JDownloader for Mac

JDownloader for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 16 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.9581
  • Total Downloads:
    876,804
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 25, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    28.95MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    666
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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JDownloader for Mac makes the process of downloading files from multiple Web sites simultaneously easier, but because it's Java-based, it doesn't blend in perfectly with Mac OS.

Pros

Free but with lots of features: JDownloader for Mac integrates with several download Web sites, including Rapidshare and Megaupload. Also, it provides automated file extraction and supports parallel stream downloads (if a Web site allows it).

CAPTCHA recognition: This is a very convenient feature that makes the download process easier. It works with almost every site, although it does not guarantee that all downloads will be successful.

Automatic file saving to assigned folders: You can configure the app to download files with specific file extensions. Moreover, you can assign separate folders for specific file types, such as MP4, MP3, WebM, and FLV.

Cons

Java-based issues: Typical of Java programs on Mac, you may encounter performance/compatibility issues while running this app. Also, it's easy to notice that this is a third-party application that hasn't been well-blended with Mac OS, at least when it comes to aesthetics -- it looks like a Windows application with the standard red-yellow-green buttons seemingly added as an afterthought.

Multitude of plug-ins/add-ons to be installed: After installing the application, you have to download numerous add-ons for specific Eeb hosts. It will be a quite lengthy process if you have a slow connection.

Bottom Line

The Java-based JDownloader does not feel as snappy as you would expect a Mac app to be. If you download files from several Web sites, spending time to learn this app could be worth it. But if you only download from YouTube, SoundCloud, and a few other Web sites only, you should look for another free downloader.

 
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5 stars

"Most powerful downloader for Mac; not for Grandma"

June 05, 2012  |  By cnethen

 |  Version: JDownloader 0.9581

Pros

Love this app but it's not for your grandmother! (tips/instructions in summary)

WHAT'S SO GREAT!?
Well, this can do YouTubes, DailyMotion, pr0n.... you can put in passwords and dump entire lists of hotfiles, fileserves, megas, rapidshare whatever into it and it will parse download them all for you. So yeah, janky interface, but soooooo powerful.

You just copy links to your clipboard and it will automagically queue them... then you tell JDownloader to download them all at once (unless you change the setting ;) ... it's just not really that straightforward if you like to be organized ;) See below.

Cons

Like I said, it's not something you'd just tell grams to download and install.

Just downloading this program is a little sketch because you come here to cnet and grandma will see that big link for "Clean your Mac" and download some malware instead of Jdownloader.

Love seeing all the different Youtube formats and qualities available but individually selecting and downloading them is non-intuitive and most people will end up downloading more versions than they really need/want.

You can configure the interface a little bit to add/remove buttons but yeah, this is the weakest part...

Summary

Here's how to use it!

0) Download
1) start the installer
2) if you've got LIttle Snitch just go ahead and allow any connection/server for forever...this thing has a lot of connections to make (it's aware of hundreds/thousands of sites with embedded movie/flash/media content)

During Installation
3) I would uncheck "make icon on desktop/dock" (just launch it from Spotlight as needed).
4) change the default save-folder to something like "-Jdownloads" -- this will kick it up to the top of your Downloads list (right-click in "choose a location" whitespace and choose "new folder" or click right icon/symbol which makes a new folder)
5) flashgot? I say "no" but you might like the integration...I haven't used it

USE!
a) any time you copy a link to your clipboard with video/media content, JDownloader will parse it in the background.... for the most part... it's got hundreds (thousands?) of sites ... if it doesn't auto-find content, you can paste your link into Jdownloader manually. The available media will show up in the Linkgrabber tab....

b) Now, it will split YouTubes into four different versions.... FLV, MP4, MP3, and WebM....and then each of these is as a different quality level! So you don't need all that. If I love a video and want it in all formats, I will expand the four sections and then command-click to select the ones I want to queue. So like I get the biggest FLV (flash format), webm (highquality web format?), mp3 (just the audio! perfect when you want to dump a youtube song into iTunes), and MP4 (highquality video).

c) Got those selected? Right-click and choose "Continue with selected" and it will just download what you highlighted.... you can configure the interface a little bit to add/remove buttons but yeah, this is the weakest part... I don't know if they've added a button to just download selected but that's what they should do ;)

Or even a shortcut to "download highest quality" which grabs the largest in each section....

EXTRA CREDIT
You can force/resume/reset stalled downloads...you can tell how many simultaneous connections to open....so on and so forth.

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1 stars

"Don`t Bother"

March 28, 2014  |  By seedcake

 |  Version: JDownloader 0.9581

Pros

Their are no pros when I was using it.
It din`t download one video.

Cons

Don`t bother with this i kept on pasting the link in the browser figures started to speed up then a message said could not find the url.

