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== General Software ==
 
== General Software ==
  
'''JPEXS Free Flash Decompiler''': https://www.free-decompiler.com/flash/
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; JPEXS Free Flash Decompiler
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:  [https://github.com/jindrapetrik/jpexs-decompiler/releases GitHub]
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:  A tool for decompiling SWF files. This is useful for figuring out how a game loads files or fixing bugs. It is also useful for finding the SWF version or ripping graphics or music from a game. Be sure to download the Nightly version to get the most cutting-edge features.
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; exe2swf
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:  [https://web.archive.org/web/20190717135116/http://www.northcode.com/blog/Extract-SWF-files-from-Flash-Executables Archived official webpage]
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:  A tool that extracts all the SWFs that it can find from an EXE. If you have only the EXE version of a Flash game, you can use this to easily grab the SWF from it.
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; HxD
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:  [https://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd/ Official website]
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:  The best and most popular free hex editor for Windows. Very useful for looking at file headers or other plain text information in files.
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; Your browser's Developer Tools.
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:  The most useful and versatile tool for any Flashpoint curator. Use the Inspector to find embed codes and iframes, and use the Network tool to see every connection your browser makes.
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:  As this feature stopped working for Flash in most browsers, it is recommended to use [https://github.com/darktohka/FlashPatch/releases/latest FlashPatch] or the [https://archive.org/details/basilisk-portable-with-flash Basilisk browser].
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; Fiddler
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:  [https://www.telerik.com/fiddler Official website]
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:  A free web debugger with even more features than a browser's Developer Tools.
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:  Instead of filling out your info, just use the [https://telerik-fiddler.s3.amazonaws.com/fiddler/FiddlerSetup.exe direct download link].
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; 7-Zip
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:   [https://www.7-zip.org/ Official website]
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:  Free, open-source, and reliable. 7-Zip is the best tool to decompress almost any file.
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; Universal Extractor 2
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:  [https://bioruebe.com/dev/uniextract/ Official website] [https://github.com/Bioruebe/UniExtract2 GitHub]
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:  Universal Extractor 2 is a tool designed to extract files from any type of extractable file. Throw everything that 7-Zip can't unpack to it.
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; Free Download Manager
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:  [https://www.freedownloadmanager.org/ Official website]
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:  One of the best ways to reliably download very large files (like Flashpoint Ultimate). Power users might prefer [https://aria2.github.io/ aria2].
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; qBittorrent
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:  [https://www.qbittorrent.org/ Official website]
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:  The best free BitTorrent client out there. Use this if you'd like to download the Flashpoint Ultimate torrent.
  
A tool for decompiling SWF files. This is useful for figuring out how a game loads files or fixing bugs. It is also useful for finding the SWF version or ripping graphics or music from a game. Be sure to download the Nightly version to get the most cutting-edge features.
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== Software for Curating ==
  
'''exe2swf''': http://www.northcode.com/blog/Extract-SWF-files-from-Flash-Executables
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; fpcurator
 
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:   [https://github.com/FlashpointProject/fpcurator/releases/latest Download] [https://github.com/FlashpointProject/fpcurator GitHub]
A tool that extracts all the SWFs that it can find from an EXE. If you have only the EXE version of a Flash game, you can use this to easily grab the SWF from it.
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:  A next-generation tool for automatically curating games from websites and downloading lists of URLs. Recommended over cURLsDownloader and the AutoCurator for these tasks, in most cases. Supports downloading and filling in metadata for games from many popular sites.
 
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; cURLsDownloader
'''HxD''': https://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd/
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:   [https://bluepload.unstable.life/curlsdownloaderv57.zip Download] [https://github.com/FlashpointProject/cURLsDownloader GitHub]
 
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:   Created by nosamu#3385, cURLsDownloader is a tool developed for easily and quickly capturing URLs. It's excellent for saving multi-asset web games. It can also be used to save open directories and simple websites.
The best and most popular free hex editor for Windows. Very useful for looking at file headers or other plain text information in files.
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; AutoCurator
 
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:   [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/441713444694261760/617110942563696650/AutoCurator.zip Download]
'''Your browser's Developer Tools.'''
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:  A tool from XXLuigiMario that automatically curates games from websites, ready for adding to Flashpoint. Will not download any files other than the front facing SWF; you need to play the game to make sure files aren't missing.
 
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; [[Game Saver Extension]]
The most useful and versatile tool for any Flashpoint curator. Use the Inspector to find embed codes and iframes, and use the Network tool to see every connection your browser makes.
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[https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/game-saver/lihjdneobgflplacgfokejchlhdojjnh Chrome Web Store] [https://github.com/krum110487/GameSaver GitHub]
 
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:  A Chrome extension that helps with downloading Flash games for a Flashpoint curation.
'''Fiddler''': https://www.telerik.com/fiddler
 
 
 
A free web debugger with even more features than a browser's Developer Tools. Instead of filling out your info, just use the [https://telerik-fiddler.s3.amazonaws.com/fiddler/FiddlerSetup.exe direct download link].
 
