SteadyFlow - A simple and easy to use Download Manager for Gnome

Steadyflow is probably the simplest download manager that could exist. The good thing is its being light on the resources, quick and easy access from the panel and it could even be managed from terminal. It is not available in Ubuntu repos, you will have to install it through PPA.

Lets start with the installation. Append the following two lines in the /etc/apt/sources.list file.

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/sikon/steadyflow/ubuntu maverick main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/sikon/steadyflow/ubuntu maverick main

These two are specific for Maverick Meerkat, Ubuntu 10.10. Ubuntu 10.04 users replace "maverick" with "lucid" in the above lines.

Now, run update and install it.

[shredder12]$ sudo apt-get update
[shredder12]$ sudo apt-get install steadyflow

Once started, you can access the download manager from the icon that sits on the top Gnome panel. You can easily add a download either by right clicking on the icon or through a simple command

[shredder12]$ steadyflow add http://foo.bar/download.file

And,

  • its smart too; it automatically catches the URL copied on the clipboard to lessen the task.
  • Proxy support is there. It will consider the gnome proxy settings.
  • You can specify separate download locations for each download and can even specify whether you want the file or the containing folder to be opened once the download is finished. This is very useful sometimes.

The one thing that I miss the most in steadyflow is a way to limit the download rate.

HomePage: SteadyFlow (Launchpad)

1 Comment

Spotht (not verified)
November 27th, 2010 02:36 pm
I am currently using JDownloader, maybe I should give SteadyFlow a try to see its effectiveness.

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