Download files and YouTube videos with ‘Chrome Downloader Plus’

By , Jul 26, 2013

Chrome Download Plus

Chrome Downloader Plus is a recently released jailbreak tweak for users of Google Chrome. It combines your typical browser downloader tweak with a tweak that allows you to download YouTube videos as well. It’s basically a combination of two tweaks, and it allows you to import things like YouTube videos directly into your media libraries. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the jump…

Chrome Downloader Plus is an upgrade to the original Chrome Downloader, and it contains a brand new UI redesign. The tweak, when compared to its predecessor, looks much sleeker, and matches the style of the stock Google Chrome app well.

Once downloads are complete, they’ll be stored under one of two sections: Downloads or YouTube. Obviously, normal downloads will be stored under the downloads section, and this includes things like zip files, mp3s, etc. The YouTube section, which resides right next to the Download section, will contain only YouTube downloads. You can use the “open in” feature to open the download in various supported apps, and with YouTube downloads, you can play and import the video or audio into your library courtesy of the built in gremlin support.

Chrome Download Manager 02

While initiating regular downloads is a fairly straightforward affair, the approach is a bit different when interfacing with YouTube videos. YouTube video downloads require you to be on the video page for the YouTube item you wish to download. Once there, you’ll notice a small nub at the bottom of the screen. This nub must be pulled up towards the top of the screen to expose the various resolution buttons available for the video download. This system works, but if you have a tweak like Zephyr installed, expect it to conflict and be difficult to use.

As far as options go, you’ll notice quite a few of them in the preference panel for Chrome Downloader Plus. At the top of the preferences, you’ll find a kill switch labeled “Download Files”. Beneath the kill switch, you’ll find a separate toggle for YouTube Downloads along with Autoplay. The File Types option allows you to designate what type of files that Chrome Downloader Plus will work with. Don’t worry, there’s an abundance of supported file types included out of the box, so you shouldn’t have to tinker with this setting much unless you want to stop certain files from being downloaded. Lastly, you’ll notice an option for Max Concurrent Downloads, and a setting for receiving a notification once a download successfully completes and Chrome is running in the background.

Chrome Downloader Plus

While Chrome Downloader Plus worked fairly well during my testing with the tweak, I did notice that it hiccuped once or twice while attempting to start a YouTube download. It’s hard to discern whether or not this was an issue with Chrome Downloader Plus, or with YouTube in general. At any rate, it certainly isn’t a make or break issue for the tweak.

By and large, this is one of the best add-ons for Google Chrome yet. In fact, it’s been an excellent week for jailbroken Google Chrome users with both Chrome Downloader Plus and BMarks Bar — the excellent bookmark bar enabling tweak — launching in the same week. If you’re looking to get much more out of your stock Google Chrome app, then I highly recommend both of these tweaks. Chrome Downloader Plus can be had for $3 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Let me know if you decide to give it a whirl in the comment section below.

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  • Jack

    does this conflict with YourTube at all and if both are installed will it have any adverse effects?

  • Yunsar

    Jeff is now the only person in iDB that makes posts about new tweaks in cydia. I think this is because he is the only one with jailbroken iOS 6 (on his iPod)

  • Shingo

    how bout for stock safari?

    • Lordthree

      There has been a safari downloader since the beginning

      • Shingo

        yes but no download function when i am on youtube ….. or is there ?

      • Lordthree

        Well. If you mean a downloader for the google make ‘YouTube’ app then I’m not sure.

        The google YouTube app is far and away the worst YouTube experiences on iOS. It has no volume slide, and no way to zoom letter boxed videos. It also plays adds.

        There are dozens of better YouTube clients available, and I’m pretty sure many in the App Store allow downloading (I believe McTube for example)

        I normally use jasmine as I have no need to ever download a YouTube video, but if I did, I would consider looking at something like ProTube (in cydia) which has the download function built it. I believe it has the same feature set and doesn’t force you to use any crappy google ad-ware

        There are MANY programs that allow YouTube downloads (or just mp3’s from YouTube) to ios devices. This one’s just designed to work with chrome.

  • Pankaj Rana

    ProTuber,,, best youtube downloader.

  • Janet Green

    This is useful, no doubt, but I still don’t understand why browsers like chrome and FF haven’t just made it part of the browser already like the torch browser does. At this point it should come standard.

  • inliferound

    what theme are you using?