Although I have already published several tutorials on the subject, I continue to receive messages from friends asking me how to download films from the Internet, or rather, how to choose the “right” programs to download films from the Internet. It therefore seems appropriate to return to the subject and publish a new post about it.
I will not dwell too much in small talk. Below is a list of some of the best programs to download movies from the Internet: read it, choose the software that seems best suited to your needs and find out how to use it by reading the instructions I am about to give you. Whether you have a Windows PC, a Mac or a computer equipped with Linux, you will surely find the software that suits you and that will allow you to download all the films of your interest. Good fun!
Caution: illegally downloading copyrighted audiovisual material from the Internet is illegal. This guide was written for illustrative purposes only, it is absolutely not my intention to encourage piracy and therefore I do not take any responsibility for how they can use the information in it.
The BitTorrent network is one of the main channels on which movies are distributed on the Internet. To access it you can use different programs, such as qBitTorrent, which in my humble opinion is one of the best programs to download movies from the BitTorrent network.
Unlike other similar programs (e.g. uTorrent), qBitTorrent does not bore the user with advertising banners or other promotional content, it is completely free, is open source and works on all major computer operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It also has a very handy search function that allows you to find files on the BitTorrent network without opening the browser.
To download qBitTorrent on your computer, connect to the program's website and click on the item first qBittorrent vx.x installer and PGP signature placed next to the Windows flag and then on the link Download qBittorrent Windows present on the page that opens. If you are using a Mac, click on the item instead qBittorrent vx.x (DMG and PGP signature) placed next to the Apple logo (the apple) and then on the link Download qBittorrent Mac OS X present on the page that if you press.
Once the download is complete, if you are using a Windows PC, launch the executable qbittorrent_xx_setup.exe click her cousin Yes and then OK e forward. Then put the check mark next to the item I accept the license conditions click her cousin forward twice in a row and then on Installe end to conclude the setup.
If you're using a Mac, open the package instead dmg that you downloaded from the qBitTorrent website, drag the program icon to the folder Applications of OS X and that's it. At the first start of the software you will have to click with the right mouse button on its icon and select the item apri from the menu that appears (otherwise the OS X security system will not allow you to start it).
At the end of the installation, open qBitTorrent, go to its settings (Tools> Options> Connection) and check the number of the portused by the program to receive incoming connections. Then access the configuration panel of your modem / router, access the section dedicated to port forwarding and create a new rule to open the port used by qBitTorrent (so that the software can communicate freely with the outside and can download at most speed). More info on this procedure can be found in my tutorial on how to open the router ports.
Now you can download all the movies you want from the BitTorrent network! To find the files of your interest, go to the menu View of qBitTorrent, select the item Search engine from the latter and select the tab Research that appears in the main program window. If you are using a Windows PC, you will be prompted to install Python, a free component without which the qBitTorrent search function cannot be used: accepts without problems.
At this point, use the qBitTorrent search bar to search for the movies of your interest (to limit the search to video files you can select the item Movies from the drop-down menu on the right) and when you find what you are interested in, double click on the name of a file to start the download. I recommend, to have fast downloads, always download files that have a high number of sources (seeds / peers) to their credit.
Among the many films available on the BitTorrent network, there are also some made by emerging authors in search of visibility and some in the public domain, which can be downloaded and watched for free in a completely legal way (as they are no longer protected by copyright). Here are some of the sites where you can find this kind of content.
- Archive.org - famous site for downloading material no longer covered by copyright. In its video section you can find hundreds of films in all languages to download directly or via the BitTorrent network.
- Vodo - a reference point in the panorama of independent productions within which it is possible to find films and short films distributed free of charge by their authors. They are mostly in English, all visible in streaming and downloadable via BitTorrent.
- Public Domain Torrents - another site where you can find hundreds of movies now in the public domain downloadable via BitTorrent.
- TorrentSeeker - a search engine for Torrent files that allows you to find movies and any other files on the BitTorrent network.
Please note: For added security, I strongly recommend that you associate the use of any P2P program with that of a good one VPN, that is, a virtual private network for use the BitTorrent network, download and surf online anonymously, without being tracked. There are so many VPN solutions available, for example NordVPN (which I told you better here) and Surfshark, which encrypt the connection using many servers scattered all over the world on PC / Mac, smartphones, tablets and other devices; all at affordable prices.
JDownloader (Windows / Mac / Linux)
Nowadays, many movies are distributed through file hosting services, such as MEGA or Rapidgator. This is where JDownloader comes into play, a free and open source download manager that simplifies the download from these services thanks to a series of very interesting features.
