wikipedia page. First, the extension downloads the master playlist, and then within the master, it finds content playlists. Each content playlist is an HLS file with several fragmented items. All the captured items are displayed in the extensions UI. Each item has a download and a remove button. When you press on the download button the extension downloads all fragments and merges them all to generate a single media file. The UI for the extension can be opened in the toolbar popup, tab, or a separate window. Please right-click on the toolbar button to choose the appropriate context. Moreover to select and HLS stream manually, you can enter the desired URL with .m3u8 file extension in the app UI, top section. Alternatively, as you browse the internet, this extension monitors the webpages and captures all HLS media files, and if anything found, automatically downloads the playlist and updates the badge number accordingly. You can open the extension interface to review and download desired streams. The third option for downloading the HLS stream is via the context-menu item. Please right-click on .m3u8 streams and then select - Download with HLS Downloader - from the context-menu.
2. What is HLS?
As mentioned above, HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) is a technology used to deliver audio and video content over the internet. It works by breaking the overall stream into a series of small, manageable files that can be downloaded and played back in sequence. This allows for smooth, continuous playback, even over low-bandwidth connections. HLS is a popular streaming format used by many online video and audio services, including Apple iTunes and the audio and video players on the iPhone and iPad.
3. How can I download the source code for HLS Downloader?
To download the source code for this extension from Chrome Web Store, it is recommended to use Extension Source Downloader. With this addon, you can download the source code as a ZIP or CRX format to your machine. If you want to download the source code from the Firefox addons store, please open the firefox download link (if available) in the Firefox browser and then right-click on the - Add to Firefox - button and select - Save Link As... - item. Choose the destination folder on your machine and then save the file in XPI format. You can then rename the XPI format to a RAR or ZIP file. Some extensions may have a GitHub repo address, which you can use to download the source code as well. But, it may not be the latest version of the addon. Therefore, downloading the source code from the official web stores is the best option as it always gives you the latest version of the addon.
4. How can I work with this addon?
As mentioned above, you have three options to open the interface (popup, tab, or window) which can be selected from the toolbar button context menu item. The extension automatically detects the HLS media stream as you browse. If you do not want this feature, please press on the toggle button from the interface (bottom left corner). Alternatively, you can add stream URLs from the interface (top section), or via the mouse right-click. On any page, if you found a .m3u8 URL, please right click and then select - Download with HLS Downloader - from the context menu. Moreover, you can select any desired text with .m3u8 URL embedded, and then use the mouse context-menu to download the media (as explained above). Once a stream URL is added to the extension, it extracts the playlist and displays the content in the UI. You can easily press on the desired items to download. Currently, only download and remove buttons are available for each item in the UI. When you press on the download button, the extension downloads all fragments and, in the end, merges them all to form a single media file. The final file is downloaded to your machine in the default download location. If you prefer a different location, please open the settings tab in your browser and change the default download location from there.
5. Does this addon has a separate options or settings page?
No, as mentioned above, this addon does not have separate options or settings page. All the settings are available in the extension interface.
6. Is this addon available for mobile browsers?
Yes, this addon is available for both mobile and desktop machines on all operating systems.
7. How can I see the resolution or download size for each item within the popup?
Currently there is no option to see these two metrics in the UI. In the future support for these metric will be added to the extension.
8. How can I disable this addon?
You can always disable the addon from the extensions page in your browser. Alternatively, if you want to disable the auto-detection of HLS streams, please open the UI and then click on the toggle button at the bottom left corner. Once the extension is turned off, it will not monitor webpages for .m3u8 URLs. You can only add streams via the interface or through the context-menu.
9. How can I clear the interface?
To clear items from the interface, pelase open the UI and then click on the eraser button at the top right corner of the screen.
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