In our day to day job the use of internet is nowadays permitted in the larger companies. Software vendors store their manuals, white papers and software updates online so you can easily download it. There are two potential “problems” with downloading information

 

  1. Sometimes there are many download links and you want most or all of them (e.g. all the PDF DB2 manuals for DB2 10 on page https://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27019288#manuals).
  2. The file you have to download is a file that is huge (e.g. a DB2 LUW Fix-Pack on page https://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27007053) and with a single threaded http download this will take a long time. Many servers allow a multi-threaded download where each thread grabs part of the file. For example when you split a file in four piece and all components cooperate then the download will finish in 25% of the time. It is of course possible that one of the components will block you or limit you in such an attempt.

None of the existing browsers are going to help you with these two issues. Downloads are single threaded and you have to select the links one by one. Solution? A browser extension! I use Firefox as my default browser and it has a perfect plugin for my problem: DownThemAll.

DownThemAll is an open source and powerful, yet easy to use, Firefox extension that adds new advanced download capabilities to Firefox on windows, Linux and mac platforms. DownThemAll lets you download all the links contained in a webpage and much more: you can refine your downloads by fully customizable criteria to get only what you really want. Download all your manuals with a single mouse click! DownThemAll is also an advanced accelerator that increases speed up to 400%, it allows you to pause and resume downloads at any time. It fully integrated into Firefox and with each download you have can opt for regular download or DownThemAll. This plugin has been downloaded more than 40 million times! After you installed DownThemAll a webpage opens with some nice instruction videos. Like many open source projects

For those of you thinking “Great! But I use Internet Explorer or Chrome. Is there a version for my browser?” I have sad news: The answer is “No”, mainly due to technical limitations of your browser.

Want to read more before installing it in your browser? You can read all about this little gem on http://www.downthemall.net/. Happy downloading!