Useful Firefox Addons when it comes to Downloads

The download manager in Firefox has evolved with time bringing in many features but still many of  us, use download managers like Download manager Tweakler . Now if you are not interested in using those complex download managers here is a list of addons which enhance your download experience by adding small features in it.

Display File Size before you start download :

File size of any download is only displayed when you start downloading and sometimes it is even not displayed. Show file size adds the size display feature in the window that popups before the actual download starts.

File Size Display in Download

Avoid Duplicate Downloads

How many times it has happen that you start downloading the same file again ? For me it happens most of time specially files downloaded from Emails etc which is specifically when I download small files because for bigger files your consciousness and sped might alert you that this file is already there in the download folder.

DLTracker or Download Tracker checks if the file is already available which is basically found by matching the name and size and warn you if it is already there.

Avoid Duplicate downloads in Firefox

This definitively saves a lot of time and bandwidth in small amount.

Let browser display file if supported :

Many a times you dont want to download a file but rather just take a look and wish if Firefox had used the default program to open it directly. However for technical reasons, it is possible that Firefox is forced to download a file ( Content-Disposition HTTP header ) by the webserver from where the file is getting downloaded. In fact because of Content-Disposition HTTP header, even your default option can be override.

InlineDispostion handles this situation by not letting servers force to download and instead let users option be honored. So if you have set to view certain files right in the browser, it happens that way!!

Keep Date of Download Intact :

Most of the files that are downloaded are modified right after they are downloaded. This is a common thing for documents, images etc.  This means you will not be able to figure out when a file wad downloaded because the file modification time has changed.

Preserver Download Modification Timestamp takes care of this by preserving the time which is sent by the server and also keeps track of download source and destination.

Where did you save that page from :

Another common problem for users who save the entire page on their computer and later on wonder from where the page was downloaded. Now for modern websites you can still find it looking at the links etc but for pure text based sites which publish reports etc it can be tricky sometimes.

Saved from URL adds a HTML Comment in the page you save where it adds the source of the page. Thus making it a lot easy for you to remember where it came from.

Summary :

I feel these addons should get into as core feature of Firefox and many other modern browsers. Though the download managers are getting smarter but these feature haven’t made it into the browsers yet. So till then enjoy the addons!!


About Ashish Mohta

A Professional Tech blogger, Editor and Writer who talks about solving day to day problems of people who use computer. His expertise are in Windows 7, Microsoft Office, Software, Mobile Apps and Video Posts.

One comment

  1. You could have said about ‘DownThemAll’ – Awesome firefox add on

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