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fatrat linux download manager

FatRat is the big brother of SlimRat (or is it fat brother?) which we previously covered HERE. So what is it? Well, it's an open source download manager for Linux but not an ordinary one. Read on!

FatRat comes with many very interesting options. For one, it can download from HTTP(S)/FTP, RapidShare free and even YouTube. But FatRat can also download torrents, (it has BitTorrent support) has RSS feed support + special functions for TV shows and podcasts, support for SOCKS5 and HTTP proxies and even remote control via Jabber and a web interface and of course, a scheduler. FatRat has way to many options to list them here so check it out for yourself by installing FatRat (instructions further down).

fatrat webui
(FatRat WebUI)

The RapidShare support doesn't just include downloads, but also verifying links, decoding links and exract files from a RapidShare.com folder.

fatrat download dialog

FatRat also comes with plugin support and for now there are 3 plugins available: integration with OpenSubtitles.org - easy subtitle searching, CZshare.com download and upload support and unpack or pipe RAR (and ZIP optionally) archives inside the application. You can check out these plugins, HERE.

I've seen lots of download managers for Linux, but I must say I am impressed by FatRat: it is very easy to use, lightweight and still has lots of really nice features.

Install the latest FatRat version in Ubuntu

FatRat is available in the Ubuntu official repositories, but that's not the latest version (not even in Lucid) so to be able to easily install the latest FatRat 1.2.0 in Ubuntu Karmic and Lucid, I've uploaded it to the WebUpd8 PPA.

To install FatRat, you must firstly add the PPA (note: make sure you check out the packages in the PPA first as there are some SVN packages there, such as VLC 1.1.0, etc.):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

And then install FatRat:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install fatrat

If you're not using Ubuntu, download FatRat from HERE.

Special thanks to Martin Pavlik for letting us know about FatRat!