A multi-protocol & multi-source, cross platform download utility

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  • fooby
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    Wow, I have finally found the ultimate CLI downloader. I have spent the last day searching for an OS X alternative to the single-threaded wget and curl, that was multi-threaded and would handle HTTPS traffic, and I tried 'em all. I tried puf, which doesn't handle HTTPS at all, axel, which pretends to handle HTTPS but I caught it actually using HTTP instead (tcpdump is your little snitch friend). Naughty, naughty, axel, for giving us a false sense of security… That's worse than no security at all. Then I found the truly amazing aria2. It not only worked first time, right out of the box, handling HTTPS traffic flawlessly (believe me, I checked), but it downloaded files at record speeds--my full allotted bandwidth. I have been looking for a CLI alternative to DownThemAll for Firefox because DTA cripples Firefox and slows the entire system on my pretty fast 8-core Mac Pro. It just struggles to maintain a difficult connection, and I have plenty of those. aria2 handles these with ease and does not in any way slow my system down. The download speed is much more consistent than DTA too--no choppiness like in DTA when it loses the connection for many seconds. It just sits there in the background downloading away at max speed. Wow. Goodbye DTA… I used the following syntax to get these speeds: 'aria2c --file-allocation=none -c -x 10 -s 10 -d "mydir" URL' . Note that aria2c is what HomeBrew has named aria2--don't ask why, I don't know… '--file-allocation=none' speeds up the initialization of the download which can take quite a long time for a multi-GB file otherwise. '-c' allows continuation of a download if it was incomplete the first time. This came in really handy when, for some reason, the speed started flagging and I 'ctrl-c'ed out of the download and restarted it. It resumed right where it left off at max speed. Nice. '-x 10' and '-s 10' give 10 connections per server to speed things along. I suspect the '-s 10' is unnecessary but I prefer to err on the side of overkill. '- d' downloads files to a directory. To install aria2 on OS X, install HomeBrew if you don't have it and then type: 'brew install aria2' To view the huge man page: 'man aria2c'. The above usage is only the tip of the iceberg for this incredible app. I only download one file at a time from normal HTTP(S) URLs but it is capable of downloading multiple files simultaneously from mixed HTTP(S), FTP, BitTorrent, and Metalink sources. And the options are more than anyone can handle in a lifetime. As I said, the man page is huge. No other download client even comes close to the many uses and capabilities of this app. It is truly 'The next generation download utility' (as stated on the home page of aria2 on sourceforge.net). I have only scratched the surface. Kudos to all the devs who labored hard and long to bring this app to fruition and make it available for free to all of us. Great job!

    Posted 07/07/2014
  • nymerea
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    This is amazing software, very fast and useful

    Posted 07/04/2014
  • oevgeny
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Thanks for great job.

    Posted 07/01/2014
  • ryanhouse
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Thanks for Aria2, it's the best!

    Posted 06/21/2013
  • danieljohnson2
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Thanks for updates ;)

    Posted 06/05/2013
  • tfileme
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Thanks for good program!

    Posted 05/18/2013
  • apometron
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    What is happening? Cant download!!! D:\utils\aria2-1.16.3-win-64bit-build1>aria2c.exe <url of fedora> [ERROR] CUID#6 - Download aborted. URI=<url of fedora> Exception: [AbstractCommand.cc:304] errorCode=19 URI=<url of fedora> -> [AbstractCommand.cc:737] errorCode=19 CUID#6 - Name resolution for download .fedoraproject.org failed:Could not contact DNS servers [NOTICE] Download GID#ebd3e07dc743f20c not complete: Download Results: gid |stat|avg speed |path/URI ebd3e0|ERR | n/a|url of fedora Status Legend: (ERR):error occurred. aria2 will resume download if the transfer is restarted. If there are any errors, then see the log file. See '-l' option in help/man page for details. D:\utils\aria2-1.16.3-win-64bit-build1>

    Posted 02/28/2013
  • jonahbailey
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Love that its free

    Posted 02/14/2013
  • lapinpt
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Perfect cmd line downloader

    Posted 02/12/2013
  • hgmartini
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Extremely complete and reliable downloader.

    Posted 01/25/2013
  • masonarnold
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    aria2 is fast and stable

    Posted 01/20/2013
  • nolanromero
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Love that its free

    Posted 12/18/2012
  • josephburke
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    deseo bajar aria2 gratis

    Posted 11/10/2012
  • ryanpeck
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Great product aria2

    Posted 09/10/2012
  • ge2
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    simply the best, and also author is responsive, perfect support. This is exactly what I was looking for, thats why I am supporting this by small donation!

    Posted 07/12/2012
  • puszachafma
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Highly recommended!

    Posted 06/15/2012
  • resgoreres
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    All around wonderful.

    Posted 06/13/2012
  • tooldatherti
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Superb!)

    Posted 06/13/2012
  • netiterra
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Simple, intuitive, and very easy to use.

    Posted 06/13/2012
  • niebalotli
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Really good program, simple and useful. I'm satisfied.

    Posted 06/09/2012
  • berdepeda
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    always reliable.

    Posted 06/07/2012
  • maxxlavrinutr
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    I admire this program

    Posted 06/06/2012
  • szenkartisig
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Best program for Windows.

    Posted 06/05/2012
  • inizalca
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Very good project. Try the beta for Windows, its freaking fast.

    Posted 06/04/2012
  • misttrafluwa
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Thanks!

    Posted 06/04/2012
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