What is jDownloader?
JDownloader is open source, platform independent and written completely in Java. It simplifies downloading files from One-Click-Hosters like Rapidshare.com or Megaupload.com not only for users with a premium account but also for users who don’t pay. It offers downloading in multiple parallel streams, captcha recognition, automatical file extraction and much more. Of course, JDownloader is absolutely free of charge. Additionally, many âlink encryptionâ sites are supported – so you just paste the âencryptedâ links and JD does the rest. JDownloader can import CCF, RSDF and the new DLC files.
So what does all that mean?
jDownloader is a downloader manager. The main advantages of this downloader manager is that it can read captcha (those letters you need to type on most direct download hosts as a free user), and it supports Download Containers (more about that later). It can also automatically extract the files from archives after you are done downloading. Handy eh?
So, if you don’t have for example, a megaupload account. You could copy some megaupload links into jDownloader, go to sleep, and when you wake up, jDownloader will automatically have downloaded a new file every time you have been allowed to (and no dummies, you don’t need to sleep for jDownloader to work, just a handiness example).
As a premium user it also supports lots of hosts, and can download with your premium account for you.
Another huge advantage of jDownloader is its ability to read Download Containers such as DLC.
A download container is basically a file containing the links to what you wish to download, however the smart thing about a container is that its encrypted. So the program can read the links and download it for you, but you can’t! So for uploaders this means that their links are protected against being reported and deleted, and for downloader’s it means that they can automatically download all the files easily just by activating the DLC in the program.
In this tutorial I will teach you how to:
1. Download a file from a link in jDownloader
2. Download files from a from a Download Container in jDownaloder.
3. How to setup your premium account in jDownloader.
4. How to create your own DLC Download Container to protect your links.
First of is getting jDownloader.
You can download jDownloader from their website in the link below:
jDownloader is programmed in Java, so you will also need java installed on your machine if you for some weird reason haven’t already. You can get Java here:
Install jDownloader on your system and proceed.
The jDownloader Interface
To the left, we have all the menus. There are five of them, and they all have different functions.
A short description of them from top to bottom.
This menu tab contains information about all current downloads. this includes information such as; how many download packages there currently is on your download list, how many links in total there is on the list, the total size for all the files on the list combined, a progress bar, a speed meter, and a total ETA for how long it will take to download. The main window to the right will in this menu display the progress of your downloads.
This menu tab is for adding download links to jDownloader.
jDownload automatically copies the content of your clipboard into the link grabber.
When you have added the links you wish to add, press on the continue button.
The links will then be checked to see if they are valid. The file name, size and host will be checked as well as availability status. To add all the links to the download list, click on the Add all packages button. If you do not wish to add all packages but only some, mark those you do wish to add and then click on the Add selected Package(s) button.
Another way to add links is with a DLC (Download Container).
To do so you click on the Open Containers button. This will bring forth an explorer window for finding where you have the .dlc file on your hard drive. Select the dlc and click open.
If there are any files in the DLC you do NOT wish to download, you can simply click on the file on the list and press delete. To add the links to the download list, click add all packages (or Add selected package(s) if there more packages and you only wish to download selected).
Next up is the configuration menu tab.
I will not go through all of these, but only the most important ones.
First is the Main.
Here you can select your default download folder, and choose to have jDownloader create a new folder in your download folder for files. You can also set how many downloads that are allowed to run parallel and set a download limit. (This can also be done at any time in the right bottom corner of jDownloader).
Second is Hosts
In here you can configure settings for various hosts.
Select a host and click settings to change some settings.
You can select which port you wish to use and CAPTCHA mode (I recommend leaving this on auto, this is what automatically fills in those letters you need to write in order to get the download link).
If you have a premium account for the host, you can click on the Premium Settings tab and enter your account information there.
When you have entered your premium information, you will note that there is a status down in the left corner of jDownloader that shows how much download quota you have left on your account.
The addons menu tab.
You can add various addons to jDownloader, but there comes one pre-installed I think deserves a mention.
jDownloader can automatically unrar files for you when you have downloaded them.
The unrar addon can be set to unrar to a destination set by you, to delete the .rar archives when its done and can be set to automatically overwrite existing identical files.
If you go to the Password sub-tab you can make a list of passwords that it will use on the .rar file if it has a set password. If there is a password and none is set in the list, or the password need isn’t on the list, jDownloader will promt you for the correct password. You can of course choose to close the promt if you wish to manually extract it later.
And that’s about it.
As a note. There is shortcuts to some function at the top of jDownloader.
Click the jDownload Icon Globe to get the drop down menu. You can hower your mouse over each button to get a description.