Most folks choose to make use of their browser’s built-in download supervisor. Whether you are utilizing Firefox, Edge, Chrome, or one thing else, a primary instrument to handle downloads is at all times included.
The built-in download supervisor works but it surely lacks options that full-blown download managers offer. Let’s say you download a massive file; if the download completes with out errors, nice, however for those who run into any errors (server-side subject, or your web connection), your browser will merely cease the download with a failed tag subsequent to the filename. There could also be no approach to resume the download and you have to start out it from scratch.
This is the place having a download supervisor may be of nice assist. It can try to resume the download, pace downloads up, and supply higher manageability and group choices.
Tip: you may additionally need to use a download manager if you download from China.
Xtreme Download Manager is an open source download accelerator
Xtreme Download Manager is a download supervisor, and it is obtainable for Windows, macOS and Linux and works with all main browsers.
The official web page for this system says it will probably speed up the download pace by as much as 500%. I am simply going to say this right here, the one approach to enhance your web pace is by getting a higher (costlier) connection and use a wired connection as a substitute of Wi-Fi. That being mentioned, once I tried XDM, the speeds had been certainly a bit quicker than Firefox’s (or every other browser’s) download supervisor. For the value of free, it is fairly spectacular.
Let’s take a look at that declare
For testing functions I downloaded a number of information and movies in Firefox and XDM. My laptop computer’s wi-fi adapter is shoddy, so the downloads had been averaging at about 3MB/sec and the height pace was simply over four MB/sec within the browser.
When I attempted it on XDM the consequence was barely higher; the common pace was round 4MB/sec whereas the height pace was round 5.5MB/sec. The distinction within the pace was about 22% however mileage varies as a number of components such because the server load and pace, and the pace of the Internet connection.
Wired LAN is often quicker, so listed here are the XDM take a look at outcomes from the wired connection. Peak Speed – About 36 MB/sec averaging within the 18-20 vary. Internet Download Manager delivered barely greater common speeds at 22MB/s, whereas Firefox disappointingly averaged at 12MB/s.
Forget the height speeds, the common pace is what’s necessary. So, does utilizing XDM make a distinction? Yes, it is higher than the pace that you just get out of your browser, and if you do not have a download supervisor I would undoubtedly suggest XDM. Again, mileage varies and you do not know how helpful (or not) a download supervisor is till you gave it a strive.
XDM Browser Monitor
When you put in Xtreme Download Manager and run it, you will notice some choices to put in the browser add-on which is referred to as XDM Browser Monitor. The extension is obtainable on Mozilla’s repository and the Chrome Web Store which implies you possibly can set up it on any Firefox based mostly or Chromium based mostly browser. XDM makes use of the Browser Monitor to seize the URLs to download the file.
The GUI of Xtreme Download Manager has a darkish theme with flat icons just like Metro UI. The interface contains a menu bar, a tab bar, a search field, a aspect bar and a toolbar.
Download choices in XDM
The best approach to download information utilizing Xtreme Download Manager is clearly to make use of the net browser and choosing the download possibility. But, the File menu has a few different choices. You can manually add a URL to download a file or add one from the clipboard. There is even a batch download possibility which you should use for downloading a number of information without delay.
The Downloads menu in XDM can be utilized to pause, resume or restart a download. It additionally has a job scheduler, which lets you set the URLs in a queue and begin/cease it at a time and date of your alternative.
Tip: The Queue menu is relatively lengthy and the toolbar on the underside overlaps the menu. Either use XDM in maximized mode or use the vertical scroll-bar to navigate to the settings within the menu.
You can configure the Xtreme Download Manager settings from the Tools menu. This contains choosing the download folder, most variety of simultaneous downloads, overwrite current information possibility and a few different Network, Scheduler, Password Manager choices. You may also set XDM to make your antivirus scan every downloaded file and outline exceptions from the Advanced Settings.
XDM locations the downloaded information in numerous folders (Documents, Compressed, Music, Video and Programs) based mostly on the file’s extension. For e.g TXT or DOCX are saved to paperwork, MP3 or FLAC to the music folder, and so forth. This is precisely how IDM handles downloads too. You can change the folders for every class from the Tools> Options menu.
Xtreme Download Manager can refresh the hyperlink for a download, similar to IDM. This is helpful for resuming time-limited downloads and in any other case downloads that do not help resume. You can set a pace restrict for the downloads if you do not need this system to make use of all of your bandwidth.
The toolbar on the underside can be utilized to
- Start a new download
- Delete downloaded information
- Pause/Resume downloads
- Access the settings
- Run the built-in video downloader and video converter
Downloading a video utilizing XDM is easy. Go to the net web page which accommodates the video and you will notice an choice to download the video supplied that you’ve got put in the extension. Click it and decide a decision from the checklist and XDM does the remaining. You may also manually begin the built-in video downloader in XDM and paste a video’s URL.
If you’ve got an account/subscription with the service you might be downloading the video from, you possibly can enter your credentials in this system. This step is solely needed in case the streaming service prevents unregistered customers from accessing the movies.
The video converter did not work for me once I clicked it. Perhaps it is designed to solely work when downloading movies via this system. Go to a video’s web page and click on download, a pop-up ought to seem prompting you to pick out the place to avoid wasting the file. It additionally has an choice to “Convert” the video. The codecs which XDM can covert to are: 3GP, 3G2, MP4, MP4 HQ and MP3. When I examined this, the resultant movies had been fantastic.
I used to be barely shocked that Xtreme Download Manager does every thing that IDM can do. Sure there are a few bugs right here and there, however for the value of free, I’ve no complaints. A conveyable model of XDM is obtainable on SourceForge.
As a very long time consumer of Internet Download Manager (I paid for 2 licenses about 5 years in the past), I’ve no regrets about my resolution. It nonetheless is the most effective, for my part. I would nonetheless maintain XDM on the laptop computer.
Now You: Which download supervisor do you utilize?