9+ Best Download Managers ( Browser Extension) for Google Chrome and Firefox in 2019

The latest Google Chrome version is 69.0.3497.92 on Mac, Linux and Windows. Lot of new features were added like freshened user interface (UI), an improved password manager, information-rich address bar, new tabs, rounded look, enhanced browser tabs and 40 plus security patches.

But one thing is different! Download Manager for Chrome is still a third-party application for most of the time. Though it has in-built download mechanism, it does not make use of the full speed of the ISP.

For example, if you have a 100 Mbps connection, you are supposed to get 12.5 MBps download speed (i.e 100/8) on an average. So if you want to download a 25 MB file, it should be done in 2 secs.

But that’s not the case, generally, I faced while downloading webpages or software on Chrome. It will take a little more of time, though the download manger feature of Chrome has improve a lot.

Also many-a-times you would like to download music, videos, and images from Chrome. These include YouTube videos, Windows software, Instagram images and many others. In that case, the default manager may not be a good choice.

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In certain cases, you need to pause the downloading process, for other internet features to work properly. If you want a good list of download managers that work with Windows 10 or 8.1 or 7, you can see the list here – https://www.windowstechit.com/4129/5-best-internet-download-managers-for-windows-10-8-1-and-8/.

Keeping all these points in view, it is better to have a good download manager for Chrome that does all the above tasks without any performance hurdles!

Internet Download Manager (For PC)

The latest version 6.31 is compatible with Windows 10 and all other versions of Chrome. Though it boasts on the home page, that it can increase download speeds by 5 times, it does not turn up like that.

What it means is, if the normal download speed in Chrome is far less than the expected capacity (as mentioned above), it will bring up the speed to the optimal level.

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The other features are realistic –

• Error recovery
• Resume capability
• Restart broken or Interrupted broken downloads
• Problems due to lost connections, network problems, computer shutdowns, unexpected power outages etc. are handled well
• Safe multi-part downloading
• Easy graphical interface to understand
• Support for proxy servers, ftp and http protocols, firewalls, redirects, cookies, authorization, audio and video content processing.
• HTTPS support, queue processor, enhanced virus protection
• Customizable download panel

The most interesting feature I like about this software is that it will automatically display the download panel against YouTube videos and other such sites.

This is the specialty of this software which other download managers fail to do it so easily and comprehensively. Other managers may take time or fail to detect video and audio from sites, but IDM works best with the combination of Chrome and Windows as well.

It detects almost all the web-players and very easy to segregate downloads based on category.

EagleGet

This is another download manager which works well with Chrome. It has multi-threaded technology to speed up download speeds. It can do automatic, manual and batch downloads. Automatic detection of videos from media sites is another feature.

EagleGet has additional security to protect from malware and checks file integrity. It protects you from virus attacks by ensuring that the downloaded file is genuine. It supports Support MMS, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP and RTSP protocols.

It also has a Chrome extension to support the software. The troubleshooting guide is useful, if you fail to integrate the plug-in with the newer version of browsers.

Extensions as Download Managers for Chrome

Since the release date of Chrome, 10 years back, Google has given good support for additional functionality in the form of extensions. This could also be seen in its rival Firefox, which are called add-ons. These small tools exist for Blogging, Developing, News & Weather, Productivity, Shopping and Sports.

Note : Few years back Google has blocked many of the Chrome extensions to download YouTube videos. In many of the extensions you see a policy notice, saying that, they are NOT YouTube downloaders. Even for social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, many of the extension fail to download videos.

So if anybody writes that there are good download managers for YouTube and Facebook, they are bluffing. The best ways to download YouTube and other social media site videos is to use software like Internet Download Manager, which are good at recognizing media automatically.

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Chrome extensions also exist as good Download Managers. This is a list of some of those.

Chrome Download Manager – New Download Master

This has a 4.5 star rating from 243 users on the Chrome extension play store. The download management is done without errors. It can control, feasibly access and manage all files in your Chrome download folder.
Some of the features include –

• Reliable access to file in download folder
• Fast access to list of downloads in browser.
• Ability to download progress with pause, resume and cancel options.

Chrono Download Manager

It also got 4+ rating on the Chrome extensions list from 16,284 users. The advantage is that, instead of installing a separate download software, all the download management is done inside the browser tab itself. It is incredibly integrated into Chrome by context menus, toolbar buttons and key shortcuts.

This download manager extension for Chrome also has the best video download helper and bulk image downloader. It can detect all links, audios and videos on the webpage.

Free Download Manager (FDM)

This has a 4 star rating from 3369 users at the time of writing this article. The main purpose of this extension is to integrate the application Free Download Manager with Google Chrome.

This software is fast and reliable. The accelerator present in this software also improves download speeds and helps you organize them in a decent fashion.

This works on both Windows and Mac. But for this download extension to work, you need to first install FDM.

Video Downloader Plus

Video Download Plus has a bright feature to download SD and HD videos if they are available. But this extension cannot download YouTube videos due to Google policy.

But it can download MP4, MOV, FLV, WEBM – Files but not streams. There is a color change in the browser button of this extension when it detects video files.

There are more than 4 million users using the first chrome extension. Similarly others also have good ratings on the store and thousands of downloads by web users. There are good reviews from “real” users about the working of these extensions.

Video Downloader professional

This provides a much convenient way to download videos in Chrome itself. The advantage of this extension is that, it has ultra-lightweight code to perform multiple downloads in a quick step.

You can watch the downloaded videos on PC, Smart TV, tablet or mobile phone.

Download Manager Chrome Extensions for Social Media Sites

As an integral part of the browser, it is required to download videos. For this purpose some Chrome extensions exist without installing any software. Some of them are –

  1. The Flash Video Downloader
  2. VLC Video Downloader 

Flash Video Downloader is one of the video downloader extension that can detect Facebook videos and can save them. But sometimes it doesn’t work as intended for social media sites.

There are some restrictions for YouTube, Facebook and Instagram kind of sites, which prevent these extension from downloading the videos. 

VLC Video downloader has the distinction of saving a YouTube video into a playlist and can be shared across the web. It is the most popular download extension for online video download.

But if you insist to download the video to your PC from the playlist, that can also be accomplished.

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