Tired of always seeing the same TV programs or watching that movie you know by heart for the umpteenth time, you were advised to rely on programs that allow you to download some new movies from the Internet. Not being particularly knowledgeable on the subject and having recently switched to Mac, you would like to know how to download free movies with Mac to watch without time constraints and even without an Internet connection, wherever you are.
Well, don't worry: you need to know that there are several solutions that you can consider. You can rely on programs to download movies from the BitTorrent network or the IRC network, or fall back on famous peer to peer software such as aMule (the version of eMule optimized for macOS and Linux) which, although not as popular as a few years ago, remains a valid solution to download from the Web. In addition, you can search and download movies even without resorting to software to install on your computer, such as websites that collect films that are no longer copyrighted and legally downloadable or services that allow you to record movies of the television schedule, to be downloaded later on your computer.
Please note:: Illegal downloading of copyrighted films from the Internet is illegal. This guide has been written for illustrative purposes only, it is absolutely not my intention to encourage piracy and therefore I do not take any responsibility for how you may use the information in it.
Programs to Download Movies for Free with Mac
Among the best solutions for download free movies with Mac, there are programs to install on your computer. In addition to popular software, such as Torrent clients, there are also download managers dedicated to hosting services that allow you to download multimedia files with ease. Read on to learn more.
Among the best programs to download free movies with Mac there is qBittorrent, a software that allows you to download files from the BitTorrent network. It is free and unlike other programs (e.g. uTorrent), it does not include advertising banners or additional promotional software.
To download qBittorrent on your Mac, connected to the official website of the software, click on the item Download present in the top menu, select the option DMG present accanto alla voce Download link e clicca sull'opzione Download qBittorrent Mac OS X.
A download complete, apri il dmg package just downloaded, drag qBittorrent inside the folder Applications macOS and open the latter, then right-click on the program icon and select the item apri from the menu that appears to start the software and avoid macOS restrictions for applications from non-certified developers (this is necessary only for the first run of the program).
Now, click on the entry View present in the menu bar and select the option Search engine to enable qBittorrent's internal search engine. Then select the tab Research, pigia sul pulsating Search Extensions and, in the new open window, click on the button Check for updates to update all search plugins useful for searching movies on various Torrent sites. Once the update is complete, press the buttons OK e Close, type the title of the film of your interest in the search bar at the top and click on the button Search.
Complete the search, select the item distributors to first view files with multiple sources active and then with a faster download speed, then double-click on the file of interest to add it to the download list. Then select the tab Transfers to view the progress of the download.
As an alternative to qBittorrent's internal search function, you can download a Torrent file from the Web and then add it to the program by double clicking on it. In this regard, you may find my guide dedicated to Torrent sites useful. If, on the other hand, you want to learn more about how qBittorrent works and know how to increase its download speed, I leave you to my guide on how to use qBittorrent.
Another thing I recommend you do is use one VPN: it is a virtual private network that allows you to browse and download files from the Internet securely and anonymously, disguising their position. There are so many VPN solutions available, for example NordVPN (which I told you about in depth here) and Surfshark, which are available on both Mac and Windows, but also on smartphones, tablets and other devices, and take advantage of many servers scattered all over the world. They are cheap and also allow you to overcome censorship and access foreign catalogs of streaming services.
JDownloader is a free software that allows you to download movies from hosting services and any other site that hosts video files, such as MEGA, RapidGator, Openload etc. It also allows you to "capture" multimedia files from all web pages with the ability to download it to your computer.
If you think JDownloader is the solution that best suits your needs, connect on its official website and click on the item Download present in the top menu. On the newly opened page, select the option Poppy and click on the link Download Installer Mac OS X Version [versione] or higher e pulsing sul pulsating Download to start the software download.
Once the download is complete, double-click the file JD2Setup.dmg and launch the executable JDownloader Installer contained within it. Press the button apri and confirm the choice of the installation language by clicking on the button OK, dopodiché pigia sul pulsnte Next four consecutive times and wait for the installation to complete. Finally, click on the buttons Skip e Finish to close the window and start the program.
