Downloading files from the Internet, especially large ones or when you want to download several of them at the same time, requires a certain type of application, such as download managers.
Using it allows you to get the most out of your Internet connection, whether you’re using a faster fiber optic connection or ADSL. While speeding up transfers is their forte, download managers have other benefits as well, as they allow you to automate transfers, schedule them, resume them, and generally better manage content.
Work and benefits of managers
This type of application uses mirror websites (mirrors), using multiple connections to the same file to speed up downloads, or automatically chooses between multiple servers where a file is available, choosing the one that offers the best stability and performance.
Another highlight is its ability to resume downloads that have been deliberately paused or interrupted by a server or line error, without losing some of the files that have been downloaded to that point. In addition, it prevents damage to unfinished downloads in the event of an accidental shutdown.
They also allow us to automate and schedule downloads or uploads at the times we are most interested in, usually outside of business hours or at night when networks are less busy, in addition to downloading a large number of files at the same time, prioritizing performance. over those that interest us more or limit the download speed so as not to overload the connection and allow us to use the equipment in functions such as web browsing or others.
Other added benefits of these tools are file type management and more accurate information about transfer speeds and download times. Some of them offer additional features such as an antivirus to check for malware or a viewer to preview videos and audios.
Download Managers for Windows
Although it is possible to use special web browser add-ons for this, which we will see later, there is nothing better for this than a dedicated and independent application, which in turn keeps browsers as clean as possible. There are a lot of them . Here we offer the ones we like the most.
JDownloader . One of the most commonly used, especially when we work with direct download services and multiple files. An open source platform written in Java with many plug-ins, such as bundling to allow downloads to be paused and resumed separately. It has captcha recognition which allows you to perform batch download without user intervention. In addition to Windows, it has versions for Linux and Mac. If you use a lot of direct download servers, this is a great reference.
FlashGet . A download manager classic that’s been around for almost 20 years and promises to speed up transfers “6 to 10 times”. It includes general boot manager features, including virus scanning. You can download from websites, FTP and even files. torrent, although in this case it is always better to use a dedicated P2P client. To start the download, simply drag and drop the download link into the small window that acts as a minimal interface. An interface that could be updated, although for many it is still the best in the industry. It also has a portable application.
FreeDownloadManager . Another good download manager (a free alternative to the famous Internet Download Manager) that can also be used in a portable version on all your Windows devices without the need for installation. Like previous download managers, it increases download speed by splitting the file into parts and connecting from several mirror sites, allows you to resume and schedule downloads, a video and audio viewer until the download is complete, and much more. It includes an HTML Spider feature that allows you to download entire websites.
. _ Simple and effective, it promises to deliver up to six times faster download speeds than a simple direct download from a web browser. It’s multilingual, has pause and resume capabilities, day and time programming, integrity checking, malware checking, and even a video format converter. It has all the basic functions of this kind of tools. It offers seamless integration with web browsers, remote file downloads, virus scan downloads, download scheduling, and the ability to resume downloads even if you restart your computer or use a different Internet connection.
BitComet . You may know it more as a BitTorrent client, but it also includes support for HTTP and FTP protocols, allowing it to act as a download manager.
Internet Download Accelerator . Also known as IDA, this is a freeware manager developed by the Ukrainian company WestByte. It includes support for HTTP, HTTPS and FTP protocols and provides integration with Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera and Safari web browsers. It has a built-in site manager to save the username and password of the website. Users can view the contents of RAR files before downloading them.
Administrators in browsers
As we said above, web browsers can also be used for this task. In-house managers usually don’t have much to offer, but there are add-ons that can be added. We leave you some of them as an example:
DownThemAll (Firefox). This is our favorite Mozilla web browser manager and one of the best plugins you can find. Its integration with Mozilla is perfect, and it even integrates into the Firefox download menu. It is capable of detecting all media links on a web page (with appropriate filters), automatically downloading them at high speed and allowing them to be summarized.
Video Download Assistant (Firefox and Chrome). Ideal if you are looking for a program to periodically upload videos to the Internet. It doesn’t work with some Youtube videos, as it usually does with these managers.
Chrono Download Manager (Chrome). Exclusive to the Google browser, it integrates very well with the interface and use of your download system. It includes a “Chrono Sniffer” feature that performs detection of all links, images, audio and video on a web page.
Frumo download manager . (Chrome) Without as much integration as the previous one, it does its job as a manager in the Google browser with an intuitive interface. Very simple, but download, pause and resume downloads like everyone else.