Download Accelerator Plus (DAP), Internet Download Manager (IDM) and Orbit are few of the well known download accelerators available for Windows. If you are trying to download files from HTTP or FTP links, these tools provide seamless download speeds. But when you need to download files from online file hosting services as free user or if you need to download a video from services like YouTube, most of these download managers fail miserably.
jDownloader is one amazing download manager, which can handle such scenarios smoothly. jDownloader is a free, open source, cross-platform download accelerator which I consider as one of the most intelligent downloader of all times. Some of the reasons that make it a smart download manager are listed below, but before we proceed, I would suggest you to download jDownloader on your computer.
Note: JDownloader requires Java Runtime Environment (jre/jdk) 1.5 or higher. Therefore, you need to install the latest Java version if you don’t have it already.
Things that Make jDownloader Intelligent and Probably, the Best Windows Downloaded
Here are some of the jDownloader features that struck a chord with me. Check them out and tell us if they lead you to dump your present download manager of choice.
1. Bypass Ad URLs
You can automatically bypass adfly or any other such ad links with jDownloader easily. When you add links (single or multiple) that are masked with adfly URL shorter, the tool automatically redirects all the links to the download page and gives you the final download page in the link grabber section.
That’s not all, it even checks if the file is available online to download or if it’s been taken down from the serves. Once you get an online confirmation, you can continue with the download.
2. YouTube Video Downloader
When you add a YouTube video link to jDownloader, it parses it and displays all the available formats for you to download. You can download any one of the available qualities in FLV or MP4 format. The downloader also gives the MP3 link in case you want to download just the audio track.
3. Support File Hosting for Free and Premium Accounts
jDownloader is the best download manager if you download files from the online file hosting services like Hotfiles and MediaFire. For a free user, all you need to do is provide the link to the page. The downloader will automatically detect the host and will ask you to accept its TOS. If the host has captcha authentication, jDownloader will provide it to you in the program itself.
Just add your files in the queue and the downloader will take over from there. For users who have a premium account, they can provide their login credentials under Premium—>Premium Settings. jDownloader will automatically log you in while downloading the file and download as a premium user.
4. Add Links in Batch
If you have to download large files that’s split in parts, you can add all the links in batch. You can either paste the links under Link—>Add links—>Add URL(s), or you could paste them in a text file and import it into jDownloader using Link—>Add links—>Add container.
5. Automatically Join and Uncompress files
If you are downloading large files like movies or games that have been split into parts using file-splitters or WINRAR, the tool will automatically extract and merge the files after all the parts have been downloaded successfully.
So try out the jDownloader next time you are planning to download a file. Although the downloader is designed for downloading files from online hosting services, you can use it as your default download manager to download any files online. Do try out the tool and share your views in the comments section.