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Arte tv has a website called arte+7 where some videos are provided for a period of time. But these are not as easy to download as those on youtube and other such websites.

Is there a program that can do that?

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it is NOT true that this question already has an answer here – cipricus Jun 10 at 13:30

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(Source) - Also, thanks to Carl for posting an answer on Qarte in September 2015 on the new Qarte versions that work.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:vincent-vandevyvre/vvv
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install qarte

To download the deb, here.

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Qarte has a second part dedicated to arte live web

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Also, cross-platform solution:

A userscript does the trick. Can be used with Greasemonkey in Firefox and Tampermonkey in Chrome - so this is a cross-platform solution.

It will display download option under the video screen.

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(Thanks to Florian for the link posted on his page.)

As the userscript or Qarte may stop working, and especially because I experienced problems with the quality of the video files downloaded as flv by Qarte, I want to elaborate a bit on what seems to me one of the best solutions posted under this question, namely THIS by Mariane by mentioning some adjustments to the steps to follow:

  1. start the video on the arte website

  2. right click on that page and select “View Page Source” enter image description here

  3. search "player" inside an address ending with "json' enter image description here

  4. open that address

  5. on that page you are looking for an address that starts with "http://" and ends with ".mp4". But there are many addresses like that of different quality/resolution, and they may be in French, German, or a different original language like English. So, in order to select the correct address, find it in a group of lines identified according to:

    • quality: if you want HD ,search for "HD -"
    • language version; look in the address (or in that 3-4 line group); for example, VO is original version, VOF is French original version if the original is French, STF stands for French subtitles, VA stands for German (Allemande) version, STA for German subtitles.

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  1. open that address and the video will start (now you can check if you have selected the correct language)

enter image description here 7. save video/page, or with FlashGot addon in Firefox or by other such method send the link to an external enhanced downloader like Flareget, uGet, Axel.

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What does it mean that "Qarte does not have any download files registered with Launchpad"? Does it mean the code might be less safe, cuz not officially Launchpad-reviewed or sth like that? – nutty about natty Apr 30 '13 at 19:41
thx for the extra info! (though this doesn't really answer my Launchpad-related question; I'm just curious and don't understand the repercussions of the "no registered downloads"-statement; googling flooded me with Launchpad entries and mirrors, but no discussions or explanations of that statement). – nutty about natty Apr 30 '13 at 20:17
for the moment the userscript seems to have stopped working. – cipricus Oct 22 at 12:46 website has been completly rewritten in March 2013... Probably old scripts and hacks have not updated their code.

I have created a small standalone php webpage that allow you to download, without any software or account any Arte+7 videos as a MP4 file , just go there: and paste your Arte+7 URL. If you liked it, either recommend the page or leave me a comment, it's always a pleasure ;) -- Florian

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it seems Qarte works again too. – cipricus Sep 18 at 8:34

There is qarte (, but you still need to be in a country where you can watch Arte.

There is a how-to in French here :

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i have now un-deleted an older (formerly definitive) answer of mine (here), on Qarte: but that had stopped working as of april 2013 and so I switched to different solutions. It seems to work again now. Great. – cipricus Sep 18 at 8:26
thanks for the links on the updated versions. I have undeleted my older poste, updated the links according to your answer, and merged it with my newer post on the userscript – cipricus Sep 18 at 8:47

You could try my python script. It is an interactive menu based application. Still some work to be finished. But mostly working

Go and get it at

But most arte+7 videos are available on youtube nowadays so any youtube downloader can get you what you want most of the time.

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Another way to do it:

  • GO TO, choose the desired video link and open it in browser
  • click “View Page Source”
  • in source, search for link that contains PLUS7 and ALL.json
  • copy that link but don't remove the string player/ from it
  • open it in browser
  • in that page, search for .MP4 or HD - (if you want high-definition) or version for language.

The first URL found is something like that:

There are several HBBTV.mp4, one for each version. Look for the language version of mp4 which you would prefer. There are blocks like:

"HTTP_MP4_EQ_1":{"quality":"MD - 400p","width":720,"height":406,"mediaType":"mp4","mimeType":"video/mp4","bitrate":1500,"url":"","videoFormat":"HBBTV","versionProg":"1","versionCode":"VF-STF","versionLibelle":"VF","versionShortLibelle":"VF","VQU":"EQ"},

They are all written on one line, so copy-pasting to a text editor helps. It becomes possible to use new lines where the closing brackets are, and thus to separate the versions. Warning: there are also versions other than mp4 files.

Once you have found the link you want, copy this new link to browser (e. g. Firefox) and wait if necessary. When you see the player, right-click on it and choose "save video as".

Thanks to Nikola for the first part of this answer.

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" search for HBBTV.MP4" didn't work when I tried it. I would suggest at that stage searching for part that starts with http:// and ends with .mp4. – cipricus Sep 18 at 9:10
instead of search for HBBTV.MP4 it should be HBBTV_MP4, I have edited your answer. – cipricus Sep 18 at 9:18
this is useful in order to get the subtitled video if needed – cipricus Sep 18 at 9:25

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