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5 Best Linux Download Managers

5 best linux download managers

 

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 a few of the popular and free Linux download managers available on the web.

1. uGet

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

Running uGetuGet 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 the search box.

uget linux download manager

​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 the image below).

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Now copy and paste the URL  in the Url box. Press “OK” and you are done!

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You can customize parameters like –

  1. On Completion action ( to shutdown/ reboot/ hibernate/ do nothing in Edit menu).
  2. Limit max download speed : Goto Edit -> Settings -> Bandwidth.
  3. You can view downloads by status like Active, Queuing, finished, etc. by selecting the option in left menu bar.

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.

​More Features

  •  Bandwidth Limit
  •  Queuing of downloads
  •  Multithreaded
  •  Torrent support.
  •  On completion action.

2. SteadyFlow

SteadyFlow is a minimalistic Linux download manager that allows you to download files by entering URL and manage them via the 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

steadyflow download managers for linux

download managers for linux

To download, press the add button on the left top corner. Enter URL

​Set on completion action. Default is “Do nothing”.

Press “Start”

​More Features

  •  Bandwidth Limit
  •  Queuing of downloads
  •  Multithreaded

3. FlareGet

Flareget to some extent is Internet Download Manager equivalent. It has browser integration. For Fedora or Ubuntu based system

  1. Download Flareget from this link. Choose the one based on your Linux distribution: Debian or Fedora.
  2. Open containing folder and double click on the file. It will open up in the software center.

flareget download manager for linux

Click install. It will prompt for the password. Type in password and press “Authenticate”.

install flareget in linux

To open Flareget, Search for Flareget in menu bar “Flareget” and click on the icon or press enter.

open flareget

Flareget features

  1. Multithreaded
  2. Integration with browsers
  3. Pause/resume capabilities
  4. Youtube downloader
  5. Bandwidth limit configuration

4. kGet

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

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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
cd xdm
sudo ./xdm
To install on Debian based system
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps
sudo apt-get install xdman
First, run :

xdm linux download manager

Open settings to customize XDM.More Features

  • Youtube downloader
  • Download Scheduler
  • Force assembly of files
  • File types to download filter
  • Multi-threaded

Conclusion

Linux has a 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 the section below. If you liked this article, share with your friend.

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