Image Download II, Firefox Add-On To Batch Download Pictures

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 12, 2011
Updated • Feb 23, 2014
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

How do you save multiple images that are displayed on a web page in Mozilla Firefox? You can right-click every single one of them and select Save Image As from the context menu. That may be an option if this is a one-time event, but what if you want to save images regularly? What if you found an incredible website with hundreds of great wallpaper images, or other images that you want to download?

You basically have two options: You can install a Firefox add-on like Image Download II, or you can use a desktop application like Bulk Image Downloader.

Lets take a closer look at Image Download II. The Firefox add-on adds options to the Internet browser to save all images that are displayed or linked on a web page. The add-on offers filters to save only some images and not all, which is helpful in avoiding that navigational elements and other design related images of the website are saved to the local drive as well.

The extension adds a new entry to the Firefox File menu. A click on Save Images To opens a context menu with options to save images to a previously configured profile or a new one.

Profiles are configured in two tabs. The first tab, Save File lists the majority of settings. Here it is possible to create new profiles and link them to a folder on the local hard drive. Another important setting is the minimum width and height. Images that fall below those resolutions will not be saved which should get rid of thumbnails, icons and design elements. You can also specify file extensions which you do not want to save.

The remaining options can be used to include unloaded and background images, decide whether to create a new folder with the time and data for each set of images that gets saved and if notifications should be displayed when the images have been saved.

The second tab is all about exceptions. You can define rules here that prevent images from being saved. Available are rules based on urls, file names or regular expressions. Helpful if you save images from one website regularly and want to make sure that static images that would otherwise be downloaded on every page are not downloaded.

The placement in the File menu is without doubt not the most comfortable placement, especially if the new Firefox button is displayed and not the standard menu bar. The extension adds an icon to Firefox that can be moved to another toolbar or location for easier access to the add-on's functionality. This is done by clicking on Menu > View > Toolbars > Customize. Locate the Save Images To icon and drag and drop it to a visible toolbar. The icon offers the same functionality as the File > Save Images To menu. All profiles and setup options are displayed.

Image Download II is a handy Firefox add-on to save multiple images that are displayed on a website. It could use a history to avoid saving already downloaded images again.

Update: Image Download II is no longer available, it has been removed by its developer from the addon store. You can download alternatives such as Save Images or Image Picker instead which offer similar capabilities.


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