Auto-Download Images from Image Shack
The following guide lists methods that allow you to download images from Image Shack.
I discovered a pearl script at Binary Hack recently that lets you mass-download images that are hosted on imageshack.us. All you need is the pearl script and the mechanize module to download images from the image hosting site. If you are running Windows you need a pearl interpreter, PxPearl seems to work well with this script for instance.
You can edit the code that not only jpg or jpeg images are saved but also .pgn, .bmp and any other image format you add there. The developer will probably add support for more image hosting sites in the future.
Update: The Auto downloader has been discontinued. An alternative for Windows is the commercial program Bulk Image Downloader. The program is not free, but you can test it for some time before you need to purchase it or uninstall it from your system.
Download images from Image Shack
Below is a selection of browser extensions for Firefox and Chrome that let you download images from Image Shack in bulk.
DownThemAll - Firefox
DownThemAll is a long standing browser add-on for the Firefox web browser that lets you bulk download virtually anything that is linked on a web page.
Do the following to download images from Image Shack using it:
Right-click on the page, but not on an image, and select DownThemAll
This opens the "Make Your Selection" window of the download manager. Switch from links to "Pictures and Media" at the top to get a list of all images linked on that page.
You may download all images, or only a selection of them. Use filters to download only select image types, e.g only jpg or png, or prevent that video files get downloaded.
Click on the start button once you are done to add all selected images to the download queue. They are now downloaded automatically to the download folder selected during configuration on the local system.
Image Downloader - Chrome
If you prefer Google Chrome over Firefox, you may find the Image Downloader extension useful for the browser as it provides you with options to mass download images from ImageShack just like DownThemAll does for Firefox.
The extension adds an icon to Chrome's main toolbar that you can click on to invoke its functionality.
When you do, you get a thumbnail list of all images found on the page, and options to download them all to a folder of your choosing.
The extension ships with a handful of useful features to speed up the process.
- You may set a minimum or maximum width or height, which is useful to block images that don't match your criteria (e.g. thumbnails).
- You can select all images with a click, select multiple images by holding down Ctrl while you click, or download individual images directly.
ImageHost Grabber - Firefox
Update: ImageHost Grabber is no longer working on ImageShack. We have removed the extension's link as a consequence.
Firefox users can take a look at the popular extension ImageHost Grabber which supports downloading images in bulk from Image Shack.
ImageHost Grabber (IHG) is a powerful utility that makes the task of downloading these galleries a simple task. You can think of it as IHG doing all the work of "open new link, right-click, save-as". But the functionality of IHG doesn't stop there.
The Firefox add-on can do more than saving images though, as it can create directories automatically, and download images chronologically and sorted by original page order, which is great to avoid all downloaded images being lumped into a single directory.
To use it, simply right-click on any page on Imageshack or another of the supported image hosting sites, select ImageHost Grabber from the context menu that opens, and there the "get all pics on page" option.
This opens a download dialog window prompting you to pick a folder on the local system that you want the images to be saved to. The downloading itself is automated, and you can lean back and watch the progress or switch to another page to start downloading images shown on it as well.
The Firefox extension is compatible with Imageshack. If it ever should become incompatible, you can either wait until the author of the add-on fixes it, or create your own rules to get the extension work again with the image hosting service.Advertisement