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flareGet is download manager for Linux that features dynamic file segmentation, HTTP-pipelining for accelerated downloads, supports HTTP, HTTPS, FTP and metalinks and more. The application is free to use but not open-source.

The application is written in Qt and besides the icons, it integrates pretty well under GNOME, including desktop notifications and an AppIndicator for Unity.

flareget download manager

flareGet features:
  • HTTP-Pipelining;
  • Dynamic File Segmentation - supports up to 32 segments per download;
  • Auto Segmentation: When one segment ends, it starts another segment to help terminate another segment more fast;
  • Flash video support for "most sites and all browsers";
  • Resume support;
  • Clipboard monitoring so download links are added automatically, without having to copy/paste the links;
  • Can limit number of downloads;
  • Batch downloads support;
  • Smart scheduler;
  • File management: it automatically categorizes downloaded files by extension: application, document, video, audio, images, etc.;

Besides the features above, flareGet users can also get enhanced browser integration (with all major browsers supported: Google Chrome, Chromium, Firefox and Opera), however, this feature is not free and costs $10.

To download Flash videos (I've only tested it with YouTube and Firefox and I can confirm it works), click "Grabber" in the flareGet toolbar, then when you start playing a flash video in your browser (Firefox, Chrome or Opera), a flareGet popup should be displayed with the video URL, allowing you to start the download or add it to the downloads queue:

flareget download video youtube

Unfortunately, at least for YouTube, flareGet doesn't download HD videos so the quality is pretty bad and there's no option to change this. But maybe such a feature will be added in a future release.

Download flareGet

flareGet is currently only available for Linux, but it should also be available for  Windows soon.

The application can be installed from Ubuntu Software Center, but that's a pretty old and buggy version. To get the latest version, see the flareGet downloads page - there are .rpm and .deb files available.

To install it in Ubuntu, firstly make sure no previous versions are installed and only then install the latest flareGet.

thanks to lolren for the tip!