Motrix, or when using a good download manager is the best option


It has been more than 5 years since my colleague Darkcrizt first told us about the download manager motrix. In His article We can learn what it is capable of and how to install it on Linux, but I have recently rediscovered it. Until recently I have always been a fan of using the browser's download tool more, but there are cases in which this option can fall somewhat short, not to mention useless.

For that reason I have also had options in the bedroom such as Wget. From the terminal, you can download the same as with the browser, with the main difference that we do not depend on it and that we can pause the downloads. The bad thing is that it is not always enough, and that is where they come into play. most powerful download managers like the Motrix that stars in this article.

Motrix allows downloads from multiple sources at once

These days I have also tried other managers like uGet and KGet, but these are nothing more than interfaces for tools like Wget or CurlJDownloader Yes, it is more powerful and versatile, but if it is installed from official repositories it comes with a lot of "trash" and the flatpak package does not always look too good.

On the other hand, Motrix is ​​also a very capable program that has a much simpler interface. What is it that has made me surrender to your evidence? Basically options like aria2 and other technologies that allow the software to download from more than one source at a time. There is downloadable content that is downloaded from more than one source, and the browser or programs like KGet can only obtain it from one, so downloads become painfully slow. It may not be a problem if we want to download a file of a few megabytes, but it is very different when we talk about several gigabytes.

How Motrix works

The installation was explained by Darkcrizt in its 2019 article, but today there are more options. In its download page we see that at AppImage and the build option is now joined by a version flatpacksnap, DEB and RPM packages and is also in AUR under the name motrix-bin for Arch-based distributions.

Once installed, its use it is the simplest- Motrix opens, clicks the add button and accepts. In the pop-up window that opens you can indicate where the file will be downloaded. If we click on the advanced options we can also configure attributes such as the user agent to choose, which can be used to "trick" a service into believing that it is the browser that we indicate; It is not advisable to touch this if you do not know what you are doing. If we have a compatible link on the clipboard, clicking the plus symbol will automatically add it.

Simple to use, but more powerful

The main difference between Motrix and other simple download managers is that it is compatible with different protocols, like aria2 or Magnet/Torrent. Normal download managers are usually limited, but Motrix is ​​not. The best thing is that it is just as easy to use; We only have to take care of putting the link and, if it is compatible, the rest is like using a normal download manager.

The aforementioned JDownloader is a great alternative, but it cannot be said that its interface or its number of options is simple. You may be able to do more than just Motrix – the download from .dlc packages is not one of them, since Motrix can also -, but also that we never miss it. An example is that JDownloader can download YouTube videos, but since for this I usually pull directly from yt-dlp...

If you were looking for a download manager with an interface because you were missing something, I think Motrix is ​​the answer. Its speed and versatility will probably mean that you will never use other software for these purposes again.

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