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Download all the links or images on a Web page with DownThemAll

One of the best Firefox extensions I have used, DownThemAll lets you download the links or images contained on a Web page.

The Job

I can't remember how many times I saved an image from a Web page. I'm sure you know the drill. Mouse over the image, right-click, click Save Image As or Save Picture As (depending on your browse), choose and appropriate file location, and click Save. It's a fairly simple process that takes less than 10 seconds. Now, image you have to repeat the process 10, 20, 50 times. Factor in the repetitive mouse movements, Web page scrolling, and the potential to download the same image twice or mistakenly skip images, and you have a real head- (and hand) ache. I'd been looking for solution for several years, when I finally found soon after I started using MozillaFirefox.

The Tool

Created by Federico Parodi and Stefano Verna, DownThemAll (or dTa as it is also known) is a Firefox extension that lets you download the links or images contained on a Web page. You can download all links and images, manually choose individual or multiple items, or select links and images through a variety of preset and customizable filters. DownThemAll also contains a download manager and download accelerator that the creators claim "increases speed up to 400%".

Figure A

DownThemAll

To use DownThemAll, simply open a Web page in Firefox, click Tools from the toolbar, select DownThemAll from the Tools dropdown menu, and choose either DownThemAll!, dTaOneClick!, or dTa! Manager. I usually open the DownThemAll! main window seen in the image above. Once dTa starts, it automatically analyzes the open Web page and creates a list of links, images, and embedded objects. Rarely do I want to download all images on a Web page-most contain header, button images, clear gif tracking images, and the like.

From the main window, I can quickly select the images or links I want to download, specify the target location, customize the downloaded file's name, and start the process. The program's intuitive UI and well configured default settings allow me to make all these choices with only a few mouse clicks. Once download process starts, the dTa! Manager opens and tracks the download progress of each file. You can pause and restart the download process, reorder individual downloads, or cancel the retrieval of some or all files. Once the download process finishes, DownThemAll alerts you with sound and popup. You can then browse to your newly-downloaded files and use them as you please. dTaOneClick! downloads all the links and images of the current Web page using the filters, target location, and file rename settings of the last DownThemAll session.

You can see more of DownThemAll in this screenshot gallery.

Right Tool for the Job?

DownThemAll is one of the best Firefox extensions that I've used. And judging from its placement on the list of Top 10 Firefox extensions, I'd say many others agree. DownThemAll is easy to install, use, and works as described. Better yet, it's free. My only suggestion for the next version of DownThemAll is a way to download the root image from an image gallery. Many photo sharing sites, such as Webshots and Flickr, even TechRepublic's own Galleries, link thumbnails to larger images. I personally think this design is a great UI experience for browsing a gallery. Unfortunately, the layout also makes downloading the gallery's individual images difficult. I'll be sure to let you know if I find another tool that accomplishes this task or DownThemAll adds this feature.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

14 comments
RimieSmith
RimieSmith

This feature is similar to features in GetRight and Download Accelerator Plus. When enabled, this allows the user to download the file in pieces, then combining the pieces after a completed download; thus increasing the download speed when connected to a slow server. tax relief

harishkumar09
harishkumar09

I fully concur with the author when he says that it is not possible to download the root images , the larger ones to which the thumbnail links to using this tool. Isn't it amazing that the internet has been there for the past 20 years and in this time period there is not a single free software , application or script on the web which allows you to download the actual images in a gallery to which the thumbnails link to ? Really amazing ! Even many paid software don't do it. People who collect nature photos , fractals , celeb photos , especially the latter constitute a major section of the users and this particular action is repeated millions of times everyday on the web and to this do no free software exists to automate this task ?

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I was enthused until I read the last paragraph. Does anyone know of a utility or plug-in that will download all the images from their thumbnail links?

shraven
shraven

So uh, what kinds of things are you downloading... exactly? The only users I've ever encountered who needed to download many images from a site on any kind of repeated basis were, um, pron surfers. But this tool should save me a multitude of clicks tonight and free my hands for other activities! Thanks! lol

chyann
chyann

This sounds great!!! I can't wait to try it. I hope it works on those old webpages setup with IE.

creedfl
creedfl

I don't know where I found it, but there is a program known as galley grabber that will sometimes strip images from a thumb-nailed gallery.... I have it as a stand alone .. gg.exe. Gallery Grabber 1.0 freeware & an email of ggrabber@pisem.net. If you can't find it, post back here & I'll hook up with you about it. Creed

chyann
chyann

Downloading gallleries of images with the owners permission.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

When creating TechRepublic galleries, we sometimes use images from other Web sites. For example, the images in this very popular Flame Fractals offer a feast for the eyes gallery (http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-10877_11-94666.html) were originally published on Webshots, CNET Networks' photo sharing site. The images for our Dinosaur Sightings: Computers from the 1970s (http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-10878_11-2788.html) were republished from oldcomputers.net. In both cases, DownThemAll allowed me to easily copy the images before republishing them in TechRepublic's gallery system.

danag42
danag42

Some people actually post images that are not to be downloaded for commercial or copyright reasons. I use a script to block right-click downloads, I'll have to test this extension on my pages. If someone successfully snags an image that is copyright protected, and tries to use it, they will find the pit bull lawyers of PPA down their throats. They are not nice guys. So be careful when using this. You could find yourself with a criminal record!

chyann
chyann

I have authority from a company to use their images and descriptions but there are a lot to download one-at-a-time so I will try this.

shraven
shraven

Yeah, copyright... whatever. This tool doesn't make it any more or less of an issue. And all your download blocks are useless as even my shortbus computer users know how to do screen captures.

jc2it
jc2it

then don't put it on the web in the first place. That is the easiest way to prevent your customer from "stealing" it.

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