Universal Share Downloader

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 29, 2007
Updated • Jul 8, 2013

I published an article about the software Rapget yesterday which can be used to queue downloads for files that are hosted on file hosting websites such as Rapidshare or Megaupload. Rapget had the problem, that the download from rapidshare for instance was not working if you did not have a premium account.

A user commented that he would recommend the Universal Share Downloader instead which would work much better than Rapget. I decided to give it a try and after fiddling around with the Russian homepage I was able to download and install the Universal Share Downloader which reminded me a lot of Rapget.

The application itself has an English interface with only a few icons left in Russian language. It works basically like Rapget, you add links manually to the application which in turn begins the download immediately or adds it to the queue when the maximum is reached.

The major difference that I was able to spot is that the Universal Share Downloader is displaying the Captcha from sites like Rapidshare as a popup prompting the user to enter the chars to start the download.

This means in turn that it is not possible to queue downloads and leave the computer for a long time because you will always have to enter the characters of the captcha.

HTTP, FTP and Socks Proxys are supported which is necessary for sites that have a country or download limit per IP. This is absolutely important if you want to download several files from Rapidshare for instance.

If something goes wrong an error message is displayed in the lower right corner of the application. My second download from Rapidshare for instance returned the error:"Server report: Wait 20 Minutes" which meant that I either had to wait or use a proxy to be able to download the file.

About the website of the developer. As I said earlier it is completely in Russian making it hard to figure out what to do. The first entry of Universal Share Downloader is the full program with all plugins and languages, the second is only the executable without all of them. If you choose the second one you will have to download plugins and languages separately to be able to download files from certain sites.

The first download link was broken but I was able to download the file from the second one entitled ac3filter.net.

Update: The program is no longer available. I would like to provide you with two alternatives though. First there is JDownloader, a very popular application supporting hundreds of different file hosting sites. Second, there is MiPony which does the same.

The core difference between the two is that JDownloader requires Java to run, while MiPony does not.


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  1. fffffff said on August 29, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    i am unable to get a link…
    and you can just click on the globe icon to change the language

  2. AugustoM Augus1990 said on January 27, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    I hace the same problem that “Ince”. The soft show a message that say “GET ERROR: Not Found” when a use MediaFire.

  3. Ince said on January 10, 2009 at 1:11 am

    It’s 3daysI ‘m not able to download anymore from all the sites queued, mediafire,rapidshare,zshare…
    the errorI receive is “Get error. NOT FOUND”?!? Not found what? I’ve queued more than 40 files recently uploaded.
    What should I do?
    Hlp pls

  4. me said on November 16, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    It says unable to get link

  5. nitai said on November 11, 2008 at 12:27 am

    I got the v1.3.4.9, installed it, but now would like to uninstall. However, I cannot figure out how. Please help.

  6. Ali Alabdullah said on October 31, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    you click the world sign in usdownloader and change it from there.

  7. eil said on August 28, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    How on earth do I change the language??

  8. bluee said on June 6, 2008 at 9:34 am

    latest version may be found at http://www.wincert.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=1065

    this program works but after 15-20 parts downloaded it did not work anymore.
    I cant understand this problem. could you help me pls

  9. Einsamkeit said on April 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    WTF !!! all in russian , that’s not fair

  10. Pitfiend said on March 12, 2008 at 2:43 am

    Indeed it’s a great program. When you run into “unable to get link” maybe you need to update your plugins. If you want to forget the capcha you need to install caporc (you can get it from here http://users.altupdate.ru/cap/?page=news/index.html)
    If you need the translated version use http://translate.google.com/translate_t.

    Enjoy and happy downloading

  11. asd said on March 5, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    I am connected to lan and using a lan proxy internet works(eg I am unable to use USDownloader for downloading from rapidshare.Plaese can anyone tell me how to configure it.And proxy also requires authentication

  12. Lyubi said on February 16, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    You cam get it here. This is new, fully automatic program that will download files from RapidShare and other sites . It will enter activation ticket automaticly. Here is installation program but it’s not in english. Anyway after you install it you can change language to english or any other… For people who have problems with installation: Just click: “INSTALL” then ” dalje”, then “Yes” then “Dalje” and “Exit” . After you open it just go to Language botton at the top and change your laguage. Have fun.
    Here is the link :

  13. good prog said on February 6, 2008 at 4:53 am

    Have used Universal Share Downloader, and with all the recent updates to the program it just seems to get better all the time. Def. worth checking out

  14. Shredder11 said on September 16, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    Great program that has problems with RS captcha changes. Great when it works though!

  15. jamesbond said on August 14, 2007 at 9:56 am

    The site is down! Where can I get it?

  16. dyasikecilku said on August 12, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    this is cool guys…!!!!

  17. Rogik said on July 24, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    Hey, I have exactly the same problem, I can’t dl anything I got a unable to get the link error :S

  18. Nuno said on July 10, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    I tried too to use last USdownloader, and i have same problem:”unable to get link”! Is it necessary to insert or change something in the option menu of the program?

  19. Roman ShaRP said on July 10, 2007 at 10:12 am

    What link are you trying to download?
    Maybe, that site is unsupported?
    Are you running actual version of USD?

  20. creetzie said on July 5, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Hi, I tried using USdownloader but I can’t get it to work. Whenever I paste a link it says at the bottom: unable to get link. Please help. I really want to use this already. THanks! :)

  21. Roman ShaRP said on July 2, 2007 at 9:10 am

    I speak Russian {second of my mother languages, first is Ukrainian}, so, if you want, I can translate some Russian for you, or send some your suggestions to author of Universal Share Downloader {great program, I think}.

    You know, Russian speakers is somewhat ‘closed’ community, English pages and English speaking are not very popular among them, instead they expecting other to translate there products and information in Russian ;)

    As for captcha. Early versions of Universal Share Downloader had two modules – “automatic”, with OCR, and “semi-automatic”, without it {and one more for premium accounts}.

    But Rapidshare changes style of captcha very often, and with any change simple OCR module was rendered completely useless. So I delete “automatic” module, and now don’t surprised, that it is discontinued. Too much trouble for too little help.

  22. Reactive said on June 29, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    well, there’s always Babelfish if you want an english page
    but yeah, not having the page also in english is a minus I guess

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