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flareGet, a download manager for Linux that supports dynamic file segmentation, HTTP-pipelining for accelerated downloads and more, has been updated recently, receiving quite a few improvements and bug fixes.

flareGet Linux download manager screenshot

The application is free to use but not open-source.

Changes in the latest flareGet 1.4:
  • improved batch downloads;
  • redesigned scheduler;
  • added support for multiple row selections/operations;
  • added support for refreshing url and cookies;
  • added download info dialog;
  • added support for checksum (hash) – MD5, SHA1;
  • added advanced options in start download dialog;
  • more display options – show/hide columns, toolbar etc.;
  • added auto-update feature;
  • improved resume support which should fix the bug some of you were experiencing with broken downloads;
  • fixed bug with downloads stopping near the end;
  • fixed issue with one click restore in Unity;
  • other bug fixes for the Grabber, batch downloading and more.

Also, like I was telling you a while back, flareGet supports downloading Flash video from various websites such as YouTube, but it wasn't obvious how you could download videos at a certain quality. With the latest release, the flareGet "Grabber" allows you to choose the video quality as well as the file name: start the grabber, play a video in your browser and the initial quality at which the video is played will show up in flareGet - if you change the quality for the playing video, a new video format for that quality will be available for download in flareGet as you can see in the sreenshots below:

flareGet grabber

flareGet grabber

Download flareGet

flareGet is available for Ubuntu, Linux Mint and other Debian based Linux distributions as well as Fedora, OpenSuse and other RPM based Linux distributions. There are also generic tar.gz files (though this isn't the source as flareGet is not open source) that should work in other Linux distributions.