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FLOSS Friday: jDownloader

December 24th, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve, Tech Tips readers!  Today’s offering is jDownloader.  It is a Java based cross platform download manager.  Unlike many of the various download manager/accelerators out there, this project is fully open source and doesn’t offer to install tons of additional browser toolbars when you are trying to get it working.

Here’s a screenshot of several Linux distribution ISO files being downloaded:

jDownloader Main Interface

In addition to being able to enter URLs directly to files, jDownloader has been written specifically to interface with many file sharing sites.  This means you give a page URL that contains the download link and it does all the work of following the link and responding to any JavaScript prompts to get to the “real” file.  It offers downloads from sites such as YouTube and WordPress blogs, so you can have local copies of media for long holiday trips.

Give it a try, you’ll be amazed how much quicker downloading files will be!

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