How to Download a Flash Game

Two Methods:Using File2HD from Any Web BrowserDownloading from the Source Code

Are you really into a Flash game but don't want to connect to the Internet every time you play? You’re in luck--you can download almost any Flash game to your PC or Mac to play offline. All you’ll need is a web browser, a favorite game and a few moments of your time.

Method 1
Using File2HD from Any Web Browser

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    Open the website that points to your favorite Flash game. In your web browser, visit the website that contains a link to the game you want to download. Don’t start the game.
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    Copy the site's URL. Copy the site URL from the address bar of your web browser.
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    Point your web browser to File2HD.com. File2HD will simply return a list of all of the full paths to files linked on any web page. You won’t need to download or install anything.
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    Paste the previously copied URL into File2HD. Paste the URL of the site that points to your game into the box and click “Get Files.”
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    Search for your game’s .swf file. Flash games end with the file extension “.swf,” and these files can be opened in any browser that supports Flash. [1] Once File2HD has returned a list of URLs in your browser window, press Ctrl+F to open the search bar (or Cmd+F on a Mac). Type .swf into the search box and press Enter.
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    Save the link to your game. Your search should have brought up one or two .swf files that include the name of your Flash game. Right-click on one of the links (or Control+click on a Mac) and select "Save link as." Remember where you save this file.
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    Open your Flash game. Navigate to the .swf file that you saved and open by double-clicking. The game will launch in your web browser, but because you’re running it right from your computer, you won’t need to connect to the internet.

Method 2
Downloading from the Source Code

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    Visit the Flash game you want to download. Go to the website and locate the web page with the game. Click on the game you want to download and wait for it to load.[2]
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    View the page source (or Page Info on Firefox). The steps vary across browsers.
    • View elements in Chrome: Hold down Ctrl+ Shift+C.[3] If you’re on a Mac, use Cmd+ Shift+C.
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    • View Source with Internet Explorer or Safari: Right-click (Control+click on a Mac) in the browser window somewhere outside of the Flash game and select "View Source" from the drop down list.
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    • View Page Info with Firefox. Right-click (Control+click on a Mac) in the browser window somewhere outside of the Flash game and select "View Page Info" from the drop down list. [4] Click the “Media” tab to display URLs referenced in the page. To sort this list by type of file, click the word “Type” above the list.
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    Search the source code for the .swf file. Click on the window that comes up and press Ctrl+F to search ( Cmd+F on a Mac) and type .swf. Your game should be the first or second .swf file to show up in the search results, depending on the website.
    • In Firefox, you’ll have to scroll through the list and look for the .swf file that contains the name of your game.
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    Copy the entire URL of the .swf file. Double-click on the URL of the .swf file and copy it by right-clicking (Control+click on a Mac) and selecting “Copy” from the menu. If you’re using Firefox, just click on the file and select “Save As.”
    • If the .swf file does not have a domain name before it (i.e., it says “/strategygames/crimson-room.swf” instead of www.addictinggames.com/strategygames/crimson-room.swf -- but replace the domain name with the one which hosts your favorite game), then type the domain name before the path to the .swf. file before copying the URL.
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    Save the Flash game to your computer. Press Ctrl+S ( Cmd+S on a Mac) and choose a save location you’ll remember.
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    Open your Flash game. Navigate to the .swf file that you saved and open by double-clicking. The game will launch in your web browser, but because you’re running it right from your computer, you won’t need to connect to the internet.

Tips

  • Make sure your antivirus software is up to date before downloading anything from the Internet.
  • Many of your favorite Flash games are also available as mobile apps. Search for your favorite games in your mobile app store.

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