Are you often confused when it comes to choosing the best ‘Download manager’ for your Linux? Well, if you are, then take a deep breath and read the following list of ‘4 Best Download Managers For Linux’.
Best Download Managers for Ubuntu and other Linux distros
When It comes to downloading manager on Linux, there are many actually that is free, open source and yeah! easy to use. Here I am listing 4 Best download managers (so that you don’t get confused by so many) and you can choose one depending on your needs, ease of use, interface etc.
1. Xtreme Download Manager (XDM)
Those who turned from Windows to Linux, they are more likely to choose XDM because XDM has a similar user interface to IDM (Internet Download Manager). XDM is very easy to install and easy to use with many features. XDM latest version released last year with bug fixes. Here are some of the basic features of Xtreme Download Manager –
Resume Capability: XDM supports resume capability. To resume any downloading, select it and click resume. If download URL has expired then XDM gives the option to refresh URL.
- Force Assemble: Force assemble is a nice feature in XDM. We often suffer from an error popping up on the completion of download that says ‘Files could not be assembled’ or any similar one. This option is very useful for assembling all the downloaded parts. Using this option with software or application downloading may give you an error when you execute that force assembled file. But using force assemble with videos is successful.
- YouTube Video Downloader: You don’t need to install any other YouTube downloader for Linux because XDM has an inbuilt feature to download YouTube Videos. Just copy the URL and paste it and select the video quality and click download.
- Browser Integration: XDM can be integrated with modern browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome etc.
Install XDM in Ubuntu, Linux Mint and other Debian based distros
You can simply install XDM from Noobslab ppa using the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install xdman
- Multi-segment downloading
- Scheduling downloads
- Download queuing
- Finding and downloading video from Youtube, Vimeo, DailyMotion and other such websites
- Browser add-ons for most popular web browsers
Install Persepolis download manager on Ubuntu and other Debian based distributions
You can use the official PPA for installing Persepolis:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:persepolis/ppa sudo apt update sudo apt install persepolis
Here goes the third one, uGet. uGet is another free, open source and fully featured cross-platform download manager. The download manager comes with so many features that a good download manager should have. You can check out the main features down below:
- Resume Capability: uGet has resume capability that can resume any paused or stopped downloading.
- Creating Queue: If you want to auto-start some of the downloads, just make a queue of those downloads and start the queue. Now go anywhere uGet will download all the queued downloads one by one.
- Clipboard Monitoring: uGet system trey icon monitors system and catches all the URLs copied on the clipboard. You can copy multiple URLs and click ‘New Clipboard batch..’ option inside uGet system tray icon.
- Scheduler: Scheduler feature of uGet allows you to schedule all of you downloads at any time to start.
Install uGet in Ubuntu/Linux Mint/ Other Debian Based Distros
You can easily install latest uGet by adding the official PPA. You can install it via Software Center in Ubuntu as well but the PPA will have the latest stable version.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:plushuang-tw/uget-stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install uget
MultiGet is another free and open source with easy to use GUI. This is also a very good download manager for Linux with the all basic features. Main MultiGet features are following:
- Resume Capability: MultiGet has support for resuming any downloading file.
- Supports HTTP and FTP protocols
- Clipboard Monitoring: MultiGet monitors clipboard which means if it is running then whenever you copy a URL, MultiGet will prompt to download any file or anything of the copied URL.
- Supports multi-task with multi-thread
- Also support SOCKS 4,4a,5 proxy, ftp proxy, http proxy
MultiGet does have some other features but MultiGet somewhere lacks stability. I installed MultiGet and faced one problem. When I started MultiGet and closed it, MultiGet was still monitoring my system but I could not see the main window now. I had to stop ‘multiget’ process from system manager to start again system menu.
Install MultiGet in Ubuntu/Linux Mint/ Other Debian Based Distros
MultiGet is already available in Ubuntu/Linux Mint or other Debian based distros. So you can simply install it from the terminal –
sudo apt-get install multiget
The bonus program in our list of best download managers is DownThemAll. Oops! Actually, it’s not a program, it is a Firefox plugin. So this is only for those who use Firefox but the advantage of this plugin is that you can use it on any platform, Linux, Windows or Mac. DownThemAll has the following main features:
- Resume Capability: DownThemAll supports resuming capability for any download.
- Multiple Downloads At Once: DownThemAll can download multiple files at once and you can also set speed for each of the files.
- Auto Grabbing: DownThemAll can grab downloading links automatically from Firefox. You can also right-click the links and click ‘Save Link with DownThemAll!’
- Fully Customizable Settings: You can also customize DownThemAll from settings inside Menu >> Add-ons >> Extensions >> DownloadThemAll >> Preferences
Install DownThemAll in Mozilla Firefox
DownThemAll is a Firefox plugin so it does not have to do anything with the operating system. It can be installed on any operating system. Goto addons.mozilla.org and search DownloadThemAll in the search tool above in the right.
Click +Add to Firefox and done! You have installed the add-on. Now restart Firefox and enjoy downloading with DownloadThemAll!
All of these four download managers have common basic features with advanced features differing a little. I would suggest you to analyze the features and then install the one that suits you the best and share your experience with us. I know that you might have some other favorite download manager such as FlareGet. Do let us know your favorite download manager for Linux in the comments below.