Video DownloadHelper Version History

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Version 7.1.0 520.6 KiB Works with Firefox 57.0a1 and later

Versions 7.x are a complete rewrite of Video DownloadHelper version 6.x to comply with Firefox Quantum requirements of the WebExtensions interface.

Version 7.1.0 fixes a bunch of issues that were introduced with 7.0.0.

At this point, 7.1.0 can detect and download any video that could be handled by version 6.3.3.

Version 7.0.0 450.9 KiB Works with Firefox 57.0a1 and later

Video DownloadHelper 7.0.0 is the first Firefox Quantum compatible version of the add-on.

It is an almost complete rewrite of the extension.

Unfortunately, we have been lacking time and not all features could make it to 7.0.0. Within the next few weeks, most features will be back.

Version 6.3.3 772.6 KiB Works with Firefox 51.0a1 - 56.*

This release is the last one of Video DownloadHelper using the legacy Add-on SDK Firefox API.

It does not add nor remove any feature from the previous 6.3.1 version, just ensures the user configuration can be re-used when WebExtensions-based Video DownloadHelper 7.0.0 will be published.

Version 6.3.1 769.8 KiB Works with Firefox 36.0 - 56.*

<h3>Fixed missing audio on Vimeo videos</h3>

You may have noticed that for some time, downloaded videos from Vimeo (or from sites hosting their videos on Vimeo) do not have audio.

This is due a change in their streaming technology and they now stream the audio and video parts of the media separately, as YouTube have been doing for several years.

The Video DownloadHelper workaround is the same as with YouTube: use an external video converter to aggregate audio and video streams into a single audio+video file that can be used by your video player.

We are aware of the inconvenience of having to install an external application, but there is no easy alternative here. Note that once the converter is installed, the process is totally transparent and you end up with a fully playable video without any special action.

If you want to avoid using the converter, you can still use Video DownloadHelper to download separately the two streams (but you will have to find a way to play them together). For doing so, open DownloadHelper settings > More > Chunked streaming, check Advanced. In section DASH streaming, parameter When DASH contains both audio and video lets you choose which stream(s) you want to download. Default is Aggregate audio and video, which implies using the converter but you can change it to choose audio or video only.

Version 6.2.0 752.7 KiB Works with Firefox 36.0 - 56.*

Video DownloadHelper detects and captures more videos !

A number of YouTube videos are streamed not only in ADP mode (audio and video in separate streams) but each of those streams in DASH mode (plenty of small segments that need download and rework to create a playable media). Previously, Video DownloadHelper ignored those videos, causing a No media found message to be displayed. With version 6.2.0, you are now offered to download those videos in several quality variants.

HLS-streamed videos have been supported since version 5.5.0 but some servers use encryption on those streams, causing Video DownloadHelper to generate a useless 48 bytes file. This new version supports encrypted HLS.

Important fixes

A number of users complained about not having audio when playing HLS videos using Windows Media Player. This is now fixed and you don't have to use alternative players to hear those videos.

In some cases, HLS captures lead to a file containing only audio. This was due to a bug that has been fixed in this version.

Users with very poor networking conditions like an Internet connection going up and down had a hard time downloading videos, particularly big ones. The new version fixes an issue with chunked downloads not using retries properly, and add a configurable delay between retries.

Version 6.2.0 also fixes an issue with pages containing many videos (like a video-oriented tumblr page). If requesting some downloads and scrolling down to make new videos to be detected, you could lose control of the downloads.

Other fixes and improvements

  • Clearing errors now have immediate effect on toolbar icon badge
  • Fixed bug where in some cases the wrong language could be used in the add-on interface
  • Fixed screen region capture when e10s is enabled
  • Prevented text selection in main panel. In some conditions, it could be difficult to unselect.
  • Fixed minor layout issue in download progress bars
  • Fixed image gallery capture when in e10s mode
  • Fixed HTML warnings in settings page
  • Added Russian and Swedish locales
  • Moved to Angular 1.5.9 to better security

Version 6.1.1 717.7 KiB Works with Firefox 36.0 - 52.0

  • Fixed HLS frame timestamp decoding causing very long videos to accelerate after ~1.5 hours
  • Added Vine videos helper
  • Added video length to Facebook helper
  • Fixed helper after Tumblr changes
  • Fixed adding several smartnaming rules to the same domain
  • Fixed some video thumbnails using relative URLs
  • Added workaround for Firefox e10s bug #1261585 for M3U8 and DASH video manifest files
  • Added Icelandic locale
  • Moved uk-UA locale to uk
  • Other locale updates
  • Updated to latest Angular 1.5.8
  • Angular libraries patched to ensure safe use

Version 6.1.0 701.1 KiB Works with Firefox 36.0 - 49.0

This version handles specifically a few very popular web sites (Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr) in order to display in the add-on download list better titles and/or thumbnails. It is now easier to identify which video to pick if several of them have been detected in the page.

