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Highly configurable download manager

Postposted on Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:23 pm

Well, the subject title is what I'm looking for, a highly configurable download manager. I have 150 Mb downlink and have a slightly odd obsession that required me to download a lot... it's always free... it can get pretty messy... i get a lot of judgmental stares from people who happen to glance at my archive... my girlfriends dont get it... my mom wouldn't know what to do... but i love downloading various Linux distribution's ISO files :) haha I tried to make that eyebrow raising let me know if i gotcha.

But yeah, I love grabbing the latest ISO's of several flavors of Linux distributions. Arch, Fedora and a plethora of it's spins, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Scientific Linux, Gentoo, Slackware, Mint, Debian, Pear, Chakra, Mandriva, DSL, and it doesn't even have to be Linux; I love my Unices too! FreeBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFly, FreeNAS, pfSense. Let's not forget Solaris!; OpenIndia, Illumos, OpenSolaris (R.I.P and EF YOU ORACLE), SmartOS, OmniOS. I can go on; you get the point- hell I probably lost some of you already to boredom. For what it's worth, I promise I don't download these to just be a dork. I've used every single one of these in a meaningful way be it learning, general usage, specific, or development.

Anyway, when I go on streak of grabbing the latest release I clog up my downlink.

I want a manager that I can easily add links to the files that will be downloaded (something completely built-in that would hook into the link i click in-browser would be amazing). I want the manager to let me choose how many active downloads at a time. Throttling options. Maybe priority options. More options the better!

If you use or used something please let me hear about it! Recommend your favorites, things you've tried, or anything that generally fits the bill!

Thanks!


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Re: Highly configurable download manager

Postposted on Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:34 pm

Free Download Manager is the one I use when I need a download manager. It should be able to do what you want and it integrates fairly well in Firefox (and IE).
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Re: Highly configurable download manager

Postposted on Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:15 am

Steel, very good recommendation. I do like it. It's almost exactly what I wanted. It actually has more features than I even thought I wanted and in many cases out-did what I did want. The only bummer is that it doesn't support Chrome. However I am not a fan boy that can't possibly let a second browser exist on my computer so I grabbed FireFox and installed the FDM add-on. It works great! Hell it was a great thing this exercise had me install FireFox, it has REALLY improved since I gave it up for Chrome a long time ago. Anyway, thanks Steel.


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Wow, I just had to add more words about this program. It is really awesome! Anyone who is reading this has their interest piqued even a little bit, you need to give it a try! It is very well designed and functions great!
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Re: Highly configurable download manager

Postposted on Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:04 am

I use JDownloader.
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Re: Highly configurable download manager

Postposted on Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:50 am

I use Chrome for my browsing, but I do keep FDM around and tied into Firefox on at least one of my main tier machines just for such purposes.
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Re: Highly configurable download manager

Postposted on Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:25 am

I tend to just hack together a script with the wget CLI tool when I need to do stuff like that (it has an option to throttle the connection speed), but I guess I am strange that way. :lol:

(Just grabbed a bunch of Debian 7.0 ISOs yesterday, in fact.)
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Re: Highly configurable download manager

Postposted on Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:33 pm

Oh lord. You are a heretic. A command line ftp client is what you should be using. possibly a command line torrent client would be OK too.

What is a 'download manager'? I have never used one. All the links are to windose things anyway.

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Re: Highly configurable download manager

Postposted on Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:14 pm

PenGun wrote:What is a 'download manager'? I have never used one. All the links are to windose things anyway.

Being a zealot again?

JDownloader is available for other OSes as well. GUI != "Windose".
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Re: Highly configurable download manager

Postposted on Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:08 pm

Flying Fox wrote:
PenGun wrote:What is a 'download manager'? I have never used one. All the links are to windose things anyway.

Being a zealot again?

JDownloader is available for other OSes as well. GUI != "Windose".

Based on past posts, it seems that he dislikes GUIs in general, and possibly hates Ubuntu even more than Windows. Anything that besmirches the purity of his beloved *NIX CLI is apparently worthy of great contempt... :lol:

And I say this as someone who actually uses the CLI quite a bit (see my first reply in this thread). But I also acknowledge that a properly done GUI targeted at a specific task or set of tasks can be a wonderful thing.
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Re: Highly configurable download manager

Postposted on Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:13 pm

just brew it! wrote:Based on past posts, it seems that he dislikes GUIs in general, and possibly hates Ubuntu even more than Windows. Anything that besmirches the purity of his beloved *NIX CLI is apparently worthy of great contempt... :lol:

And I say this as someone who actually uses the CLI quite a bit (see my first reply in this thread). But I also acknowledge that a properly done GUI targeted at a specific task or set of tasks can be a wonderful thing.

I wonder if the dude is posting here with Lynx? Does it even work anymore? But hey, you still sort of "click" on links with that. It is not like I can do "/p My next GUI rant...", "/m Message body about how much I hate GUIs", "Ctrl+S" to post in the forums (totally made up keyboard commands for forum posting). :lol:
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Re: Highly configurable download manager

Postposted on Wed Jul 17, 2013 6:09 pm

That is some serious baggage if you come into a general software topic just to rage on.

Anyway I love wget, I use it anytime I do any sort of heavy lifting on a *nix system. But I think most people got that I was looking for something on Windows and I certainly found a solution I am digging. Though I do plan on checking out JDownloader as well.
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Re: Highly configurable download manager

Postposted on Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:20 pm

It really was an attempt at humor ... but hey. I do have Lynx actually but I don't use it. I applaud scripted wget of course but I don't really see how a download manager would make any difference to anything anyone might do. I have a pretty good connection so perhaps that's why.
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Re: Highly configurable download manager

Postposted on Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:09 pm

Hey if that's all it was then my bad. I didn't catch the humor but sometimes I just don't.

But yeah i've got a great connection, 120/50, but that's why I wanted a DL manager... To tame my downloads when I'm trying to game (I disable the QoS engine on my router). Otherwise a lot of my games just become unplayable.
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Re: Highly configurable download manager

Postposted on Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:45 am

I like using DownloadThemAll! or axel when I download ISOs, or any large file really. I use both mainly for their download acceleration capabilities rather then download management. Both have the ability to throttle the connections, and DownloadThemAll! has the ability to queue downloads.
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