Each time I Cmd+S an .mp3 or .mp4 file, it saves it, but as it turns out, as an empty Zero bytes file. Even if I'm explicitly choosing Save As and Format=Page Source, it doesn't work. I doubt this is an expected behaviour as it has let me down several times since some of the files are no longer online.

This issue is very similar to After Maverick, Safari will not download PDF files, but the solution there doesn't work for me as I don't even have that "Allow Plugins" checkbox in my version, nor do I use any.

I have Safari 11.0.3 on Mac OS Sierra 10.12.6

This is very frustrating. Please help

  • What happens with right click, 'Download linked file as...' ? Save As... is to save the web page as an archive, not really to download files linked from within it.
    – Tetsujin
    May 19, 2018 at 9:13
  • @Tetsujin the file isn't linked to from anywhere, I'm on it's page already. Please go to kcrw-od.streamguys1.com/kcrw/audio/website/music/mb/… for an example. P.S. I understand right now I can right click and save as from within this comment
    – WhatHiFi
    May 21, 2018 at 10:03
  • That's not designed to be downloaded, it's designed to stream. The workaround is right click 'save video as'
    – Tetsujin
    May 21, 2018 at 10:08
  • @Tetsujin which I did and still got the Zero bytes :(
    – WhatHiFi
    May 21, 2018 at 21:05
  • Maybe try a downloader... iGetter is shareware & has a decent interface & safari integration [it's never going to be a replacement for Speed Downloader, but I guess nothing is] - otherwise, I'm out of ideas, sorry
    – Tetsujin
    May 22, 2018 at 6:21

1 Answer 1


Got the same problem again, googled my own question.

As it turns out, where exactly you right-click makes a difference. I happened to be doing it on a progress bar, and that gave me the "Save Page As" option, which results in zero-bytes downloads. However, if you right-click the timer or the controls, it gives you a whole other dropdown with some media-related options, one of them being Download Video As, which works properly.

So the answer is:

  • Cmd+S won't work;
  • pay attention where you click and make sure you save via the media content-related dropdown.

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