How to Download Songs or other Audio from Tumblr

tumblr logoTumblr is world’s #30 most accessed website (according to Alexa) and is being used by a variety of people. While some use it to share their views and ideas, others make use of Tumblr to showcase their talent in front of others. A lot of times we come across some nice songs or audio notes which are directly uploaded to Tumblr with no download link available. If you’re looking to download any such audio file off Tumblr blogs, this post is for you.

Download Music from Tumblr Using Chrome or Firefox

Downloading audio from Tumblr is an easy job if we make use of the Developer Options built into modern browsers. If you’re using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox on your PC, just follow the steps below to download the required audio from Tumblr and play it offline whenever you want.

This tutorial can only be used to download audio directly uploaded to Tumblr. Embedded content from other sites might require a slightly different treatment.
  1. Open Chrome or Firefox and browse the Tumblr blog page where the audio is uploaded and wait for the page to fully load.
  2. Open Developer Console by pressing the F12 key on your keyboard or by Right clicking anywhere on the page and choosing Inspect Element.
  3. Switch to the Network tab and if there are requests still loading, wait for a while for all of them to finish loading.
  4. Click on the Play button on the Tumblr webpage and notice the new URL for audio file appearing in the Network tab.

    tumblr mp3 request firefox

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  5. Right click on it and choose Open Link in New tab.
  6. Switch to the newly opened tab and right click on the audio player and choose Save video as.. (Chrome) or Save Audio As.. (Firefox).save mp3 firefox
  7. Wait for the download to finish and enjoy your audio offline.

The Alternate Way (A bit more complex)

  1. Open Chrome or Firefox and browse the Tumblr blog page where the audio is uploaded and wait for the page to fully load.
  2. Click the Play button
  3. Right click on the Audio Player and Choose Inspect Element.
  4. Look for HTML section looking like Β <audio type=”audio/mp3β€³. In our example, the exact HTML section was:
    <audio type="audio/mp3" src=";tumblelog=la-nero-maestro&amp;post_id=91641413122"></audio>
  5. Copy the contents in the src block, but only till ?play_key ends . From our example above, the code to copy will be:
  6. Paste the copied source URL in a new browser window or tab and click on go.
  7. The file should start downloading automatically. If it does not and instead starts playing within the browser, right click on the Player and choose Save video as.. (Chrome) or Save Audio As.. (Firefox).
  8. That’s all you were needed to do. Enjoy your audio offline.

Facing an issue? Or has Tumblr changed its coding? Let us know in the comments below πŸ™‚



300 Responses to How to Download Songs or other Audio from Tumblr

  1. Maryam October 21, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    What if a want to download through my cell phone, the phone keypad doesn’t have F12 key ofc. Can you help with that?

  2. anna October 23, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    Thank you!

  3. elphent October 25, 2015 at 3:54 am #

    First method worked just fine, thanks a lot! πŸ™‚

  4. Horru November 25, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

    thank you! though the step 4 doesn’t work well on my browser but i managed to find the url somehow. other than that, it works πŸ™‚

    • Narender Singh November 25, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

      Thanks, Horru. What is your browser? I’d like to make it clearer for everybody to understand.

    • Horru November 25, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

      I’m using chrome. And I’m sorry, I wasn’t click on “all” so the URL’s didn’t appear. But they are now, it’s working perfectly fine. Thank you πŸ™‚

  5. Bea December 5, 2015 at 12:39 am #

    The sound quality isn’t amazing, is this normally an issue?

    • Narender Singh December 11, 2015 at 10:52 am #

      Shouldn’t be. You get the same audio file as what plays in the player. So if the player itself is loading a poor quality file, nothing can be done.

  6. Nadine Abdillah December 9, 2015 at 6:54 am #

    Thanks a lot! The first method helps πŸ™‚

  7. Maria December 10, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    Thanks a lot!”

  8. Michelle December 26, 2015 at 3:59 am #

    Hi, on my computer, the tumblr audio link isn’t showing, but on the desktop it is
    how can I make my laptop show the tumblr audio link again? (it did before, but at a certain point, it just stopped)

  9. dila January 2, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

    Awesome! tqsm!

  10. Nasss January 9, 2016 at 11:20 pm #

    And still. I SUCK, I CAN’T DO IT(((((

    • Narender Singh January 10, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

      Oh! Don’t worry. If it’s just one or a few audio files, lemme do it for you πŸ™‚ Please leave the links to the posts here and I’ll try on that.

  11. Bob Saget January 10, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

    many thumbs up!

  12. Pat February 19, 2016 at 7:19 am #

    How do you do this on a Mac?

    • Narender Singh February 19, 2016 at 8:11 am #

      If you have chrome installed, the process should be the same.

