I'm a Gentleman improves Chrome's image downloading capabilities

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 13, 2015
Updated • Feb 22, 2016
Google Chrome

All web browsers support the downloading of images from websites. All you need to do is right-click on an image and select the save option.

While that works fine for individual images, it is far from ideal when it comes to downloading lots of images in your browser of choice as you have to repeat this over and over again.

While you could utilize the browser cache for that, as images are automatically placed in it when loaded, it is not overly comfortable as well as it contains all sorts of files and if images are not named properly, it takes a while to find the images you are looking for.

I'm a Gentleman

I'm a Gentleman for Chrome improves the browser's image saving capabilities in three distinct ways.

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First, it allows you to save any image you see on a web page directly by holding down the Alt-key and left-clicking on it. This works well for most images, but fails if images are protected by invisible layers and other protective measures.

If you don't like to use the Alt-key modifier for that, you may save images by dragging them slightly on the page. Just left-click and hold, and drag the image a bit to save it.

Last but not least, it implements a mass-image download option that you can make use of to save multiple images in a single operation on a page you execute that option on.

To do so simply click on the extension icon while you are on the page that displays the images. Chrome displays a prompt afterwards to allow or block the mass downloading of images on the page you are on.

A click on allow, downloads all images on the page to the default download folder. Please note that this means all images even

I'm a Gentleman ships with a single option to deactivate the drag to save feature of the extension.

Closing Words

The extension improves the image downloading capabilities of the Chrome browser in two significant ways. First, it improves the downloading of individual images by speeding it up. Second, it enables mass downloading of images but lacks controls to do so granular as it is an all-or-nothing option.

The mass downloader lacks features such as image selection that programs like Bulk Image Downloader or Firefox's Down Them All extension offer.

Chrome users who require more control over the downloading should consider using the Image Downloader extension for the browser instead which offers that. If activated, it displays a list of all images found on the page with filters to limit them to a certain width or height. In addition, it lets you download individual images from the browser or all images in one swoop operation.

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  1. Ian said on August 14, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Just a heads up, the ‘Fatkun Batch Download Image’ that you mention above seems to install adware, I haven’t installed it myself due to reading the many negative reviews mentioning this on the Chrome web store, just FYI.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 14, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Ian thanks. I tried it out briefly and did not notice this on Google when I ran a couple of test searches. I have removed the link anyway though as this was not a scientific test.

  2. Doc said on August 13, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    As you said, DownThemAll! for Firefox is a great tool for mass downloading that Chrome can’t match, especially if you need segmented downloading on a site that supports it.
    Firefox’s Tools->Page Info->Media also shows all images contained in a webpage, making it easy to download images that are hidden behind a transparent .

  3. DeleteCopyPaste said on August 13, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    GREAT extension, but I wish the text entry box was much larger than 22 characters. Between 50-100 characters would be more helpful because using the “{NO001}”, takes up 5-# characters leaving us with 15 or less if we use an underscore or hyphen after the name.

    It only downloads images embedding in that page and not linked images. Basically if the thumbed image address ends in a file format and not a site address format (html) then yes it can download them. But lately I’ve been finding I need to initiate the process twice to get it to work. But it sure beats R clicking and selecting save as for each and every image.

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