Downloading flash videos in Linux was already not too difficult, but thanks to flashrip, it has gotten very easy. Here is a little demo how it works:
Once installed, you basically use one click to get a video preview and then a prompt with the filename to save the file. The script works by looking into the newest flash files in your /tmp folder, and creates a hardlink to the save destination. When the video has fully loaded, you can close the browser window. The temp file will get deleted, and the linked copy will remain.
Open a terminal like gnome-terminal or konsole, and run these commands:
wget http://martin.ankerl.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/flashrip.sh chmod 755 flashrip.sh sudo mv flashrip.sh /usr/local/bin
Now all thats left to do is to create a link in your gnome panel for ease of use: Right click the gnome panel, “Add to panel…”, choose “Custom Application Launcher…”. Choose a proper name, and a command like this:
For the command, replace the second parameter with the default location where you want to save the ripped videos (you have to use the full path here!)
I have tested this in Ubuntu, but it should work on any linux where gnome is installed.