Far from being the average YouTube downloader, Ant Download Manager has been designed to help you download any file, of any sort, from anywhere on the Internet. Having the possibility of grabbing video, audio, and other media files from the most widely used social sharing sites is just an add-on, just like its MP3 conversion capabilities.
This is why some users who may think they are but trying out the latest YouTube grabber, may find themselves wondering if all those connection, authorization, and Debris Links settings are really necessary. And that’s because this tool is actually a download manager capable of saving to disk any archive, audio, image, or video file, as well as documents of any kind that’s stored on the Web. It supports HTTP(S), and FTP(S) network protocols and F4M, M3U8, and RTMP(x) media protocols, as well as the most popular proxy protocols. And that is why it’s been designed to make the most of multi-threaded download processes, downloading multiple files at once in a way that doesn’t slow down your other running processes.
Ant Download Manager comes with all the features you need to access password-protected files and to store those passwords encrypted to help you log in quickly the next time authentication is required. Besides, if you need to double-check the integrity of the downloaded files, this program offers you checksumming capabilities for MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-512 checksums.
But yes, grabbing videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, or Instagram is also part of its beauty. You can integrate it with your favorite browser and download media files directly from there. You’ll be offered to extract the audio of any video file and save it as an individual MP3 file, and the option to choose your preferred video and audio streams of the selected YouTube file and have them glued together during the download process.
Nothing prevents you from using this tool simply to grab your favorite online videos, but it does offer much more than that. Though you may miss the support for torrent and magnet link files that other download managers (free or otherwise) love to offer, this comprehensive download management tool deserves a try – it offers its own package of interesting features which, if not exclusive to Ant Download Manager, certainly add value to it.
- Supports many video sharing sites
- Video converter
- Direct downloads from browser
- Support for all popular browsers
- Downloads from password-protected sites
- Some of the terms used may be confusing for the non-technical user
- No support for torrent or magnet files