jDownloader 0.9581

Open source downloading tool with a large community of developers attached to it

  • Vote:
    7.1 (483)
  • Category:

    Download Managers

  • Version:

    0.9581

  • Works under:

    Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Windows 98 SE

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
jDownloader 0.9581
jDownloader 0.5.917

If you need a file downloading app that allows you to download content from hosting platforms like 4Shared, Mediafire, and more, you need the power of jDownloader.

File-hosting services can be both a blessing and a curse. It's nice to find such a vast array of content on those platforms, but they usually come with horrible download speeds and file downloading limitations. This app is designed with a number of advanced features that help users get around these restrictions so they can manage downloads efficiently and smoothly.

One interesting thing that jDownloader does is allow for download queues and simultaneous downloading. This means you can choose to download files one at a time or all at once. When you've reached a daily download threshold for any of these platforms, this app will bypass the wait time for your next download window. If you use free accounts on any of the most common file-hosting platforms, the software can assign new IP addresses to make your system look unique each time you access the service.

With jDownloader, you can pause downloads and resume them at any time. If there are multiple files you want to download from multiple hosts at the same time, you can do so. There are few things this downloader can't do. One of its only faults is that downloads that have been interrupted aren't always recoverable.

It's exceptionally easy to use the jDownloader software. When you find a file that you want to download on a file-hosting platform, copy the URL of that web page. In the app window, you'll see a small field called Add URL where you can paste the URLs. Once you've included all the URLs with files you want to download, click the Play option to begin downloading.

In some cases, larger files have to be broken down into smaller files that are usually compressed for maximum efficiency. If this is the case, jDownloader will automatically separate any URLs added to the field. You can paste full lists of multiple URLs into the field, and the software will handle everything.

There are some instances where you'll have to wait a minute or so before the download begins, but this is typically only the case when you're using a file-hosting service without a premium account. When this happens, you won't have to deal with any annoying additional clicking or confirmations.

Some file-hosting services limit free accounts to a certain number of downloads or a certain amount of data, but you can easily get around this thanks to the 'Get New IP Address' button. This will trick the file-hosting service into believing your system is a new user, so you can continue downloading.

The entire purpose of jDownloader is to help those who download files from hosting platforms, even if they only perform infrequent downloads. The software contains all the advanced features and functions you would expect from a fully comprehensive download manager.

Pros

  • Simultaneous Downloading
  • Faster Transfers
  • Automatic IP Reassignment
  • Multiple Host Account Management

Cons

  • Interrupted Downloads Often Unrestored

This is a download management tool that automates repetitive tasks associated with downloading long lists of files from one-click file hosting websites.

Written in Java as an open-source solution for downloading batches of files with the touch of a button, jdownloader provides tools for joining split files and extracting archives into set destination folders. The design of the program focuses on automation, configuring settings for file hosts so that a user can pause and resume transfers and even controlling the bandwidth for each download. Finer control is achieved when the program is set to access premium file host accounts, bringing added functionality that includes simultaneous downloads and greater bandwidth for speedy transfers of long sequences of hosted files. Actual file host services come and go (Rapidshare remains a popular example), though a paid account is required to receive the full benefits of the service. Regular internet updates ensure jdownloader is always supplied with a validated list of file hosts.

For a program that's promoted as simplifying file downloads from one-click file hosts it works well, but the many features can act as a confusing distraction for novice users, thus rendering claims of simplicity inaccurate. On the other hand, when the software is properly configured, has downloaded the latest list of working file hosts, and is properly set according to the user's knowledge level, then the process of capturing and managing downloads does become simple. The automation begins when a few mouse clicks select and copy a batch of download links. The software recognizes the links, identifying them as belonging to a file host and initiates the download module. Depending on whether a free or premium account is being used (it's relatively simple to add premium accounts), the first file will begin to download or a specified number of files will download in parallel.

The automation magic again comes into play at the end of the download stage, with the next module initializing to join split files and decompress them if they're part of a compressed archive. The same smart processing takes care of waiting times between downloads, cycling the download attempts until the file is ready. Every possible trick and scrap of download knowledge is used to accelerate what can be a time-consuming activity needing the user's constant input, including solving "Captcha" codes, the tedious random phrases that are generated by many file host sites. Normally these are manually entered to prove a person is actually human and not a spam robot, but jdownloader will take a crack at breaking the code.

Pros

Installs and runs on operating system that support Java

Developed as an open-source application

Free to use

Numerous extensions available

Constantly updated to maintain a current list of file hosts

Simultaneous downloads and connections possible

Resolves annoying "Captcha" security used by file hosts

Automatically joins split files and extracts archives

Cons

Installation issues

Automatically installs hard to remove adware

Steep learning curve

Requires Java

High memory usage

Occasionally freezes the computer

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