jDownloader it is one of the oldest and most used download managers. It became especially popular in the heyday of direct downloads, when the old Rapidshare (Rest in peace) and Megaupload (now Mega) attracted millions of users to their hosting sites primarily looking for free content.
This platform has many attractive advantages for those who use direct downloads, since it offers the download of multiple files in parallel, captcha recognition, automatic file extraction, link encryption, password management, format conversion and more. If you do not know it, we will present it to you, and, if you already use it, we will tell you some tricks to get the most out of it.
Make the most of your connection speed
If you have a very slow internet connection and you tend to add many downloads at the same time, you should manage the number of parallel downloads as well as possible. At the bottom right of the “Downloads” tab, you will find a button with two tools that allows you to configure the maximum amount of fragments per download, the maximum parallel downloads, and set a speed limit.
If your connection is slow, you should always allow only one download at a time and not setting any speed limit so that JDwonloader uses the maximum possible. If you have a good connection or are lucky enough to have fiber, increase that number as much as you want, and perhaps set a maximum limit to half the speed of your connection, so that browsing is not affected in the rest of your applications with JDownloader spending all the bandwidth.
Control your downloads remotely from your mobile
If you get a free account at MyJDownloader, you will have access to additional functions of the application. One of them is the possibility of manage your downloads from Android or Windows Phone thanks to the new mobile applications.
When you log in from the mobile app, you will have access to the status of your downloads, you can add new links, and even solve the captcha without having to use the computer. All the traffic that passes through your devices will be encrypted, so that only you have access to the data of what you download.
Integrate JDownloader with your browser
JDownloader has official extensions for Google Chrome and Firefox. Both tools allow us to send links, selections, and image URLs directly to your connected MyJDownloader account.
The extension adds a new option to the context menu that appears when we right-click anywhere on a page. With it you can download any image or full web page from JDownloader and receive notifications when you need to solve a captcha.
Download videos and music from YouTube
There is no easier way to download video or audio from YouTube. With JDownloader all you need to do is run the application and then copy any YouTube link to clipboard that contains a video that you want to download.
JDownloader will automatically add all the files available at that link to the link grabber: video, audio, images and even text. And it will allow you to select which ones you want to download. So if, for example, you only want the audio of a video, you don’t have to add the rest of the files to the download manager.
Download audio and video in different formats
From the link grabber, if you click the down arrow on each file discovered by a link from sites like YouTube, you will find a variety of audio and video formats to choose from, with details in the next column on the size of each.
A video can be downloaded at different format, resolution and frames per second (FPS), depending on what you prefer. The same goes for audio. This usually depends on the minimum and maximum playback quality available where the video was hosted.
Avoid downloading certain types of files
When we add a direct download, usually JDownloader shows us in detail everything that the package contains and lets us choose what we want to download and what not. However, we can create filters to avoid downloading some types of files that do not interest us (such as images and text in case we always download videos), or avoid downloading those that are potentially dangerous. For example, We could filter the download of any Windows executable creating a simple rule.
To create a filter, go to the Options menu, in the left panel look for “LinkGrabber filter“and in the window press the” Add “button. The first thing you should do is assign a name to your filter and then choose between all the available options, from names, specific file types and sizes, to the origin of the links. Then you can paste a test url and check that your filter works.
Browse texts for links
One of the common situations that many direct downloads face is having to download files in multiple places. Since many hosting services do not allow to upload very heavy packages, sometimes we find several links with the different parts. Sometimes we have to find a list of links in a text file, or even a list of links in a blog or forum post.
JDownloader does the tedious work for you. All you have to do is click on “File” and then on “Analyze text with links” and in the window that appears paste everything you want the program to explore. JDownloader will automatically analyze and add all the links that contain downloads directly to your manager so that you can select what you want to download.
Decide what happens to archives
By default JDownloader automatically extracts all the most common types of compressed files (zip, rar, 7zip), and saves them in a new folder that it creates in your download directory. However, the program allows you to have more control over this.
From the “Options” tab you can select the “File extractor“If you simply disable it, the files are never extracted. You can also change the default folder to one of your choice or you can decide if you want the compressed file to be deleted once extracted.
Disable link grabber temporarily
Something that can be annoying for those who use the program for the first time is that, as long as the link grabber is open and is active, absolutely everything that we copy to the clipboard will be scanned by JDownloader and added to the link grabber.
If you don’t want to close the application because you have active downloads, all you have to do is one click. In the upper buttons of the menu there is one in the form of a clipboard that activates and deactivates the capture of links from it.
Take advantage of reconnection
Some hosting services have a limit of downloads allowed by IP address. In many cases, you will have to wait a certain amount of time, or up to a full day to continue downloading files. JDownloader has a function that allows us to speed up the process: reconnection.
Most Internet connections use dynamic IP addresses, that is, that address is renewed and changes from time to time, or when we restart or turn off the modem or router. JDownloader can try to change your IP automatically at the push of a button on the top panel as shown in the image above.
Add a proxy to avoid timeouts
If the reconnection function is not enough for you to avoid waiting times in the sites where you download, you can configure one or more proxies to be used in the connections limited by the IP.
From the Options tab choose “Connection manager” in the side panel. From there you can automatically detect a proxy that you already have configured on your computer, or add one manually to the list. At the time of a download, JDownloader will use all available proxies simultaneously.