One of the difficulties a new Linux user faces while switching from Windows is finding a good download manager. If you are or have been Windows user you might be familiar with download managers like Internet Download Manager (IDM), Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) etc. There is nothing to worry for Linux users as there are many alternatives Download managers for Linux. And yes these are open source; means you can download them for free. The article below is about few of the popular and free Linux download managers available on the web.
To install uGet for fedora based system -
sudo dnf install uget
To install on Debian/Ubuntu based system -
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:t-tujikawa/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install uget
uGet is highly feature rich download manager with multi-threading download, pause/resume, queueing up etc.
After installation, to start uGet open application menu and type “uget” in search box.
Let’s download a sample music file at url :
Click on File -> New Download or alternatively, Click on the first yellow icon of main window (the one where mouse pointer is hovering in image below).
Now copy and paste the URL in Url box. Press “OK” and you are done!
You can customise parameters like -
This Linux download manager is rich with tons of basic and advanced customizable features. It’s hard to cover every minute detail here. You can explore by yourself in options. Leave settings unchanged if they confuse you.
SteadyFlow is minimalistic Linux download manager that allows you to download files by entering URL and manage them via user interface. Unlike, uGet it is not featured rich but serves the purpose decently.
On Fedora based system
sudo dnf install steadyflow
On Debian based system
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sikon/steadyflow
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install steadyflow
To download, press the add button on left top corner.
Set on completion action. Default is “Do nothing”.
Flareget to some extent is Internet Download Manager equivalent. It has browser integration.
For Fedora or Ubuntu based system
Click install. It will prompt for the password. Type in password and press “Authenticate”.
To open Flareget, Search for Flareget in menu bar “Flareget” and click on the icon or press enter.
kGet is another Linux download manager with basic features like pause-resume, multi-threaded download etc.
To install kGet on Fedora based system
sudo dnf install kget.x86_64
To install kGet on Debian/ fedora based system
sudo apt-get install kGet
5. XDM(Xtreme Download Manager)
XDM download manager for Linux is also packed with basic as well as some advanced customizable features. It also supports browser integration with popular web browsers like Google chrome, Firefox, and opera.
To install XDM on Fedora based system,
sudo wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/xdman/files/xdm-jre-64bit.tar.xz
sudo tar -xvf xdm-jre-64bit.tar.xz
To install on Debian based system
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps
sudo apt-get install xdman
First run :
Open settings to customize XDM.
Linux has variety of download manager alternatives to choose from according to need. We shall recommend flareget or uGet download manager over others. While all of them are good download managers, uGet comes so many features. Flareget allows easy integration with your browsers like chrome, Firefox and opera. You can tell it is an alternative to internet download manager in Windows. If you have any suggestion or issues please comment down in section below. If you liked this article, share with your friend.