Sometims I’m watching live events on websites that have an embedded flash video player.

Is it possible to take the stream to a native player such as VLC?

If so, what would be the steps?


Open the web inspector and look in the resource list for the active network connection (indicated by the spinning pinwheel next to the resource) as this is usually the stream file.

Clicking the resource will show the Full URL under the Location section of the resource inspector. This URL can be added in VLC.


Note that some URLs won't be able to be played in VLC due to licensing restrictions.


If you have the source URL, then you can stream it with VLC.

VLC- File- Open Network.


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    Any idea how to fetch the url of a stream (from a flash embed)? – Fellow Stranger Sep 13 '14 at 17:30
  • Many ways to do that, if it is not confidential, give me the web site link, and I look for it to tell you how I found it. Simplest, when you hover over the video window there is a pop up bottom left showing the link. Some, show it if you right click on the video window ect... – Ruskes Sep 13 '14 at 17:32
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    I don't think it downloads anything for you, but if you don't have the flash player installed maybe it prompts about that. It was just an example for a streaming service, inserting that URL in VLC doesn't do much unfortunately.. :/ I'm on Firefox 32.0. – Fellow Stranger Sep 13 '14 at 20:16
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    FYI, I use the Ant Video add on to the Firefox, so anything that plays in my screen I can download, just in case you are interested. – Ruskes Sep 13 '14 at 20:30
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    The linked stream provided by @Numbers does not require any additional plugins—it's just JWPlayer (Flash) playing a live broadcast. – grg Sep 14 '14 at 15:37

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