Xtreme Download Manager – saves streaming videos, accelerates downloads

It's preferred to use a dedicated download manager for efficient downloads rather than using your browser download page. Xtreme Download Manager is a great open-source choice for Linux users.

Downloading files from the internet is a part of the daily routine of the users. Work-related documents, assignments, projects, images, videos, etc. are part of the download routine. Especially for us Linux geeks, its often Linux distributions on the downloads page.

For all these downloads, we always try to make sure they finish as fast as possible. This becomes a necessity if you’re on a slow network. Other than that, there is always the threat of a big file crashing through the download process, and having to start it again. So what to do about it? Try Xtreme Download Manager.

Xtreme Download Manager lets you control your downloads efficiently with many additional features. As for speed, it claims to gain up to 5 times the usual speed, but just like no free energy can be generated, a download manager can’t tap a speed more than the internet speed allocated by your ISP. It’s just that XDM segments downloaded files dynamically during download process and reuses available connections without additional connect and login stages to achieve best acceleration performance.

Let’s go through Xtreme Download Manager features.

Xtreme Download Manager Features

1. Modern and simple interface

XDM comes with a clean and complete interface. Downloads are all categorized, and the files you download will go into the categories as they finish. Three tabs are available for viewing, one for ‘All‘ downloads, one for ‘Complete‘ ones and one for ‘Incomplete‘ ones. It helps you keep the downloads uncluttered.

A simple on/off toggle button is provided to enable/disable browser monitoring. Other than that, ‘File‘ options, ‘Download‘ options, ‘Tools’, and ‘Help‘ options are provided in the top bar.

XDM Interface
XDM Interface

2. Browser Integration

XDM supports a wide range of browsers. Major ones like Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi, etc. are listed right at the front, and other than that, some Chromium bases browsers (eg.: SRWare Iron) and some Firefox based browsers (like Iceweasel) are supported too.

XDM browser support
XDM browser support

Once you integrate XDM with your browser, it will automatically redirect all downloads to the manager, helping the users manage their downloads very conveniently. The following image gives a comprehensive list of the supported formats.

Auto-download formats
Auto-download formats

3. Download Streaming Video

You can even download any videos that you stream on the integrated browser. For every video that you play, your browser will prompt you with an option to download it with XDM. It allows users to save any video to their systems, irrespective of the source website or content.

Video download option
Video download option

If given the link, it can even download a whole playlist. By going into ‘File‘ -> ‘Download Video‘, and providing the playlist’s link, users can get the list of the videos on that playlist. Now with a simple check-uncheck interface, users can choose to download some of the videos or all of the videos of the playlist.

Playlist download
Playlist download

4. Download Options

When downloading directly from the browser, XDM provides some basic download options for easy and quick configuration. The options include the destination directory setting, conversion of the format (in case of videos), and a feature to enable delayed downloading of the file.

5. Built-in Media Converter

XDM provides a built-in media converter. The converter is adequate and provides many options for conversion. Other than that, it provides ways to change some properties of the video, such as the frame rate, audio/video codec, resolution, aspect ratio, sampling rate, etc. The available conversion options are all that the majority of the users would require.

XDM Media converter
XDM Media converter

6. Downloads Scheduler

Users can manage the queue of the present downloads in the order of their priorities. The downloads will be done in the given order. After being added to XDM, users can manage the queue by going into the ‘Downloads‘ option on the menu bar, and clicking on ‘Queue and Scheduler.’

Other than that, scheduler lets users configure according to their requirements. The items in the queue can be made to start at any given point of the day, on a specified date, or specified days.

XDM queue and schedule
XDM queue and schedule

7. Advanced Features

The ‘Settings‘ menu provides a set of advanced options to run after the queued downloads are finished. One important given option is to prevent the system from going into sleep/hibernate mode while the downloads are still running. Users can choose to shut down the system or run a specific program when downloads complete. Post-download antivirus scanning is also available.

Advanced settings
Advanced settings

8. Other Features

These were the significant features of XDM. Other than that, it has some added perks including speed limiter, a password manager, and support for proxies.

Installation

Download the latest version of XDM from this link. For all Linux systems, I would highly recommend downloading the tar.xz file. To install, download the file and proceed with the following steps (assuming the downloaded package is in the Downloads directory):

cd Downloads/
tar -xvf xdman<Tab>

Press the Tab key where given so, and the terminal will auto-complete the name.

sudo ./install.sh

And just like that, the program has been installed.

Installation on Linux Mint
Installation on Linux Mint

Conclusion

Xtreme Download Manager is a feature-packed program, excellent at doing what it is supposed to do. It fetches the best download speeds by utilizing the full internet speed allocated by your ISP. Advanced features like support for proxies and queue management provide significant flexibility, making it suitable for all user levels.

Let us know what you think about XDM in the comments. Cheers!

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Pulkit Chandak
Pulkit Chandak is a Linux enthusiast and has been using and experimenting with open source software, and hardware too since a long time. He is a huge admirer of open source software and wants to ventilate it to all around him. He is interested in reviewing and writing tutorials on Linux and its innumerable distributions. He believes that freedom in software leads to freedom of the mind from the chains of limits.

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