Album Ripper rips and zips image archives for you on the web - gHacks Tech News

Album Ripper rips and zips image archives for you on the web

Most web browsers make downloading a large quantity of images an unpleasant experience. While there are tools available that improve the downloading significantly, like the excellent Bulk Image Downloader for Windows, Image Downloader for Google Chrome, or Image Saver Plus for Firefox, it is not always possible to make use of them.

Say you are at work and can't really install programs on computers there.

Even if you have a solution installed on a system, you may still be interested in what Album Ripper has to offer. It is a free web service that enables you to rip and download image archives from sites such as Imgur, Tumblr, Deviantart, Flickr, 4Chan, Imageearn or Photobucket.

Best of all? It zips those images into a single handy archive that you can download to your local system with a single click.

album ripper

Here is how the service works in detail.

  1. You visit one of the supported websites and copy a web album url. The url depends a lot on the service you are on. On 4Chan, you can copy thread urls for instance while you'd copy tagged urls on Tumblr instead. You may need to browse around on a supported site for a while and test some of the urls that it makes available to find out which one is supported by album ripper. Generally speaking, if multiple images are displayed on a permanent page - not a search - then it should be supported.
  2. Copy the url to the clipboard of your system and paste it into the form on the Album Ripper website.
  3. Click on rip & zip and lean back. It should not really take that long to create the zipped archive. A 78 picture archive with a size of 62 Megabytes took a couple of seconds to complete.
  4. The download link is provided in the end and you can click on it to download the archive and all the images it includes to your local system.
  5. Repeat.

There are a couple of things that you need to know. The developer of the web application has limited single archives to 500 pics with the exception of Imgur which is not capped at all. Firefox users can download the rarchive extension for the browser to improve the process further. It sends the page you are currently on to Album Ripper where it is processed automatically.

Verdict

The limitation to 500 pictures can be somewhat disappointing to collectors who always want to download full image albums and not only the first 500 images of them. On most sites though you will run rarely into that limit. All in all though it is a pretty interesting option for Internet users who like to download images from at least one of the supported websites.

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Comments

  1. Harlo said on March 17, 2013 at 10:59 am
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    When I tried this on Photobucket albums, most of the time I get 0 pics inside the generated zip.

  2. blue_bsod said on March 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm
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    Ditto, because this type of program runs on a spider engine and most tumbler and photo bucket type sites saves same gallery images under different URL’s so spider engines do not work. Though this is a free service, thanks for sharing but not everyone would want a 3rd party to see what some of us are downloading (lol…).

    I myself use have been using batch downloaders which are similar to spider engine but they are limited to exact same URL sequences with ascending numeral or alphabetical labelling system. The only true program that does what this one does on a home site with changing URL’s I had to pay for (Bulk Image Downloader by Antibody Software). It’s spider engine automatically downloads and saves images and videos from thumbnailed web galleries, bypassing all annoying popups and adverts.

    It can also extract image information from regular text files (such as saved HTML pages or plain text files containing links) and web pages where image links are listed as plain text. We can specify any amount of images to stop at or set for unlimited. It can also search for specific images based on size, name, type or even dates. It was free to try (first 100 images) and I liked it so much I bought it.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/batchdownload-10837/?src=search
    http://bulkimagedownloader.com/

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