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DownThemAll WebExtension now available for Firefox

The classic DownThemAll extension for the Firefox web browser is now available as a WebExtension which makes it compatible with all recent versions of the Firefox browser.

DownThemAll came to fame years ago as one of Firefox's many useful browser add-ons. The extension added mass downloading capabilities to the browser to download multiple files from websites. It supported filters and lots of handy features to control and customize the downloading in one way or another. You can check out our review of DownThemAll which we published in 2013 for additional details.

The author of DownThemAll did not port the extension to Firefox's new WebExtensions system that Mozilla launched in 2017 officially with the release of Firefox 57. The main reason was a lack of APIs to create a copy of the extension; with many APIs not ready at the time and some features not being considered at all, it looked as it DownThemAll was dead for good.

The developer made an announcement this month that a WebExtensions version of DownThemAll would be released after all. It took less than two weeks to go from the initial beta release to the first final release. Firefox users may point their browser to the Firefox Add-ons website to install the new version in the browser.

downthemall interface

The WebExtensions version of DownThemAll is not a 1:1 copy of the classic version. Core features, namely the downloading of multiple files from sites, filters, and some other handy features, are supported. Other features, e.g. segmented downloads, error handling, conflict handling, or speed limiting, are not supported because of missing capabilities.

The extension adds its icon to the Firefox toolbar during installation. A click on it displays options to open the settings and to download files from the active site.

A new interface is displayed when you select the download option; it displays all links found during the scan of the page.

downthemall download

Each link is listed with its path, title if available and a description. Filters are displayed in the bottom half of the interface to quickly select certain file types, e.g. images, videos, or archives. You can select files manually instead as well if you prefer that, or use the advanced filtering options to quickly select custom file name and extension combinations.

A click on download starts the download process; DownThemAll attempts to download all checked files from the linked resources. All files are downloaded to the default Firefox download directory.

The DownThemAll settings provide extensive customization options. You can launch them with a click on the icon and the selection of preferences, or from the Firefox add-on manager.

downthemall preferences

There you may turn the toolbar button to a one-click button instead. It is still possible to right-click to access other functionality that the extension provides.

The preferences list options to disable notifications and tooltips, create your own filter groups for use when selecting files, or change the number of concurrent downloads from four to another number.

Closing Words

The new DownThemAll supports core functionality and that may be sufficient to users who just want to download files faster from sites. It is certainly still excellent for that. It is clear, on the other hand, that the WebExtensions version will never be as powerful as the classic version of DownThemAll. For that to happen, Mozilla would have to extend API functionality and it looks as if this is not going to happen for certain required features.

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  1. John Wold said on September 1, 2019 at 9:30 pm
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    I think if the developer ports this to Chromium based browsers, some people will surely move away from Firefox now.

    1. owl said on September 2, 2019 at 12:14 am
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      Chromium’s WebExtension API is more restrictive than Mozilla’s WebExtension API and is not portable (Mozilla is separate from Chromium’s API and developed independently).
      The ones that can fully support the previous features are Pale Moon and Waterfox.
      Firefox users know that (uses Firefox’s fork spec), so the share won’t go down.

      Why Firefox Had to Kill Your Favorite Extension | How-To Geek(Justin Pot | November 18, 2017, 6:40am EDT )
      https://www.howtogeek.com/333230/why-firefox-had-to-kill-your-favorite-extension/

      A Classic Extension Reborn: Tree Style Tab – Mozilla Hacks – the Web developer blog
      Interview with an add-on developer (Piro) who rebuilt a very complex extension (Tree Style Tab) created on the legacy XUL platform for the new WebExtensions API
      https://hacks.mozilla.org/2017/12/webextension-tree-style-tab/

      What’s the WebExtensions API? | Browser Extensions – Mozilla | MDN |
      https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Add-ons/WebExtensions

      Firefox’s WebExtension API is separate from the Chromium’s WebExtension API and is not just a subset. Many Firefox-specific APIs have been established:
      Browser support for JavaScript APIs – Mozilla | MDN |
      https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Add-ons/WebExtensions/Browser_support_for_JavaScript_APIs

  2. DailyGhacksReader said on September 1, 2019 at 10:06 pm
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    Martin,

    Please use always default Firefox version interface because your screenshots instead of being helpful are confusing. Do it even if in some particular case this is a developer’s screenshot. I think many people think the same way I do.

    Very annoying. Thanks!

  3. Anonymous said on September 1, 2019 at 10:08 pm
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    Too late, already adjusted on another app

    1. Rko said on September 1, 2019 at 10:39 pm
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      Which is?

  4. Barton said on September 1, 2019 at 11:06 pm
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    Don’t do that. Don’t give me hope.

    1. Peterc said on September 2, 2019 at 6:32 pm
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      @Barton: +1 !!!

  5. SocialMediaGrandpa said on September 1, 2019 at 11:40 pm
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    Missing DownThemAll was one of the big things thak kept me from going back to Firefox. I don’t think this version will be enough to change that. But it’s better than nothing, for the Firefox users, I suppose. It’s still so sad to see what has become of Firefox.

  6. Amir said on September 2, 2019 at 1:42 am
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    1. Barton said on September 2, 2019 at 6:33 am
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      Functionality wise, sure, of course. But features wise I haven’t seen anything remotely close to what DTA used to offer. Another thing, probably a minor one is DTA is free while IDM is paid software.

