4Chan.org Image Downloader

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 6, 2012
Updated • Nov 20, 2012

If you are a regular on the 4chan.org website you probably have discovered lots of great images and photos on there. 4chan is notorious for its adult section where there are almost no rules as to what can be posted, and what cannot be. But the site has more to offer than that, a large Japanese culture section for instance with anime and related boards, creative boards and interest based boards. The majority of boards on 4Chan are not adult related.

One of the issues that you may come upon on the site is that it is kinda hard to keep track of a particular thread you are interested in. You can keep the thread open in your browser and refresh it manually, or bookmark it to open it at a later time. There is however no option to download all images posted in a thread on the site, unless you happen to have the right third party tools at your disposal.

4Chan Image Downloader is such a program. The software, available for the Windows operating system, lets you download all images from a 4Chan thread and monitor that thread for new images after all of the images have been downloaded to the computer.

4chan image downloader

You need to select a board and thread number manually, or use the get from clipboard option after you have copied a 4Chan thread url to the Clipboard of your computer. The only other options that you have are the selection of the download folder on your local system, and whether you want to monitor that thread for new images or not. If you do, you can configure the monitoring interval as well.

The program displays all images as thumbnails in the interface and begins the download automatically afterwards. If you have selected to monitor the thread, you cannot use the program for anything else. There is no option to monitor multiple threads at the same time, or continue downloading from other threads while you monitor one.

If you download images regularly on 4chan, you might like to test drive the 4Chan Image Downloader application to semi-automate the downloads.


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  1. Dark Chesh said on March 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Hey guys, I’m dark chesh and I just found this article. Just a little something you should add is the old dev of this software is inactive. I have taken over the project in a different fork. I have updated all the new boards and cleaned up the gui. I will be updating it constantly. Feel free to check it out at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/fourcid2/

    1. Activist said on December 20, 2013 at 1:12 am

      Why haven’t you fixed the problems that have and still do exist?

      #1 Throw out all pre-settings associated with the board selection function. This eliminates an update needing to be made by you when ever a board is added, and also eliminates the uninstalling of the old version and re-installation of the new updated version by every program when a new update is released.

      #2 and the most important thing, make the program more versatile by unlocking it from just IChan use. Allow users to input the web address of what ever Chan board they wish. There are hundreds of thousands of Chan boards aside from the IChan board on the internet, why limit yourself to just one? You’re severely limiting your user base by doing that.

      #3 up the minimum thread re-scanning process to 5 mins at minimum and 24 hours at maximum. The program cannot handle more than one thread at a time as it is, so if there’s any traffic load on Chan servers, the program can’t finish one thread scan before it’s already starting another one. This causes error outs, and unneeded hassle to program users. Not to mention avoiding unneeded loads on Chan board servers already experiencing high loads.

      If you no longer wish to pursue this project turn it over to me and I will take it to the next level.

  2. Genious said on March 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    How many threads can it monitor at once as chanthreadwatch handles as many as you want but has no thumbnail option.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on March 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      It handles one per process.

      1. Genious said on March 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm

        Gotcha, thanks. Keep up the good work.

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