Following the closure of major sites such as MegaUpload and the decline in popularity of some P2P software, such as the hugely popular eMule, many users have changed their download habits and found new ways to download videos, music and games from the Internet. Others, on the other hand - those less experienced or in any case less up-to-date on the subject - have been confused and have not yet managed to find valid services or programs to rely on.
If you are one of them too, don't worry. Today I will deal with this topic by suggesting you how to download free movies from the Internet with some of the best programs currently out there. Choose the one that best suits your needs and follow the instructions I am about to give you to start downloading again without a hitch. No matter what computer you have or what operating system you use, you are sure to find something suitable for you!
But be careful: illegally downloading audiovisual material protected by copyright from the Internet is a crime. This guide has been written for illustrative purposes only and it is absolutely not my intention to encourage piracy, so I take no responsibility for how you may use the information in this article. Then don't tell me I didn't warn you!
Let's start this guide on how to download free movies from the Internet from a program that shouldn't be missing on any computer. I refer to qBitTorrent, one of the best programs to download files from the BitTorrent network. It's free, lightweight, and open source, which never hurts! It is also compatible with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, includes a search engine for Torrent files and 100% "clean": it does not include advertising banners or additional promotional toolbars or software.
To download it to your PC, connect to its official website and click on the item first qBittorrent vxx installer which is next to the Windows logo and then on that Download qBittorrent Windows present on the page that opens. When the download is complete, open the file qbittorrent_xx_setup.exe you just downloaded and click on Yes and then OK e forward. Then put the check mark next to the item I accept the license conditions and finish the setup by clicking on first forward twice in a row and then on Install e end.
If you use a Mac, to download qBitTorrent you need to connect to the program's website and first click on the item qBittorrent vxx (located next to the Apple logo) and then on the link Download qBittorrent Mac OS X (on the page that opens). After that you have to open the dmg package which contains qBitTorrent and drag the software icon to the folder Applications of OS X. That's it!
At this point, start qBitTorrent and activate the search engine for Torrent files by selecting the item Search engine (o Search Engine) from the menu View. If you use Windows you may be asked to download the Python software: accept by clicking on the button Yes and wait a few seconds for the search engine to appear.
After activating the search engine in qBitTorrent, click on the tab Research of the program, type the name of the movie you want to download in the bar located in the center of the window and press the button Submit on the PC keyboard. Then sort the search results according to the number of sources available by clicking on the tab Seeders, and start downloading the file by double clicking on its name.
If the search engines included in qBitTorrent do not satisfy you, I remind you that there are excellent Torrent sites that you can visit directly from the browser and that allow you to find files of all kinds.
Please note: if you want to download at maximum speed, remember to "open" the port used by qBitTorrent to accommodate incoming connections to your router. To find out which port is used by qBitTorrent to accommodate incoming connections, go to the menu Tools> Options> Connection of the program and check the number in the field Port used for incoming connections (Eg. 8999). Then access the configuration panel of your modem / router and start the creation of a new rule (or the creation of a new virtual server) to open the port in question. For more information about it, see my guide on how to open the router ports.
JDownloader (Windows / Mac / Linux)
Another software that cannot be missing on your computer is JDownloader, the best download manager for download free movies from the Internet from hosting services and from any other site hosting video files: MEGA, Easybytez, Rapidgator, Tusfiles, Uploaded etc. It is updated frequently and also supports debrid services.
To download JDownloader on your PC, connect to its official website and first click on windows flag and then on the voice Download 32/64Bit Webinstaller (Rar-Archive RECOMMENDED) which appears below. Then presses on the link Click to start the Download displayed in the center of the screen and start the download of JDownloader from MEGA by clicking on the button Download via browser. Since MEGA is optimized to work with Chrome, I recommend using this browser.
When the download is complete, open the archive Install JDownloader.rar you just downloaded on your PC (if you don't know how to open RAR files read my guide dedicated to the topic), extract the contents in any folder and start the executable Install JDownloader.exe.
In the window that opens, click on the button Yes, wait for all the components needed to install JDownloader to be downloaded from the Internet and go ahead by clicking on Advanced Installation and then Next, Accept, Skip all e Finish.
If you use a Mac, download JDownloader by connecting to its official website and first clicking on the logo of Apple and then on the voice Download Installer Mac OS X Version 10.7 or higher. When the download is complete, open the file dmg you just downloaded, launch the executable JDownloader Installer and install the software by clicking in sequence on OK, Next, Skip e Finish. Again, at the beginning of the setup some files will be downloaded from the Internet, so make sure you have an active connection.
Once the installation is complete, start JDownloader and leave it running. Then open your browser, visit the page hosting the video you want to download and copy the address located in the browser's URL bar (the one in the top center). You will see a notification from JDownloader appear at the top right.
