Free File Hosting Downloader

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 12, 2009
Updated • Mar 24, 2012
Linux, Mac, Software, Windows, Windows software

Free file hosting downloaders are programs that make it more comfortable to download files from file hosting websites like Rapidshare, Megaupload, SaveFile or Mediafire. These programs usually offer a handful of advantages with the most important ones being the ability to bypass all the advertisement that is posted on those websites and to queue files without having to sit in front of the computer system to activate the download once the time limits ran out.

FreeRapid Downloader is a downloader for several dozens free file hosting websites. It uses a plugin based system to enable support for the different file hosting websites. These plugins are automatically checked and updated from within the program's interface.

One interesting aspect of the file hosting downloader is that it is available for Windows, Linux and Mac if Java is installed on the computer systems. There are multiple ways of getting links into the downloader. The downloader automatically monitors the clipboard to become active whenever a link that is pointing to a file hosting website is copied into the clipboard. That's a very comfortable way of handling downloads unless multiple links need to be added to the software program.

The second option is available in the program itself. It is possible to copy one or multiple links into the interface which are then processed by the software. The free file hosting downloader will then automatically start downloading files that are in its queue. It can check for availability and will display an error message if files are not available anymore.

The options are quite extensive ranging from automatic update options to proxy servers to alerts and error handling. The main benefit of using this program is its simplicity. It works really well and the only downside that users might find is the missing support for premium accounts that are offered by some of the file hosting websites. FreeRapid Downloader can be downloaded from the developer's website. Check out the Rapidshare Search article for some options to search the popular file hosting website.


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  1. boris said on September 12, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    i’d like to point you to another great tool for downloading – JDownloader.

  2. Charax said on September 12, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I have, it would just be handy to be able to change clipboard monitoring on a per-service basis a per-service

  3. Joe said on September 12, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Have been using this for months as well, absolutely awesome program.

    @Charax: Why not disable the Youtube plugin in Preferences – Plugins. It won’t react to copied youtube links then.

  4. Charax said on September 12, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    I’ve been using this for months and it’s flawless.Before I found this program I used Raptor, which was good but only catered for Rapidshare, with FRD running in the background I can queue up links and batch-download them with no hassle (except for very rarely needing to enter codes).

    shame you can’t tell it to selectively ignore clipboard scanning though – 99% of the time I copy a Youtube link, it’s to share with friends not download.

  5. ncmooc said on September 12, 2009 at 5:56 pm


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