 
 
'''7-Zip''': https://www.7-zip.org/
 
 
 
Free, open-source, and reliable. 7-Zip is the best tool to decompress almost any file.
 
 
 
'''Free Download Manager''': https://www.freedownloadmanager.org/
 
 
 
One of the best ways to reliably download very large files (like Flashpoint Ultimate). Power users might prefer [https://aria2.github.io/ aria2].
 
 
 
'''qBittorrent''': https://www.qbittorrent.org/
 
 
 
The best free BitTorrent client out there. Use this if you'd like to download the Flashpoint Ultimate torrent.
 
  
 
== Software for Archiving ==
 
== Software for Archiving ==
  
'''cURLsDownloader''': http://bluepload.unstable.life/curlsdownloaderv54.zip
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; Wget
 
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:   [https://eternallybored.org/misc/wget/ Download for Windows]
Created by nosamu#3385, cURLsDownloader is a tool developed for easily and quickly capturing URLs. It's excellent for saving multi-asset web games. It can also be used to save open directories and simple websites.
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The endlessly customizable command-line web crawler that cURLsDownloader is based upon. Works best for open directories and simple websites.
 
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; WebRecorder
'''HAR Extractor''': https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/436484594485952542/578807801657294848/har_extractor.exe
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:   [https://github.com/webrecorder/webrecorder-desktop GitHub]
 
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An advanced application for recording high-fidelity web archives. Includes a Chromium browser with full Flash and JavaScript support, so capturing nearly every kind of website is possible. To extract the WARCs for use with Flashpoint, you can use [https://github.com/chfoo/warcat warcat].
Compiled by nosamu#3385 from its [https://github.com/dead-beef/har-extractor repository] using [https://www.pyinstaller.org/ PyInstaller]. To extract any HAR file, drag it onto the HAR Extractor EXE.
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; grab-site
 
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:   [https://github.com/ArchiveTeam/grab-site GitHub]
'''Wget''': https://eternallybored.org/misc/wget/
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The state-of-the-art tool that our Archivists use to scrape websites. You'll want a Linux machine, or better yet, a beefy Linux server.
 
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; HTTrack
The endlessly customizable command-line web crawler that cURLsDownloader is based upon. Works best for open directories and simple websites.
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:   [https://www.httrack.com/ Official website]
 
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:  An ancient but reliable website copier that works for some simple sites. You might find its interface easier to understand than the command-line.
'''WebRecorder''': https://github.com/webrecorder/webrecorder-desktop
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; Cyotek WebCopy
 
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:  [https://www.cyotek.com/cyotek-webcopy Official website]
An advanced application for recording high-fidelity web archives. Includes a Chromium browser with full Flash and JavaScript support, so capturing nearly every kind of website is possible. To extract the WARCs for use with Flashpoint, you can use [https://github.com/chfoo/warcat warcat].
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:  A somewhat simpler and more modern, but less capable website copier. A notable feature is that unlike Wget on Windows, it correctly saves Unicode filenames.
 
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; Wayback Machine Downloader
'''grab-site''': https://github.com/ArchiveTeam/grab-site
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:  [https://github.com/hartator/wayback-machine-downloader GitHub]
 
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:  A command line tool that allows for whole websites or single items to be downloaded from the Wayback Machine.
The state-of-the-art tool that our Archivists use to scrape websites. You'll want a Linux machine, or better yet, a beefy Linux server.
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; HAR Extractor
 
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:  [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/436484594485952542/578807801657294848/har_extractor.exe Download]
'''HTTrack''': https://www.httrack.com/
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:  Compiled by nosamu#3385 from its [https://github.com/dead-beef/har-extractor repository] using [https://www.pyinstaller.org/ PyInstaller]. To extract any HAR file, drag it onto the HAR Extractor EXE. Note that many browsers truncate large files in HAR archives; you should only use HAR Extractor to extract files with a size of less than 1MB.
  
An ancient but reliable website copier that works for some simple sites. You might find its interface easier to understand than the command-line.
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== Site-Specific Tools ==
  
'''Cyotek WebCopy''': https://www.cyotek.com/cyotek-webcopy
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; S3 Bucket Extractor
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:  [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/441713444694261760/689675055453831213/s3_bucket_extract.php Download]
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:  A PHP script written by Seirade for downloading files from open S3 buckets. To use the script, place it in the same folder as PHP.exe (or your platform's equivalent), then run a command like this from the Command Prompt: <code>php s3_bucket_extract.php <url></code>. This will generate a TXT file with a list of asset URLs from the bucket.
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; GameJolt Downloader
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:   [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/436484594485952542/660257630052286476/gamejolt_download.py Download]
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:  A Python script written by eientei for downloading Unity Web Player games from GameJolt. More information is available from the [[Unity_Curation#Downloading_Unity_Games_from_GameJolt|Unity Curation]] article.
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; fpdeviant
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:  [https://github.com/prostagma-fp/fpdeviant GitHub]
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:  A Python script written by prostagma for automatically downloading and curating games from DeviantArt.
  
