Download or stream files hosted on Mega with MegaDownloader

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 4, 2015

MegaDownloader is a third-party client for the file hosting and sharing service Mega that provides you with options to download files from the service and to stream online videos directly to the client without downloading those media files first.

Mega is one of the world's largest and most popular online hosting services that is offering free and paid accounts. Free users get 50 Gigabyte of free storage while paid users up to 4 Terabyte of storage.

The implementation of encryption used on the site prevents it from accessing uploaded files by users unless files are made available publicly.

MegaDownloader has been created specifically for the file hosting service, and there for situations where you need to download or stream files hosted by third-party accounts.

You may enter Mega account credentials in the settings but that is no requirement to use the program. What you do need to do however if you want to use it to stream video is to enable streaming in the settings.

This is done with a click on Options > Configuration, the selection of the Streaming-tab in the interface, and there the enabling of the "use streaming server" option.

Please note that this works only properly if a portable or installed copy of the media player VLC is available on the system.

You may change the default port and enter a password optionally as well on the page.

The program picks up Mega links automatically when you copy them to the clipboard. That's handy as you don't need to copy and paste the links manually into the application.

The configuration page that opens offers options to either add the link to the download queue, or to watch it online. The prompt collects links as you copy them to the clipboard so that you can batch-add them to MegaDownload once you have added them all.

The page lists several comfortable options, for instance to enable the automatic extraction of archives, and an option to add a password for those archives.

If you select "watch online" and have made the necessary preparations in the streaming options, you will notice that the client will launch VLC Media Player and start streaming the selected video right away.

All downloads are listed in the main interface with their name, size, progress and status information. A right-click on a download opens a context menu with options to open the directory containing the file, deleting it, revealing Mega links or open the file's properties for additional information.

MegaDownload supports common download manager operations such as limiting the download speed of individual files or all of them, increasing the number of parallel downloads and connections per file, or setting a retry interval for downloads with errors.

You find Mega-specific options in the program's configuration as well. You may add pre-shared keys for instance which allow you to download or stream files that don't contain the key in the url, and add so-called ELC accounts to MegaDownloader as well.

ELC, which stands for Encoded Link Container, are special files that protection against link reporting or copying.

Closing Words

MegaDownloader is a useful desktop program for Windows users who download files from Mega regularly. The streaming feature it supports can be useful as well, and the options that it provides make it a powerful, if not the most powerful, download manager for

Now Read: Our overview of general-purpose download managers

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  1. Henry said on October 29, 2019 at 8:38 am

    I use Allavsoft to download online videos and music from various websites.

  2. malcom said on April 22, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Hi everybody
    I used MegaDownloader, it was great
    It allows users to easily and quickly download data and files on the Internet to a computer. It supports downloading most file formats including compressed formats, videos, music, programs.
    This is the link to download MegaDownloader:

  3. nbaj said on June 28, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Here is the difference between megasync vs megadownloader

    megasync requires an account, and you’re capped with how much free gb, they give you. You have to buy the rest
    megadownloader requires no account and no limitations. you can download as much gb as your hdd can handle

    You choose

  4. Mio said on December 30, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    If you just want to download stuff from mega, there’s other alternative download manager:

  5. wybo said on December 7, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Ah. Thanks Martin. Then I will dl it. I love Mega and yes it is partially owned by NZ gov and Chinese investors but then at the end of the day we are all tracked. We can only minimize it by reading Ghacks and following up on Martin’s advice.Hehe.

  6. PUPHunter said on December 7, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Hello Martin!

    Please update your post, as I clicked the URL,, at, my Firefox 42.0 warned me that the link contains “Reported Unwanted Software Page!”. See this attached img@

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 7, 2015 at 8:26 am

      The download checked out fine on Virustotal.

  7. Don Gateley said on December 5, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Requires tracking enable to download. Fuck that.

    1. ilev said on December 6, 2015 at 10:53 am

      MEGA is owned by the NZ government.

  8. wybo said on December 5, 2015 at 10:26 am

    oddly enough when I click on the ‘download here’ words on the megadownloaderapp site I get a FF warning whuch states:’ reported unwanted software page!.
    Can I proceed anyway?.


  9. Xi said on December 5, 2015 at 6:01 am

    @Martin, you are leading readers to be victims of surveillance.

    Most techies already knew about MEGA is currently not under Kim, as Kim already told to users months earlier. It is under control of Govt.

    So, people beware of MEGA. Think before you download from MEGA links.

  10. Saber said on December 5, 2015 at 4:11 am

    You can download files on Mega with the official MegaSync Client too!
    There is a Link-Import option inside the gear.

    1. wybo said on December 7, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Thanks Saber. I knew about the ‘b’ option. You have been helpful. Danke.

    2. wybo said on December 6, 2015 at 9:38 am

      Yeah that is what I did yesterday. But folder links not supported and that’s what I need.

      Thanks though for your answer.

      1. Saber said on December 6, 2015 at 3:24 pm

        You can bypass it with the following guide:
        1) Open the folder link with a web-browser. Now select all files inside the folder and use the import function to import it in your account.
        2a) Now you can go to your account and export all single links which you want.
        2b) use megasync’s “download from mega” function and choose the folder which you want download (e.g. the import folder)

    3. wybo said on December 5, 2015 at 10:45 am

      I tried that but it will not do it. I guess it only will download one’s own Mega files. So no external Mega files.

      1. Saber said on December 5, 2015 at 9:42 pm

        It works but actually it’s not possible to download files which are inside a mega folder.
        Here are 3 images how to download:

  11. ilev said on December 4, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Not portable.

    This application will install MegaDownloader, configure the registry and download all necessary dependencies (.NET) automatically.

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