Classify Downloads And Set Different Configuration For Each Category With uGet


UGet (formerly known as urlgfe) is a cross-platform, open source download manager for Windows and Linux versions. It is available with an executable file, as well as with a .Deb and .RPM package, which makes it easy to install on Ubuntu, Red Hat, Fedora and the like. It is written in GTK+ and comes with many useful features, such as, pause, resume, clipboard history and batch downloading of files from a URL, which make it easy to use. UGet has recently been upgraded to version 1.8, which can be installed in Ubuntu from the PPA given in this post. The new version has added support for for Torrent and Metalink files, application indicator and speed limit to control per download. You can also integrate it with Firefox by using the Flashgot plugin and download files according to defined categories. For example, you can make a category by the name of software to keep software file downloads separated from, e.g. the video category.

Ubuntu users can install Uget by entering the following commands in the Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:plushuang-tw/uget-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install uget

Just add a download URL and click OK to initiate the downloading process. You can also specify other settings according to requirement such as a download location, login credentials (if required), retry limit, retry delay time and proxy settings.

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Each download can be added to a new category which allows viewing the downloads within specific category lists. The name for the default category is Home. You can create new categories by right clicking on Home.

The downloaded files are displayed within defined categories which can enable easily sorting them into separate groups.

It posts notifications over the system tray area whenever a file download process gets started and finished.


Other than options from the main interface, new downloads, clipboard history (for the last used URL) and Settings menu can also be accessed from the system tray.

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UI Settings tab provides options to enable confirmation dialog to close UGet, delete files, enabling offline mode, minimizing UGet to system tray and sound prompts. The Clipboard tab provides the URL for the last used download URL, whereas, the Others tab can be used to set a default application to be launched for downloads, such as initiating a Torrent client for specified file types.

UI Settings

You can download the DEB, RPM and EXE packages from the download link given below. UGet works on Windows and Linux based operating system like Ubuntu, Debian, Red Hat and Fedora.

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