Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ubuntu Rapidshare Download manager

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The main reason I would use not to use Ubuntu in the past for all my premium rapidshare downloads, was I did not have enough knowledge of the software available. In fact I am still in the dark as to what is out there, so I decided to write this post and get educated at the same time. I know there are a few command line applications that will integrate with rapidshare, but I am trying to find applications with a GUI so the average user can get in on the action.


I have been using Tucan, as it seems to run well although it lacks any depth as far as advanced features are concerned. I am looking for a scheduled downloads feature so I can download large files during my ISP's offpeak times.

Tucan Manager is a free file sharing application designed for 1-Click Hosters. Fast and lightweight, Tucan is fully open-source and compatible with Windows, GNU/Linux, and MacOSX.

With Tucan's modular support for the principal Hosters, captcha resolution, interchangeable links, premium user accounts, and many other great features, you'll learn why users around the world are making the switch to free, open 1-Click Hosted file sharing.

Open a terminal and paste the code below


Currently MultiGet can only run in Linux, MacOs, FreeBSD. It can't run in Windows. For Linux user , if you have GNOME v2.14+ desktop with kernel 2.6.x, then you can run it directly. Just download the binary file, untar it, then you will get a file named MultiGet. It's a runnable file, chmod +x MultiGet, and ./MultiGet . If for some reason, you got dependence errors, then you maybe need compile it from source. The binary file is compiled under ubuntu 6.06.

Download Multiget here


FatRat is the big brother of SlimRat (or is it fat brother?) So what is it? Well, it's an open source download manager for Linux but not an ordinary one. Read on!

FatRat comes with many very interesting options. For one, it can download from HTTP(S)/FTP, RapidShare free and even YouTube. But FatRat can also download torrents, (it has BitTorrent support) has RSS feed support + special functions for TV shows and podcasts, support for SOCKS5 and HTTP proxies and even remote control via Jabber and a web interface and of course, a scheduler. FatRat has way to many options to list them here so check it out for yourself by installing FatRat (instructions further down).

The RapidShare support doesn't just include downloads, but also verifying links, decoding links and exract files from a RapidShare.com folder.

FatRat also comes with plugin support and for now there are 3 plugins available: integration with OpenSubtitles.org - easy subtitle searching, CZshare.com download and upload support and unpack or pipe RAR (and ZIP optionally) archives inside the application. You can check out these plugins, HERE.

I've seen lots of download managers for Linux, but I must say I am impressed by FatRat: it is very easy to use, lightweight and still has lots of really nice features.

FatRat is available in the Ubuntu official repositories, but that's not the latest version (not even in Lucid) so to be able to easily install the latest FatRat 1.2.0 in Ubuntu Karmic and Lucid, I've uploaded it to the WebUpd8 PPA.

To install FatRat, you must firstly add the PPA (note: make sure you check out the packages in the PPA first as there are some SVN packages there, such as VLC 1.1.0, etc.):

Open a terminal and paste the code below

Then install FatRat


Slimrat is a Linux download manager which can download files from the following online file hosting services: rapidshare, megaupload, metafire, easyshare, czshare, datahu, depozitshare, fastload, fastshare, filefactory, filehive, freakshare, hotfile, sharebase, youtube, zshare and many other including a direct download if there is no plugin available for a certain service.

Slimrat is lightweight, it can download multiple files and once and comes with both a GUI and a CLI. Another very interesting Slimrat feature is the automatic captcha solving based on an tesseract-ocr library.

To install Slimrat in Ubuntu, firstly you need to install some dependencies:

Then simply download Slimrat, extract it, go to it's src folder and open either slimrat (cli) or slimrat-gui.

Installation instructions for other Linux distributions can be found in the INSTALL file in the slimrat archive you have download.

You can configure slimrat by editing the slimrat.conf, which should be copied into/etc/slimrat.conf or ~/.slimrat/config


JDownloader is an ultimate tool for free power users of Rapidshare, with several excellent features.

Features Of Free Rapidshare Downloader – JDownloader:

  • Platform independent download manager that works on Windows, Linux, Mac and more
  • Free and Open-Source tool that runs on Java 1.5 or higher
  • Support for parellel downloads
  • Support for downloading with multiple connections
  • Support for free Download Of Youtube Videos, Youtube HD videos, Vimeo Downloads, Clipfish video downloads and Mp3 Downloads
  • Support for several languages
  • Support for LiveHeader/Curl, CyptLoad’s CLR script, Batch scripts, and even External files
  • Support for Reconnect with JDLiveHeaderScripts and over 1400 routers !!!
  • Decryptplugins for many services including sj.org, UCMS, WordPress, RLSLog etc.
  • Integrated package manager for additional modules like Webinterface, Shutdown etc.

If you are a free user of Rapidshare, then you may have to wait for 15 minutes after every download. However if you have a dynamic internet connection ( i.e. your ISP assigns dynamic IP addresses to your computer, everytime you connect to internet, rather than a static Ip address), you can perform a reconnect with JDownloader to get a new IP and thereby avoid wait times for downloads!!!

Free download JDownloader from this link and enjoy free Rapidshare Downloads.


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