3 Best Download Extensions for Chrome

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A few days back we talked about the three best download managers for Firefox. If you are anything like me, then you probably like to mirror the add-ons you have on Firefox with similar extensions on Chrome. That is, if you use both browsers like I do.

Even if you have chucked Firefox in favor of Chrome, these three download extensions for Chrome should play their part. If you have your own recommendations, pipe away in the comments. But before you reach there, here are my three picks for download extensions for Chrome.


Chrome extensions

Downloaders is a Chrome extension that you can use with an external downloader program. It supports most of the well-known download managers and accelerators like FlashGet, BitComet, Orbit, and more. You just have to press Ctrl+Alt and use the (left) mouse to click the link you want to download. Though, I haven’t tested it out on all the download managers mentioned on the extension page, it works well with FlashGet and Free Download Manager.

The cool thing about this add-on is that you can use it to download files with any other program (even Firefox) by specifying a custom path in the extension’s Options page.

Download Master

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Chrome extensions

Download Master sniffs all hyperlinks on a webpage and helps you download all images, pdf, doc and any other file linked on the web page you are visiting. As the screen above shows, you can be selective with the files you want to download. The filters allow you to pick and choose the kind of file formats you want to download. But if there are a lot of links, I would advise you not to use this extension as it opens up an individual download window for each file.

Also, there’s no way you can cancel the download process once you have started it. I won’t say that the Download Master extension is great, though it saves you the chore of individually clicking on each download link on a webpage.

UPDATE: We’ve had to remove the third extension in this list because it wasn’t good enough. Both the above extensions should satisfy your download needs on Chrome, however, we do intend to add one more to this list once we find one which is as good (or better) as the above two.

Head to head, Firefox has much better download management tools. Chrome has quite a few specific extensions that are specific for sites like Rapidshare, YouTube, Hotfile, and their ilk. But not a really good download manager that could be called an all-rounder. Give us your recommendation or do you prefer to go with an external download manager rather than a Chrome extension?

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  • Mona

    Hi, I’m the developer of Download Master.
    Very glad to see that my extension is useful and got to the top 3 list.
    I’ve actually fixed the issues reported in the article above in my latest release.

    You are welcome to check it out

    You are also welcome to leave your feedback

    • DawnD

      why don’t pdf files in links show up?

  • snahz

    thank you somuch for the download master and youtube downloader this extension is very useful ^^ thnx allot

  • nadshez

    Downloaders is THE extension that I want but I did not dare install it because of the permissions it asks for .. and that is to allow it to access everything on my computer .. not just my web browser. That is a HIGH risk extension and I for one would stay away from it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sadiaafreenpariza.bithy Sadia Afreen Pariza

    buy idm
    use “IDM Integration” extention
    that’s best

    • Roma

      Any idea how to integrate it with chrome?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tradewind.rain Muse Tarekegn

    FVD Video Downloader, apparently, is an all-around download extension.

    • http://www.jonathan-dumaine.com Jonathan Dumaine

      Note: At the time this comment was posted, FVD Downloader was the shit and worked perfectly. Since then, however, they’ve embedded a bunch of weird, hidden social shit like ‘clickberry’ and after developing some other extensions I noticed FVD was passing around some very sketchy stuff with window.postMessage(). Uninstalled FVD immediately after noticing that.

  • Ragu

    Try DownloadAll Extension. It Does not Requires any other download manager application installed in system. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/downloadall/ajffocjdcmpgjmdfdfkdfdbkjafbkcke?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

  • N. Rajnikanth

    Download Master is excellent and very comfortable to use. very good user interface and fine tuning options are really great! but only 8 sections per download is not enough (mass downloader gives 99 sections per download) for broad band users, but you will not feel you are dropped off. pull your socks, it is one of the best download accelerators! Hey Mona! hats off to your effort!!

    • Pradeep

      how to integrate download master into chrome. I’ve tried it earlier. It won’t catch the video download on the filesflash.com web. Do you have any idea about it?

      • Zoe

        Hello, thx for sharing this tool, and I came across this web-based tool, which works with chrome very well – http://www.videograbber.net

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    • Leonardo

      Grab Any Media has been banned by Google because it’s too good at his job (youtube and all) but you can download it here http://grabanymedia.altervista.org/

      I am the developer, enjoy 😉

  • Ray Woodburn Jr.

    What is the custom path for the to direct the Downloaders extension to use Firefox’s download manager?

  • Brian Cooper

    So, are these free extensions? I find myself switching over to the torch browser (chromium based so it works a lot like chrome) for downloading just because it’s easy, and free. I worry about a lot of the programs out there because of spyware/adware…I’ve had some bad experiences.

  • Lry

    Hmm, I don’t know…I use the torch browser to do all my dpwnloading and it does okay. Probably not the best out there, but works great for me!

  • itmp

    Just found another extension: Chrono Download Manager. Besides managing downloads gracefully, it can also grab audio/video on webpage. Awesome!!


  • jacemace

    npapi is being phased out by google – I can not install the crx file for the downloaders extension on my updated chrome browser – loved downloaders when it worked and was integrated with idm. I even downloaded the crx file and dragged and dropped it to chrome://extensions/ – but chrome says it may have been corrupted, and repair doesn’t work.