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Ranking 5 Best Video Downloader for Linux [2021]

Video Downloader for Linux

I’ve recently switched over from Windows OS to Linux OS. If you already don’t know that, check out my previous post where I’ve shared the 5 best Linux distros along with the reason behind my switch over.

You see, I’ve been a windows user all my life & there are some software that are hard to get on Linux.

One such example is the Internet Download Manager. I’ve been using it for years to download videos, files, etc. I know I can get it via the Wine Application on Linux but thing is, it’s not the same experience.

That’s why I decided to get a download manager native to Linux and lay out some of my favorite choices with you. So, going forward in this post, I’ll rank the best video downloader for Linux.

Now, let’s get started:


Video Downloader for Linux
Video Downloader for Linux

uGet is the first native video downloader for Linux. Unlike IDM, it’s a completely free video downloader & supports operating systems from Android, Unix, Windows 11 to the outdated Windows XP.

Similar to the Linux distro I’m using, this is an open-source project which means you can download its source code, and verify the security level of the app.

uGet comes with tons of features and here are some of my favorite picks:

  • uGet lets you add new download requests even when some downloads are already in progress. This way you no longer have to stay on the source link & wait for the file to get downloaded. It sets up a schedule queue & when the download finishes, it automatically pulls up the pending download requests.
  • Similar to IDM, uGet lets you resume broken downloads or the files you’ve paused.
  • Downloads from FTP servers that require authentication can still run in uGet because in these cases, the interface will prompt you for the required username and password.
  • You can set the downloader to automatically kick in if you copy a URL that has a recognized video file type.
  • uGet provides an interface that adjusts automatically to the theme set in your OS.
  • Lightweight yet full of powerful features.
  • It comes with browser integration using uGet extensions.


Video Downloader for Linux
Video Downloader for Linux

DownThemAll is the 2nd native video downloader for Linux.

Even though the majority of download managers in this list are proper native Linux applications, this one is an exception.

But WHY?

Well, it’s a Firefox, Opera Mini, and chrome browser extension which makes it easy for you to download multiple files at a time.

As it’s a browser extension, you’re free to download this browser plugin on available platforms such as Windows, Linux, BSD, Mac OS X.. etc.

  • DownThemAll automatically verifies SHA1, MD5 hashes.
  • DownThemAll lets you download images & links quite easily.
  • It can speed up your downloads by 400%”.
  • Support for auto-grabbing downloaded links from the Firefox browser.
  • This download manager provides integration between Firefox and DownThemAll.

Xtreme Download Manager (XDM)

Video Downloader for Linux
Video Downloader for Linux

Xtreme Download Manager is the 3rd native video downloader for Linux. Before I share its list of features, I’ve to confess something.

I’ve used this video downloader on Windows 11 & I didn’t like it even for a bit. And as far as Linux is concerned, it does a fairly decent job.

If you want to download this application on your device then the only way to do this is Sourceforge and Github. For now, I’ll keep all its cons aside as it’s a completely free video downloader for Windows, Unix & Mac OS.

  • You can use XDM to retry broken links and resume interrupted downloads.
  • XDM comes with the speedy video download capabilities of Download Accelerator Plus that can download videos from video streaming websites at a 5X faster pace.
  • You can install its extension with Googe Chrome, Opera Mini, & Mozilla Firefox to integrate XDM.
  • XDM can easily fetch download links from videos posted on YouTube, Dailymotion & Vimeo.
  • XDM has a companion file converter to convert files from a type to another.

FlareGet Download Manager

Video Downloader for Linux
Video Downloader for Linux

FlareGet is the 4th native video downloader for Linux.

Flareget video downloader comes with 2 versions – Free & Paid. Even though FlareGet is not an open-source application, it’s easily accessible on both Windows and Linux.

  • FlareGet can easily grab videos from YouTube.
  • FlareGet supports Multi-threading.
  • It comes with support for popular Linux DIstros and support for integration with web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox & Opera Mini.
  • It provides its GUI in 18 languages.
  • Support for HTTP, HTTPS, FTP protocols.
  • Support up to 4 segments per file 32 segments per file.

MultiGet Download Manager

Video Downloader for Linux
Video Downloader for Linux

MultiGet Download Manager is the 4th native video downloader for Linux. It’s a free, open-source, and easy-to-use download manager that’s written in the C++ programming language.

  • Copy a URL & multiget will prompt you to download.
  • MultiGet Download Manager supports file resuming.
  • Supports multi-task with multi-thread.
  • You can use HTTP and FTP protocols with this download manager.

Final Thoughts

Even though I like all 5 download managers, uGet is the one I decided to stick to. And with this, I can’t express my happiness in words as it has completely replaced IDM for me.

That’s all for now.

How would you rank these 5 download managers for Linux? Do share your preference with us in the comments section given below.

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