If you spend a few minutes setting up JDownloader properly, you'll be able to speed up this popular download manager. The following guide will give you all the tools for faster downloading with JDownloader.
Installing and updating JDownloader
First, if you haven’t already installed this program, you can download JDownloader for free from this website and follow these steps to install it.
Then, just open the program and select the option to check for updates. Although this is an automatic process, it never hurts to do it by hand from time to time, as JDownloader is continuously improving and adding new components which provide faster downloads and more stability.
Now it’s time to go to the Settings tab. There you’ll find the Basic Settings of JDownloader.
In “General” you can configure the way the updates are searched for and applied, alter the behavior when grabbing links and adding them to the download list or simply install FlashGot, an add-on to use JDownloader with Firefox seamlessly.
Meanwhile, “Download and Connections” allows you to choose the folder where the downloads will be stored, as well as the number of simultaneous tasks to be carried out (by default, the value “0” means that no limits will be applied) or the speed to be used when the pause mode is active. Default settings are usually recommended in order to download as fast as possible, but if something isn’t working properly, then try to tweak them.
Finally, in “User Interface” you can change the language, the skin or just customize the toolbar, amongst other things.
When it comes to set up JDownloader, this is one of the most comprehensive sections. In the one hand, with AntiCaptcha it’s easy to avoid the verification codes of most of the file hosting services on the Internet, as the program is able to decode them by its own in most cases.
In the other hand, Reconnection give us the choice to introduce several parameters to avoid troubles with the Internet connection, so there will be no need to restart a download if case of service interruption, while Passwords & Logins automatically adds all the passwords ever used to download from a particular server: a pretty useful tool.
Plugins & Add-ons
The setup of JDownloader ends with the Plugins & Add-ons menu. Here is where we can insert the details of our premium account (if we are subscribed to any service of this kind, in order to unlock restrictions and waiting times), or just configure other valuable integrated tools.
I.e., FlashGot for Firefox is used to integrate JDownloader in this web browser directly, while HJSplit and JD Unrar eliminate the need of using an external program to decompress any downloaded file.
Besides, if we want to customize the notifications that JDownloader displays, it’s very easy to do so in JD Light Tray.
Once the setup of JDownloader is completed, just restart the program and all the changes will be applied, as simple as that.