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What download managers are available for Ubuntu? Can you provide the link as well?

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type in terminal, sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tahutek-team/prozilla, sudo apt-get update, sudo apt-get install prozilla. – Shaharil Ahmad Sep 12 '13 at 0:52

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There are plenty of them available.


Steadyflow is a simple and easy to use download manager, written in GTK. It has a lot of good features without any unnecessary complexity.

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It also has an indicator applet.

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Install: sudo apt-get install steadyflow


uGet is a multi-platform GTK3 download manager that supports resuming downloads, comes with categories support, can download torrent and metalink files through aria2, a powerful command line download tool that's integrated into uGet.

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:plushuang-tw/uget-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install uget aria2


JDownloader is a free and open source cross platform (Linux,Mac ..) download manager, written in Java, which allows the automatic download of files and split files from one-click. Additionally, many “link encryption” sites are supported – so you just paste the “encrypted” links and JD does the rest.

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jd-team/jdownloader
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install jdownloader-installer   


Aria is not a GUI download manager, but it can be used via several Firefox extensions. Two of them are:

Install: sudo apt-get install aria2


Gwget is a gnome frontend for the popular downloading application wget. gwget also has firefox integration with the help of the firefox extension FireGet. However, it is not updated since 2009.

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You can't download a file faster than what the speed of your connection allows. However as @llori pointed out "It is not about going faster than your local connection, but about overriding download bandwidth per stream from the server itself. That's why it is an 'accelerator.'" Thus it doesn't make your connection faster, but it lets you download faster from a server that doesn't allow you to do that.


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Gwget it's a download manager for the Gnome Desktop . The main features are: Resume: By default, gwget tries to continue any download.

  • Notification: Gwget tries to use the Gnome notification area support, if available. You can close the main window and gwget runs in the background.
  • Recursivity: Gwget detects when you put a html, php, asp or a web page dir in the url to download, and ask you to only download certain files (multimedia, only the index, and so on).
  • Drag & Drop: You can d&d a url to the main gwget window or the notification area icon to add a new download.
  • Firefox Extension: Fireget

Source: &

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It is not about going faster than your local connection, but about overriding download bandwidth per stream from the server itself. That's why it is an "accelerator". – liori Jun 5 '11 at 14:58

UGet - The program uGet is available in the repositories and is an excellent download manager with many useful options. As you can see in the screenshot below, it can pause a large download and resume it successfully (if the server supports resuming). I have used it with great success to download large and small files alike.

You can also queue and classify downloads and allow it to monitor the clipboard for potential downloads. Bandwidth can be controlled per download or on a global scale and, if necessary, you can specify a proxy to use. When flashgot is installed in firefox, uGet can be chosen as the default download manager for that browser.

uGet in action with a large file partially downloaded and paused: :

To boost speed by using multi-thread downloads, enable area2 plugin:

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Flareget is probably the best download manager available for Linux (quoting from It is highly stable and has almost all the features you can think of. It is multi-threaded and supports upto 16 segments per download for download acceleration. It has inbuilt browser integration and YouTube video download support for all the browsers. It is also actively maintained and a pro version is also available.

This is not free software. Limitation of free version: only 2 segments per download of files larger than 25 MB. (as of v. 3.2.42 in 2014)

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it should be noted that to get the 16 connections, browser integration and many other features that you will have to buy the "Pro" version as the free version does not offer these features. – Michael Tunnell Jan 25 '14 at 20:49
that is absurd thing to say...the flareget site doesnt mention the differences anywhere you have to test the app first to find the limitations...saying people should use the app to see what the limitations are is absurd, there should be a Community vs Pro comparison page. I would never be wrong about it if it was made easier to know the differences. – Michael Tunnell Feb 1 '14 at 19:24

I use aria2 which is a terminal based download manager utility. If you like UI then go for uGet.

Following article should help you about how to get these installed on your machine. Choose yourself which one you like better.

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Use prozgui

I know download accelerators use multi thread type processes to achieve faster download speeds and from this I just found the ninja download accelerator for Ubuntu.

Yesterday my download took about 4 hours and still not complete for 2 GB and then failed.

Now Today I am using prozgui which I just downloaded and then in the preferences I updated the connections limit to 10 threads, currently I am at 15% of the download in under 3 min this product is unbelievably fast (the best)

Prozgui allows you to select the number of connection threads which allows you to use your full connection without no limits. I now have 10 threads downloading my file

And by the time I finished writing this message the download is already at 40%

I am using Ubuntu 13.04 and it works perfectly fine

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First of all, Wget is not a download manager, it is a download utility but not a manager. By default you cannot do these things

  • You can't pause downloads
  • You can't view history
  • You can't schedule downloads
  • You can't download multiple files at the same time
  • You can't download multiple files from 2 different URLs
  • You can't restart downloads

When you have all these things in one utility, then you're allowed to call it a manager. For example Calibre is an ebook manager. Just because Adobe reader reads PDF, it doesn't make it a manager. Wget is no better than Curl for downloading stuff, hell I find Curl much more useful, at least you can use it in programming.

