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How to download images from facebook using Bulk Image Downloader Print

Facebook is the world's most popular social networking site, connecting friends, family and business associates.


Facebook allows users to upload photos and other images which can be shared with others quickly and easily. Images can be downloaded by first clicking on the thumbnailed image link and then clicking on the 'download' link displayed under the full sized image. This works well when downloading just a few images but can be very time consuming when trying to download a large number.

Bulk Image Downloader makes downloading from facebook albums and galleries very quick and easy. Please follow the step by step guide below:


NB: Please respect the copyright of others. You are responsible for making use of facebook photos in compliance with the photo owners' requirements or restriction.


A Step by Step Guide to Downloading Images from facebook.com


1. Start your browser and log in to your facebook account. Important: Make sure that you enable the 'keep me logged in' option before clicking on the 'Log in' button. Doing this writes your current session information to a cookie that BID will read and use to authenticate itself when downloading pages and images from facebook. If this cookie information is not available then BID may not be able to access all the required pages correctly.


2. After logging in navigate to the web page containing thumbnailed links to the images you'd like to download. This can be a main photo page (reached by clicking on the "photos" link from a main page), or an album page (reached by clicking on an album link from the main photo page).


3. Right click inside the web page and select "Open current page with BID". (FireFox users please install the BID FireFox extension to enable browser integration, Google Chrome users please install the BID Chrome extension). BID integrates automatically with Internet Explorer.


4. BID will open and begin loading each page from the currently selected gallery. By default BID loads a maximum of 20 pages. To increase this change the "Download multiple forum pages. Max Pages" setting on the BID configuration tab. To stop BID from loading multiple pages click on the Cancel button or press Esc while it's downloading the pages - it will then process only the pages it has already downloaded. If you find that BID had not loaded all the images click on the 'Scan' button (or press F5) to force BID to rescan.


5. Once all the pages have been downloaded BID will scan them for thumbnailed links and display them. As full sized images are desired make sure that the BID Filter is set to 'Thumbnailed images only' (press Alt+1). If the filter is set to 'Embedded images only' then BID will download the thumbnails on the pages instead of the full sized images on the linked pages.

BID Filter

BID Image Type Filter buttons (Thumbnailed images only selected)


6. You can now browse through the images on the list. Click on the view buttons to display the results as a list or as thumbnails of different size.

BID Detailed and Thumbnailed views

 BID Thumbnail view buttons (Detailed view selected)


7. When browsing the results, you can double click on an image item in the detailed view to view the thumbnail image. Double click on thumbnailed images to view the full sized images. Delete the images you don't wish to download from the list by selecting them and pressing the Delete key. Select multiple images by shift and/or control clicking on the images.


8. Once you're satisfied with the results click on the 'Download button' (or press F9) to begin downloading the images. The images will be saved to the specified "download to" folder, optionally within a new subfolder named after the current page title (if the 'save to web page title subfolder' option is enabled). To download just the selected images, hold down the shift key while clicking the download button (or press shift+F9).



If BID fails to detect or download the images from the facebook page then try the following:

1. If you're not using the latest version of BID then please download and install it, then try again

2. If that fails then try the "BID Site Login" function (BID menu->BID Site Login). This will display the current facebook URL using BID's internal web browser. If you see that you're not logged in to facebook then log in via this special browser window, then close it when done. After doing this BID should be able to download the images.

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