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Is there some application to download files from popular file hosting websites?

I just added the JDownloader PPA and installed the app but when I launch the app I get a JUpdate box telling me to download which it never does so I'm looking for a good lightweight alternative to JDownloader. Any help

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marked as duplicate by fossfreedom Oct 5 '12 at 19:53

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try wget it's light and fast and it is installed by default on Ubuntu 12.04 – Peachy Jul 5 '12 at 15:41
yeah it is but it is not as automated with hosting sites as JDownloader the likes. Thanks anyway – Mysterio Jul 5 '12 at 16:46
up vote 2 down vote accepted
  • For an alternative available in the repositories, try Tucan Manager tucan, although I haven't had a very good experience with it.
  • For a lightweight GUI alternative, I highly recommend FreeRapid (it still uses Java)
  • For a non-Java GUI, try Pyload (deb files available)
  • If you are comfortable with the command-line, try plowshare, also available from the ppa:plowsharepackagers/ppa PPA.
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What java are you using? I think only oracle java works with jdownloader.

Just in case if you want to try again with jdownloader.

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The one in the Software Center – Mysterio Jul 10 '12 at 11:33

Free Rapid Downloader (FRD) although still Java-based is a lot lighter than JD and can be used in Ubuntu.

It does not need installation, just execute the file.

Make it executable first - changing permissions in properties or fire in terminal sudo chmod a+x (copy file and paste in place of in this line)

If there's an error message that keeps popping-up, ignore it's of no consequence.

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From my experience Tucan it's by no means a good alternative (it never worked for me).

There is also ochDownloader (non-java, therefore very light) that I used in Windows and has a Linux version (but it needs compiling I guess, above my capacities).

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