how can I download videos from the internet like I was doing in windows "Downloading them by IDM" ? is there any application or program to do that ?? I searched a lot but I couldn't find any solutions, Ubuntu is a great OS, it must be a way to do that !!!! please help!

  • In order to answer your question one would have to know how were you doing it in Windows. There are hundreds of ways or tools for that and many do not depend on the OS. For example, any browser addon is OS independent (there are dozens for the purpose for Firefox or Chrome and others. Most standalone apps are also multi-platform so chances are you can use the same. Now please edit and update your question.
    – user589808
    Jan 15, 2017 at 21:43
  • Also, download videos from where? There are huge differences between downloading videos from Netflix, YouTube, Dailymotion, and random websites.
    – Kaz Wolfe
    Jan 15, 2017 at 21:46
  • i'm new to Ubuntu, on windows all you have to do is to install the IDM and download what ever you want from anysite!
    – Mohamed
    Jan 15, 2017 at 21:47
  • Many recommendations here: askubuntu.com/questions/366525/idm-like-softwares-in-ubuntu and also this older one askubuntu.com/questions/32850/… . I use mostly the Video DownloadHelper FF addon and sometimes JDownloader. Feel free to try other suggestions in the links above and also feel free to ignore any answers suggesting command line tools like youtube-dl because clearly that's not what you want.
    – user589808
    Jan 15, 2017 at 22:43
  • Possible duplicate of IDM-Like softwares in ubuntu
    – user589808
    Jan 15, 2017 at 23:43

3 Answers 3


I use uGet on my ubuntu 16.04

Installation :

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


  • To integrate uGet to Firefox browser, install FlashGot addon.

    Once installed, in Firefox menu go to Tools > FlashGot > More Options

    Under Download Manager, choose uGet


    Now, you can right-click the link and choose FlashGot Link option

    FlashGot Right Click

  • For download video:

    in Firefox menu go to Tools > FlashGot > More Options

    choose FlashGot Media

    Under Download Manager, choose uGet and tick Show toolbar button

    configure FlashGot Media with uGet

    go to play video in ex: youtube and in toolbar will be there is icon like this icon FlashGot Media

    right click the icon, choose Available formats to download. then OK.

    FlashGot Media

    uGet Media That's it

  • I cannot use the Firefox addon with Firefox Quantum 59.0.2. because it's not compatible. Is this just me?
    – bomben
    Mar 28, 2018 at 12:05

youtube-dl is my personal favorite for downloading YouTube videos. To download this simply type these commands into terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install youtube-dl

Then all you need to do is type youtube-dl youtube.link in a terminal and it downloads that YouTube video.

  • The user wants a graphical download manager also able to download from video streaming sites.
    – user589808
    Jan 15, 2017 at 22:44
  • 1
    ClipGrab is awesome
    – GrannySez
    Jan 15, 2017 at 23:03
  • @CelticWarrior The OP has (unfortunately) not been very specific about what they would find useful, and hasn't mentioned anything about graphical interfaces. They mentioned IDM, which is a GUI application for Windows, but, unless I'm missing something, they haven't said specifically what things about IDM are important to them. So I think this answer is as reasonable as any. Jan 16, 2017 at 1:22
  • try using DownThemAll addon in mozilla Ubuntu, it's great and boosts your download acceleration like "IDM"

  • Installing DownThemAll
    in mozilla browser->Menu->Addons->DownThemAll

  • you have multiple options in DownThemAll
    -like downloading all the links in current tab using dTa Oneclick(current Tab),
    dTa Oneclick(All Tabs),Download Manager.

  • you can use all these extensions by going to customize option in menu and drag and drop all them to tool bar of your browser.
  • go to the page where your file exists , right click on that file and click on download with DownThemAll option.
  • for more info go here http://www.downthemall.net/

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