On 11/22/2017 04:47 PM, Richard Z wrote:
On Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 07:34:53AM -0500, Temlakos wrote:

After updating Firefox I got a message to "refresh" it--that is, remove all
add-ins. Foolishly I did so, thinking to reinstall them later using
compatible versions.

But I have not been able to get Video Download Helper to work.

I followed their instructions to install a "companion application." That
means working in a terminal version (actually, Konsole; I'm working in KDE).
The messages I get all say the companion app is ready for use. But after
repeated shutdowns and restarts, VDH still will not download anything.
Did you look for alternatives that don't need companion apps? youtube-dl
works for me.

I see a security disaster comming if addons ask users to install companion
apps. Most of them may be legit but I am not keen to try out. Firefox byebye.


Yes. I looked for, and found, a simple alternative to VDH, at least for YouTube (my most common download source), that does not require any companion apps. I didn't even have to restart Firefox in order to get it working. I've tested it on many videos--successfully.

It's the 1-click YouTube Video Downloader. One should be able to find that by searching the Firefox extension store.