Sohail Mirza, standing in for Peter.

Apple Movie Trailer downloads are broken

Apple Trailers doesn't want us.  :(

iTunes Movie Trailers doesn't want us. :(

In the past I had recommended a wonderful Greasemonkey script that would allow one to directly download the trailers from Apple Movie Trailers. Who wants to watch awesome trailers in a browser window anyhow? :)

It now seems like Apple has intentionally broken this and other means of downloading their trailers directly, as covered by

It looks like one of the adjustments they made was to only allow Quicktime to download the trailer. Any web browser will be automatically redirected to the Apple – Movie Trailers’ homepage.

Those great guys have a workaround though.  If you’re a Linux/OS X user, you can simply use wget with the Quicktime User Agent string:

wget -U QuickTime/7.6.2

If you’re on Leopard, you may not have wget.  In this case you may be able to use curl -O which supposedly does the same thing, though I can’t verify that this works:

curl -A QuickTime/7.6.2 -O

Another workaround, one that would also be simpler for Windows users, is to try using the User Agent Switcher Firefox extension.  Just make sure to use the Quicktime User Agent string in the examples above.

Windows users intent on using wget can try their luck with the GNU Utilities for Win32.

Update: Krunk from has commented that direct download will work if you just tweak the URL a bit.  Where the trailer typically comes from, just change that to  Be sure to check out their download guide.

Hmm… now to see whether we can get the Greasemonkey script updated to do this for us…

Update 2: I’ve uploaded a fixed version of zatic’s original Apple Trailer Download script to  I’ve simply applied the fix noted in the previous update, to the original script.

Written by Sohail Mirza

August 20, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Posted in Greasemonkey, Movies

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  1. […] proportional, images scaled to fit an altered sized awning is begin to be in the actual shape. Apple Movie Trailer downloads are broken – 08/21/2009 In the past I had recommended a wonderful Greasemonkey script […]

  2. I thought I have to pass cookies to download manager to get it working. Now it seems only the problem of user agent is the mole.

    thanks for the tip.


    August 21, 2009 at 4:12 am

  3. thanks my firend


    August 26, 2009 at 9:10 pm

  4. […] some of you may have found out or read about, Apple trailer downloads for Linux are currently broken. Apple has implemented a Quicktime user […]

  5. Not sure if you saw my updated post where if you change the domain from to, you can bypass the User Agent restriction.


    August 31, 2009 at 1:13 am

  6. Thanks a bunch!


    September 25, 2009 at 1:45 am

  7. you my friend are a geenius


    October 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm

  8. […] choose not to use iTunes, Apple has corrected both the www hack and user agent hack outlined in my last post on the topic.  This also renders my Greaseonkey script […]

  9. Well… After GM script stopped working today, I changed User Agent in FF to QuickTime/7.6.2 and modified a link given by apple as follows:

    and it works…


    October 7, 2009 at 10:50 am

    • Confirmed. Using wget with the Quicktime user agent does work. So what we need is a way to apply the user agent fix in a way that works with DownThemAll and other download managers.

      Sohail Mirza

      October 8, 2009 at 10:53 pm

  10. // (Sohail Mirza) Fix for Apple breakage – 2009-09-06
    url_default = url_default.replace(/(|, “”);

    It’s again !!!
    fix the script!

    මෙ ම්ම්

    October 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    • Sorry, but per Antipop’s comment, changing just the URL alone doesn’t fix the Greasemonkey script. The script needs to change the user agent string in the request.

      Sohail Mirza

      October 8, 2009 at 10:54 pm

  11. […] if you’re amongst those who followed the steps in my previous post on the issue of Apple trailer download breakage by installing my modified Apple trailer download […]

  12. Doesn’t work. It only downloads a few bytes.


    May 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm

  13. thanks my friend

    aflam toreksh

    June 4, 2010 at 10:56 pm

  14. From one movie buff to another! Thanx

    David Heath

    August 22, 2010 at 11:43 am

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    April 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm

  16. You can use which allows you to download the videos directly. No additional plugins or software is required.


    December 31, 2013 at 2:48 pm

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