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JDownloader Reviews

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No longer viable and far less safe than previous editions. Switched to web interface and or browser plugins requiring for direct tracking of online activity... first, second and or third party. Ditch this and try something else that's safer.

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What is unsafe about it?


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.

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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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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).

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So, when you now go to download JDownloader, I think they have listened to the complaints and removed their installer ridden installer. When you go to their website now, they have a clean installer. I am glad about that since this is otherwise good software.

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15 to 17 hits on VirusTotal. This program is seriously infected.

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GUI with easy interactive mode. Build in with youtube, my.mail.ru addons works more well when logged in into the website.

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I never saw an application that takes so long to load. It's not a Photoshop it's just a download accelerator. Did the developer create it in Java?

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Best download manager I've ever used!
The main installer download contains bundleware, but AppWork provides an alternative installer without bundleware if you look carefully on the JDownloader website.

Memory usage (both physical RAM and page file) sometimes reaches 4GiB total if left running for days. This may be due to link-grabbing multiple playlists of YouTube videos.

Sometimes, a Youtube download will fail with an error saying the plugin may need to be updated. What actually happened was YouTube re-encoded the video so the old download (variant) stops working. This is annoying on low-end DSL which can take weeks to download an hour long 240p video.

I have very little bandwidth and applications lose connection frequently, so I can only pray JDownloader aggressively reserves bandwidth for itself to avoid this.
It usually doesn't.

[Edited by Voidsshadow, February 17]

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As long as you get the adware-free installer, this is a fairly reliable and useful download manager. Works with a decent number of upload hosts and is a great quick YouTube downloader.

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If you have spent any amount of time on the Internet, downloading things, you have probably heard of JDownloader at some point – and for good reasons.

That software has been around for a very long time, and despite the passing of time, the only thing getting old here has been its UI: functionally, it has everything you might ever want and is open source. Just be careful when you install it since it has a history of bundleware – but the app itself is perfectly safe.

There is also a host of plugins that will further enhance its versatility.

Note that there is another version, JDownloader2 which has a few more features and apparently doesn't suffer from the whole bundleware shenanigans.

As a TL;DR: JDownloader is ugly, but it will always get the job done.

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wish to be downloading different videos and files

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its easy for me to download videos that I want

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Great download manager with support for very many sites and offers additional tools and customization options (excluding a dark theme unfortunately). It also offers an adware-free version called JDownloader 2.

However, Java isn't exactly lightweight.

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