Several fixes and locale updates have been included in the release.

Version 6.0.0 693.6 KiB Works with Firefox 36.0 - 49.0

Improved main panel user interface

Version 5.6.1 682.2 KiB Works with Firefox 36.0 - 49.0

This release fixes a bug where Video DownloadHelper prevents with some sites using F4F streaming to play videos in the page.

Version 5.6.0 681.8 KiB Works with Firefox 36.0 - 49.0

Better YouTube support with aggregating mixed VP9 video with Opus audio to Matroska MKV file.
Note this may require updating the Windows converter.

With the new Masked download feature, you can ensure no downloaded video will touch your disk without
being encrypted. Learn more about the Masked Download feature.

You can now use the multi-formats video player that comes with the converter thanks to the new Play action.

Better F4F capture support: you can now choose between several quality variants when available on the server.

Version 5.5.0 658.0 KiB Works with Firefox 36.0 - 49.*

On March 24th, YouTube made some changes causing Video DownloadHelper not to recognize some videos when logged in. We provided a fix for that within 24 hours under the form of a beta version of the add-on. This 5.5.0 release brings those changes to everyone.

Videos streamed over the chunked protocols HLS (MPEG-TS/MP2T, on sites like Dailymotion and many live streaming sites) and DASH (M4F used on sites like Vimeo) can now be downloaded without the need for the converter. Previous 5.4.x versions had a basic support for those streams, but it was inconvenient (you had to keep the video running) and the converter had to be used to finalize the download to a proper video file. This new version even offer in most cases the choice between several quality variants.

The old list of supported sites (which were not maintained anymore) is back to life. All the listed 1000+ video web sites are alive and are DownloadHelper-compatible. New sites are added weekly. Those lists are hosted on the downloadhelper.net website and no longer managed by the addon.

A long-time request from users with a low quality network connection: automatic download retries. If the download fails in a recoverable way, the add-on tries to resume the download from where it stops. The number of retries before giving up is configurable.

Add-on settings are now managed from with a tab and no longer an add-on panel.

The DownloadHelper icon is now usable from the Firefox options panel.

An option has been added to switch to the tab owning a particular video entry in the panel.

Video entries with long titles can now have the ellipsis (…) at right, left or display over several lines, based on the settings).

Fixes from previous 5.4.2 version:

  • Fixed filename overwriting on simultaneous captures
  • Fixed YouTube ADP variants that could generate aggregation errors
  • Fixed gallery downloads with spaces in file names
  • Fixed canceling download from Firefox manager cancels entry download in add-on
  • Fixed wrong video window ownership when popup is launched at video start
  • Fixed download list showing chunks on YouTube when smartnaming default was set to header/url or obfuscated

Version 5.4.2 608.6 KiB Works with Firefox 36.0 - 45.0

  • fix for Dailymotion change on October 11th
  • added zh-TW (traditional Chinese) locale

Version 5.4.1 599.5 KiB Works with Firefox 36.0 - 42.*

Version 5.3.1.1-signed 562.8 KiB Works with Firefox 36.0 - 41.0

Version 5.3.0.1-signed 562.7 KiB Works with Firefox 36.0 - 40.*

Video DownloadHelper 5.3.0 introduces a new capture method we call Screen Capture, or SCRAP in some UI places, which consists of taking snapshots of a browser window region at high-frequency, and encode them on the fly, using the converter, to create a video file.

This capture method is used in two new features:

  • Browsing session capture: an easy way to make web sites demo videos. The add-on captures the visible part of a browser window and optionally, is able to highlight the mouse.
  • Applet capture: the add-on analyzes the loaded page to detect Flash and video regions big enough to be considered as capturable content and creates new entries in the detected hits list. Passing the mouse over those entries highlights the related region in the page so you know what you are about to capture.

