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Free and Lightweight Command Line Download Utility for Personal Use

Aria2 is an open-source utility which helps to streamline download processes between different devices and servers. It is able to support multiple languages and sources, so it can be seen as a very flexible package when compared to more generic variants. Constant end-user updates are being made and there is no payment required to access all of its features. View full description

PROS

  • A free and lightweight software package with no type of license required
  • Multiple downloads can take place simultaneously for faster results

CONS

  • The overall architecture is quite technical challenging for new users
  • There can still be times when CPU usage rates may hinder performance

Aria2 is an open-source utility which helps to streamline download processes between different devices and servers. It is able to support multiple languages and sources, so it can be seen as a very flexible package when compared to more generic variants. Constant end-user updates are being made and there is no payment required to access all of its features.

Primary Intentions and Functions

Aria2 is normally used by those who will be regularly downloading memory-laden files from sources such as BitTorrent and Metalink. The architecture itself is quite lightweight, generally requiring between four megabytes (HTTP downloads) and nine megabytes (for BitTorrent interactions). The developers claim that the average CPU usage during a download is approximately 2.8 percent. As multiple hosts can be accessed simultaneously, Aria2 could be a great solution when time is of the essence. Its command line functions are easy to use, so those with only a moderate level of experience will normally not have any problems.

Other Features

The current version of this software is 1.31.0 although there are other legacy options available. Its overall flexibility is enhanced through built-in file manipulation via both XML-RPC and JSON-RPC interfaces. Users can modify its existing structure to suit their needs thanks to a GNU public license.

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