August 17, 2011

Download Protected Flickr Photos

If you wants to download a private picture from Flickr Photos that's blocked from downloading.
Normally, you can save pictures from Flickr (or any website) by right clicking the photograph and saying "Save Image As.." but in the case of protected Flickr images, all you will see on the desktop is a blank 1x1 pixel placeholder image called spaceball.gif

flickr spaceball

When a Flickr member has set download permissions to disallow his/her photos from being downloaded, a transparent image is overlaid on the actual photo so the right-click method fails.
You may either use the good-old Print Screen or any of the methods below to defeat the Flickr image protection:

For Firefox: Goto Tools -> Page Info -> Media - Scroll down until you see that Flickr image in the Media Preview Window. Click the Save As button. (Keyboard Shortcut : CTRL+I)

In IE, Opera, Safari or Firefox: Right click the Flickr web page and chose "View HTML source" - now search for "spaceball.gif" in the HTML source. You'll find the full location of the protected image enclosed in the tag just before the tag that encloses the spaceball image. (see screenshot)

flickr private pictures

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