Simple Mass Downloader is a browser extension for Google Chrome to download any number of links from open tabs at once in the browser.
The developer of the extension was inspired by the DownThemAll extension for the Firefox web browser (which is no longer developed) which allowed Firefox users to download multiple items from web pages at once.
Mass downloading speeds up the downloading process significantly under certain circumstances, e.g. when downloading all images of a gallery from a web page, torrent files, or any other file type that is linked.
Simple Mass Downloader may be used to download links from a single tab or multiple tabs open in the Chrome browser.
Links means anything that is linked on a page, e.g. files, images, or media.
Mass Downloader displays an introductory page after installation and places an icon in the Chrome toolbar. The introduction recommends that users turn off save prompts in Chrome if activated to make the downloading more convenient.
A click on the extension icon displays the interface in an overlay. Hit the "load page links" button to load all links on the active page or the "collect links from open tabs" button next to it to collect links from other tabs open in Chrome.
Activation of the latter opens configuration options to customize tab selection and link selection. Options include collecting links from all tabs, selected tabs, or tabs on the left, and to filter links by text, origin, extension, or images.
All links, e.g. those pointing to png, jpg, htm, or mp3 files are displayed in the file listing afterward. You may use checkboxes to select files that you want to download or filters at the bottom. Just type a file extension or text to filter the listing.
Links are displayed with their name by default; a click on filename in the interface displays options to change the listing to URL, Text, Title, or Alt Text instead.
If you are interested in jpg files, type jpg to only display those files. A click on the image thumbnail icon displays all images as thumbnails in the interface; useful to pick the right images especially since thumbnail view displays image dimensions as well. Thumbnail view supports additional filters such as filtering by width or height.
Advanced users may use regular expressions by typing r: in the filter listing. Regular expressions may be used to filter files listed by the extension
You may add the selection to the passive or active queue. Files are downloaded immediately when they are pushed to the active queue. Files moved to the passive queue on the other hand are not downloaded immediately. Options to rename files -- individually or multiple files at once -- are provided.
Users may set different download directories for file downloads, e.g. an images directory for all image downloads. Automatic rules may save files to specific folders once set up.
First-time users may want to check out the options after installation to customize the extension. Options include adding local directories to the list of favorite download locations, setting up automatic folders, changing download thresholds, or to backup settings.
Simple Mass Downloader is a powerful extension (despite the simple in the extension's name) that you may use to download files from one or multiple tabs open in Chrome.
The extension works as advertised and offers lots of customization and automation options to make the whole process more comfortable.
Users who want to download images may notice that only small resolution thumbnails are displayed on select sites and not the actual linked images; this happened on Reddit, Google Images and Imgur during tests. The extension picked up the full resolution images on other tested sites, however.
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