At this point, go back to JDownloader, select the tab Capture Links and click on the button play to start downloading the videos that the program has "captured" automatically. If you have a premium account for a cyberlocker or you are subscribed to a debrid service (one of those systems that allow you to download from multiple hosting services using a single premium account), you can configure it by going to the menu Settings of JDownloader, selecting the item Account management from the left sidebar and pressing the button Add.
For more information on the functions and how to use the program, I invite you to read my guides on how to use Jdownloader and how to configure Jdownloader.
XdccDownloader (Windows / Mac / Linux)
XdccDownloader is a small free application that allows you to find, and then download, files on the Italian channels of the IRC network. Unlike classic IRC clients, it is very easy to use and does not require text commands to be learned by heart. It is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
If you want to use it, all you have to do is connect to its official website and click on the arrow with the logo of the operating system installed on your computer: the colored flag for Windows, the apple for Mac OS X or the penguin for Linux. If a Google Drive page opens that warns you that it was not possible to check the file with an antivirus, ignore it and proceed to download by clicking on the appropriate button.
When the download is complete, open the zip archive you just downloaded by double clicking on it, extract the contents in any folder and start the program XdccDownloader.exe. If you are using a Mac, open the package dmg you just downloaded, copy the program icon to the folder Applications of OS X and start it (if an error message appears, right click on the XdccDownloader icon and select the item apri from the context menu to start it anyway).
In the window that opens, then type the title of the movie you want to download in the field Research and press the button Submit on the computer keyboard to start searching for the file on the IRC network. Once you have found the video you are interested in, double click on its title and it will be automatically downloaded to your PC.
Please note: if you don't want to limit yourself to downloading movies and want to better understand how the IRC network works, read my tutorial dedicated to mIRC, one of the most famous IRC clients for Windows.
While eMule is not as popular as a few years ago, it remains a great software for download free movies from the Internet also, which can count on a vast archive of films in Italian that are difficult to find elsewhere on the big network. The download speed is not always at the top (often you have to wait long queues to complete the download of a movie) but for certain more “niche” contents it is practically unbeatable.
To download eMule on your PC, connect to the program's website and click on the item Download collocata sotto the dicitura Installer. When the download is complete, open the file eMule0.50a-Installer.exe you just downloaded and click on Yes and then OK e forward. Then accept the conditions of use of the software by clicking on the button Accept, and finish the setup by pressing on first forward twice in a row and then on Install, forward e end.
If you use a Mac you need to use aMule, a version of eMule optimized for OS X (and Linux). Its operation is practically identical to its Windows counterpart. To download aMule on your computer, connect to the SourceForge page that hosts it and click on the link next to the item Looking for the latest version?
When the download is complete, open the zip package you just downloaded, extract the aMule icon in the folder Applications of OS X and that's it. To start the software for the first time it may be necessary to right click on its icon and select the item apri give the menu answer.
To maximize the download speed, you need to open the ports used by eMule in your router and you need to use a list of updated servers. To know more about both procedures, consult my guides on how to open eMule ports and how to update eMule server list.
Record TV Programs
Italian TV channels broadcast hundreds of films a day: why not take advantage of them? Thanks to Vcast, an excellent online service made in Italy, it is possible to record all free digital terrestrial channels (except those of Mediaset, by direct will of the company of the biscione) by storing the recordings directly on Google Drive, OneDrive or other services of cloud storage.
The basic version of the service is totally free, but it is possible to subscribe to paid plans that offer additional features. Going into more detail, Vcast Free allows you to record up to 16 hours of programs per month in standard quality (MP4), Vcast Premium (€ 3,99 / month or € 39,90 / year) allows you to record up to 32 hours of content per month in enhanced SD quality (576p, MP4 or MKV), while Vcast Premium + (€ 4,99 / month or € 49,90 / year) it allows you to record up to 64 hours of content per month in HD / Full HD quality, also allowing the simultaneous use of three cloud storage services.
Scheduling recordings with Vcast is really a breeze. After signing up for the new version of the service (by pressing the button Sign up present in the home) all you have to do is connect a Cloud Storage account of your choice Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive o pCloud. You can do this very easily via the Settings of your Vcast account (symbol of a little man with your nickname) and pressing the button Add, corresponding to the service you have chosen.
Once done, you can call up the TV Guide from the top menu, click on the title of the program you wish to record and confirm the recording by pressing the button Register.
Alternatively you can take advantage of the Manual programming which allows you to set a custom timer for all channels supported by the service, as well as customize the quality of the recording file and other additional options.
Do you remember the programs to watch on TV, and therefore to record, always at the last moment? No problem. Thanks to applications such as FREE TV Guide for Android and SuperGuidaTV for iPhone you can schedule Vcast recordings even from smartphones and tablets.
After registration is complete, you will receive a notification email and you can download free Internet movies (or any other content you have registered) simply by logging into your OneDrive account, Google Drive etc. More comfortable than that?
If you want to know more, read my tutorial on how to record from TV in which I explained to you in more detail how Vcast and the apps connected to it work.