The Best Downloading Tools for Mozilla Firefox

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As high-speed internet connections became commonplace, so did the popularity of downloading. Whether it's a song, game, movie, software application, or something else entirely, many of the things we want can be obtained through the magic of a download. Sounds simple enough, doesn't it?

It can be if you have the right apps at your disposal. The following tools, in combination with your Firefox browser, locate what you are looking for and download it to your computer.

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Flash Video Downloader

Screenshot of download manager for Flash Video Downloader

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What We Like

  • Download multiple files at once.

  • Filter for specific file formats.

What We Don't Like

  • No way to pause downloads.

  • Doesn't always work with Facebook.

Flash Video Downloader notifies you through its toolbar button whenever one or more downloadable video or multimedia items are present on the active page. Select that button to download the file, which is stored in MP4 or AVI format, to a location of your choosing. This add-on supports several major sites including YouTube and DailyMotion.

Use Flash Video Downloader to download streaming videos, YouTube 4K, and full-HD videos.

Cost: Free

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iMacros for Firefox

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What We Like

  • Share macros and scripts with other users.

  • Automates dozens of routine tasks.

What We Don't Like

  • Free version allows limited customization.

  • Commercial version is expensive.

The iMacros extension automates countless tasks in the browser, including download-related activities. Use this add-on to configure macros to automatically download full web pages or individual files at preset times and then perform actions on those files. The possibilities are almost endless with iMacros, especially when utilized in conjunction with JavaScript code.

Use iMacros to fill out web forms, remember passwords, and more. Just record the ​action one time. Then, select the button to repeat the action.

Cost: Free

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Video DownloadHelper

Video Download Helper in the process of downloading Android apps

Video DownloadHelper Facebook Support

What We Like

  • Extensive customization options for advanced users.

  • Capable of capturing almost any video hosted online.

What We Don't Like

  • Very buggy, especially after Firefox updates.

  • Overly complicated toolbar.

Video DownloadHelper captures and downloads audio, video, and image files from sites such as YouTube and YouTube-like sites. Video DownloadHelper also sends alerts whenever a new video is available in your interest range on a select group of sites. Just surf the web as you usually do, and Video DownloadHelper notifies you when you arrive at a web page where it can do something for you.

Cost: Free

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Download Star

Download Star interface displaying everything downloadable on Youtube homepage

What We Like

  • Download web assets in multiple file formats.

  • Scrape links and images from multiple tabs at once.

What We Don't Like

  • Can't pause and resume downloads. 

  • No dedicated download manager.

Compatible with Firefox 48 and later, Download Star is very similar to the now-defunct DownThemAll. It instantly parses websites for media files and displays an icon on downloadable content. If you have an idea of what you're looking for, take advantage of Download Star's extensive search filters.

Cost: Free

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Free Download Manager

Free Download Manager torrent manager interface

What We Like

  • Pause, resume, and schedule downloads.

  • Highly customizable.

What We Don't Like

  • No support for Windows shortcut keys.

  • Confusing menus.

Free Download Manager stands out for its impressive BitTorrent support. Torrents download files in pieces to optimize transfer speed, and you won't lose any data if your connection is interrupted. It also comes with a site explorer that examines the folder structure of websites.

Cost: Free