The Stream Detector

The Stream Detector

This addon provides an easy way to keep track of manifests and subtitles used by various streaming protocols. Also allows for detecting custom file types and downloading media files.

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What is The Stream Detector?
The Stream Detector is a Firefox add-on that monitors URLs for playlists and subtitles used by streaming protocols such as Apple HLS, Adobe HDS, MPEG-DASH, and Microsoft Smooth Streaming. It offers direct download of media files and observes other file extensions and Content-Type headers. It can copy URLs in their original form or convert them into commands for various tools. However, it doesn't support proprietary technologies used by YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc.
Merlin
Stats
By: 54ac
Rating: 4.32 (134)
Version: 2.11.7 (Last updated: 2023-07-13)
Creation date: 2016-06-03
Weekly download count: 525
Firefox on Android: No
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
Permissions:
  • <all_urls>
  • clipboardWrite
  • downloads
  • notifications
  • storage
  • tabs
  • webRequest
Size: 50.16K
URLs: Website
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Summary

This is a Firefox addon which provides an easy way to keep track of URLs to playlists and subtitles used by Apple HLS, Adobe HDS, MPEG-DASH, and Microsoft Smooth Streaming streams as well as download video/audio files directly and monitor any other file extensions and Content-Type headers.

Copy URLs by clicking their filenames in the addon's popup menu (accessed by clicking on the toolbar icon). URLs can either be copied as they are or transformed into readymade yt-dlp (recommended), FFmpeg, Streamlink, hlsdl or N_m3u8DL-CLI commands, including the User-Agent, Cookie, and Referer headers. The chosen tool then downloads the stream into a single file until it is finished or stopped. Use the addon's options page to customize your experience and e.g. download media files directly.

Note that websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc. are very likely to use proprietary technologies which are not supported by this addon. When it comes to such "mainstream" services, it's better to use the tools (e.g. youtube-dl/yt-dlp) directly.

User reviews
User reviews summary
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Pros
  • Saves time when a website does not support video downloads
  • Useful for detecting and downloading embedded videos
  • Works well with FFMPEG for video downloads
Cons
  • User interface could be more user-friendly
  • Some users reported it not working at all
  • Issues with previous sessions not being ignored
Most mentioned
  • Useful for detecting and downloading embedded videos
  • Works well with FFMPEG for video downloads
  • Could have more user-defined commands
Recent reviews
Very good extension 👍
by Minecraft_alpha21348, 2024-05-17

I completly supprt this addon. it i a time saver ween you have a website that dose not support yt-dlp (formerly known a youtube-dl). It conecnts the stream files thogeter. Also it is useful to refresh the page to get all of the strings, than it is easyer to find the string you want.
by Johs, 2024-04-28

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Safety
Risk impact

The Stream Detector is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install The Stream Detector if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

The Stream Detector has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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