Other minor fixes and additions:

  • optionally use browser's default download directory instead of VDH specific one
  • optionally display VDH controls from the Tools menu
  • optionally allows prefixing gallery captured files with incremental number
  • MP2T capture can now be configured from the settings
  • conversion output profiles can now be configured from the settings
  • if converter is not installed, place ADP variants detected from the network at the bottom of the list

Version 5.2.0.1-signed 535.4 KiB Works with Firefox 36.0 - 41.0

This version brings a number of new features and fixes:
  • MP2T Streaming capture: record some chunked streamed videos
  • Twitter Periscope Auto-recorder: auto-capture Periscope live streams
  • Toolbar button modes: main toolbar button in now optional
  • Optional main panel compact display mode
  • Improved smartnaming including obfuscated file names
  • New localizations
  • e10s compatible
  • Many fixes

Version 5.1.2.1-signed 489.2 KiB Works with Firefox 36.0 - 39.0

Version 5.0.1.1-signed 401.0 KiB Works with Firefox 36.0 - 39.0

Video DownloadHelper 5 is a completely rewrite of version 4.9.24.

It fixes the problem 4.9.24 had with downloading since Firefox 36, provide an entirely new user interface, many more video variants, ...

Enjoy your new Video DownloadHelper !

Version 4.9.24.1-signed 761.4 KiB Works with Firefox 3.6 - 36.*, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.10.*

Fixed broken network method detection when running on Firefox 32

Version 4.9.23.1-signed 761.3 KiB Works with Firefox 3.6 - 31.0, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.10.*

Fixed Youtube videos not being detected starting August 7th

Version 4.9.22.1-signed 761.2 KiB Works with Firefox 3.6 - 31.*, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.10.*

Fixed unresponsive toolbar button in Australis (new Firefox 29 beta user interface)
Fixed a number of issues with YouTube

Version 4.9.21.1-signed 759.8 KiB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 26.*, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.10.*

  • Improved YouTube support (bug #536, bug #554)
  • Improved DailyMotion support (bug #546)
  • Version 4.9.17.1-signed 758.2 KiB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 25.0, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.10.*

  • Fixed bug #536: some Youtube videos download as empty file.
  • Fixed bug #546: Dailymotion videos do not download anymore.
  • Version 4.9.15.1-signed 756.5 KiB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 24.0, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.10.*

  • Fixed bug #518: some Youtube features (liking, commenting, ...), unavailable when VDH is enabled, since May 25th.
  • Fixed bug #525: default toolbar icon location.
  • Version 4.9.14.1-signed 756.4 KiB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 22.0, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.10.*

  • Fixed bug #496: Downloads do not show in Firefox Downloads dialog. This is particularly an issue since Firefox 19.
  • Added video file size prior to download in entry tooltip as per bug #474. This does not work for YouTube and DailyMotion specific capture methods.
  • Version 4.9.13.1-signed 756.2 KiB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 20.0a1, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.10.*

    • Fixed bug #477: DailyMotion support
      • Fixed DailyMotion URLs to capture entire video instead of chunks
      • Added direct access to DailyMotion quality variants (as for YouTube)
    • Added support for the new Firefox window-based privacy feature: bug #819378.

    Version 4.9.12.1-signed 753.6 KiB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 20.0a1, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.10.*

  • Added MP3 192kbps as a default output format in the converter.
  • Fixed bug #470: add-on not acting to download requests when configuration parameter 'Extended download menu' was unset.
  • Fixed bug #467: added support for avconv converter (Linux/Mac only).
  • Fixed bug #471: not working on Firefox Autora and nightly in some situations.
  • Fixed bug #438: gallery capture fails to recognize media urls ending with extra-spaces.
  • Version 4.9.11.1-signed 753.2 KiB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 19.0a1, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.10.*

  • Added MP3 192kbps as a default output format in the converter.
  • Video DownloadHelper now works again on Firefox Autora and nightly.
  • Fixed a memory leak creating zombie compartments when visiting a page containing a downloadable gallery inside an iframe.
  • Fixed double-pass video conversion.
  • Updated locales.
  • Version 4.9.10.1-signed 753.0 KiB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 17.*, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.10.*

    After some changes in YouTube on September 14th, Video DownloadHelper was not able to download any video from this site, except the WEBM version while using the YouTube HTML5 mode. This is fixed in this addon version.

    After some changes in YouTube on August 6th, a number of users reported that all downloads were failing. This was caused by a a Youtube-generated cookie. The workaround consisting of clearing the cookies before downloading was not very convenient. This addon version takes care of that issue.

    Earlier this year, some other changes at YouTube caused the FLV videos downloaded through the 'network' method to have a fixed 1.7MB size and being unplayable. This is now taken care of.

    Version 4.9.9.1-signed 747.0 KiB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 15.*, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.10.*

  • Fixed bug #405: Unnecessary console message.
  • Fixed bug #731906: Add-on causes zombie compartments.
  • Made add-on compatible up to Aurora (Firefox 13).