How can i grab/copy/mirror a website along with it's flash content?

Posted on 2010-09-23
Last Modified: 2013-11-13
I am trying to copy a website for offline browsing. I have run into a few tools out there for doing this like wget, httrack etc...the challenge and question i currently have is there one out there that can allow me to copy/mirror flash files as well? Currently the ones that I have come across will mirror the sites but would not grab the flash there one that can grab the site along with the flash content?
Question by:Spawn10
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ID: 33749061
you can't take the complete site. you will be able to take the complied code. you can use httphijack

but you will not get the site as saved on the host.  you will never get this

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ID: 33749145
The only way to make an exact duplicate of a website is to contact the owner of the site, get permission, obtain a login and password, then use an FTP site to copy everything to your computer, however, that may not get some of the back end processing files or database files...especially if the owner has stuff saved elsewhere on their servers.  Also, sites like youtube or even news websites that have video content on them have other sites host their videos, so their site just links code to another website.

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ID: 33749153
That is not true myhc...I am currently able to take them offline and dump them in a local directory...links changed to match locally for easy browsing, and even take the links that are branching away from the site i want.
The only problem I am having is that the flash content is not being grab along with it. Play with wget or httrack to see what am saying. Maybe you have, but I think it is highly possible.
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ID: 33749224
Yes, but you won't get the full ASP/ASP.NET/ Databases / PHP documents.  they are complied.

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ID: 33749232
otherwise no site is safe from anyone. online banking anyone??

Author Comment

ID: 33749267
I am not trying to grab the database etc...I am grabbing the content at a particular instance and viewing it pretty sure the content might change slightly when am offline due to updates and the sort...but that is not what am trying to do.
i simply want to be able to view the content (along with flash content) that I grabbed at a particular instance.
Has anyone had luck getting this done before? Or have an idea that I could dig into further?


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ID: 33749339
you said "I am trying to copy a website for offline browsing. " if you said you wanted to do this for say facebook, then i would say no it can't be done. Well unless you click every link etc and save every page, but then it's static data.  this is why i said it can't be done.

Yes, i have done before. but on a small scale. I went to page in IE waited for flash video to load then looked in temp internet files and copied out flv or swf file. then patched html code

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Spawn10 earned 0 total points
ID: 33755855
I went back to play with wget and I was able to find a combination of parameters that will do as a work around. Seems to be grabbing some of the flash content

wget --recursive --no-clobber --page-requisites --html-extension --convert-links --restrict-file-names=windows --domains "site domain" --no-parent "actual website url"

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ID: 33774820
You can use Free Download Manager
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