Orbit Downloader: Start Sniffer | Grab++

Orbit DownloaderI made some notes about this awhile back because I’ve seen people asking about it. What does start sniffer mean? This is an adjunct to the post Orbit Downloader.

There’s some inconsistency in how videos download that I don’t think has anything to do with Orbit itself. So these instructions will work most of the time, but not all the time. Sometimes, I can’t get a video downloaded no matter what I try.

There are two parts to the software to open, Orbit and Grab++. Assuming your Preferences are set to Close to System Tray – once you have Orbit open, right click on the icon in your system tray and click on Grab++ so there’s a tick mark next to it. Otherwise, just open it from your shortcuts.

As far as I can tell, ‘start sniffer‘ means to use the Grab++ button.

Orbit Downloader: Start Sniffer

Then navigate to the web page with the video you want to download. Start the video first, then hover your cursor over it and you should see this:

GetIt Button, Orbit Downloader

If that doesn’t work, you can also right-click on the screen away from the video and open the browser context menu which includes this:

GetIt Button, Orbit Downloader

“Download all by Orbit” sometimes means various html and images files, not what you want. Click on the “GetIt” button instead.

Sometimes, nothing seems to work but then the videos magically appear in the Grab++ window. Usually, the videos show up in the Orbit window instead where you can set options and watch the download progress.

Orbit Downloader

Orbit Downloader

I find the whole process a bit confusing myself but the more you play around with downloading videos the more you’ll come to know what to expect.

(Update: Since the Firefox plugin half of this no longer seems to be available, I am unable to get the ‘GetIt’ button to appear at all. If you search ‘video downloader’ in Firefox Add-ons, you’ll find other choices. Or try an older version of Orbit.)

3 thoughts on “Orbit Downloader: Start Sniffer | Grab++

  1. John

    Article doesn’t address the question, viz, what and where is the sniffer. Does this animal exist or is it just thrown in to further confuse us.

    1. JL Post author

      I thought I did explain it. The ‘sniffer’ is the Grab button. Why it’s called the sniffer does seem confusing although I suppose it makes sense to the developer.

  2. John

    Thanks. A simple explanation, such as your reply, adequately answers the original question.


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