Download all files in a directory

First published on June 11, 2006

Have you ever been sent a web link to a folder containing a bunch of files to download? Well, it’s a pain to continually right-click and choose save as… and gets exponentially more painful as the number of files increases.

I found a free plugin for Firefox called DownThemAll, which will automatically download every link on a page. It will even give you a list of the files so that you can check/uncheck which ones you want. Downloads are even much faster with it. It is a truly amazing tool that I wish I’d found earlier!

And no, I’m not getting any sort of commission for this free plug.


10 Responses to “Download all files in a directory”

  1. Caleb says:

    Thanks for the info! I needed something like that, and it’s great to know it’s even a Firefox plug-in :)

  2. Adaptiv Media says:

    Very useful plugin.
    It is exactly what I am in need of right now.
    Thank you.

  3. andrew says:

    Shame it doesn’t do recursive directory-based slurping too, really would be great for those archives of old crap which could be dehosted any day… Still a lot of rclick -> save as… in my future, tho this’ll help a little.

  4. Brad says:

    Excellent – thanks for this post Peter. Your site is more than just useful crap – legendary crap is more like it. This plugin saved me heaps of time. It’s especially useful when a client doesn’t know their FTP details and the previous developer disappeared.

  5. Inspired Economies says:

    I’m looking for a way for users to click a "download all" or "download selected" button on my website, so I don’t have to tell them to get a plugin – and get Firefox if they don’t have it. Any ideas? Thanks.

    Reply from Peter: Server-side, this is a whole different ball-game. You probably want to look for something that will zip all of the files in a directory (or a list that you regularly maintain) and then present that file to the user. I don’t have a handy script for that, but I’m pretty sure you could find one. Depending on how many files you have and how many different packages you want to present, you could also do that manually.

  6. JB says:

    Fatal flaw. If the directory has too many files in it, FF dies trying to display it

  7. Mainul says:

    what an idea my friend!!!!
    simply great tool!

  8. Georgia Arnold says:

    I’m not computer-literate. I have dozens of PDF files that I would like to open and save or delete. I need to know how to go directly to them instead of seeing them only when I add another file to them.

    Can you help me?

    Reply from Peter: Sorry, I don’t think I’ll be able to help on that one.

  9. babatanese says:

    nice tool!!!
    thank you

  10. Frenchie says:

    10 yrs later, and that link still saved me at least an hour!

Speak your mind

To prove you're a person (not a spam script), type the security word shown in the picture. Click on the picture to hear an audio file of the word.
Click to hear an audio file of the anti-spam word