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4 stars

"Works great for Java"

February 28, 2014  |  By DavidRavenMoon

 |  Version: JDownloader 0.9581

Pros

I've been using this for years. It's a fast downloader, and grabs links copied to the clip board, and then queues them up. Don't listen to the nonsense about it causing popups and tool bar stuff... that must be a Windoze user posting, and those reviews are all copy and pasted with a few words changed.

Cons

It's a Java program, so it's a bit slow to start up. It'a also a little un-Maclike, but you can set the interface to not be too ugly.

Unfortunately it appears the maker of the software has taken down the website. There as a German court ruling that the software was illegal back in June 2013. So add-ons don't update and some plugins are out of date.

Summary

Not a bad downloader, but can be a little confusing for a first time user. Looks like it might be out of development.

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1 stars

"Downloaded twice, download corrupted."

October 20, 2013  |  By jbeezwax

 |  Version: JDownloader 0.9581

Pros

Cannot evaluate if I cannot download it.

Cons

Couldn't try the software because the CNET Secure Download file is corrupt.

Summary

Please repair the linked file!

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4 stars

"I like it but....."

August 27, 2013  |  By jenkinsalabama

 |  Version: JDownloader 0.9581

Pros

Work rather well.

Cons

No one else in my home likes it.

Summary

The controls and user friendliness need lots of improvement. I am unsure why the maker of this program made it this way for the general user.

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1 stars

"Failed for youtube vevo music videos"

August 14, 2013  |  By AnnaVoloshko

 |  Version: JDownloader 0.9581

Pros

It downloaded 2 out of 10 youtube videos I've tried.

Cons

Does not work for vevo - again waste of time. The look of program is terrifle and confusing.

Summary

Dont download this as this will no download even youtube videos.

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2 stars

"Confusing for newbies"

April 20, 2013  |  By Malina_NY

 |  Version: JDownloader 0.9581

Pros

I looks like it can do a lot!

Cons

Super confusing for non-techies. It look my not a very computer savvy friend good 3-4 minutes to figure out how to download with my tips...

Summary

If you are a heavy downloader, it could work for you. If you just download form YouTube, which is what I use it for, FrostWire is waaay easier. Just paste the URL in search box and download. It even took me a minute to figure out how to add a link... The UI needs loots of work, but the backbone is there.

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1 stars

"Installer is damaged when downloaded"

November 20, 2012  |  By captfantastic1

 |  Version: JDownloader 0.9581

Pros

None can't open installer

Cons

None can't open installer.

Summary

Can't open the installer so can't tell if it works or not

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1 stars

"Could not get my MacBook Pro to open the download file"

October 14, 2012  |  By John Toule

 |  Version: JDownloader 0.9581

Pros

Probably good if I could get it working. I am using Mountain Lion and running the latest update

Cons

The same as above

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5 stars

"Doing exactly what I wanted it to do"

September 26, 2012  |  By pdcomments

 |  Version: JDownloader 0.9581

Pros

I just downloaded and installed this with no problem. I've used it to download and save a few videos. It works great! I recommend reading cnethen's review from June 5, 2012, for some helpful tips. I tried to add a few tips of my own to the summary below.

Cons

I really don't have any complaints. It does what I wanted it to do. I have no idea if it's fast or slow because I have nothing to compare it to. Considering the price, I love it!

Summary

I read the review by cnethen on June 5, 2012, and followed the advice given. I stuck with the default settings on installation. I didn't need Flashgot because I don't usually use Firefox. So far I have found it easy to use, but I might have been a bit lost had I not read cnethen's review. I disabled the automatic URL-from-clipboard feature by clicking the clipboard icon in the toolbar (if it's not on the toolbar, look under Settings/User Interface/Toolbar Manager). Not every URL that I copy needs to be parsed by JDownloader. I prefer to copy and paste the links directly into the Add URLs window, which is accessed by clicking Add URLs in the LinkGrabber tab. When parsing is complete, control-clicking on a file listed under LinkGrabber lets you select it for downloading (choose "continue with selected link") rather than downloading everything listed.

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5 stars

"Good but not as good as its windows version"

September 20, 2012  |  By tomekas

 |  Version: JDownloader 0.9581

Pros

Good but not as good as its windows version

Cons

Good but not as good as its windows version

Summary

Good but not as good as its windows version

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 0.9581
Lots of updates and bugfixes :)
General
Publisher AppWork
Publisher web site http://wemakeyourappwork.com
Release Date April 24, 2012
Date Added April 25, 2012
Version 0.9581
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.3/10.4/10.4 Intel/10.4 PPC/10.5/10.5 Intel/10.5 PPC/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 28.95MB
File Name JDownloader09Setup_mac.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 876,804
Downloads Last Week 666
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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