Some geek might leave a comment, you can do all that if you edit .bashrc or write a bash command or something. A download manager should do all these things easily and by default. I could browse the web in Emacs, if I download a plugin or write a script, that does not make Emacs itself a web browser.

To answer the question, I personally use Uget, but many people mentioned it so I'll mention pyLoad which is another great downloader.

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@MalteSkoruppa this is inevitably what we will get with that kind of question. I personally think that the question is the main problem here, not the answer. – Braiam Feb 10 '14 at 14:30

There are several download manager in Linux world but i preferred the following ones:

  • JDownloader: Most powerful download manager in Linux (in my opinion). Using it you can start, stop or pause downloads, set bandwith limitations, auto-extract archives and much more.
  • MultiGet: It is simple cross platform (Windows/Linux/BSDs/MacOS) download manager. It supports resuming downloads and SOCKS 4,4a,5 proxy, ftp proxy, http proxy. More information.
  • uGet: It is simple and lightweight and has several good feature like, "Resume downloads", "Queue downloads", "Firefox integration", "Clipboard monitoring" and more. -
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No One can beat Aria2, Best Downloader I have seen Ever. It can resume, Your download after several Months! Even from Mediafire. The Only Drawback is - its a command line tool, But Don't be feared, it is Quite easy to Download everything. AND integrates with uGet as a plugin so you can use uGet as a GUI for aria2. -

Install it with the command

sudo apt-get install aria2

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also install Flashgot addon on firefox, set aria2 as Flashgot default downloader. So whenever, You click for download, flashgot automatically download it with aria2.

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I think, resuming support is website specific and As far as I know, mediafire support resuming option by default. That is why Aria2 can resume. If the site doesn't have resuming option, you can't resume, even with the best Download manager of the time. – Anwar Shah Aug 1 '12 at 12:01

Hello from the uGet project team,

I would suggest uGet -

uGet is one of the most powerful download managers for Linux while still being very lightweight. Our latest version was released 10 days ago. (Sep. 9th, 2012)

Steadyflow is a great program but is very limited in features as it was designed to be because of being for minimalists.

JDownloader is Java based so it is not going to be the best when it comes to resource management.

MultiGet had potential but its current version is an Alpha stage and has not been updated since 2010.

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Here's a review of "Best 8 Download Managers/Accelerators for Linux":

Prozilla, which is rated as No.1 there, also has a GUI although it doesn't look very modern:

ProzGUI can be installed by entering these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alza/project
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install prozgui

Prozilla + Zenity

Those who would like a GUI and a really really fast and powerful Download Accelerator such as Prozilla but don't like prozgui due to its very outdated looks, numerous small windows, etc., can simply use a basic zenity-powered script like this:

URL=`zenity --title='URL to Download' --text='Please enter URL of the file to be downloaded to ~/Downloads' --entry`
xterm -fa "Ubuntu Mono:size=10" -title 'Prozilla Downloading...' -e "proz -r -f --no-search --directory-prefix=/home/$USER/Downloads "$URL"" &

Some options which can be added/modified:

-k=n              Use n connections instead of the default(4)
--no-search       Do a direct download (no ftpsearch)
--ftpsearch       Do a ftpsearch for faster mirrors
--min-size=n      If a file is smaller than 'n'Kb, don't search, just download it

Of course you need to install prozilla, zenity and xterm as below before running this script:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tahutek-team/prozilla
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install prozilla xterm zenity

Further information about installing non-GUI version of Prozilla can be found here:

ProZilla Kaptain Launcher

And for those who would like a good-looking GUI launcher including more options:

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Description: (copied from the website on Nov 2013)

aria2 is a light-weight multi-protocol & multi-source download utility operated in command-line. The supported protocols are HTTP(S), FTP, BitTorrent (DHT, PEX, MSE/PE), and Metalink.

aria2 can download a file from multiple sources/protocols and tries to utilize your maximum download bandwidth. It supports downloading a file from HTTP(S)/FTP and BitTorrent at the same time, while the data downloaded from HTTP(S)/FTP is uploaded to the BitTorrent swarm. Using Metalink's chunk checksums, aria2 automatically validates chunks of data while downloading a file like BitTorrent.

There are other alternatives, such as wget and curl, but aria2 has two distinctive features: (1) aria2 can download a file from several URIs(HTTP(S)/FTP/BitTorrent) and (2) If you give aria2 a list of URIs, aria2 downloads them concurrently. You don't have to wait for the current download queue to finish one file at a time anymore. aria2 tries to utilize your maximum download bandwidth and downloads files quickly.

