What is Turbo Download Manager?
Turbo Download Manager aims to provide a modern download manager for all major browsers and platforms. The default download manager of browsers is very preliminary and cannot operate on non-reliable INTERNET connections. Turbo Download Manager tries to address all these issues by providing a single UI in all platforms.
Why do I need "Turbo Download Manager Helper" in the Chrome version?
Turbo Download Manager for chrome is released under app category. Packaged apps in Google Chrome have local disk read and write access which is required by the extension. However, Packaged apps do not have access to the borwser features such as context menu. The helper extension provides all the missing features in the Firefox version back to the application. By installing the helper, you can monitor your downloads from the toolbar as well as send a new download job to the downloader from webpages.
Can I use Turbo Download Manager to bulk download media files?
TDM does not have media fetching internally, however, you can use "Bulk Media Download" extension for this purpose. "Bulk Media Download" extension is avaiable for Chrome, Opera, and Firefox browsers and it is integrated to TDM. You can either use the default downloader or TDM for downloading batch files. Before using "Bulk Media Download" extension, make sure your triggers are set to a limited number to automatically pause and start downloads when large number of download jobs is sent to TDM.
Please note that "Bulk Media Download" will support TDM integration in Firefox as of Firefox 50. For Chrome integration is active in the stable build.
Do I really need Turbo Download Manager?
If you want to download files faster or your INTERNET connection is not reliable then you most likely need a download manager. You can try Turbo Download Manager as an in-browser solution.
Is Turbo Download Manager ready for non experts or is it still experimental?
Turbo Download Manager is still in development. Please do not use it for your every-day use until the "beta" mark is dropped. Still, we encourage you to use the downloader and please report bugs in the GitHub repo. This add-on is in active development stage.
Can Turbo Download Manager use more than a single source for a job?
From version 0.2.2, there are two methods available for introducing mirrors for a job. The first method is during submission of a new job. There is a plus button in the right side of the download link. Press the button multiple times to add multiple mirrors. Once the download begins, Turbo Download Manager examines each mirror link and if the download size matches the original link, the mirror is added to the list and will be used for threading. The second method is to pause an active download and go to the properties window. You can add a mirror in the link section. After a new link is submitted, Turbo Download Manager validates the link and adds or ignores it. To find the status, open the log window.
Turbo Download Manager cannot finish a job. Each time I press resume the error count just reaches 30 and download goes to the paused mode. What is the reason and how can I fix this?
Some servers only allow a limited number of download requests. Most likely you have already reached the limit. Next time, don't forget to reduce the number of threads for this server before submitting the job. To let Turbo Download Manager continue the current job, you need to find a new downloadable link. Usually if you click on the original link in your browser, a new link will be generated (with a new token perhaps). Pause or cancel the download in your browser and copy the link to the clipboard. Now open "properties" window for this job and replace the link with the new one. You can check the log window for more info whether the link is accepted or not. If it is accepted, you can now press the resume button.
If server does not generate a new downloadable link, wait for an hour or so and try to resume the download one more time.
For the Chrome version, do not close the manager window as currently there is no session management available on Turbo Download Manager.
Where can I get the latest developer build of the Turbo Download Manager extension and how can I try it?
Turbo Download Manager is still in active development stage which means the developer version most likely has some new features that you might want to try. To get the latest developer version use the following links based on your platform:
In Firefox to try the developer version, you either need Firefox Nightly or you have to allow installation of unsigned extensions (not recommended method). To try the new build just drop the downloaded XPI file in your browser window.
On Chrome and Opera, open
about:extensions in a new browser tab. Check the developer mode on. Now unzip the downloaded archive and point the browser to the root directory.
Android build is more complex. Please visit the GitHub page for more information.
Can I use Turbo Download Manager in my extension to download files faster?
If you are on Firefox or Chrome browsers, technically you can use the downloader's APIs by sending
postMessage requests. However, I haven't documented the APIs yet. Please open a new bug in the GitHub repo to review the APIs you need to access to.
