Download Flickr Photos protected by spaceball.gif

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Flickr protects pictures by putting the transparent spaceball.gif on the photos to protect some from being downloaded. It’s been done by the users not wanting to publish their private photos. Normally, in firefox, you can right click on the photo, and then click on “Save Image As…” to save the picture. But with following the method above, you may com across with a 1×1 pixel picture named Spaceball.

I am going to post two easy methods , so you can save your favorite photos from Flickr :

Trick 1 Download Flickr Photos:

Step 1 : First open the page where image is located. Now go to Tools > Page info in your Firefox browser as shown in the figure or Right click on the page and click on the Page Info.

Step 2 : Now click on the Media tab and you will get the list of all pictures which are on the current page. Now navigate up-down arrow keys to get required picture


Step 3 : Now click on Save as to save the picture you want….that’s it.

TRICK 2 to Download Flickr Photos:

  • Open a download-protected flickr photo page. [example]


  • Press CTRL+A / Select All on the page to select everything


  • If you look carefully on the very bottom of the photo, there you’ll see a blank-left space of spaceball.gif about 1mm.


  • Right click on that space (If you are not able to see the space then you can click on the Border of Photo ) and from the appeared menu click on “View Image”.
  • 4Now you can save the picture.

Give it a try to save the photos from Flickr very easily. If you have any problem while using this tricks then feel free to drop your comments here.

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Vishal Gaikar

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I am Vishal Gaikar, Software Engineer, Web Addicted,
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  • Ajit K

    nice trick men.. really helpfull.. Thnxx

  • shown

    thank you !!!

  • Joe Ward

    Useful info here, thank you. If possible can you visit my site and let me know what you think, its got free internet secrets and hacks, tricks and loopholes, free money tricks, free phone tricks etc etc, you get the idea lol… hope to see you there soon.

  • Rika

    You can also download Flickr images by opening the image through Google Images, and right-click-save it quickly before it redirects to the site.

  • vinodh

    thank you nice trick

  • kile

    Thanks Vishal,
    The trick sorted my problem. Your assistance is highly appreciated.

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