There are also some applications that have the ability to do segmented downloading. Typically these applications split a file up by the number of threads and download them in parallel and wait for all threads to finish. In other words, they don't split unfinished segments adaptively. Normally, if things go well, this strategy works well, but if one thread is very slow (i.e. one of the server is very slow), then you have to wait for it to finish. aria2 can cope with this peculiar situation. aria2 can split segments adaptively all the way down to 1MiB. So you don't have to worry about the above problem. But you might complain: if a slow server is downloading at 1MiB, then one has to wait for that none the less. The answer is "no". Even in such a case, aria2 does the job quite well: aria2 cancels slow servers and use the faster server to finish the download. In other words, aria2 is very clever and reliable in many situations.

Unlike the original Aria, which has a GTK+ interface, aria2 provides only a command-line interface. And as a result, it has lower resource requirement. The physical memory usage is typically 4MiB (normal HTTP/FTP downloads) to 9MiB (BitTorrent downloads). CPU usage in BitTorrent with download speed of 2.8MiB/sec is around 6%.

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Is the most Versatile Download Manager I found.

It is having all most all the features of popular download managers like IDM or DAP

* Batch Download * Browser Integration * Scheduled Download

* Flash Video Downloading

All those features are there.

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  • Latest release can be downloaded from

  • Upto Ubuntu 13.10: can be installed with following commands;

For 32 bit:

cd ~/Downloads && sudo wget -c "" && tar xzvf 'flareget_2.3-24_i386(stable)_deb.tar.gz' && cd 'flareget_2.3-24_i386(stable)_deb' &&  sudo dpkg -i flareget_2.3-24_i386.deb 

For 64 bit:

cd ~/Downloads && sudo wget -c "" && tar xzvf 'flareget_2.3-24_amd64(stable)_deb.tar.gz' && cd 'flareget_2.3-24_amd64(stable)_deb' &&  sudo dpkg -i flareget_2.3-24_amd64.deb
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You can try out flareGet ( a recently released download manager for linux). It is multi-threaded and supports upto 16 segments per download for download acceleration. It supports browser integration for all the browsers - firefox, chrome, opera etc.

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GetJET Download Manager

This program is not highly stable yet. Install at your own risk.

GetJET on Ubuntu

Features :

  • Download acceleration.
  • Firefox integration with Ad-One (Can be manually integrated with Chromium)
  • Download streaming online videos, with the ue of the add-one (Firefox only).
  • Download history list management.
  • Automated system shutdown.
  • Supports pause/resume downloading, as long as the remote file name doesn't change.

Download DEB Installer


If you use Ubuntu 12.04 or lower, run the code below in Terminal, before installing GetJET:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nemh/gambas3  
sudo apt-get update

(This PPA contains additional dependencies required by GetJET)

If you want to remove GetJET, run:

sudo apt-get remove getjet

To remove the PPA, run:

sudo ppa-purge ppa:nemh/gambas3

GetJET homepage

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If you are using firefox you can use downloadthemall plugin also.

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Firefox extension DownThemAll with parallel download ,resume support.

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Axel is the true Download accelerator for Ubuntu. It is a command-line based tool (which comes with a gui version which starts the download in a terminal window).

To instal : sudo apt-get install axel axel-kapt

Axel-kapt is the gui-version.

Downloading via axel is as simple as typing axel url on a terminal. Useful flags include :

  • -n to control number of simultaneous threads.

  • -a for a much simpler download progress bar (akin to wget)

  • -o to specify an output file

You can install Download Helper extension in Chrome (which allows axel to take over downloads in chrome).

In Firefox it can be easily used with FlashGot addon as alternative to the default downloader.

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enter image description here I also use it with plowdown as an alternative to jdownloader (automatically downloads files from various websites, automating the browser)

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I still prefer to use wget on files.

Or you can try plowshare which is a command-line tool:


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You should try steadyflow Install steadyflow It seems quite good. and it integrates with unity. Do you see the cloud icon with the blue arrow in the top bar?

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If you want to integrate it with Firefox, try the Flashgot plugin. For Chrome(-ium), use Chromeflow.

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KGet is an awesome download manager. It's built for KDE, but supports HTTP[S], FTP, BitTorrent, MetaLink and combinations of all those things, as well as multi-threading, etc. It's cross-platform too.

DownThemAll! is great too. which is a firefox addon.

Usually I use it. It doesn't support BitTorrent, though, but I use Transmission for that.

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Do you mean a download manager for ubuntu 10.10?

If so, i prefer jDownloader. jDownloader on PPA

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There you also can see how to install it.

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I would recommend QuickDownloader.

QuickDownloader is a download manager that accelerates downloads by between 200-300%.

It provides a resume capability for resuming broken downloads. It supports both HTTP and FTP downloads.

