FatRat Is A Powerful Download Manager For Linux

Do you download a lot of stuff from the web, either from a direct download, RSS feed, torrents or RapidShare, and were frustrated that there was not a single software that you can use to manage them all? Well, that’s because you have missed out FatRat. In fact, FatRat will be the one and only download manager you ever need.

FatRat is an open source download manager for Linux written in C++ and built on top of the Trolltech Qt 4 library. It is rich in features and is considered one of the best download manager around. Unlike many other download managers that focus only on direct HTTP download, FatRat supports many different download protocols, including direct download (HTTP/HTTPS), proxy, FTP, torrents, RSS feed and RapidShare. Here is its full features list:

  • Segmented* HTTP(S)/FTP downloads
  • FTP uploads
  • Support for SOCKS5 and HTTP proxies
  • RSS feed support + special functions for TV shows and podcasts
  • BitTorrent support (including torrent creating, DHT, UPnP, encryption etc.)
  • Torrent search on major torrent sites incl. The Pirate Bay, EZTV, BitTorrentMonster…
  • RapidShare.com FREE and premium downloads
  • RapidShare.com uploads
  • RapidShare.com link verification and folder extraction
  • RapidSafe link decoding
  • MD4/MD5/SHA1 hash computing
  • Remote control via Jabber (!)
  • Remote control via an AJAX* web interface
  • Subtitle search
  • RAR/ZIP file unpacker
  • Scheduler
  • Clipboard monitor


FatRat is available in several distros, including Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, ArchLinux and Sabayon. In Ubuntu, you can install via the Ubuntu Software Center, or via command line:

You can also get it to integrate with your browser. For Firefox, the FlashGot extensio is integrated with FatRat. For Chrome/Chromium, install the FatRat extension heBig Stock Photore.


Using FatRat is easy. Whenever you want to download, just select the “FlashGot -> FatRat” option from the download popup. The download link will be sent to FatRat where you can choose the location to save the file.Big Stock Photo



At any point of time, you can pause your download or set a limit to the download/upload speed if it is taking up too much of your bandwidth. One thing that I love about FatRat is the Drop-box feature (not to confuse with the online storage providers – Dropbox). This is a widget residing on your desktop where you can drag and drop any stuff on a webpage onto it for immediate download.


The same goes for torrents file. Simply drag the torrent link to the drop-box and select the “Bittorrent Download” under the “Download As” field. FatRat will first download the .torrent file, and then download the actual torrent.


Under the settings section of FatRat, there are plenty of options that you can configure. You can add RSS feeds, add your RapidShare account (if you have one) for rapid download, the size of the drop-box, using jabber as a remote-control and many other options.FatRat For Ubuntu



On top of its existing features, FatRat also supports plugins. Few of the currently available plugins include Substitle search, unpack or pipe RAR (and ZIP optionally) archives inside the application and easy download/upload to Czshare.com. These plugins are all available in Ubuntu repository.


There are just too many features in FatRat to be mentioned here, but without a doubt, it is definitely one of the best download manager for Linux. This app has been around since 2006 and is still in active development even until today. Kudos to the developer for making FatRat a great app and distribute it for free.

Give it a try and let us know how you find it. I am sure you won’t be disappointed.


Image credit: Big Stock Photo


  1. There is another download manager (flareGet) also written in C++ using Qt framework. It has a nice GUI and also supports download acceleration using smart file segmentation.


  2. But how to config the proxy? I have done it for many times by combine many config but all fail.

    1. I haven’t tried using the proxy feature yet, but there is a “HTTP/FTP”
      option in the Settings that allows you to use proxy and add user
      credentials. You might want to check it out.

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