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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. Click the Play button
  3. Right click on the Audio Player and Choose Inspect Element.
  4. Look for HTML section looking like  <audio preload=”auto”>. In our example, the exact HTML section was:
    <audio preload="auto">
    <source class="audio-source" src="https://www.tumblr.com/audio_file/yuurivoice/157290960110/tumblr_olfsqarl0a1vj40wf?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio">
  5. Click on it to expand and then copy the contents in the src block. From our example above, the code to copy will be:
    tumblr audio src download audio
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    Tip – Double click on the code in the src block to select it. Then press Ctrl + C on Windows to copy it.

  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).save mp3 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 🙂

The Alternate Way (Easier, but might not work everytime)

  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).
  7. Wait for the download to finish and enjoy your audio offline.

Are you able to download audio from Tumblr using the tutorial above? Do let us know your experience in the comments 🙂



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  • Hi this was my go-to method as well for dl audio from tumblr but now it seems to not work anymore, i think tumblr updated its coding and now doesn’t provide a separate audio link in its elements and doesn’t show anything in the network section either. Im not too tech savvy and by reading the comments couldn’t find or understand the method that Jenn user found. Please update !! thank you so much

    • Tumblr has started preloading the audio file. So the process will now be slightly different. I’ll try to update the post to present as easily as possible. Will also drop a video. Probably by EOD.
      Meanwhile, if you need 1 or 2 files, I can try finding the download link for you 🙂

  • hello I’ve been using this method on chrome for awhile now, but it doesn’t seem to be working anymore so I tried the Network method, but no link pops up for the audio player. There is a link with the word “audio_file” that appears in the network section, but it doesn’t download as an audio but rather than as a link.. hope this makes sense, and I hope it all works again! thank you !!

    • Looking into this, Jenn. Can you tell me if you’re following primary or the alternative method in the post? And can you go a bit more specific about what the issue is? 🙂

      • I tried both methods. When I go to to either inspect element I can’t find the audio type. So I tried going to the network tab and still can’t find it there either

        • Alright 🙂 I know the audio type might have moved, I’ll update the post. As for the network tab, it should be there.
          Can you provide the URL of the Tumblr post? I’d like to try finding out the MP3 link.
          BTW, this only works for native Tumblr uploads. In case the file is a Flash embed, it probably won’t download this way.

          • I figured it out… 🙂 the network loading was taking forever so I searched for “audio” in the inspector section and “audio source” came up so I thought I’d give that a try… saw a link under audio source so I copied the link and posted it in a new tab and it works!

            I hope they don’t change it again. In the link actually says “please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio” at the end but it still works

  • hello! I’ve been using this trick for awhile now, one chrome, but when I type /mp3 , it’s not in the coding anymore..

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