JDownloader Reviews

Good for file hosts, but not perfect

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You know how those pesky filehosters like RapidShare always make you wait a minute or so before you can download a file, make you fill out tedious captchas (quite irritating for a 35-part file!), enforce quotas by IP, and overall act like irritating jerks? JDownloader fixes that problem, by serving as an interface between you and the hoster: You give it a bunch of links, it resolves them, checks if they are online, solves the captchas (yeah, the ones that are supposed to keep out automated programs =D), downloads with pause/resume support, packages everything in a nice folder, automatically extracts multi-part archives and so on. You can even give it a password if the archive will be passworded.

Another nifty feature is, if your ISP gives you a dynamic IP address (so that you can change it by power-cycling the modem) then JDownloader can do THAT for you as well, automatically, whenever it detects that your IP's quota is up!

Lastly, if you have premium accounts for some sites, you can give the login info to JDownloader and it will automatically use them as needed. In all, this program is an enormous improvement over just clicking the links and downloading things yourself. However...

  • It's in Java. Now normally, Java isn't necessarily slow. But for whatever reason, JDownloader tends to take ages to start.

  • Gets easily confused by HTTP (non-filehoster) downloads, especially if there is some php/redirection business going on. You'll need a separate download manager for that.

  • The captcha recognition doesn't really do much good, as everyone is switching to reCAPTCHA. The JDownloader devs refuse to even consider adding reCAPTCHA solvers (understandable as they think it will undermine spam protection and so on, but rather hypocritical of them to make an exception for reCAPTCHA), so most of the time you have to enter captchas yourself anyway. Unfortunately there's no way to just fill in captchas in advance either, so you get popups whenever a download is about to start, which can be annoying when it happens while you are playing a full-screen game.

  • The extraction plugin is not throttled and is very greedy about resources, you will get a mysterious, minutes-long (depending on archive size) slow down whenever JDownloader finishes a set and begins extracting. Very annoying when it messes up a movie you are watching by causing stuttering.

JDownloader is probably one of your best options if you need to download from file hosters despite the above. I recommend checking out Mipony, though: It is pretty much the same thing, except slightly uglier (not that JDownloader's Java UI is beautiful) and much faster (I believe it is in C++, and it shows).

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  • best of the options available out there
  • but needs dark skinned interface and a silent mode

Best Download Manager

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Most Popular Open Source Download Manager, offers downloading in multiple parallel streams, CAPTCHA recognition, and automatic file extraction, and Download Youtube Playlist with Quality and Filetype Options

[Edited by Shojimeguro, January 18]

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The best app for downloading from premium file storage or free sites even does 1080P youtube via ffmpeg. I use with flashgot. Sometimes it is quicker to use the DTA firefox plugin however .

Java can be slow.


Has gotten more powerful than earlier versions- Make sure to download clean version directly from their board for now

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I've used this program for years and years, and it's always been useful for downloads that go off of sites that use capchas. Those sites are sometimes confusing about which link to click because there are ad links that look like download links on them. Jdownloader takes care of that by just giving you the capcha upfront.

The handling of those download pages seemed to have improved in this new version.

Right now as I'm writing this, they're still developing version 2, and they offer a clean adware-free version directly from their message board (it's in the file description above).


A must have tool for your tool belt

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If you use any download sites you need to at least try it. sure it has a high memory foot print but would you rather manually go through the rats nest click feast that most download sites uses these days or simply add the download to your queue?

[Edited by trekeyus, November 16]



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Do NOT use this.
It installs toolbars even if you tell it NOT to,
and then it runs resource-hogging software in the background
EVEN AFTER you've uninstalled the toolbars.

(Google SweetIM.exe!)

Not only that, it can't even capture the links on a page that others can.


[Edited by TimAustralia, November 06]

not sure where you downloaded it from but i never had any of those issues.

Me neither, I think you downloaded a counterfeit copy from some fake site. The original installer does not force the Adware installation. Also, for me it captures every link that ever passes through my clipboard, which I notice whenever I forget to deactivate clipboard monitoring...

I've noticed that some of my favorite apps are being hosted all over the place. I only download from the source. But I do like the read about them other places.

I aksed them in an email abt Sweetlm (I read a review in CNET abt the newest JD containing it). They didn't deny they had something in the installation, just said that they should monetize their software somehow after they offer it for free. I though a bit and decided not to install it.

well given that jdownloader is open soruce it's not that hard to fork word of advice avoid sited like download.com as they haveb been know to abuse installers and force you to install the cnet spam crap.