What is the optimum value of "threads" for a new job?
It really depends on your INTERNET speed and your browser configurations. Note that higher number of threads do not always result in higher speed. You have to find the optimum number based on your connection and the available RAM you have. The default value is 3 for each new download.
Is there any tweaks to increase the downloading speed of Turbo Download Manager?
If you are a Firefox user, you can adjust
network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server preferences to increase the number of allowed concurrent connections. If you are not familiar with these preferences, check Speed Tweaks (SpeedyFox) by Jeremy to find out what the recommended values are.
What is new in this version?
Please check the Logs section.
Will Turbo Download Manager be available for Safari browser too?
Yes, porting Turbo Download Manager to Safari is in my to-do-list.
How can I use Turbo Download Manager on Android devices?
Currently, there are two ways to install Turbo Download Manager on an Android device. If you are a Firefox user, just look for Turbo Download Manager on Firefox's for Android market, if not you can install Turbo Download Manager as an stand-alone application. Simply head to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.add0n.downloader and get the application.
What are the differences of Firefox's Android version and Play store's Android version?
The former is based on Mozilla's addon SDK platform, and the latter is based on Chrome's packaged application platform.
Can I translate Turbo Download Manager to my language?
Not yet! But still please open a bug in the Github repo. There is a plan to support localization soon.
Where can I find the list of in progress features?
Please see the "issues" list on the GitHub repository.
Why Turbo Download Manager cannot download HTML files? Why do I get an error while downloading these sort of files?
Turbo Download Manager only downloads those files that support multi-threading download. If there is no support for multi-threading, then the download fails. Actually there would be no advantage of downloading a file without multi-thread support with Turbo Download Manager compared to the default download manager of your browser, and that's the main reason why the download fails. When a download fails, you will is a new button in the right side of the job. Use this button to download the file using the native download manager.
What is the main difference between Firefox and Chrome version of the extension to the other supported versions?
There are two main differences. 1) In the Firefox and Chrome version, chunks are written to the disk upon arrival, however, in the Opera and Safari versions, chunks are stored in the ram and written to the disk once the entire file is downloaded. Thus, it is not recommended to download very large files in the Safari or Opera version. This is a fundamental limitation of these browsers and there is no workaround for that (at least at the moment). 2) In the Firefox and Chrome version, the download API can be accessed from other extensions, so basically the downloader can be used by other extensions to download files faster (in progress). as of version 0.2.7, in all platforms chunks are stored in local drive instead of RAM and hence Turbo Download Manager is able to handle large files with no problem.
Where is the default download directory and how can I change it (Firefox Only)?
The default download directory is your system's default directory (the one Firefox is set to once it is installed). To change the directory, open the UI and click on the big + button. Now set the "Save in" and press the "Add as a new job" button. There is no need to fill other fields. Your download directory is now set to the new one.
How can I copy the actual downloadable link?
From version 0.1.5, if you click on the "i" (info) button in the right side of each download item, a new window pops up. The actual link is logged there.
How can I reveal the downloaded file or open the containing folder (Firefox and stand-alone versions only)?
From version 0.1.5, if you click on the "i" (info) button in the right side of each download item, a new window pops up. There are three buttons on the top of the window to let you delete, reveal, or launch the file. Note that these buttons are only visible in the Firefox version of the extension.
What is the main difference of the Chrome and Opera version?
Chrome version is released under application category; however, Opera version is under extension category. In the application category, extension has access to local read and write APIs. Basically all the chunks are written to the disk upon arrival.
The opera version does not support these APIs and hence all the chunks are kept in the RAM until the entire file is downloaded. From version 0.2.7, Turbo Download Manager on Opera stores files in local temporary directory and then transfers them to the default download directory, hence it can handle large files like Chrome, Firefox and Electron versions.
What is the "Bypass redirects" mode introduced in version 0.2.4?
