XDM is a Download Manager for Linux that ramps up Your Speed to 500%

Xtreme Download Manager (xdman) is a powerful download manager for Linux, which is developed in Java programing language.

It can increase download speeds up to 500% and is an alternative for the windows IDM (Internet Download Manager). It can be integrated with any internet browser such as Firefox, Chrome, Opera and many more and supports pause and resume functionalities while downloading files.

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XDMAN has the following features:

  1. It is highly portable therefore runs on any O.S with Java SE 6, no need for installation.
  2. It downloads files at maximum possible speed.
  3. It has a sophisticated dynamic file segmentation algorithm,data compression & connection reuse.
  4. It can download FLV, MP4, HTML5 videos from YouTube, MySpaceTV, Google Video or videos from many other sites.
  5. It can capture download from any browser (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari or any other program trying to download a file from Internet).
  6. It supports HTTP, HTTPS, FTP protocols with authentication, proxy servers, cookies, redirection etc.
  7. It can aslo resumes broken/dead downloads caused by connection problem, power failure or session expiration.
  8. It has a built in YouTube downloader, HTTP Traffic monitor and batch downloader.
  9. It can also be configured to perform automatic antivirus checking, system shutdown on download completion.

To use XDMAN, you need to have Java installed on your Linux system. You can check if Java is installed or not by typing java -version in command line.

$ java -version

java version "1.8.0_45"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_45-b14)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.45-b02, mixed mode)

If incase, Java not installed, you can install it using your default system package manager yum or apt.

Install Xtreme Download Manager in Linux

To install most recent stable version of Xtreme Download Manager (XDM) in Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint, Fedora, etc. First you need to download a zipped file using wget utility and install it by running the following commands.

On 32-bit Systems

$ wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/xdman/files/xdm-jre-32bit.tar.xz
$ tar -xvf xdm-jre-32bit.tar.xz
$ cd xdm
$ ls -l 
$ ./xdm

On 64-bit Systems

$ wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/xdman/files/xdm-jre-64bit.tar.xz
$ tar -xvf xdm-jre-64bit.tar.xz
$ cd xdm
$ ls -l
$ ./xdm

Note: Alternatively, you can double click on xdm file to launch it and create application shortcut from XDM Menu -> File -> Create application shortcut on Desktop as shown below.

Create Xtreme Download Manager Desktop Shortcut

Create Xtreme Download Manager Desktop Shortcut

Add Xtreme Download Manager Desktop Shortcut

Add Xtreme Download Manager Desktop Shortcut

Xtreme Download Manager Browser Integration

Next step is to set up xdman integration with your web browser. Just follow the on-screen instruction to integrate Xdman with your web browser as shown..

Xtreme Download Manager Browser Integration

Xtreme Download Manager Browser Integration

How to Use Xtreme Download Manager

To download a file, go to File -> Add URL and add the url or link into the address input bar.

You can specify the the file name to be stored after download is finished in the File input bar as shown in the screen shot below.

Download Files Using Xtreme Download Manager

Download Files Using Xtreme Download Manager

File Download Status

File Download Status

You can also download YouTube videos by going to File -> Youtube Download and enter the URL of Youtube Video and select the video format as shown:

Youtube Video Download Manager

Xdman: Download YouTube Videos

Youtube Video Formats

Select Youtube Video Format

Summary

XDMAN is easy to use and with similar functionalities to the Windows IDM, therefore users who are new to it may not find a lot of difficulties while using it. The latest version has a nice and simple interface to adapt to. If you get any errors or issues while installing it, please post a comment.

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17 Responses

  1. dragonmouth says:

    5x faster is a bogus, marketing claim. 5x faster than what?! Just because the developers make certain claims does not mean that those claims are factual. The developers can and will claim anything to get people to use their product. Relying on developers’ claims is the LAST thing I would do in evaluating a product.

    You are using “XDM” and “XDMan” interchangeably. They are NOT one and the same. XDM is a DISPLAY Manager, analogous GDM or KDM. The product you are pushing is XDMAN, which is something entirely different.

  2. Pouya says:

    what about a good CLI download accelerator for Linux? Both Axel and aria2 are worthless and using Java for any tech on Linux is a good reason to stay away

  3. Jai says:

    Nice article

  4. Adam says:

    How about you show us an example of where it increased the speed of a download by 500%? Or how about you explain what techniques it uses to increase the download speed.
    There are a couple of possibilities:
    1) download different parts of the same file from multiple sources (ie, torrents) maybe works with CDN websites
    2) download different parts of the same file from the same source, maybe works when the source limits download speed per connection rather than per source IP address.

    Not really seeing how this is going to help many people, and not prepared to install it. Also, a note that XDM is the X windows Desktop Manager, so you should be careful to call it XDMan instead of XDM (unless you are purposefully trying to be confusing to generate more interest).

    • Aaron Kili K says:

      When you do software review, you not only give what you have experienced while using it but also include what the developers say about how it works.
      The speed boost of 500% may seem to be over exaggerated but that is how the developers think the algorithm they used works.

      Users work in different environments and network speeds or data connections speeds vary therefore, showing how that actually works can not be possible sometimes especially the way you want it to be.

      The best idea would be to let the developers know about your concerns and show you how it actually works, boosting speeds up to 500%.

      We do not want to give information just to win support but to enlighten users, share knowledge, bring out our experiences and what has been stated.

      This is the XDM project homepage: https://sourceforge.net/projects/xdman/ , you can find more form there or even contact the developers.

      Thanks

  5. Hrx says:

    If something is 2x faster, we say it’s 100% faster. So, 5x faster is 400% faster

  6. Aaron Kili K says:

    Why do you say that…may be there is a reason, you can let us know.

  7. Dan the Man says:

    A speed of 500 % of what? 5 times as fast as walking to the nearest Walmart store? 5 TImes the bandwidth of your Internet connection? This must be fake.

  8. Jesse says:

    even better if it ..*

  9. Jesse says:

    XDM is amazing but would have been if it didn’t have to use Java

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