Now, all you have to do is connect to the website where the film of your interest is available and copy its URL. Automatically, JDownloader captures the link (if the program is running) that you will be able to view in the tab Capture Links: then presses the ▶ ︎ button at the top left to start the download.
If you have a premium account for a cyberlocker or you have a subscription to a debrid service (those systems that allow you to have a premium account valid for multiple hosting services), you can configure it by pressing the tab Settings and clicking on the item Account management present in the left sidebar. To know more, you can read my guide on how to use JDownloader.
aMule is the Mac optimized version of eMule, one of the most popular software for downloading files from the Internet. Although in recent years it has lost popularity at the expense of the programs mentioned above, it still remains a valid alternative for those looking for lesser-known films, impossible to find on other peer to peer circuits.
To download aMule on your Mac, connect to the official forum of the program, click on the version of macOS you are interested in and select the link to Dropbox. In the new open page, press the button Download at the top right and select the option Direct download from the menu that appears to start the aMule download.
Once the download is complete, double-click the file aMule- [version] .zip and drag aMule in the folder Applications macOS, then open it, right click on the program icon and select the item apri from the menu that appears (this operation is only necessary at the first start, to bypass macOS restrictions on applications from non-certified developers). To learn more, you can read my guide on how to download eMule.
You are now ready to download movies with aMule. Click on the item Search at the top, write the title of the film of your interest in the field Name e pulsing sul pulsating starts to start the search. Once you have found the movie you want to download, double click on its name to add it to the download list that you can view by selecting the option Download (l'icona delle two yellow arrows) up. Wait, then, for the download of the film and that's it.
You need to know that to optimize aMule and download at maximum speed, you need to log in to Settings software by selecting the item Pref Renze in the top menu and open the ports, update the server list and connect to the Kad network. To learn more, I leave you to my guide on how to set up eMule on Mac.
XdccDownloader is a free software that allows you to search and download films in Italian from the IRC network (Internet Relay Chat), an instant messaging protocol on the Internet in vogue in the nineties and used for chatting. Over the years it has remained alive and today it is mainly used for the distribution of multimedia content.
To download XdccDownloader, connected to its website, scroll down the page until you find the item Version 1.7.0, click on sull'icona della freccia rivolta verse il basso relative to the Mac and, in the new open page, presses the button Download.
Once the download is complete, double-click the file XdccDownloader_mac_ [version] .zip, drag CdccDownloader in the folder Applications macOS and open the latter, then right-click on the program icon and select the item apri from the menu that appears to start the program for the first time and avoid macOS restrictions for applications from non-certified developers.
Now, all you have to do to download a movie is to write its title in the search field and press the button Start to start the search for the film in question. Then find the title of your interest in the search results and double-click on it to start the download. Simple, right?
Sites to Download Free Movies with Mac
If you prefer to download a film without installing any program on your computer, you should know that there are Internet sites that allow the download of films of all kinds and that, in many cases, do not even require registration. Here are a few sites to download free movies with Mac that you can take into consideration.
Among the solutions you can consider to download free movies on Mac there is also Infinity, the Mediaset online service that allows you to stream movies, TV series and documentaries, with the possibility of downloading them to your computer via the client InfinityTV. The service offers a free 30-day trial after which it costs 7,99 euros / month.
To activate your free Infinity trial, connect to the service website and click on the item try free at the top right, then enter your details in the fields Email e Password e pulsing sul pulsating Confirmation. On the new page that opens, type yours name e last name in the appropriate fields, specify the payment method between credit card e PayPal, tick the request to accept the terms of service and click the button Continue to activate the free trial. For detailed steps, you can read my guide on how to see Infinity for free.
After logging into your account, locate the film of your interest and click on the item Card to read the plot, view the trailer and the cast. Press the button Download to add it to your download list on the InfinityTV plugin and start downloading it. If the Infinity client is not yet installed on your Mac, select the item click here to start the download.