By default, Turbo Download Manager fetches file information from the link provided during the submission. Some websites like sourceforge.net direct you to a webpage and then generate the actual downloadable link for you. From version 0.2.4, it is possible to use "Bypass redirects" feature to bypass the downloading page. Basically Turbo Download Manager loads the URL in an actual sandboxed background browser and detects the actual downloadable URL. Note that this method is slow compared to the direct downloading method and it is only recommended if direct download fails. It is possible to request "Bypass redirects" even from the manager window. Whenever a download fails, a new action button will appear in the right side of failed items, allowing you to request new jobs with bypassing feature enabled.
How can I install the developer version of Turbo Download Manager in Chrome/Opera?
Open "chrome://extensions/" in a browser tab. Check "Developer mode" and point "Load unpacked extension to the root directory of the project. You can get the latest developer version of Turbo Download Manager from here (Chrome) or here (Opera).
Yes, as of version 0.2.8-beta.5, it is possible to send download requests to the executable through command line. Supported arguments:
note: you can use multiple
--url arguments to add multiple jobs simultaneously or alternatively join all urls with comma (,).
note: Turbo Download Manager is a single instance application. To force having multiple instances use
--forced command-line argument. This argument is also useful if Turbo Download Manager cannot start as it thinks an active instance is already running.
Sample FlashGot options:
--url [URL] --folder [FOLDER] --referrer [REFERER] --threads 4 --timeout 60
In Mac, Windows and Linux versions, Turbo Download Manager checks for new releases. How can I switch to the pre-released mode to get more frequent updates?
From version 0.2.9, you can switch to pre-release updating mode to get notified for pre-released versions as well. In order to activate this mode, go to menu -> Configuration Editor. Find
electron.update preference and change its value to
Turbo Download Manager 0.2.9 introduced preview of media files. I use this preview to watch media files while the file is being downloaded. Why the preview cannot play the whole media when the file is being completely fetched?
Is is the limitation of HTML5 video element. You need to close the preview and reopen it to allow the preview player fetch the new sections.
In Firefox, Android, Windows, Mac and Linux versions, preview window is not being called anymore when the file is fully fetched. Can I still use the preview window to watch the media file even if it is fully downloaded?
Yes, open menu -> Configure Editor window. Find
manager.launch-if-done preference and change its value to false.
The built-in media player is not very powerful. Can I use an external media player as the preview tool?
Yes, lets say you want to use VLC as your preview player. Open menu -> Configure Editor window. Find
preview.external.video.path preference and double click on it to open the editor. Now insert VLC's path and press Enter key.
Note for Mac users. You can use
/usr/bin/open as the value of the preference if you want Turbo Download Manager to call the default application.
Note: It is also possible to send additional arguments to the external preview program by filling the
Note: External preview application is not supported on the Chrome version.
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Turbo Download Manager is one of the best ways a you can track multiple downloads in your Firefox browser. With the option for multi thread downloads across Chrome, Opera and Firefox you can not only manage tens of downloads at once but you can manage files like never before. The download manager makes it simple to start downloading something pausing halfway through as well as for locating all of the files that you download in browser. One of the greatest additional features of Turbo Download Manager is that it can help you to safely download files even if you are on an unstable Internet connection.
The ability to download on an unstable Internet connection while still maintaining the quality of the download is essential. If you have ever had a download stop halfway through and fail to resume, this download manager could fix that issue for you indefinitely. Safely downloading huge files across an unstable Internet connections is exactly what Turbo Download Manager can provide support for. This means that if you are on a spotty Wi-Fi connection or your Internet service provider doesn't provide great speeds or uptime it's possible that you can still see secured downloads after you click and accept the download online. As well as the ability to function on non-stable Internet connections the download manager optimizes connection speeds. This means that by installing this riser extension you could see considerably higher download speeds than you would with just your browser. This download manager is available for everyday use and has shown considerable improvement in download speed across multiple users.
The API in Turbo Download Manager also allows for external access meaning that you can set up controls to pause, resume and locate files even when you don't have your browser open. It's these type of controls that improve your Internet experience as well as the speed that you can access files from online sources.