ImageHost Grabber is a free browser extension for the Firefox web browser that enables you to download images from image hosting sites.
Image hosts like Imagefap, Fapomatic or Photobucket are popular places to host photos and images on. Many blogs, forums and other websites make use of these image hosts to avoid huge bandwidth and server costs as the majority of traffic is shouldered by these services.
Users on the other hand do not like image hosts that much as it can be quite strenuous and unnerving to download multiple images from them, as most of these hosts want to generate pageviews for advertising reasons. This makes them place images on individual pages on their website next to ads and sometimes other unwanted things such as popups.
A user wanting to download ten images would therefore need to open ten pages to do so.
ImageHost Grabber provides a solution for several image hosting websites. The Firefox add-on is compatible out of the box with many image hosting websites, provided that the user updates the so called hosts file with the latest version that is available on the developer's website.
This host file is an xml file that contains information about the various image hosts. It basically consists of regular expressions that identify the location of the image from the information provided on the pages where the image thumbnails are shown on
A right-click on any page will display the Image Grabber menu entry which can be used to grab all images from that website. Image Grabber will check if a rule for the image host is configured and if it is it will start downloading the images.
Users who know they way around regular expressions can also add their own image hosting websites to the hosts definition file.
Image Grabber is compatible with dozens of websites including Photobucket, Facebook, Picasa, Imagefap or Blogspot. It is currently only compatible with Firefox 3.5x and not Firefox 3.6x although it can be forced to be compatible.
Update: Please note that ImageHost Grabber has not been updated since August 2011. It seems likely that it won't properly anymore in recent versions of the Firefox web browser, especially since many image hosting sites have gone, and new ones come. We suggest you use an add-on like Down Them All instead for that.
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