This tutorial will show you how to download mms:// streaming videos in Ubuntu using the popular mplayer.

It’s very easy, just two steps:

  • 1. Get the link of the stream
  • 2. Launch terminal from the dash home or press Ctrl+Alt+T
    mplayer mms://url -dumpstream -dumpfile ~/Videos/file.xxx

For example, here I’m going to see this UEFA Euro 2012 video. I saved the link and got a .asx file.

Open up the .asx with gedit, and find out the mms://url

Now, I can download the video by this command in terminal:

mplayer mms://a1014.v1252931.c125293.g.vm.akamaistream.net/7/1014/125293/v0001/wm.od.origin.zdf.de.gl-systemhaus.de/none/zdf/09/09/090925_hinweis_geo_de_vh.wmv -dumpstream -dumpfile ~/Videos/hinweis_geo_de_vh.wmv