      1. Amir said on September 2, 2019 at 5:31 pm
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        Thank you, Barton.

      2. John Fenderson said on September 3, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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        @Barton:

        In addition, Internet Download Manager only works on Windows and isn’t really integrated into the browser.

  7. owl said on September 2, 2019 at 1:57 am
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    > I don’t think this version will be enough to change that.

    Your solution seems to exist here (Articles and Comments):
    >> Firefox add-on DownThemAll makes a comeback – gHacks Tech News |
    https://www.ghacks.net/2019/08/21/firefox-add-on-downthemall-makes-a-comeback/
    >> Xtreme Download Manager is a cross platform, open source download accelerator – gHacks Tech News |
    https://www.ghacks.net/2019/08/01/xtreme-download-manager-windows-macos-and-linux/
    >> Bulk Image Downloader 5.0 released – gHacks Tech News |
    https://www.ghacks.net/2016/08/26/bulk-image-downloader-5-0-released/

  8. A Question... said on September 2, 2019 at 7:40 am
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    Does DTA handle accelerated download?
    I don’t see it anywhere mentioned still the extension is advertised as “speeding up…”.

    1. Cassette said on September 2, 2019 at 10:45 am
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      It isn’t able to do accelerated downloads in the Web Extension. It automates tasks that you would otherwise have to manually click and in that way it’s faster.

    2. owl said on September 3, 2019 at 1:03 pm
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      > Does DTA handle accelerated download?

      DownThemAll! » Features |
      https://www.downthemall.org/howto/features/
      Increase your download speed up to 400%
      DownThemAll features a smart download technique called ‘multipart download’. It splits files into multiple sections, which are downloaded simultaneously. This maximized use of bandwidth increases average download speed up to 400%.
      You can manually add or remove sections whenever you want during the download, and you can choose the maximum number of chunks every file is split into.

  9. Mike said on September 2, 2019 at 9:43 am
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    For me Downthemall’s chief benefit is resume. Broken downloads can be resumed with little effort, so an iso or lengthy file doesn’t become a waste of time. Does the article’s reference to ‘segmented’ downloads mean resume is lost? If so that’s a no go for me.

  10. ULBoom said on September 3, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    Haven’t used a download manager in years and they didn’t add much back then; exceptions were for sites that required a custom manager to work at all. Current FF has resume, downloads very fast if the site allows, so I’m not certain how this would be useful.

  11. Mark Hazard said on September 3, 2019 at 2:31 am
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    Does this actually work? I installed it, but found no way to invoke it.
    No little icon in the toolbar, not in the context menu – nothing.

    1. owl said on September 3, 2019 at 1:07 pm
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      @Mark Hazard said on September 3, 2019 at 2:31 am
      Does this actually work? I installed it, but found no way to invoke it.
      No little icon in the toolbar, not in the context menu – nothing.

      DownThemAll! – Get this Extension for 🦊 Firefox (en-US)
      https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/downthemall/
      DownThemAll! 4.0.7 (Sep 2, 2019)

      DownThemAll! » Features |
      https://www.downthemall.org/howto/features/
      As described in this “Features”, everything worked fine.
      There is also a context menu.

    2. owl said on September 3, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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      Postscript,
      In order for this add-on (WebExtension specification) to work properly, the latest version of Firefox (v68 later) is required.

      1. Mark Hazard said on September 3, 2019 at 4:19 pm
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        @owl:
        I have the latest version- v68.
        It didn’t work for me.
        I don’t do mass downloads – I just wanted to try it out.
        Thanks for replying.

      2. Mark Hazard said on September 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm
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        Postscript:

        I finally got it to work. I had Download Manager(S3) installed.
        When I disabled Download Manager, the icon and context menu item for Down Them All appeared. When I enabled Download Manager again, the other two items remained.

  12. Rex said on September 3, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Eat your heart out Firefox fanboys, I’m still enjoying the classic full featured version 3.0.6 on Pale Moon.
    – former Firefox user, 2002-2015. From when it was called Phoenix, and then Firebird before settling on Firefox. Pale Moon today upholds the values Mozilla actually did pre Australis – putting the user first by being fully customizable. After their announcement to dump XUL/XPCOM, I couldn’t migrate to Pale Moon fast enough.

    1. rickmv said on September 3, 2019 at 10:18 pm
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      Hang on to that pile of obsolete insecure Mozilla code patched together and struggling to keep with current web technologies progress, their code development progress consisted mostly when actually deleting lines from the old Mozilla code.

      1. Rex said on September 11, 2019 at 11:17 am
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        Yeah sure, oBSoLeTE and iNsECuRe code. Shows what you know. Let me guess, they’re ‘obsolete’ because their version is ‘only’ 28 and not in the high 60s? Keep drinking the koolaid and using your pathetic privacy raping Chrome clone.

  13. seytans said on September 5, 2019 at 12:09 pm
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    This is great news!. I’ve been running DTA in Basilisk, which is a security risk.. Looks like it’s time to give FF another spin with this new DTA.. Nothing comes close to what DTA does.

  14. Lloyd said on September 6, 2019 at 4:22 am
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    I need help with a detailed explanation of how to set the default download folder. Right now all the download files are showing up as icons on my desktop. I know there is a way to change the folder, but just do not see where or how. Thanks

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