I’m looking for a good download manager that is fast and will allow multi threaded downloads.
In WinXP I used FlashGet which was very quick and so far have not found something in Linux to match it. I tried Kget but it’s slow in comparison. Firefox’s own DL manager is also slow. In my trials Flashget was always almost twice as fast in downloading a file. Any other good options I should try. I’d like a one with a GUI frontend if possible. the most important thing is that it’s fast.
suse tpx60s wrote:
> I’m looking for a good download manager that is fast and will allow
> multi threaded downloads.
> In WinXP I used FlashGet which was very quick and so far have not found
> something in Linux to match it. I tried Kget but it’s slow in
> comparison. Firefox’s own DL manager is also slow. In my trials Flashget
> was always almost twice as fast in downloading a file. Any other good
> options I should try. I’d like a one with a GUI frontend if possible.
> the most important thing is that it’s fast.
I recently got “downthemall”, which is an add-on to Firefox. When you
click on a download and get the window offering open or save as, it will
then add some options for downthemall. So far I have only used it for
metalink, so I don’t know if it handles multi threaded downloads
elsewhere. Check it out and tell us what’s your best finding!
Thanks. I am aware of the FF extensions but really wanted something that isn’t integrated into FF. I don’t want a problem with FF to pull down the download manger and vise-versa. I’ve read reports that DownThemAll has problems with large files and can lock FF up.
Isn’t Flashgot just an extension to integrate FF with an external download manager rather than an actual download manager / accelerator?
I’ve done some googling and it seems the pickings for Linux download accelerators is quite slim which surprises me.
Kget is just too slow in comparison to what I’m used to. also, when I did try it and my network connection failed 3/4 of the way into the download when KGet resumed it started again from the beginning.
I guess to be pedantic about terms a more accurate description of what I’m after is a download accelerator. I would like to just drag links into the download accelerator / manager and let it get on with it. It needs to support multi threaded downloading to maximise the download bandwidth, the usual pause and resume, recover and continue from disrupted connections, allow sorting / prioritising the download queue, etc…
I would find wget (or any other command line app) too inconvenient to have to cut and paste links or work through typing commands to try manipulate the download. But if wget has GUI then I’ll check into using wget with one of the GUIs.
Sorry I can’t be much more help. I just don’t download much stuff. Linux .iso’s yes, but always with bittorrent, an odd .rpm here and there. I don’t know what you find out there to download, but I hope it’s exciting!
i remember back in the dark ages of OS/2 there was a way to put a
folder on the desktop (or wherever), and then you could swipe and grab
a URL from anywhere and ‘drop’ it in the folder and walk away…
the folder (or rather, the folder’s magic) would ‘manage’ all the
downloads dropped in (restarting stalled threads, etc etc and keeping
the incoming pipe FULL) as long as needed to keep the owner/user happy…
i don’t remember the name, but i guess it was little more than a
script which was activated when a URL was dropped in the folder, and
probably used a fetching program like wget (because on OS/2 it was
shouldn’t be too hard to do that here…come to think of it, i reckon
it was done…long ago by some Warped hacker who got here before i
did…just need to find the name of it for this OS…
dang, i keep thinking it was called WeGet…NO…i found it (Google is
a wonderful thing):
“Auto WGet Daemon v1.8.3 is a free utility set for driving GNU WGet or
any similar utility for downloading files. Auto WGet Daemon allows you
to start downloading by simply Drag’n’Drop to special folder. Aside
from, Auto WGet Daemon supports queue for downloads and allows restart
failed downloads in the power fail or any other unpleasantness…” http://www.os2site.com/sw/internet/download/get/index.html
That sounds interesting. On the same page I saw aget which says “Everybody knows about the famous Flashget for Win32. This program is a starting point of a very useful project like Flashget. The aim is to provide as much functionality as we can.”
I think I saw an aget in the repos but discounted it due to it’s low version number.
suse tpx60s wrote:
> discounted it due to it’s low version number.
yep, there is another thing different from the Redmond world…their
way to stay alive is to SELL software and the way to SELL software is
to always be CHANGING it, even if it works REAL well, they will spend
lots of money to figure out how to change it…add a new bell, or
whistle or ANYthing to make it attractive to the BUYING public…AND,
if there are competing product they will make up good reasons to have
an ever advancing version number…
because everyone know that Norton FailSafe Anti-Virus and Magic
Elixir, PRO version 23.3 is worth the $60 upgrade over Norton FailFree
Anti-Virus Locker and Superior Elixir, version 22.0
heh! Facebook is running on Apache/1.3.41 while Hotmail runs on
Microsoft-IIS/6.0…and, for my money Apache/1.x.x is better than M$
6.1 or probably 7.2
so, don’t get put off due to your misunderstanding of the differences
between commercial and open source software…
I get your point but my statement wasn’t meant in the way you read it. What I meant was that with it “only” having version 0.4 without change since Nov 2002 that development has most likely stopped. That is what has put me off.