Using JDownloader, you can avoid the pop-up advertisements and the endless waits in front of the hosting services countdowns (the program is waiting for you!), You can receive notifications when it's time to type the verification code (captcha ) needed to start the download and you can automatically extract the files you download to your PC. Also, if you have a premium account or are subscribed to a debrid service, you can configure your account directly in the program and download at maximum speed without entering captcha.
Another very interesting feature of JDownloader is that it works on all popular operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. To download it to your PC, connect to its official website and first click on windows flag and then on the rumors Download 32/64Bit Webinstaller (Rar-Archive RECOMMENDED), Click to start the Download e Download via browser. The download is done via MEGA, so make sure you are using a browser compatible with this service (eg Google Chrome).
When the download is complete, open theRAR archive that you just downloaded on your PC (if you don't know how to open RAR files, read my guide on the subject) and launch the file Install JDownloader.exe which is located inside. In the window that opens, click on the button Yes and wait for all the components necessary for JDownloader to work from the Internet. When the download is complete, select the item Advanced Installation, click the buttons Next, Accept, Skip all e Finish and in no time JDownloader will be installed on your computer. If you are offered the download of additional promotional software, refuse by clicking on Skip/Skip All.
If you use a Mac, you can download JDownloader simply by connecting to the program's website and first clicking on the Apple and then on the voice Download Installer Mac OS X Version 10.7 or higher which appears below. Then open the package dmg that contains the software, starts the executable JDownloader Installer present in it and waits for all the components necessary for JDownloader to function from the Internet. When the download is complete, click OK, Next, Skip e Finish And that's it.
Now comes the fun! Open the web page that contains the film of your interest, click with the right mouse button on the address bar of the browser and copythe address contained within it. A notification from JDownloader should warn you that the link has been "captured" (obviously JDownloader must be running).
Then go back to the main window of JDownloader, select the tab Capture Links and click on the button play located at the top left to start downloading the "captured" movies from the browser. If you have a premium account for file hosting services or are subscribed to a debrid service, configure your account by going to settings of JDownloader and clicking on the button Add present nella sezione Account management of the program.
Although it is not as popular as a few years ago and its downloads are not as fast as those offered by the BitTorrent network, among programs to download movies eMule must also be mentioned. Reason? On its networks (eD2K and Kad) it is possible to find "rare" films that are impossible to find on other peer to peer circuits.
To download eMule on your PC, connect to its official website and click on the item Download found under the heading Installer. Then open the program installation package (eMulexx-Installer.exe) and first click on Yes and then OK, forward, Accept, forward, Install, yet forward e end to complete the setup.
Once the installation of eMule is finished, you have to go through the initial configuration procedure of the program. This is a procedure during which you have to choose the nickname to use on eD2K networks, you need to configure the doors used by the program to communicate with the outside world and you have to choose whether or not to activateprotocol obfuscation (a function that allows you to bypass the anti-P2P filters of Internet providers). If you don't know where to put your hands, follow the instructions I gave you in my tutorial on how to configure eMule.
After configuring the program, you have to open its ports in the router, you have to update the list of eD2K servers and you have to establish your first connection to the Kad network. To find out how, read my guides on how to open eMule ports, how to update the eMule server list and how to connect to the Kad network.
Finally, to download a movie with eMule, you need to go to the tab Search of the program and you have to select from the drop-down menu Research method the network you want to search on (Kad o Global for the eD2K network). When the search results appear, sort them by the number of sources available (by clicking on the tab Availability) and double click on the name of the file to download.
Purposes Poppy? Don't worry, you can use a named eMule "clone" aMule: you will find explained how to install it and how to use it in my article on how to set up eMule on Mac.
XdccDownloader (Windows / Mac / Linux)
The IRC network experienced its golden age in the late 90's and early 2000's, when many users used it every day to chat. Since then a lot of water has passed under the bridge but the IRC network is not dead, indeed it has evolved and today it is used extensively for the distribution of multimedia content, including films.
XdccDownloader is a free program for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux that allows you to search for files on all Italian IRC channels and download them with a simple double click. It does not require any configuration and ensures excellent download speeds.
To download XdccDownloader on your computer, connected to its official website, scroll down the page and click on arrow with your operating system logo. Then open the archive zip which contains the program and extract it to a folder of your choice (if you are using a Mac, extract it to the folder Applications).
You don't even need to explain the rest: start XdccDownloader, search for the movie to download using the appropriate bar in the main program window and start downloading the file of your interest by double clicking on its name.
App to Download Movies
Now i programs to download movies they are no longer a prerogative of computers, there are also apps that allow you to download films on smartphones and tablets. Do not you believe it? Then run to read my tutorials on how to download movies on Android and how to download movies on iPhone and get ready to change your mind!