Rippit for Chrome lets you mass-download images on Reddit

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 19, 2013
Google Chrome, Google Chrome extensions

The image forums on Reddit (subreddits) belong to the most popular groups on the site. If you browse the frontpage of the website at any time, you find dozens of entries from subreddits such as /r/aww/, r/funny/ or /r/pics/ on it.

In fact, I'd estimate that the majority of posts making the frontpage are image submissions.

If you like a particular image subreddit a lot, you may want to download images that are posted to it to your local system. That's not a big problem if we are talking about single images, but once the count increases to a dozen or more, you may want to automate the process, especially if this is something that you do regularly.

There are quite a few options to deal with this. Reddit user fazilfazfaz has created a browser extension for Google Chrome that offers an elegant way for that.

Note: The extension is not hosted on the Chrome Web Store but on a third party website. It is recommended to be very careful when you install extensions from outside the store. I went through the code -- quickly, not a complete audit -- and nothing malicious caught my eyes. That's no guarantee that this extension is fully clean though, so check the code yourself before you install it.

Download Reddit images

The extension requests access to * only, and access to browsing tabs which I suppose is required to pull the data.

It adds an icon to the browser's address bar on installation that you have to click on when you want to browse the subreddit you are on for images.

Rippit scans a maximum of 1000 submissions here which is the maximum allowed. You can reduce the number -- highly recommended -- to speed up the process.

download reddit images

Note: You are not limited to individual subreddits, as it works as well on /r/all/ or a custom subreddit group that you have created.

The extension scans the submissions for images, and displays them all in a list afterwards. It won't download the images for you, which means that you need to use a program to do that for you. Just click on the "copy links to Clipboard" button to copy all link urls to the clipboard of your system.

All that is left to do is paste the information into a download manager of choice to start the download of the pictures to the local system.

If you have selected to scan a large number of submissions, you can make use of the "stop capturing" button to stop the scanning at any point in time.

Programs like Internet Download Manager or JDownloader can be used to download the images to the local system.


Rippit is excellent for mass-downloading images that have been submitted to Reddit. It works great on all image related subreddits including /r/wallpapers/, /r/earthporn/ and even on the raunchy parts of Reddit such as /r/gonewild/.

Alternative: Bulk Image Downloader lets you download multiple images as well on Reddit, Imgur, and most other sites where images are posted on.


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  1. lonelyman said on November 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    author, i suggest another extension Fatkun Batch Download Image.

    its a pretty good image downloader imo better than bulk image downloader

    thank you for reading, spread the love


    1. Blue said on November 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      You can’t say one is better than the other without understanding the technology or method behind each. Fatkun Batch Download Image (Fatkun) and Bulk Image Downloader (BID) are two methods of seemingly doing the same thing. But they are not. Fatkun is a single link downloader and only accepts what is on a single page or link very much like Download Master (which is way better than Fatkun).

      BID uses a, “spider engine”. All it requires is the master link and it will fan out from there to multiple directories and sub directories as deep as you set it to go, or as a max limit as the number of files to extract. It’s filters are quite specific like min/max resolution, min/max file size, date, partial or full name etc…

      I once logged into a paid image site and let the spider loose at their main page and within 4hrs, it downloaded the site’s entire 10M inventory (a 4Tb file server + 100M cable modem connection helps). Each got put into a separate folder so it would not be a jumbled mess of files like Fatkun and Download Master does (they default to the browsers default download directory).

      So you can’t compare spot downloaders to Spider downloaders, each are specific to their tasks. BID can find images on it’s own, whereas both Fatkun and Download Master require a given link and can not branch out from the original link.

      As for Rippit, I found it very similar to BID only it is site specific. Similar function and similar filters, but overall it can’t beat BID.

      For those who do not know… BID is a separate program that is launched via a browser menu link or desktop link. There is a paid version and a free version. The free version basically does the same thing as the paid version only there is a limit to both the amount of files and filters it can access. I paid for BID once I realized what it can do. I need another 4TB drive lol…

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