      • Pat February 19, 2016 at 10:42 am #

        well there is no right clicking on a Mac, so …

        • Gaelle April 7, 2016 at 12:09 am #

          If you’re using a macbook you can 2 finger click. If that’s not turned on just go into system preferences > trackpad > secondary click

          if you’re using a mouse go into system preferences > mouse > and there should be an option for right clicking.

  13. Boru April 1, 2016 at 2:42 am #

    Thank you! Both methods works like a charm. πŸ˜€

  14. Ella April 26, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

    What does it mean with “This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.” Am I doing something wrong? I’ve tried many times, both by doing the step 1 and step 2 (the complex way) but instead, this comes up.

    • Narender Singh April 27, 2016 at 9:16 am #

      You seem to be loading up an XML file from the source instead of the MP3 file. Are you sure you’re following it correctly?

  15. mini June 22, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

    I follow your instruction for the link copied paste style but it says link not found or something but the song/post is not remove and I still can play the song
    I’m using windows 10 right now πŸ™ please help..

    • Narender Singh June 22, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

      Please leave the link to the Twitter post and I’ll try finding the link for you πŸ™‚

  16. W. Arnadalr June 25, 2016 at 8:06 pm #

    Any updated steps.
    It doesn’t seem to work for me using Firefox

    • Narender Singh June 26, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

      Just tried to download using firefox and it worked out pretty smooth. Would you explain where you’re stuck so maybe I can improve the article a bit πŸ™‚

      • W. Arnadalr June 27, 2016 at 11:18 pm #

        I was able to get it but only from my phone and pc from the link you put bellow. I think it may be a security thing from my workpc, i tried from my pc and phone it worked. thanks!

  17. W. Arnadalr June 25, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

    I cant download this following any of the steps there

  18. Kat Yukinoshita June 25, 2016 at 10:09 pm #

    i couldnt fine the audio files to be accessible, i have a link to he post, help would be great ^_^

    • Narender Singh June 26, 2016 at 4:36 pm #

      Please leave the post link here and I’ll try to find the link for you πŸ™‚

  19. Burly July 4, 2016 at 12:44 am #

    I’m having trouble as well. I can’t seem to get this one to work.
    The problem, so far as I can see, is that the first method just leads to another window with the audio player, and that the second doesn’t contain a ?play_key.
    If you can help, that’d be appreciated.

    • Burly July 4, 2016 at 12:46 am #

      Scratch that. There was a link before the audio type which led direct to the source. Thank you for your help!

  20. Amanda July 11, 2016 at 5:00 am #

    Thank you, this is awesome

  21. Lolipop July 18, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

    Hey, could you help me apply this guide to Chirbit audios?

    • Narender Singh July 18, 2016 at 6:27 pm #

      It would work this way for Chirbit audios too (not via the alternative way though). Let me know if a separate guide is still necessary.

  22. henryjackylucky July 28, 2016 at 6:29 am #

    I use Allavsoft to directly and batch download video from Tumblr to MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, MPG, TS, FLV, MP3 etc

  23. B August 2, 2016 at 6:55 am #

    Can someone please convert this to mp3 please

  24. Epileptic Squid on Acid August 8, 2016 at 7:35 am #

    I cannot seem to be able to do this ‘Tube Ninja’ one. I’m on mobile and I need help downloading this file:

    Thanks in advance!

  25. Shannon August 9, 2016 at 4:18 am #

    I have tried everything and cannot seem to do it, can someone do it for me? I’d be very grateful because the song is not available anywhere else as it was never released. Thank you in advance πŸ™‚

  26. iku August 14, 2016 at 7:41 pm #

    the problem is there’s no download option on my right click options… I feel pretty usesless now…

    • iku August 14, 2016 at 7:42 pm #

      and I am using firefox with windows 8

  27. Emily September 14, 2016 at 7:18 am #


    • Narender Singh September 14, 2016 at 11:05 am #

      Good to hear that this was helpful to you. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

  28. BOOP September 30, 2016 at 6:07 pm #

    Can someone convert this for me?

    Thanks in advance.

  29. kanaekana October 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

    Wow!! It’s a real helpful tip! Thank you So MUCH!!

  30. Katia October 25, 2016 at 7:43 am #

    this was awesome!!! Thank you!!!!

  31. atefe221b October 27, 2016 at 10:33 pm #

    Thank you :’)

  32. Kay November 11, 2016 at 8:08 am #

    Thank you so much!

  33. Amy December 28, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    Oh man thank you for this. I have been trying to download one stupid audio for I don’t know how long. Your instructions finally made it work. Thank you for this.

    • nadya January 3, 2017 at 11:02 pm #

      nevermind! i was confused which link to copy+paste

      • Narender Singh January 4, 2017 at 12:20 am #

        Did you manage to save the MP3 yet or not?

  34. RayBird January 9, 2017 at 7:58 am #

    I’ve been trying for so long but i can’t seem to do it could you please do this for me!?

  35. death January 9, 2017 at 8:08 am #

    im so stuck could you do this for me???

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