In my previous post, I mentioned about DownThemAll on Firefox 56. Now the latest release of Firefox is version 61, but there is no update of DownThemAll for Firefox Quantum support. Using older unsupported version like Firefox 56 is not a good idea, because there will have no security update. Firefox ESR 52 is slower than Firefox 56 as I have mentioned.
Since I have spare time recently, I spent some days to write a Firefox extension, DownloadSelected, to solve my problem.
The screenshot above shows a list of URLs, which I used Greasemonkey script to generate. Then highlight, right-click, and DownloadSelected. I don’t write any UI elements to indicate the download progress, but I put the progress to the console. Once the files are downloaded, they will be archived into a zip file and a Save As dialog will be shown. The source code can be found here.
This is not a replacement or alternative extension to DownThemAll, but this extension solve my fundamental problem. Main features are:
- Bulk download
- Download only selected text
- Downloaded filenames are based on HTML text instead of URLs
- Quantum and Google Chrome compatible
I was switching from Chromium to Firefox as my primary web browser recently. Then, I switched back to Chromium again.
Chrome was usually claimed that it consumes a lot of memory. And recent Firefox updates claim that it is faster and consumes less memory. That is why, I switched to Firefox. I agree that, it is much faster than before. However…
I faced a critical issue. One less important issue that I would like to mention is, Firefox does not support Google Hangout.
In the same condition, Firefox will expand the memory (possibly exponentially) due to the errors. Then the computer starts slowing down and stop respond until I do a hard reboot. Based on my observation, the memory grows and uses all the RAM. When the RAM is not available, the memory is immediately stored into the Swap. Because storing into the Swap, that is the hard drive, it is much slower for me to switch to a Terminal to kill Firefox. And even I successfully switch to a Terminal, typing the command and see the response takes approximately infinite time, yet the Swap memory usage keeps growing non-stop.
As a web developer, I prefer to use Chrome.