MultiGet: Free Download Manager

“MultiGet” is a pretty powerful, free download manger that runs in both GNU/Linux and in MS Windows. It has a very similar functionality when comparing with other download managers such as: Axel, Aria2, Jdownloader, Uget, GetGo etc. The core program is written in C++ and the GUI is based on “wxWidgets”.

Now considering the Ubuntu users, the version of the package in the official Ubuntu repository is “1.2”. But in its home page, it has a never version (well, it’s last released in 2010 anyway) and it’s still at Alpha stage (“2.0”). Now the new version is a highly simplified one when comparing with the 1.2 stable release, as it doesn’t let you change any settings at all.

But I humbly suggest you to try those both versions, and I’m pretty sure the reason the 2.0 version doesn’t have a lot of options is because it’s still in development. But then again, I kinda like the never version because it has a more cleaner look.

Still, if you want a category, log output and few other additional settings to configure, then I think the stable version is what fits you the most.

The older version (has a traditional look) …

Few main features …

*. Supports both HTTP and FTP protocols.

*. Pause, Resume, cancel and delete downloads.

*. Shows the download speeds (in simple graphs) and a progress bar.

The Alpha version, there aren’t a lot of options, but it looks cool though! (sometimes, the speeds shown in its graph are lower than the actual speeds, I think) …

*. Add/Remove proxies.

That’s it for the version 2.0. But as mentioned, the 1.2 version lets you tweak few more settings such as:

*. Change maximum simultaneous downloads.

*. Set download speed limits.

*. Add/Remove file types from its clipboard monitor, so whenever you copy something in your web browser, “MultiGet” won’t automatically add it to its download list.

*. Add a FTP user login.

*. Change network timeout settings.

*. A small floating window for file drag-n-drop.

*. Change the save location even while downloading.

*. Has a log output window and shows you detailed info about the files in the list (speed, original link, number of threads etc).

*. Automatic MD5 Hash checking.

*. However, you cannot download YouTube videos or other streaming multimedia streams with it though.

Unlike with the version 2.0, it also shows the download list in a more traditional way (categories to your left etc) as you can see from the first screenshot as well.


You can install the “MultiGet” 1.2 version in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by simply typing the below command in your Terminal window.

sudo apt-get install multiget

However, if you want the never version, then please visit this “MultiGet” download page and get it. It holds packages for both Windows and GNU/Linux users (click on the folder called “linux_bin” under the main folder called “multiget_2.0_alpha”).

Only for the GNU/Linux users …

If you happened to get the Alpha version, then after downloading the file, move it to your “Home” folder (you can move it anywhere you want, but for the below command, I assume that you’ve moved it to your “Home” folder).

Then issue the below command (only once) so it’ll be executable (otherwise GNU/Linux won’t let it run). Make sure to replace “gayan” with your user name.

chmod +x /home/gayan/multiget

Now you can double click on that file to to open it!.

Any issues under Ubuntu Linux?

Surprisingly the never 2.0 version (apart from its “Alpha” stage) worked without any issues in Ubuntu 11.10. But the one that you get from doing “sudo apt-get install…” has a small issue.

That is, when you close its window using the “Close button”, although the window gets disappeared but for some reason, “MultiGet” still runs in the background.

And if you click on its icon to launch it again, then as its already running, it won’t open. But you can easily fix it using the below trick.

So, whenever you want to close the application, rather than using the Close button, click on its main menu and go to: “File” -> “Quit”. That should do the trick!.

Other than that, it worked just fine. But I suspect that this issue is something that you’ll see in never versions of Ubuntu (perhaps after the 11.04 and up) and the older versions might not have it. That’s it.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

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