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Old 06-12-2019, 01:01 PM   #1
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Question Linux equivalent to Internet Download Manager


I've tried Xtreme Download Manager, uGet and a few others but they all blow compared to Internet Download Manager, which is sadly Windows only.

Each download manager I've tried has had at least one serious problem that led me to dump it. I need an 'all in one' solution for my file sharing sites and YouTube.

What are you folks using?
 
Old 06-12-2019, 01:13 PM   #2
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I haven't seen a download manager in use in years, not sure what the point is to one. Are you talking torrenting files?
 
Old 06-12-2019, 01:38 PM   #3
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What are these good for, exactly?

Resuming downloads? wget and cURL can do that.

Or is it downloading pieces of the same file from different hosts?

Or is it something else?
 
Old 06-12-2019, 01:52 PM   #4
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Wondered the same thing myself - today's browsers manage downloads pretty well, unless OP is talking about torrents. They mentioned "file sharing", which leads me to believe this is something like kazaa or napster (as napster used to be).

I have never had a use for any sort of "download manager".
 
Old 06-12-2019, 02:33 PM   #5
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I haven't seen a download manager in use in years, not sure what the point is to one. Are you talking torrenting files?
Say if I go to grab a file from rapidgator, uploadgig, etc. With a download manager, I can make concurrent connections to that file and pull it down that much faster. Example; if I click on a file shared via uploadgig, Chrome/FF pulls the file down anywhere from 5-10MB/s. With a download manager, I can have 4, 5, 6 connections all pulling at that speed and download at a combined 30-50MB/s. It also makes grabbing YouTube videos dead simple. Check out some videos of IDM, it's rather nice.
 
Old 06-12-2019, 02:34 PM   #6
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Or is it downloading pieces of the same file from different hosts?
This. Kind of. It allows me to make concurrent connections to a single host and boost my download speeds by that much more.
 
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Wondered the same thing myself - today's browsers manage downloads pretty well, unless OP is talking about torrents. They mentioned "file sharing", which leads me to believe this is something like kazaa or napster (as napster used to be).

I have never had a use for any sort of "download manager".
When you click on a file link, the browser just makes a single connection and starts downloading it. With a download manager, you can have multiple connections to the same file. Can't believe none of you folks have heard of them or used them. They speed up downloading dramatically. They also, usually, include a simple button to download a YouTube video you might be watching for storing it offline. No idea why browsers don't build this technology into their product.

Another good use. Say you visit a website that displays 50 JPEGs or 10 videos. With really good download managers, they can grab all the files from the page at once.
 
Old 06-12-2019, 02:42 PM   #8
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I have a 200mb pipe from my ISP, I have no need for this, plus I don't download anything, really. The only thing I actually download are updates for my FreeBSD box. If I want to watch a video, I stream it via multiple services or watch YouTube, no point for me to download. I certainly don't download pictures because I also have no need for this, can look at them online.

Sorry, not what you wanted to hear but I simply have no use case to download anything.

EDT: So I went to rapidgator and uploadgig and these are file sharing and searching sites. The only files people put on these sites are illegal copies of music, movies, software or porn.

This is probably why, on an open source software site, you are aren't finding anyone who uses a download manager. Just a guess...

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Old 06-12-2019, 04:09 PM   #9
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I have a 200mb pipe from my ISP, I have no need for this, plus I don't download anything, really. The only thing I actually download are updates for my FreeBSD box. If I want to watch a video, I stream it via multiple services or watch YouTube, no point for me to download. I certainly don't download pictures because I also have no need for this, can look at them online.

Sorry, not what you wanted to hear but I simply have no use case to download anything.

EDT: So I went to rapidgator and uploadgig and these are file sharing and searching sites. The only files people put on these sites are illegal copies of music, movies, software or porn.

This is probably why, on an open source software site, you are aren't finding anyone who uses a download manager. Just a guess...
First off, I have 1 gig down. Even with 1 gig down, a single connection to these sites yields crap for download speeds. Hence, I really need a download manager to speed things up.

Secondly, as for your disgustingly ignorant comment about how people ONLY use file sharing sites for illegal software and porn..... let me clue you in on something. My sister lives in Germany and I live in the USA. We don't have a ton of money so flights to visit are few and far between. We both take tons of pictures of our children and shoot lots of home movies as our kids are flying kites, fishing.... opening birthday gifts, etc. We share those videos back and forth by using whatever file sharing site is cheapest that month. Hate to burst your ignorant view of the internet but not everyone uses file sharing sites for illegal software and porn.

Feel good about yourself?
 
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Just run IDM in WINE then.
 
Old 06-12-2019, 07:16 PM   #11
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Just run IDM in WINE then.
Tried that at first but just had to many wonky problems.
 
Old 06-13-2019, 02:58 AM   #12
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Tried that at first but just had to many wonky problems.
... or stick with ms if you can't find anything better.
 
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First off, I have 1 gig down. Even with 1 gig down, a single connection to these sites yields crap for download speeds. Hence, I really need a download manager to speed things up.

Secondly, as for your disgustingly ignorant comment about how people ONLY use file sharing sites for illegal software and porn..... let me clue you in on something. My sister lives in Germany and I live in the USA. We don't have a ton of money so flights to visit are few and far between. We both take tons of pictures of our children and shoot lots of home movies as our kids are flying kites, fishing.... opening birthday gifts, etc. We share those videos back and forth by using whatever file sharing site is cheapest that month. Hate to burst your ignorant view of the internet but not everyone uses file sharing sites for illegal software and porn.

Feel good about yourself?
Wasn't trying to feel good about myself. I did actually go to one of the sites you posted and the majority of items hosted on the site are illegal downloads and porn. The majority of the use cases for file sharing are illegal activity or pornography.

Good that you are using these sites for a legitimate purpose but no need to lash out.
 
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Sun used to have a java download manager that if one can find it, might still work on any java supported platform.
 
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Say if I go to grab a file from rapidgator, uploadgig, etc. With a download manager, I can make concurrent connections to that file and pull it down that much faster. Example; if I click on a file shared via uploadgig, Chrome/FF pulls the file down anywhere from 5-10MB/s. With a download manager, I can have 4, 5, 6 connections all pulling at that speed and download at a combined 30-50MB/s.
[rant]
so, 5 parts snake oil, 5 parts knowing how rapidgator et. al. work. until rapidgator et. al. figure out how to circumvent that and you're back to your measly 10kB/s to force you to open an account with them.
all this including having to click many many links that don't even work without tons of javascript and who knows what other exploits, just to download a dubious file. yes, dubious, because people who really want to share something on the internet do not use rapidgator et. al.
[/rant]

Anyhow, download managers exist as addons. take your pick. OS-independent.

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It also makes grabbing YouTube videos dead simple.
for that us Linux users have youtube-dl.

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