Friday, August 19, 2011

uGet Download Manager, Firefox and Chrome / Chromium Integration, all Ubuntus

uGet is a fast, light weight and cross platform Download Manager which also supports downloading Torrents starting with version 1.8.0. The big list:
  • Free (as in freedom , also free of charge ) and Open Source
  • Simple , easy-to-use and lightweight
  • Supports resume download , so if you lose connection you don’t need to start from the beginning again
  • Classify downloads , and every category has independent configuration and queue
  • Queue download
  • Monitoring clipboard
  • Import downloads from HTML file
  • Batch download , you can download many files that have the same arrangement , like file_1 file_2 …. file_20 , you don’t need to add all links , just one link and the differentiating character
  • Can be used from command line
  • Supports Torrents and Metalink file (using aria2 plug-in)

But still, it isn't worth that much if it isn't integrated into your Web Browser, right?

Ubuntu Installation and Customization

uGet is available for all the current versions of Ubuntu through a Launchpad PPA. Simply go to a Terminal and run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:plushuang-tw/uget-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install uget


If you wish to use uGet for downloading torrents too, you need to install 'aria2' package from the 'Universe' repositories:

sudo apt-get install aria2

After installation, you can start uGet from Applications > Internet > uGet in classic Gnome or by searching the Dash in Unity.

For enabling Torrent support, go to Edit > Settings > Plug-in tab and tick the box for "Enable aria2 plug-in".

And most of us would like to start uGet automatically when we boot our PC. For doing that, go to System > Preferences > Startup Applications in classic Gnome or search the Dash in Unity and add new entry as shown in the screenshot below.

Firefox Integration

For integrating uGet into Firefox, you need the 'FlashGot' add-on. Install it from here:

Now in Firefox, go to Tools > FlashGot > More Options... and under "Download Manager" drop down list, choose 'uGet' as your download manager.

Chrome / Chromium Integration

For integrating uGet into Chrome / Chromium, you need to install the 'Download Assistant' extension. Add it to Chrome / Chromium from here:

Now in Chrome / Chromium, click the wrench button and go to Tools > Extension and click "Options" under "Download Assistant". Add an entry for uGet as shown in the screenshot below.

After you click "Add", you can either choose uGet as your default manager from the list on the same page or you can simply keep using Chrome's built-in download manager for downloading files unless specified otherwise as shown in this screenshot.

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