Once the download is complete, double-click the file InfinityTVPlugin.pkg, pigia sul pulsating Continue twice in a row and click on the button Install, then enter the password of your user account on macOS and presses the button Install software. Wait, then, for the installation to be completed, then start the program and enter the access data to your Infinity account in the fields Email address e Password e pulsing sul pulsating Login.
To download a movie, repeat the above and that's it. To learn more about how it works, you can read my guide on how Infinity works.
VCast it is not really a service for downloading films, but allows you to record programs, films and everything that is transmitted on the free-to-air digital terrestrial networks (excluding Mediaset channels). Once the registration is complete, it allows you to download the recorded film to your computer and watch it offline and without time constraints.
To record a movie with VCast, scroll through the list of movies available on the main page of the service visible under the heading Movies - Best of the week. Then locate the title you are interested in and click on its playbill to access the descriptive card where you can read the plot, watch the trailer and, above all, find out the channel and time of broadcast. To schedule recording, click the button Register top right and that's it.
Alternatively, select the option Manual registration (l'icona del tondo) present in the top menu, presses the button Choose channel to set the digital terrestrial channel to be recorded, set the start and end time of recording and click on the item Register to schedule the recording. If, on the other hand, you want to access television programming and choose a movie, click on the icon of three dashes at the top and select the option TV Guide from the menu that appears. Then locate the film of your interest, click on its title and press the button Register.
Once your registration is complete, select the option The crumb Rec (l'icona della arrow inside a cloud) in the top menu and click on the icon freccia rivolta verse il basso related to the registration of your interest, then select the option Download present at the top and click on the item Download file to start downloading the recorded movie to your computer.
You should know that the free version of VCast allows you to record 20 hours per month and with a maximum quality of 360p. To have more hours of recording available, increase video quality and take advantage of additional features, you can subscribe to one of the subscription plans starting from 2,60 euros / month.
Archive.org is a website that "collects" hundreds and hundreds of public domain works of all kinds. You can find music, newspapers, magazines and films that are no longer protected by copyright and therefore free to download. In its catalog there are also famous films such as "Night of the Living Dead", "Frankenstein" and "20.000 Leagues Under the Sea". Unfortunately, however, almost all the films are in the original language and without subtitles.
To download a movie from Archive.org, connect to the main page of the service and click on the icon of film to access the section dedicated to videos. On the newly opened page, click on the option Feature Film and select the genre of film you are interested in from Sci-Fi/Horror, Comedy movie, Film Noir etc.
Now, find your favorite movie and click on its title to access the page for viewing and downloading. Then press the ▶ ︎ button to start playing it, otherwise locate the box Download option in the sidebar on the right and click on the format of your interest to start the automatic download. If, on the other hand, the download does not start but a new window opens with a player, click on the i icon three dots e pulsing sul pulsating Download to download the movie to your Mac.
Public Domain Torrents
Public Domain Torrents is a portal very similar to Archive.org on which hundreds of public domain movies are available for download via the BitTorrent network. Again, the films are in the original language and without subtitles.
If it is not a problem for you to watch a film in English, connect to the Public Domain Torrents site and select one of the genres in the sidebar on the left (Animation, Comedy, Horror, Drama, Musicals, War, Western etc.). Then scroll through the list of available films and click on the title of the one you are interested in, then scroll down the new open page and click on the option Click for Divx to download the movie in AVI format or on voice Click for PSP MP4 for PSP compatible MP4 file download.
You must know, however, that the files downloaded from Public Domain Torrents, as you can well guess from the name of the service, are files with the .torrent extension to be used with one of the programs I mentioned in the previous paragraphs. Alternatively, you can also download a Torrent file from a browser using services such as ZbigZ.
Now, click on the icon of folder at the top right, select the Torrent file downloaded just now from Public Domain Torrents and press the button apri, then click on the button GO to start downloading the movie. It will be useful to know that you can use ZbigZ for free to download files smaller than 1GB (without registration for files smaller than 100MB): to remove these limitations, you can take out subscriptions starting at $ 3,99.