Here are some key features of QuickDownloader:

  • Support for multiple Downloads
  • System Integrity Checkers which ensure that all system critical
  • components exists and are in the correct location
  • Memory use reduced to between 2-4mb
  • Capability to carry out both downloads and Resume simultaneously
  • Extensive Decoupling of Code to reduce dependencies between code which could cause problem in future
  • Better Handling of errors
  • Information on each Download that can be resumed
  • Buffer Resizing for optimum use
  • Proxy Configuration for systems behind firewalls
  • Support for all types of Network connections such as Dial Up, Broadband T1 etc.
  • Ability to download from both HTTP and FTP sites
  • 100 % Resume support on all downloads even if the server doesn't support it.
  • Uses Java JRE which runs on any machine such as Windows 2000, 98, Linux etc. 1

To download Click Here

1Source:Linux Softpedia

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you can install prozilla with this . open your terminal and type this

sudo dpkg -i prozilla_1.3.6-9_i386.deb 

I support for kget , uget and fatrat.

kget is a pre installed one with kde-plasma but if you wanna get it with ubuntu desktop then you can with

sudo apt-get install kget 

as in the same way uget and fatrat you can install with this command . for example for fatrat

sudo apt-get install fatrat 

hope that helps .

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You can try out flareGet (a recently released download manager for Linux). It is still in the beta stage but works pretty good. It is multi-threaded and supports up to 32 segments per download for download acceleration. For browser integration you can use flashgot.

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While Uri Herrera had a very good explanation for what a download accelerator is, the solution that was pointed out, Gwget, is far from what he described as a download accelerator. Gwget is exactly what its name implies, a GUI on top of wget, the most basic of basic unix download program.

One of the reliable ways to get the job (acceleration) done is to download through multiple threads from a particular server. Some servers restrict download speed by threads, instead of the IP. In such cases, if a server limits your download to 100KB/s, having 6 thread will give you an upper bound of 600KB/s, a very significant boost.

So far the one linux program that does this is Multiget, it's a little bit of a pain to setup with firefox, however. But at least it's easy to install on Ubuntu. Google "Multiget deb" to download the debian package. Then look up on the Multiget documentation to see how to hook it up with flashgot. Good Luck

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The best download managers for Ubuntu 12.04 are suggested above by other users since the IDM is not available for Ubuntu. If you are looking to download youtube or flash videos from any other sites you should install 'flashgot' add-on for Mozilla Firefox. You can get 'Flashgot add-on from the firefox add-on search page. For your information 'Flashgot' is also used as a site grabber like IDM. So you don't need to worry about not having IDM for your ubuntu. I use Uget download manager and Flashon add-on for Mozilla firefox which works pretty well.

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I would recommend the wget command line utility which is absolutely awesome!

wget is a GNU free software package that is used for retrieving files over the web. If you have got it installed, then all you have to do is to get the download link and use wget to download it.

In order to get the download link, right click on whichever download you want in the firefox download manager. There will be an option ‘copy download link’. Click on it.

Then open a terminal and go to whichever folder you want the file downloaded to. Assuming it is in the Desktop, type the following command at the prompt:

$ wget <paste your download link here>

Now even if it gets stuck in the middle, you can resume from wherever it was interrupted by giving the option -c to wget. That is, the command will be like

$ wget -c <paste your download link here>

And there it continues beautifully.

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wget is not technically a download manager nor they identify themself as such. – Braiam Feb 10 '14 at 12:54

uGet is a great solution and is the closest linux/ubuntu app to IDM available.

Disclaimer: I may be a bit biased as I am a uGet project member.

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You can use axel download manager. It is a command line tool but It support downloading files part by part, which is a popular method of accelerated download. The manual page of axel is saying this:

Axel is a program that downloads a file from a FTP or HTTP server through multiple connection, each connection downloads its own part of the file.

source: manual page for Axel

You can also explicitly mention the number of part it should do to accelerate download. The options of axel is as follows:

Usage: axel [options] url1 [url2] [url...]

--max-speed=x       -s x    Specify maximum speed (bytes per second)
--num-connections=x -n x    Specify maximum number of connections
--output=f      -o f    Specify local output file
--search[=x]        -S [x]  Search for mirrors and download from x servers
--header=x      -H x    Add header string
--user-agent=x      -U x    Set user agent
--no-proxy      -N  Just don't use any proxy server
--quiet         -q  Leave stdout alone
--verbose       -v  More status information
--alternate     -a  Alternate progress indicator
--help          -h  This information
--version       -V  Version information

Try this download manager. You'll be satisfied with this.

I want a perfect alternative of Orbit Downloader or Internet Download Manager of Windows

This can be a perfect replacement of Internet Download Manager. I tried downloading same file using wget and axel. The speed in axel outperforms wget very easily.

What I recommend from the three: If you want me to select a download manager from your list in the question, I would select JDownloader for it's feature richness. Though It requires Java to be run.

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