A download manager is a software tool which serves the purpose of downloading files from the Internet, which may either suit a specific Web browser or multiple ones or could be a sophisticated and independent program. It provides several advantages to users, including increased download speeds, batch downloading, file previewing, an advanced support system for compressed file formats, and security features. In addition, there are options to set the time for the file to get downloaded, pause and resume the process, convert between file formats as well as automatically play the file once the download is over.
With the availability of a wide range of tools and software, one can have a hard time deciding which one to go for. So, presenting our guide to the ten best downloader tools for media downloads across the web.
Top 8 Downloader Tools of 2019
Ninja Download Manager
Ninja Download Manager is a comparatively new software in the list, featuring a more contemporary design than other software under the category. The user interface is simple and modern, and its accelerator multiplies download speeds by around 20 times.
Since it splits individual files into various chunks and then downloads each of these employing different servers, the downloader’s reliability is high. While sequential setting helps play music and movies while still being downloaded, the built-in YouTube and Vimeo downloaderand the video converter is used for switching between file formats are the other advantages.
In addition, the feature to preview huge-sized video files even while the download is ongoing helps us to determine its quality even before the process is completed. However, the program does not allow browsing for media files on websites with low popularity.
Free Download Manager
Free Download Manager is a real pro, with a neat and modern-looking interface, a download accelerator, a BitTorrent client, an audio and video previewer and a traffic management tool. Not only is it absolutely free of cost, but the fact that it also gets systematically updated by the developers adds to its sheen.
Its power at scheduling and effortless remote controlling mechanism ensure that you can divert yourself from the progression of the download and keep track of it from any other internet-connected device. It can even search through sites to download the required type of files, and you can choose to download only certain parts of a file.
Its systematic categorization of files even before the completion of the download and bandwidth management is remarkable, which permits efficient browsing while files falling under a specific bandwidth get simultaneously downloaded. There are, however, chances for the parsing procedure to be occasionally, a bit slow.
Internet Download Accelerator
Internet Download Accelerator can collect a group of downloads via URL variables, automatically scan for viruses, employ hotkeys, change the user-agent information, schedule downloads in advance and auto-download files with the extensions you ask for. Its smart download logic accelerator makes sure that the part of the download that has been completed stays intact even when the system hangs midway through the procedure.
Although exclusive to Windows system operation, the software functions are supported in a variety of browsers like Chrome, Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari, Yandex Browser, and Vivaldi. Even while being ad-free, its sole disadvantage lies in being expensive.
Download Accelerator Plus
DAP yet again provides powerful acceleration and renders a complete set of download tools. Downloading is highly smooth and responsive.
The Automatic Mirror Speed Boost which can browse for the fastest online media sources, video accelerator which eliminates buffering of online videos and DAP link checker which derives all information of the file you wish to download before the actual process commences, is the software’s highlights.
JDownloader is an ad-free and free to use, open source download manager with a massive developer community, available on Windows, Linux and Mac. It assuredly works for power users, supporting over 300 decryption plugins, with features like automatic RAR extraction, password list searching and OCR to complete some of the anti-robotic checks encountered on web sites.
Its prominent features include support for popular content platforms like YouTube and Vimeo, ability to auto-extract archives and add-on support. The user-interface, however, seems a bit outdated.
EagleGet is a free, multi-purpose smart download manager that makes downloading as easy as enjoying your early morning bread and butter. It can be integrated into Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera and supports HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, MMS, and RTSP protocols.
It boasts of accelerated downloading capabilities, automatic malware checking and automatic and batch downloading. EagleGet can identify downloadable content on pages, allows the execution with a couple of clicks and can even prioritize the order of downloading.
One of the finest features of EagleGet is its built-in file integrity verifier and malware checker, which protects users from virus attacks and keeps a check on the originality of the downloaded file. Advertisement display, however, remains its demerit.
uGet is an open source download manager for Windows which is entirely free to use. It makes use of file splitting to increase download speeds and utilizes batch downloading with file queuing.
The novel peculiarity of this program is that it automatically accustoms its appearance based on the color scheme and icons of the operating system it is installed on. Apart from the usual light and dark themes, uGet also interestingly showcases hybrid themes. Another feature of uGet is the clipboard manager who monitors your clipboard with the downloaded links.
The program works with Chrome, Firefox, Chromium, Opera, and Vivaldi, and supports multiple protocols. Download speeds are high, and the program is absolutely ad-free. The installation process is, however, quite rigorous and hard-to-master.
GetGo Download Manager
GetGo Download Manager supports batch downloads and quick downloading of files via drag and drop. You can either paste links directly into the program or import an LST file containing all the download links.
Its unique characteristic lies in that you can specify the exact location to place the downloaded files and, in its ability, to store login credentials while downloading content from password protected websites. It can also preview and schedule image files before downloading and capture videos from video-streaming platforms.
FlashGet allows downloads in Firefox and Internet Explorer. It can scan downloads with antivirus programs and inform you as to the size of the file.
One can download files over the HTTP, FTP and BitTorrent protocols all with a single download button meaning the program knows the way to deal with the download, even when not specified. It also has a floating desktop button enabling toggle browser monitoring, pausing/starting downloads, and adding new download links.
Xtreme Download Manager
Xtreme Download Manager (XDM) has a really simple interface, which sets it apart from other complex user-interface featuring programs. Among its features is download previewing, options to limit download speed, convert files and run specific shutdown parameters after downloading.
The program can handle video content from most popular websites, including Facebook, Google Video, and Dailymotion. It also houses the unique ability to download entire playlists from YouTube without taking the effort to type-in links to each video.
The XDM program functions on Windows, macOS, and Linux and on browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, among many others. A fresh user-interface could enhance the program’s popularity.