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Developer(s) InformAction
Stable release / December 1, 2016; 20 months ago (2016-12-01)[1]
Platform Mozilla Firefox
Available in 43 languages[2]
List of languages
Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, Estonian, French, Finnish, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukraininan
Type Firefox add-on
License GPLv2
Website flashgot.net

FlashGot is a discontinued add-on for Firefox meant to assist interoperability between Firefox and external download managers. A download manager is an app specialized in downloading files from the Internet faster and in a more organized manner. However, not all these apps integrate with Mozilla Firefox. FlashGot resolves this situation by integrating them into Firefox. As of December 2011, FlashGot recognizes and supports 51 different external download managers.[2] When a user chooses to download one or more files, FlashGot offers to send them to the detected download manager. Additionally, FlashGot can detect video embedded in web pages and send their download links to download managers. It supports downloading from the popular YouTube service.

FlashGot supports metalinks for sending mirror and checksum information to supported download managers for faster and more reliable downloads.

Version included an experimental "Search Refinements for downloadable files and media" feature based on Surf Canyon technology.[3] This functionality, which submitted search keywords to Surf Canyon for processing, was easy to opt out of with one click but enabled by default, prompting criticism equating the feature to adware and spyware,[4] even though no user data was reused, shared or stored.[5] The feature was disabled in version and removed in version[6]

In March 2006, PC World included FlashGot in its list of “101 Fabulous Freebies” and regards it as “indispensable”.[7]

The last version of FlashGot was released in December 2016 and is not compatible with Firefox 57 or later versions.[1] FlashGot is free software, as it is released under a GPLv2 license,[1] but is not open-source, as there is no collaborative development at work.

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  1. ^ a b c "FlashGot Mass Downloader". addons.mozilla.org. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Download Manager". FlashGot home page. InformAction. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "FlashGot's Search Refinements Feature". Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  4. ^ Evron, Gadi (17 February 2010). "Mozilla's Add-On Policies And Spyware Surprises". Dark Reading. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  5. ^ "Surf Canyon Privacy Policy". Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  6. ^ "FlashGot CHANGELOG". Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  7. ^ Tweney, Dylan (28 March 2006). "101 Fabulous Freebies". PC World. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 

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