Folx: The free download manager for the Mac

Folx Download Manager for Mac

I usually don't have any need for download managers on my Mac. Whenever I download software, the download is usually done quickly. The number of my downloads is also not so high that I would need a tool here that somehow sorts all the files. Nevertheless, I just got the nice download manager Folx from Eltima Software saved the day.

Aborting downloads due to HTTP authentication

Yesterday I bought the full version of the writing program Papyrus Author and received the link to download it today. Unfortunately, the download process kept aborting. The reason was probably that in order to load the software you first have to log into an area with HTTP protection with your access data and this throws you out if you exceed a certain time.

I had tried it several times with Firefox and Chrome, but despite my Telekom LTE Flat, the download only ran at 0,1 MB / s, became steadily slower and then finally stopped each time.

Here is another unsuccessful attempt with Chrome - now over 2h download time. A few minutes later it was canceled.

Here is another unsuccessful attempt with Chrome - now over 2h download time. A few minutes later it was canceled.

Folx continues downloading canceled downloads

At some point I thought that there are so-called download managers that continue to load downloads that have started. While looking for such a program, I came across Folx, which of course also includes this feature.

Unfortunately, it did not help me in my case, as every download from the provider's server arrived as a new file and an interrupted download could not be resumed.

With Folx you get the most out of even with poor internet connections and thus create downloads that would otherwise break off.

With Folx you get the most out of even with poor internet connections and thus create downloads that would otherwise break off.

All good things come in threes

After the third attempt, in which I also entered my login for the HTTP protection of the download page, the download ran through to the end and I was finally able to use the program I had bought 24 hours beforehand.

Browser plugins integrate Folx in Safari, Firefox, Opera and Chrome

A very pleasant thing about Folx is that you can use the software to install suitable browser plugins for your favorite browser. As a result, downloads will be transferred directly to Folx in the future and processed there. Being able to work with two threads also tends to speed up the downloads and finish them faster.

At some point it worked: The download ended and Folx saved my day. Thanks!

At some point it worked: The download ended and Folx saved my day. Thanks!

Thanks to Folx!

Incidentally, the premium version "Folx Pro" has a few more features ready, which I did not use or try:

  • Set the date and time of the download
  • iTunes integration
  • Remembering login data for authentication during downloads
  • Loading videos
  • Split downloads into up to 20 individual threads
  • Using the torrent client

If you are interested in Folx, take a look at the Developer side past. in the Firefox addon directory Folx has long been number one in the area of ​​"Downloader". That already suggests that not too much is going wrong here.

As always, I recommend you that Load software directly from the developerto prevent strange side effects. You can find Folx here at Eltima Software.

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4 comments

  1. fronk says:

    The software is called »Folx«! ????

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hi Fronk! Ouch ... this is embarrassing now. : D I'll run a search and replace over the article in a moment. :) Thank you for your hint…

  2. Oxide Aviah says:

    Can "Folx" also automatically take care of annoying captcha queries during downloads? Then the software would serve a purpose for me too.

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Oxid! Folx can't do that, but you can try the Mac version of JDownloader: http://jdownloader.org
      As far as I could see, the software also offers different ways to have captchas solved automatically. But I haven't tried them. But it would be great if we could leave your experience here as a comment if you give JDownloader a try. LG!

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