What are the best ways to download files from the Internet?

asked by Harry Nohara
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13 solutions
  1. 27

    #1aria2

    aria2
    Aria2 is a lightweight multi-protocol & multi-source command-line download utility. It supports HTTP/HTTPSFTPSFTPBitTorrent and Metalink.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Vihaan Nair
    Written on December 26, 2017
    "This is a good download system for advanced users, but I wouldnt call it one of the best overall due to the complexity of having to know command line commands. Worthwhile if you need a cmd line download utility."
  2. 24

    #2eDl Lite

    eDl Lite
    With eDl Lite you will be able to download any type of file from your mobile device. This app includes audio player with playlists and decompresses ZIP and RAR files. Includes also a web browser.


    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Vincent Banks
    Written on December 26, 2017
    "eDI Lite gives you the ability to download items to your ios device. You can also decompress files as well "
  3. 20

    #3[TUTORIAL] How to Download Files Using VLC Media Player

    [TUTORIAL] How to Download Files Using VLC Media Player

    How to Download Files Using VLC Media Player is an article on the WikiHow website that shows you how to download videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and more using VLC. It explains how to do this on PC and on Mac.

    Articles

    Free

    Gloria Harper
    Written on December 28, 2017
    "This is great for downloading videos from the Internet, but doesn't show you how to download other types of files. I wish it showed other types of files."
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    #4WeTransfer

    WeTransfer

    WeTransfer is a file transfer service that enables users to transmit files of all sizes of up to 10GB from pictures and videos to anyone using this software. It will send an email link with all your files and files must be downloaded.

    Online Tools

    Free

    Divya Jaiteley
    Written on January 4, 2018
    "WeTransfer is a program that allows you to download files from the internet. Great software to use."
  2. 17

    #5Dropbox

    Dropbox

    Dropbox is a cloud-based file hosting service for personal or business use, available on computers and mobile devices. Easily store all your data in a safe and secure location that sync across all your devices or can be shared with friends or co-workers for collaborative work.

    Apps

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Phillip Davidson
    Written on December 30, 2017
    "Dropbox is an easy way to share files with others. If you need to download files from someone, or upload files for someone else, this is an easy way to do it."
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    #6uGet

    uGet
    uGet is a multi-protocol open source download manager app for Linux, BSD, Android and Windows that allows multi-connections at once, queue downloads and batch downloads, among other features.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Leonardo Rosas
    Written on January 2, 2018
    "This is something you could use, but I don't think this was the best. This is about average."
  4. 11

    #7FlashGet

    FlashGet
    FlashGet is a multi-protocol download manager that uses MHT (Multi-server Hyper-threading Transportation) technique. It can split downloaded files into sections and support multipoint transfers at once.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Roy Meyer
    Written on December 30, 2017
    "I found this to be pretty good software for maintaining downloads, especially from multiple sites. There was a similar app many years ago that may have had the same name (it might even be this app) that was very handy for monitoring downloads. But this was back in the day of dialup; now, I'm not sure how useful having this is anymore."
  5. 10

    #8iCab Mobile

    iCab Mobile

    iCab Mobile is a web browser for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It supports Tabs, has a download manager, can upload files, has a fullscreen mode and much more. It is also compatible with Dropbox, iCloud, Twitter, and other social networks.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Sophia Yi
    Written on January 3, 2018
    "This is one of the browsers that my sister uses. I don't have a iPhone or iPad. However, I a planning on getting one and this seems like a good option for a browser."
  6. 9

    #9Downloader & Private Browser

    Downloader & Private Browser
    Downloader & Private Browser is a powerful tool for download different kind of files directly to your device. Save all the contents with a private password and browse privately with its multi-tap browsing app.
    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jean Porter
    Written on December 26, 2017
    "I felt like my downloads were becoming a mess and not very organized. Then I started using Downloader & Private Browser and and could be happier. My downloads are neatly organized and they are password protected. This app makes downloading things a breeze. And as an added bonus, I can even search in a private browser. I love this app!"
  7. 8

    #10PDF Reader Expert

    PDF Reader Expert

    PDF Reader Document Expert is a PDF reader and editor for Mac, that stands out for its simplicity and user-friendly interface. It allows you to easily view, organize, edit and convert your PDF documents, as well as sync and backup all your files.

    Apps

    Mac, Android, iOS

    Free

    I-Hsiu Tseng
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Pretty Useful! "
  8. 7

    #11Documents by Readdle

    Documents by Readdle

    With Documents by Readdle, you can have all your documents, files, books, and any type of content just in one place! This free app also allows you to create texts, import files, listen to music, and much more!

    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Rose Harper
    Written on December 31, 2017
    "Trying to download files with your phone can be tricky. Files go all over the places. Readdle helps you organize where all your downloads end up."
  9. 4

    #12Advanced Download Manager

    Advanced Download Manager

    Advanced Download Manager (ADM) is a powerful Downloader for Android with advanced settings, a clean interface and extended notifications. It allows you to download files with different formats, including videos, music and images.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Jessica Taylor
    Written on January 2, 2018
    "I like that I have something to use to download files from the internet. It seems to also be good to use for different formats which I like since sometimes that can be hard to do on a Android."
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    #13Download Manager

    Download Manager
    With Download Manager You can download any type of file three times faster. This app has a clean and easy to use interface, an address bar and integrated Google, YouTube, Twitter and Yahoo! search.
    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Willie Gutierrez
    Written on December 28, 2017
    "This works really well, and has features that are not built into most browsers. It also allows me to pause and resume downloads for later continuing, which is great if I know I won't be on the Internet."

Summary

Best What are the best ways to download files from the Internet
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1aria2Software 27 Free
2eDl LiteApps 24 Free
3[TUTORIAL] How to Download Files Using VLC Media PlayerArticles 20 Free
4WeTransferOnline Tools 18 Free
5DropboxApps 17 Free
6uGet Software 14 Free
7FlashGetSoftware 11 Free
8iCab MobileApps 10 Free
9Downloader & Private BrowserApps 9 Free
10PDF Reader ExpertApps 8 Free
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