A somewhat simpler and more modern, but less capable website copier. A notable feature is that unlike Wget on Windows, it correctly saves Unicode filenames.
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[[Category:Other Guides]]
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Latest revision as of 03:56, 26 September 2021

The following is a list of tools or otherwise helpful software that we have found useful for saving web games.

General Software

JPEXS Free Flash Decompiler
GitHub
A tool for decompiling SWF files. This is useful for figuring out how a game loads files or fixing bugs. It is also useful for finding the SWF version or ripping graphics or music from a game. Be sure to download the Nightly version to get the most cutting-edge features.
exe2swf
Archived official webpage
A tool that extracts all the SWFs that it can find from an EXE. If you have only the EXE version of a Flash game, you can use this to easily grab the SWF from it.
HxD
Official website
The best and most popular free hex editor for Windows. Very useful for looking at file headers or other plain text information in files.
Your browser's Developer Tools.
The most useful and versatile tool for any Flashpoint curator. Use the Inspector to find embed codes and iframes, and use the Network tool to see every connection your browser makes.
As this feature stopped working for Flash in most browsers, it is recommended to use FlashPatch or the Basilisk browser.
Fiddler
Official website
A free web debugger with even more features than a browser's Developer Tools.
Instead of filling out your info, just use the direct download link.
7-Zip
Official website
Free, open-source, and reliable. 7-Zip is the best tool to decompress almost any file.
Universal Extractor 2
Official website GitHub
Universal Extractor 2 is a tool designed to extract files from any type of extractable file. Throw everything that 7-Zip can't unpack to it.
Free Download Manager
Official website
One of the best ways to reliably download very large files (like Flashpoint Ultimate). Power users might prefer aria2.
qBittorrent
Official website
The best free BitTorrent client out there. Use this if you'd like to download the Flashpoint Ultimate torrent.

Software for Curating

fpcurator
Download GitHub
A next-generation tool for automatically curating games from websites and downloading lists of URLs. Recommended over cURLsDownloader and the AutoCurator for these tasks, in most cases. Supports downloading and filling in metadata for games from many popular sites.
cURLsDownloader
Download GitHub
Created by nosamu#3385, cURLsDownloader is a tool developed for easily and quickly capturing URLs. It's excellent for saving multi-asset web games. It can also be used to save open directories and simple websites.
AutoCurator
Download
A tool from XXLuigiMario that automatically curates games from websites, ready for adding to Flashpoint. Will not download any files other than the front facing SWF; you need to play the game to make sure files aren't missing.
Game Saver Extension
Chrome Web Store GitHub
A Chrome extension that helps with downloading Flash games for a Flashpoint curation.

Software for Archiving

Wget
Download for Windows
The endlessly customizable command-line web crawler that cURLsDownloader is based upon. Works best for open directories and simple websites.
WebRecorder
GitHub
An advanced application for recording high-fidelity web archives. Includes a Chromium browser with full Flash and JavaScript support, so capturing nearly every kind of website is possible. To extract the WARCs for use with Flashpoint, you can use warcat.
grab-site
GitHub
The state-of-the-art tool that our Archivists use to scrape websites. You'll want a Linux machine, or better yet, a beefy Linux server.
HTTrack
Official website
An ancient but reliable website copier that works for some simple sites. You might find its interface easier to understand than the command-line.
Cyotek WebCopy
Official website
A somewhat simpler and more modern, but less capable website copier. A notable feature is that unlike Wget on Windows, it correctly saves Unicode filenames.
Wayback Machine Downloader
GitHub
A command line tool that allows for whole websites or single items to be downloaded from the Wayback Machine.
HAR Extractor
Download
Compiled by nosamu#3385 from its repository using PyInstaller. To extract any HAR file, drag it onto the HAR Extractor EXE. Note that many browsers truncate large files in HAR archives; you should only use HAR Extractor to extract files with a size of less than 1MB.

Site-Specific Tools

S3 Bucket Extractor
Download
A PHP script written by Seirade for downloading files from open S3 buckets. To use the script, place it in the same folder as PHP.exe (or your platform's equivalent), then run a command like this from the Command Prompt: php s3_bucket_extract.php <url>. This will generate a TXT file with a list of asset URLs from the bucket.
GameJolt Downloader
Download
A Python script written by eientei for downloading Unity Web Player games from GameJolt. More information is available from the Unity Curation article.
fpdeviant
GitHub
A Python script written by prostagma for automatically downloading and curating games from DeviantArt.