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Download with Resume – gwget – GNOME Download Manager June 16, 2006

Posted by Carthik in applications, ubuntu.
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Today I found the perfect solution for downloading over slow or undependable internet connections. Though I already knew about wget, a command line tool, but it was a bit of a stretch to expect my uncle to use the command line time and again.

gwget to the rescue! This simple interface to the wget works really well. By default it resumes downloads when it is restarted. So if you are on a slow dialup connection and you want to download some large file, and can’t find a torrent for the file, you can use gwget.

Installing gwget is easy, you can search for it in synaptic, or you can do it from the terminal using:
$sudo apt-get install gwget

Once installed, it will be listed as “Download Manager” in your Applications->Internet menu.

You can add new urls for downloading and then close the window, gwget will then appear in the notification area as shown in the picture below:

gwget notification area

For more screenshots, visit the screenshots page at the gwget homepage.

If you plan on using gwget from now on, you should get the Firegot Firefox extension to make adding links directly from Firefox much easier.

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1. Abhi Beckert - June 16, 2006

Pretty much all mac web browsers (including safari) have resume built into their download manager. I would have expected FireFox, of all browsers, to have that feature?

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4. Jad madi - June 16, 2006

Abhi Beckert,
Firefox have download manager with resume capability but wget is more than a that
check wget man page
http://www.die.net/doc/linux/man/man1/wget.1.html

5. shorty114 - June 16, 2006

I think the link to the Firefox Firegot extension is to a gwget page. Thanks for the tip — I’ll definitely look into this.

6. hussam - June 18, 2006

Firefox download manager does not resume is connection is broken Or Firefox is closed and restarted.
Maybe in firefox 3.0?

7. xChiquete - June 18, 2006

Try ‘curl’ (http://curl.haxx.se/ or apt-get curl), another command line tool. It’s far easier than wget. No front-end needed.
Moreover, you can use Flashgot+curl as a download manager.

8. Varun - June 19, 2006

Firefox download manager needs improvement.
It has resume option but does not work well.
I am forced to switch to konqueror for all
my downloads.

9. Lou Quillio - June 19, 2006

`grsync` does the same for `rsync`

http://www.opbyte.it/grsync/

The binary in the Dapper repos is v0.1.2, but grsync’s up to v0.4.2 by now. Might be better off compiling. The newer versions display progress more clearly, and also show the command line options that correspond to the GUI options you’ve chosen. That’s handly, cuz it lets you figure out the rsync session you want using grsync, and note the command line options for use in a cron job.

Also, you’ll often hear `wget` and `curl` referred to as HTTP user-agents, since that’s what they are.

LQ

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11. Joaquim Leiteiro - June 23, 2006

Is there an option to open more than one connection per file to speed up the download (that is, split the file in several segments)?

12. smith88 - July 3, 2006

Cool, I’ll give it a shot in the next few days

13. orestis - July 3, 2006

i use prozilla for downloading, as it supports acceleration(by opening multiple connections to a file) and resume. It’s text based (using ncurses to present statistics) but there is a gui frontent that can be downloaded separately.

Those two can be found at :
http://prozilla.genesys.ro/

14. Borniet - July 4, 2006

Don’t be mistaken, wget is more then just a downloadmanager (if you can already call it that!). With wget you can simply download a whole site to your pc, or all pictures on a site or stuff like that.

15. zerohalo - July 5, 2006

I’ve used gwget, and used it with Flashgot, but I often came across links which gwget would not process properly, yet the same link with the simple “save link as” from within Firrefox would work fine. So I finally ditched gwget in favor of just using Firefox or Ta-da.

16. casa umbria - July 11, 2006

What about a similar tool in kde?

17. Alessia - July 30, 2006

I dont understand how to download gwget…can someone help me? and can I know if it resumes ALL?? even from host who dont support resume? because I have unstable connection and never complete a download =(

18. Ant Bryan - September 17, 2006

aria2 (http://aria2.sourceforge.net/) is another command line download resuming tool, but it can be used with metalinks (http://www.metalinker.org/). Some are available for Ubuntu ISOs at http://metalink.packages.ro/

19. Bruce - September 30, 2006

The server has to support a file seek in order to resume downloading in any case. Basically all of them do. Concurrent connections is another matter. I use axel personally, despite the fact that it chokes on huge(>2GB) files.

20. banti - September 20, 2008

fire fox has built in download manager . search for downthemall in firefox addons

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I think the link to the Firefox Firegot extension is to a gwget page. Thanks for the tip — I’ll definitely look into this.

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