Here on FILEnetworks Blog, we talk about Direct Download Link (DDL) forums quite frequently in our DDL Forums section. Just like private torrent trackers, these sites offer easy access to latest movies, music, documentaries, games, TV shows and pretty much everything else that leak online. A common characteristic of these sites is that they merely index download links – files are actually hosted on one click hosting sites such as RapidShare, DepositFiles, Hotfile, Mediafire, etc. This is where JDownloader comes in – it’s simply one of the best download managers for use with one click hosting services and is an essential tool to have if you rely on DDL forums to download large files (this applies for non-premium account holders as well). Download it, install it and watch JDdownloader pummel through multiple download links without user or web browser interaction at all.

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There are tons of good things that can be said about this application but let’s start with the basics – downloading a particular movie or TV release from a DDL forum. As you may already know, a single movie or TV episode is usually broken into multiple pieces (using WinRAR) and uploaded to one click hosters. Thus, each release has several download links and you need to download them all, place all parts in the same folder and merge them together to get the complete file. This can be painful and time consuming especially if you don’t have a premium account on whatever file hosting service you are using.

Enter JDownloader – with the latest version of JD, all you have to do in order to download a multi part movie is to select the set of download links in your web browser, right click and select Copy. The software’s built in LinkGrabber will identify the links, automatically check their online status and provide you with options to download the files via a user friendly interface (this behavior does not require you to install any browser add-on, script or plug-in– only requirement is to have JD running in background i.e. minimized to tray).

JDownloader Screenshot

Even if you don’t own a premium account, you no longer have to worry about entering captacha, wait times, etc with JDownloader around. It will auto detect the captcha with built in OCR module, manage wait times and eventually complete the download (all files) without any additional help from the user. Better yet, JDownloader can automatically merge and UnRAR downloaded files with the built in JD-UnRAR plugin.

There are tons of other features of this application in addition to the ones previously mentioned – some of the most notable ones are summarized below:

  • Support for over 100 one click hosting services including most popular hosters such as RapidShare, Megaupload, HotFile, FileFactory, Netload and many many more
  • Support for simultaneous downloads
  • Ability to avoid IP specific limitations with IP renewal feature (for dynamic IP connections only) – right click system tray icon and hit ‘Refresh IP’
  • Support for Metalink standard – specify multiple download locations for a single file
  • Support for premium account features
  • Automatic reconnect – right click system tray and hit ‘Enabled automated reconnect’
  • Password management – specify RAR file passwords when starting the download itself
  • Tons of additional functionality available through add-ons


Written in platform independent Java programming language, JDownloader is available for multiple operating systems including Windows, Linux, Mac-OS and more. Note that you will need to have Java Runtime Environment installed on your machine to run this software (if you don’t already have it that is).

[Click Here] to download the latest version of JDownloader from the official download page

[Click Here] to download the latest version of Java Runtime Environment (JRE)

Note: During JDownloader setup, you will be asked to install a browser add-on. This is optional and cancelling will not affect JDownloader installation in any way.

Now that you have JD installed and in case you are running out of things to download, check out our DDL Forums section – among the sites featured there (and the ones that will be introduced in the future), I'm sure you won’t run out of download links again :p


  1. Tobias Jansson // 4/12/2010 08:03:00 PM  

    Been using JDownloader for some time, it's a great tool. Use Flashgot with firefox and it's even better and easier.

  2. Yaya // 4/13/2010 02:03:00 AM  

    been using JDownloader for a while now, it is amazing. You absolutely need to have the nightly builds though, to do this you need to change a parameter to put it in nightly build mode. Make a blank text file within your JDownloader folder and put this line of code in it [java -jar jdupdate.jar -branch NIGHTLY]. Rename it to "whatver.bat" and double click it. Now whenever a site changes their captcha methods and jdownloader developers figure out ways around them you will have the immediate update. Good luck

  3. TEAM FILEnetworks // 4/13/2010 03:04:00 AM  

    Thanks for the tip.

  4. Steve // 4/13/2010 08:23:00 AM  

    Thanks i only wish i new about this a few days ago when i was downloading a ton of Fonts and brushes...

  5. grapher // 4/13/2010 01:18:00 PM  

    seems it has problem with

  6. Hiccup // 4/14/2010 07:46:00 AM  

    Just want to be sure Yaya, but you remove the [] brackets from that java code, right?

  7. Hiccup // 4/14/2010 08:02:00 AM  

    it's up and down with hotfile for some reason.

  8. Sam // 4/14/2010 02:08:00 PM  
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  9. Sara // 4/15/2010 05:30:00 AM  

    It's a bit of a Java resource hog but it works great and gets me free stuff so it's worth it :-)

  10. daniel // 9/22/2010 08:37:00 PM  

    how can i download from this site ?

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