Video DownloadHelper

Video DownloadHelper

The easy way to download and convert Web videos from hundreds of YouTube-like sites.

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What is Video DownloadHelper?

Video DownloadHelper is a very popular Firefox add-on by mig. This add-on has 1,943,947 daily active users and a good user rating of 4.28. The latest version, 7.6.6, was updated 2 months ago.

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By: mig
Version: 7.6.6 (Last updated: 2022-12-08)
Creation date: 2006-07-22
Weekly download count: 71,250
Firefox on Android: No
Manifest version: 2
  • tabs
  • contextMenus
  • nativeMessaging
  • <all_urls>
  • webRequest
  • webRequestBlocking
  • downloads
  • clipboardWrite
  • webNavigation
  • notifications
  • See more
Featured: Yes
Size: 850.46K
Risk impact: Very high risk impact
Risk likelihood: Very low risk likelihood
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Video DownloadHelper is the most complete tool for extracting videos and image files from websites and saving them to your hard drive.

Just surf the web as you normally do. When DownloadHelper detects embedded videos it can access for download, the toolbar icon highlights and a simple menu allows you to download files by simply clicking an item.

For instance, if you go to a YouTube page, you'll be able to download the video directly on your file system. It also works with most other popular video sites like DailyMotion, Facebook, Periscope, Vimeo, Twitch, Liveleak, Vine, UStream, Fox, Bloomberg, RAI, France 2-3, Break, Metacafe, and thousands of others.

Video DownloadHelper supports several types of streamings, making the add-on unique amongst Video downloaders: HTTP, HLS, DASH, … Whenever a site uses a non-supported streaming technology, Video DownloadHelper is able to capture the media directly from the screen and generate a video file. 

Besides downloading, Video DownloadHelper is also capable of making file conversions (i.e. change audio and video formats) and aggregation (combining separate audio and video into a single file). This is an upgrade feature that helps pay for the free stuff (we need to eat too). You are not compelled to use conversion for downloading videos from websites, and you can avoid picking variants marked as ADP to avoid the need for aggregation.

Video overview on how to use Video DownloadHelper:

Support can be obtained from the dedicated support forum.

Please stay tuned by following us on Twitter (@downloadhelper),  or Facebook.
Risk impact

Video DownloadHelper requires a lot of risky permissions and is not safe to use. Avoid installing this add-on unless you absolutely trust this publisher.

Risk impact measures the level of extra permissions an extension has access to. A low risk impact extension cannot do much harms, whereas a high risk impact extension can do a lot of damage like stealing your password, bypass your security settings, and access your personal data. High risk impact extensions are not necessarily malicious. However, if they do turn malicious, they can be very harmful.

Risk likelihood

Video DownloadHelper has earned a good reputation and can be trusted.

Risk likelihood measures the probability that a Firefox add-on may turn malicious. This is determined by the publisher and the Firefox add-on reputation on Firefox Browser Add-ons, the amount of time the Firefox add-on has been around, and other signals about the Firefox add-on. Our algorithms are not perfect, and are subject to change as we discover new ways to detect malicious extensions. We recommend that you always exercise caution when installing a Firefox add-on, especially ones with higher risk impact and/or higher risk likelihood.

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User reviews
Great Extension...!!! I use it everyday. Compliments to the author(s)...!!!
by pgmacedo, 2023-02-02

by king, 2023-02-02

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The manifest file declares the requirements and permissions that a Firefox add-on will have access to. By reviewing the manifest, you may be able to determine if a Firefox add-on is over-reaching (for example, if an extension is overriding your new tab page, or search provider, or requesting access to your web activities without any good reason).

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