JDownloader for Windows is a free, open-source download management tool with a huge community of developers that makes downloading as easy and fast as it should be. Users can start, stop or pause downloads, set bandwidth limitations, auto-extract archives and much more. It’s an easy-to-extend framework that can save hours of your valuable time every day!
Mid-2012 there were complaints that JDownloader’s installer added adware without the user’s consent. The JDownloader installation contains adware according to several sources, including the developer’s own forums. There were further complaints mid-2014.
In June 2013, JDownloader’s ability to download copyrighted and protected RTMPE streams were considered illegal by a German court. This feature was never provided in an official build but was supported by a few nightly builds.
In 2011, JDownloader was superseded by its successor, JDownloader. While support for the original JDownloader still exists on forums, the official site only lists JDownloader.
Download from the best hosting services
Downloading files from file hosting services can be a time-consuming process, mainly due to limitations and slow download speeds. The many features offered by this program, however, allow you to bypass the obstacle and enjoy faster downloads in a smooth and easy to manage fashion.
As an example: jDownloader allows you to create very long lists of downloads so that you can download them in sequence, one after the other, or even simultaneously, meaning you can save lots of time.
Also suitable for less experienced users
Using JDownloader is easy. The first thing to do is copy the URL of the page (of RapidShare or any other file hosting service) that contains the file to be downloaded. Sometimes you find that large files that have been split into several compressed files (usually RARs) to make them smaller: JDownloader recognizes multiple addresses that you copy to the clipboard and “separates” them automatically. This means that you can copy and paste lots of URLs into the program without worrying about anything.
Once you’ve pasted the Internet addresses into the Add URL window, click on the Play interface to start the download.
If you don’t have a premium account for the hosting service you’re using for downloading, you may need to wait sometime (usually one minute) before beginning the download. In this case, JDownloader will manage the process without you needing to click anything.
Another limitation of the free accounts you get from some hosts is that they limit the number of megabytes downloaded per day. When you reach this limit, you will need to wait a while before you can start downloading again; JDownloader, however, allows you to get a new “fresh” IP so that you can start downloading immediately.
Just press the Get a new IP’ button (two blue arrows at the top right of the interface) and in a few seconds (instead of in a few hours!) you’ll be ready to start your download.
JDownloader For Windows Features
- Versions run under (Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac, etc.), and Java 1.5 or higher
- Can download several files simultaneously, over several connections
- Can automatically solve some CAPTCHAs with its own OCR module (JAntiCaptcha)
- Automatic extractor (including password list search) for RAR archives
- Decrypt RSDF, CCF and DLC Container files
- About 300 decrypt plugins for many services. For example, sj.org, UCMS, WordPress, and RLSLog.
- Supports “hoster plugins” for downloading from e.g. a specific one-click-hoster (1230 as of 2014)
- Can automatically acquire a new IP address to save waiting time with hosts which limit downloads to one address (1400 routers supported)
- The integrated package manager for additional modules (e.g., Web interface, Shutdown)
- Theme support
JDownloader permits you to configure its options so as to restart a downloading process after a predefined timeout period or to renew the IP (resets and restarts the connection).
Pros and Cons
|Re-assigns a new IP when needed
||Doesn’t always restore interrupted downloads
|Manages the accounts of various hosts
|Makes your downloads faster
|Supports multiple downloads
JDownloader For Windows System Requirements
||Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows XP
To wrap it up, this application is a valuable help to all those who often rely on web hosting sites to get their downloads, and who might even have Premium accounts on these sites. It lets you quickly get acquainted with all of its features due to the friendly interface, as well as offering pop-up tips for enhanced aid.