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What is a good Download Manager for Mac?
Are there free ones available?

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There are several choices :

  • Speed Download (paid one) : nice one with a lot of features. speed download

  • Leech (paid one) : clean UI. leech

  • Folx (free one) : download & torrents manager. folx

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+1 for Speed Download. –  Josh K Sep 3 '10 at 19:55

Aria2 bundled with WebUI is the best you can get on mac. All you have to do is run Aria from terminal and open WebUI in browser.

Features

  • Multi-Connection Download. aria2 can download a file from multiple sources/protocols and tries to utilize your maximum download bandwidth. Really speeds up your download experience.

  • Lightweight. aria2 doesn’t require much memory and CPU time. When disk cache is off, the physical memory usage is typically 4MiB (normal HTTP/FTP downloads) to 9MiB (BitTorrent downloads). CPU usage in BitTorrent with download speed of 2.8MiB/sec is around 6%.

  • Fully Featured BitTorrent Client. All features you want in BitTorrent client are available: DHT, PEX, Encryption, Magnet URI, Web-Seeding, Selective Downloads, Local Peer Discovery and UDP tracker.

  • Metalink Enabled. aria2 supports The Metalink Download Description Format (aka Metalink v4), Metalink version 3 and Metalink/HTTP. Metalink offers the file verification, HTTP/FTP/BitTorrent integration and the various configurations for language, location, OS, etc.

  • Remote Control. aria2 supports RPC interface to control the aria2 process. The supported interfaces are JSON-RPC (over HTTP and WebSocket) and XML-RPC.

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Fat Pipe - (free) has plugins for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox Fat Pipe App

note: I am extremely biased (i wrote fat pipe);

I used to use Speed Download but they recently stopped supporting their app and i was getting a bunch of errors.

Fat Pipe actually supports up to 50 connections per download and automatically determines connection count based on file size.

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Let's not forget DownThemAll for Firefox. Yes, it's a plug-in for Firefox, but since Firefox also runs on the Mac, this makes it a valid answer. It's free too.

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As much as this saddens me but I would also recommend jDownloader. On the other hand for some simple and not so simple cases you could opt for wget or curl. You could be evan braver and create a batch script using one of those UNIX commands and be done with it.

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This should probably be a comment since your answer is the same as nanda. Also, I think you mean bash not batch script. –  styfle May 7 '11 at 20:50
    
You are absolutely right, just an old habit from MS DOS times:) –  Tigran Khanzadyan May 10 '11 at 15:35

I use JDownloader a lot. It is extremely useful if you're downloading content from the cloud (to name the popular one: Rapidshare, Hotfile, Megaupload).

And it's free.

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I highly recommended you use iGetter it was better than other one.

but also can use

Also if you can use terminal and install package I recommended you use AXEL I myself use this one. after install it you can use this like below in terminal

axel -n 100 -s 5242880 "your download link"

the -n 100 show the number of your connection to the server

and the -s 5242880 use for limiting the speed,-s 5242880 in above example will try to keep the average speed around 5242880 (5120 Kilobyte per/sec).

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