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How-To Download Anything From Anywhere On The Internet with JDownloader

Jdownloader downloads anything!

Have you ever downloaded something from a free hosting website such as Rapidshare or Megaupload?  If so you’ve probably encountered the ads, wait times, captchas, and other annoying things.   JDownloader is a free open-source application that will automate the entire process for you, and it will even let you download things that you normally couldn’t, such as YouTube or Megavideo videos.

Use JDownloader To Download Nearly Anything Online

1. JDownloader is a stand-alone application, you can download the setup package from http://jdownloader.org/download/index

Jdownloader setup wizard

2. We’ve seen it before, packaged crapware.  It’s a necessary evil that sometimes is needed to help fund projects like JDownloader, but at least its optional to install.  During the installation be sure to Check the No Thanks button when prompted to install Kikin.  Kikin is crapware that tracks everything you do online, and it’s really a shame it’s packaged in the installer.

kikin is crapware, don't install it

3. Either during installation or immediately after you’ll likely be prompted with a Windows UAC alert on Windows 7.  JDownloader is built in Javascript and so it will request permission to use Javascript to access the internet.  Click Allow access.

jdownloader uses javascript

4. JDownloader supports a huge variety of languages, and during installation you can choose whichever one suits your needs best.

jdownloader language selection

5. If you have Firefox installed you’ll be prompted to install FlashGotClick OK!  FlashGot is a groovy Firefox plug-in that will allow JDownloader to automatically detect downloadable URLs while you browse with Firefox.

jdownloader flashgot firefox plugin

6. Once installation finishes, JDownloader will start updating.  This process can take several minutes, you’ll see it’s progress at the bottom status bar.

jdownloader updating

7. Once JDownloader is installed and updated it’s time to start downloading.  If you’ve installed the FlashGot plug-in and you are using Firefox it is incredible easy.  Simply visit the website that has the file, video, or song that you want to download.

download from megavideo using jdownloader

8. Once you’ve visited the website, JDownloader will use it’s “Linkgrabber” to detect the web location of the media files on that site.  To download them, go to the Linkgrabber tab and then Click the Play (download) button.

linkgrabber feature in jdownloader

9. On the Download tab you can view the status of files that are being downloaded.  If for some reason your download gets interrupted, you can always resume the download from where it left off.  This download-manager-like feature comes in handy for downloading nearly every file, especially if you are on a slow connection.

download jdownloader status

10. In the Settings tab you can explore additional options and features of JDownloader.  This is also where you would change the default download folder.

change jdownloader default download folder

JDownloader has several other features that are all fairly groovy, my favorite being download scheduling.  Here’s the list:

Miscellaneous Features

  • Automatically changes your IP to work-around wait times (the Jdownloader team wrote a how-to on this one)
  • Supports hundreds of hosting services and video/music sharing sites
  • Firefox integration via Flashgot automatically captures links
  • Download scheduling
  • Modify functionality using plug-ins
  • Automatically download from hosting sites

Overall JDownloader is a groovy free open-source application that can be used to save time downloading and work around internet download roadblocks.

Disclaimer…. before using a groovy application like JDownloader to download something from a website or service, you should first read the terms of service for the site to make sure your not breaking any laws or rules outlined in the terms by downloading or consuming in a way that’s unnatural.  <there, got it out of the way>.

Do you have a favorite internet media downloading application or favorite free tool in general?  Tell us about it in the comments below!

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9 Responses to How-To Download Anything From Anywhere On The Internet with JDownloader

  1. Estell Holsing June 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

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  2. piks June 3, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

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  3. funkdiver June 4, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    Nice article. I’ve been using Jdownloader for years now, it is TRULY fantastic for downloading files from one-click hosters. Works with virtually any Premium File Hoster Account, but is great for free users also.

  4. rahul November 9, 2010 at 5:22 am #

    sir .. i m big fan of jdownloader .. but thing is that the jdownloader doesnt support resume for megavideo files because my internet speed is too slow n i want to resume that megavideo file
    is der nay way to convert mega videos link to mega uploads link because megaupload support resume for free user …. plz help me with this ……………

    • standp October 4, 2011 at 10:52 am #

      ARE YOU SERIOUSLY AND TRULEY BRAIN BAMAGED SIR? MEGAUPLOAD VIDEOS WON’T RESUME? …. SO YOU BLAME IT ON JDOWNLOADER OR BITCOMET OR MEDIAFEED CLIENT OR THE ALMIGHTY DOWNTHEMALL! CLIENT FOR FIREFOX? YOUR JUST TOO DARN DIM WHITTED TO KNOW ANY BETTER DUMMY, IT IS THE FACT THAT THE DEDICATED ( OR NOT SO DEDICATED/ SHARED LAME VERY LOW QUALITY MEGAUPLOAD STREAMING VIDEO SERVERS *DON’T RESUME, AS THEY ONLY PARTIALLY STREAM AT CRAP RATES LOW QUALITY TO YOU THE USER… SEE SO GET IT RIGHT AND BEFORE YOU SHOVE BLAME ON SOFTWARES, PEOPLE, THE PET DOG, LOOK IN THE MIRROR, GRASP YOUR PC SEAT, CONCENTRATE VERY HARD AND “THINK” THEN TRY TO REACT, YOU MIGHT HAVE MORE FORTUNE DOING THAT… YOU WANT SOME OF THE BEST CONTENT FOR THE PC/MAC AND ALL OTHER MEDIA? THEN DO AS I DO AND PAY FOR RAPIDSHARE.COM TOTALLY HQ SERVER ACCESS, AND BE LAME NO MORE ONLY 48$ USD EVERY SIX MONTHS FOR UNLIMITED DOWNLOAD BANDWIDTH AND AMOUNTS ( THERE IS A CAP BUT ITS EXTREMELY HIGH ) LOVIN FILECRAWP AND RAPIDSHARE ACCESS WITH IT DA BOMB INDEED!!!

  5. Bertha Dannis December 9, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

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  6. biloo March 22, 2011 at 2:29 am #

    thnx man but in your article you chouse megavideo …..
    we can do the same whay whit youtube?

  7. standp October 4, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    JUST USE AUDIALS ONE 4 ( 8 ) PLATINUM AND GRAB ALL THE CONTENT WITHOUT EVEN VIEWING IT ALL STREAM SAVE THEM!!! CONVERTED 4 FULL MOVIES IN LESS THAN 4 MINUTES ITS FABULOUS! AVI MKV TO MP4 WINDOWS MEDIA FORMAT !!! KICKINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN…~<(____)~CheerzZz…!

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