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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]
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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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
'''exe2swf''': https://web.archive.org/web/20190717135116/http://www.northcode.com/blog/Extract-SWF-files-from-Flash-Executables
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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.
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]
'''HxD''': https://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd/
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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.
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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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].
'''Your browser's Developer Tools.'''
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; Fiddler
 
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:   [https://www.telerik.com/fiddler Official website]
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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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].
'''Fiddler''': https://www.telerik.com/fiddler
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; [[Game Saver Extension]]
 
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:   [https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/game-saver/lihjdneobgflplacgfokejchlhdojjnh Chrome WebStore] [https://github.com/krum110487/GameSaver GitHub]
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].
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A Chrome extension that helps with downloading Flash games for a Flashpoint curation.
 
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; 7-Zip
'''[[Game Saver Extension]]''': https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/game-saver/lihjdneobgflplacgfokejchlhdojjnh
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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.
A Chrome extension that helps with downloading Flash games for a Flashpoint curation.
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; Universal Extractor 2
 
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:  [https://bioruebe.com/dev/uniextract/ Official website] [https://github.com/Bioruebe/UniExtract2 GitHub]
'''7-Zip''': https://www.7-zip.org/
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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
Free, open-source, and reliable. 7-Zip is the best tool to decompress almost any file.
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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].
'''Free Download Manager''': https://www.freedownloadmanager.org/
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; qBittorrent
 
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:   [https://www.qbittorrent.org/ Official website]
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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The best free BitTorrent client out there. Use this if you'd like to download the Flashpoint Ultimate torrent.
 
 
'''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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; cURLsDownloader
 
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:   [https://bluepload.unstable.life/curlsdownloaderv57.zip Download] [https://github.com/FlashpointProject/cURLsDownloader 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.
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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.
 
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; HAR Extractor
'''HAR Extractor''': https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/436484594485952542/578807801657294848/har_extractor.exe
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:   https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/436484594485952542/578807801657294848/har_extractor.exe
 
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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.
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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; Wget
 
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:   https://eternallybored.org/misc/wget/
'''Wget''': https://eternallybored.org/misc/wget/
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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
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://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].
'''WebRecorder''': https://github.com/webrecorder/webrecorder-desktop
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; grab-site
 
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:   [https://github.com/ArchiveTeam/grab-site 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 [https://github.com/chfoo/warcat warcat].
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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
'''grab-site''': https://github.com/ArchiveTeam/grab-site
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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.
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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; Cyotek WebCopy
 
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:   [https://www.cyotek.com/cyotek-webcopy GitHub]
'''HTTrack''': https://www.httrack.com/
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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
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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:   [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.
'''Cyotek WebCopy''': https://www.cyotek.com/cyotek-webcopy
 
 
 
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''': https://github.com/hartator/wayback-machine-downloader
 
  
A command line tool that allows for whole websites or single items to be downloaded from the Wayback Machine.
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<noinclude>
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[[Category:Other Guides]]
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</noinclude>

Latest revision as of 11:20, 11 May 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.
Game Saver Extension
Chrome WebStore GitHub
A Chrome extension that helps with downloading Flash games for a Flashpoint curation.
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 Archiving

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.
HAR Extractor
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/436484594485952542/578807801657294848/har_extractor.exe
Compiled by nosamu#3385 from its repository using PyInstaller. To extract any HAR file, drag it onto the HAR Extractor EXE.
Wget
https://eternallybored.org/misc/wget/
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
GitHub
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.