Download Plan schedule downloads in Firefox

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 26, 2014
Updated • Jun 27, 2014
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

If you have access to a fast Internet connection at all times, preferably one that you play a flat fee for, then you may not need to bother about when downloads start and end on the system.

If the connection is slow on the other hand, you may want to download files while the computer is idle to avoid that it impacts what you do on the system.

Another reason for this is if you have to pay for bandwidth but get unlimited access to it at certain times of the day.

Anyway, most users are probably making use of download managers to ensure that. There is the popular Internet Download Manager for example which can schedule downloads for you.

Download Plan is a new add-on for the Firefox web browser that provides a simpler solution. It allows you to set specific time intervals for downloads in the browser.

So, if you want downloads to only run at night, you can configure the extension to make that happen. It needs to be noted that you need to add downloads to Download Plan for that to happen. While that may turn some users away, it means that you can run downloads regularly as well at any time in the browser.

To add a download to the extension, simply right-click the download link and select the add to plan option from the context menu.

The second option that you have is to use Ctrl-Shift-V to paste a link from the Clipboard directly to the add-on's queue.

Each file you add this way is added to a queue which is automatically processed once the selected download period begins. It should be clear that Firefox needs to be open for that to happen. If it is not open, you can start it and downloads will be processed if the selected download period is active.

Download Plan accepts any link so that you can add html files, image links or any other type of content that can be downloaded  to its queue.

As far as options are concerned, it is possible to change the download time interval (only one interval can be selected), and also the download directory and whether you want to be prompted whenever files get downloaded for the directory or not.


Download Plan is not the first download scheduler for Firefox. We have reviewed Download Scheduler back in 2013 for example which works in pretty much the same way as Download Plan.

With that said, if you want more control over when downloads start in Firefox and don't want to use a download manager to ensure that, then Download Plan or Scheduler may be right up your alley.

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  1. qwertum said on June 27, 2014 at 6:01 am

    The new Downthemall 3 beta has a scheduler built in:

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 27, 2014 at 8:36 am

      That’s great news!

  2. Mozinet said on June 26, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    You should remove the language code and the source string from AMO URL. Everybody will land on the good language page.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 26, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Right, Mozilla is always redirecting me to the /de/ page no matter how often I select a different language.

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