I aksed them in an email abt Sweetlm (I read a review in CNET abt the newest JD containing it). They didn't deny they had something in the installation, just said that they should monetize their software somehow after they offer it for free. I though a bit and decided not to install it.

Yes, it does contain Adware, but it asks you whether to install it, and respects your choice. A lot of free software uses the method these days. The original post was about the setup program installing the Adware despite having been told not to, which as far as I know the official JDownloader installer never did.

JDownloader is a very popular tool, and as others have pointed out, some sites get the official installers, inject their own Malware into it, and offer it for download on their own sites, which they try to make look like official ones. That's most likely what happened here. Download from the source, and you'll be fine.

I didn't downloaded it from CNET. I downloaded it from JDownloader.org, the official site. Full of malware. Had to do thorough cleaning and I still don't know if I got rid of everything. As a consequence of that I no longer trust the program and I will never use it again. It's a shame. It was a good app.

I did a quick search on this and it seems that you're right. However, it doesn't happen for all users. A German magazine tested this after some readers complained that the software (which the magazine recommended) tricked them into accepting to install Adware. They concluded that most likely, it is determined by your IP address, or just a random quota, whether you will get the Adware. I personally have never seen any, but it seems to happen for quite a number of people.

An update. I tried several other downloaders and I didn't find anyone that could come close to JD, so I decided to scrutinize the problem deeper. I downloaded JD again and installed it carefully, making sure to opt out of every additional option. I'm pleased to say that I haven't had any problems this time. The installation is tricky because there is not one but three steps that you have to go through declining the optional programs, and it's easy to overlook any one of them. This program is so useful and important that people should pay some money for it and I think they would. For instance, the official website could offer a version guaranteed free of all adware and options and request a donation of one or two dollars per download. There are millions of people using the program and I think that would work. I needed to make this correction to inform the forum and as a deed of respect and thankfulness for the guys at JD, that are making this great program available.

I agree, I think a clear distinction of paid and free but ad-supported would always be a better choice than these bundled offers. Although I don't see the problem in the bundled offers as such, but the way in which they are presented (as you describe). They try to trick people into believing they're an essential part of the program and that they won't be able to install the software unless they agree to install that as well. Sometimes you'll have to unselect three checkboxes, change a radiobutton, and then still have to be careful to not press the button that says "Next" or "OK" or something like that. It's dishonest.

Why not just be honest and say, this is another software that we think you might want to try out – yes or no? I also don't understand it from the advertisers' perspective. Do they really think that they'll be able to convince people to purchase, if they just tricked them into installing something they didn't want? They only thing they'll do for sure is ruin their reputation because people get annoyed and want to get rid of it.


Something new everyday

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Day by day I find new awesome uses of the same features of this download manager. It just makes me feel so powerful not having to directly rely on webbrowsers and websites to download content of huge sizes!!


Browser Toolbar?! Search Engine Replacement?!

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Strangely enough after installing this, even though I was not asked, my Chrome started searching Bing and next time I run FireFox I find a toolbar?!?! What a load of crap! This is no way to force your users to make you money.


Supports lots of premium hosting

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+Supports lots of premium hosting.

+Good download management, like links bundle.

-Heavy apps and slow download even when using pro account.

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Very good software for managing downloads. Lots of 1-click hosts supported. Constantly updated. Lots of feature.
Feature I like the most: Reconnect (reset Internet IP address)
I previously used it on Windows (XP, Seven) but now I mostly use it on Linux; works the same on both platforms.
Some people will complain that it uses a lot of memory as it runs on top of Java.
I guess java allows jDownloader to be cross platform and be developed faster, but java is bloated (same as .Net).
If you do not have a lot of RAM, I recommend limiting the number of simultaneous downloads.
Caution for Windows users: only get your download link from official site http://jDownloader.org


JDownloader is a lifesaver

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Without JDownloader, those fileshare sites would be a pain in the neck to go through. This program is a lifesaver, allowing me to do something else while it waits out those timers for me.


JDownloader is a great app

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A great app for downloading from File-sharing sites, can also work with other HTTP downloads.


This app is amazing

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This app is amazing for downloading from sites like Rapidshare, Megaupload, etc.

Love it, use it everyday.