the Top 5 Download Managers In Linux

Technology & Electronics
By: skynet28    
04-Feb-2011

Introduction:People using Linux especially Ubuntu and Linux Mint distributions are increasing day by day.Linux provides free and functional programs and applications.The best download managers in Linux are as follows:

  • 01

    Jdownloader

    JDownloader is a a java program tool that completely automates the downloading process. It is very helpful for websites such as Rapidshare.com or Megaupload.com for both premium and free users.

    Among JDownloader features are: captcha recognition, multi-part downloads, tweak wait times, auto-reconnect, scheduler and even automatic file extraction. JDownloader has way too many features and plugins to list them here, so make sure you check it out if you haven't already!JDownloader works as a stand-alone application or with Firefox through integration with the popular Flashgot extension. It runs on Linux besides Windows and Mac OS X.

  • 02

    Wget

    wget is the default download manager of Ubuntu.Though command line it has almost every essential feature of a download manager.It also has a graphical frontend Gwget. Wget is a free software package for retrieving files using HTTP, HTTPS and FTP, the most widely-used Internet protocols.
    GNU Wget has many features to make retrieving large files or mirroring entire web or FTP sites easy, including:

    -Can resume aborted downloads, using REST and RANGE
    -Can use filename wild cards and recursively mirror directories
    -NLS-based message files for many different languages
    -Optionally converts absolute links in downloaded documents to relative, so that downloaded documents may link to each other locally
    -Runs on most UNIX-like operating systems as well as Microsoft Windows
    -Supports HTTP proxies
    -Supports HTTP cookies
    -Supports persistent HTTP connections
    -Unattended / background operation
    Uses local file timestamps to determine whether documents need to be re-downloaded when mirroring

  • 03

    Fatrat

    an open source download manager for Linux written in C++ and built on top of the Trolltech Qt 4 library. It is rich in features and is continuously extended.

    Features (of the Git* version):

    -Segmented* HTTP(S)/FTP downloads
    -FTP uploads
    -Support for SOCKS5 and HTTP proxies
    -RSS feed support + special functions for TV shows and podcasts
    -BitTorrent support (including torrent creating, DHT, UPnP, encryption etc.)
    -Torrent search on major torrent sites incl. The Pirate Bay, EZTV, BitTorrentMonster...
    -RapidShare.com FREE and premium downloads
    -RapidShare.com uploads
    -RapidShare.com link verification and folder extraction
    -RapidSafe link decoding
    MD4/MD5/SHA1 hash computing
    -Remote control via Jabber (!)
    -Remote control via an AJAX* web interface
    -Subtitle search
    -RAR/ZIP file unpacker
    -Scheduler
    -Clipboard monitor

  • 04

    Axel

    The fastest download manager...actually a download accelerator.It is another excellent command line tool for downloading.It is very fast,lightweight and efficient. It is capable of juicing every bit of your available bandwidth and that means you don't have to wait too long to finish download.

    The difference between Axel and other (mostly Windows-based) accelerators is that it does not write data to separate files and join them later. Axel puts all the data in the right file, in the right order, at download time. This is possible, because most Unix file systems allow you to write data after the end-of-file. Axel is console-based and uses few system resources.
    It now has a graphical frontend.

  • 05

    Aria2

    aria2 is a utility for downloading files. The supported protocols are HTTP(S), FTP, BitTorrent, 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.


    Here is a list of features:

    Command-line interface

    Download files through HTTP(S)/FTP/BitTorrent

    Segmented downloading

    Metalink version 4 (RFC5854) support(HTTP/FTP/BitTorrent)

    Metalink version 3.0 support(HTTP/FTP/BitTorrent)

    HTTP/1.1 implementation

    HTTP Proxy support

    HTTP BASIC authentication support

    HTTP Proxy authentication support

    Well-known environment variables for proxy: http_proxy, https_proxy, ftp_proxy, all_proxy and no_proxy

    HTTP gzip, deflate content encoding support

    Verify peer using given trusted CA certificate in HTTPS

    Client certificate authentication in HTTPS

    Chunked transfer encoding support

    Load Cookies from file using the Firefox3 format, Chromium/Google Chrome and the Mozilla/Firefox (1.x/2.x)/Netscape format.

    Save Cookies in the Mozilla/Firefox (1.x/2.x)/Netscape format.

    Custom HTTP Header support

    Persistent Connections support

    FTP through HTTP Proxy

    Download/Upload speed throttling

    BitTorrent extensions: Fast extension, DHT, PEX, MSE/PSE, Multi-Tracker

    BitTorrent WEB-Seeding. aria2 requests chunks more than piece size to reduce the request overhead. It also supports pipelined requests with piece size.

    BitTorrent Local Peer Discovery

    Rename/change the directory structure of BitTorrent downloads completely

    XML-RPC interface

    Run as a daemon process

    Selective download in multi-file torrent/Metalink

    Chunk checksum validation in Metalink

    Can disable segmented downloading in Metalink

    Netrc support

    Configuration file support

    Download URIs found in a text file or stdin and the destination directory and output filename can be specified optionally

    Parameterized URI support

    IPv6 support




Final Thoughts

Use jdownload manager if you want all features and axel if you want the fastest downloads.




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