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Quickly download multiple linked items in Safari Web Browsers
If you frequently download lots of files from web pages and are tired clicking each one of the links in order to download the files, you can save your time if you use this tip:
  1. Open the page that has the files you want to download
  2. Press Command-Option-A (to show Safari's Activity window) and you will see all links on that page, including the links to other pages
  3. Select those links belonging to the files or pages you want to download
  4. Press Command-C to copy the links
  5. Press Command-Option-L to open the Downloads window
  6. Click on the downloads window in order to activate it
  7. Press Command-V to paste the links (from memory)
All files will be downloaded to your desktop. This tip is useful also if you just want to have the links and you can also copy links as plain text from TextEdit, for instance. You can download anything: pages, images, videos, text, anything, as far as a URL pointing to the file is on the page you are visiting.

[robg adds: We've talked about the Activity Window before, and even, I believe, dragging and dropping URLs from it to the Downloads window. But I thought this was worth a mention as a method of downloading large numbers of linked items at a time.]
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Quickly download multiple linked items in Safari
Authored by: pwitzkoske on Aug 23, '06 09:33:45AM
A far easier solution is to use Firefox instead of Safari and the awesome plugin Download Them All: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/201/

I quote here from the download page, "DownThemAll is fast, reliable and easy-to-use! It lets you download all the links or images contained in a webpage and much more: you can refine your downloads by fully customizable criteria to get only what you really want! DownThemAll is absolutely freeware and open-source. No Adware, no Spyware."

It's amazingly easy to use and incredibly fast. It's also updated in a timely manner when Firefox is updated too.

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Quickly download multiple linked items in Safari
Authored by: beccles on Aug 23, '06 07:30:23PM
Or, if this is something you do regurlarly and you don't mind command line tools: use fink to install the tool wget.

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Quickly download multiple linked items in Safari
Authored by: Grommet on Aug 24, '06 02:02:34PM

Firefox runs like ass on OS X.

More extensions just make it more sluggish and bloated.

And no, it wouldn't be 'far easier' to move all of your bookmarks, cookies, and saved passwords to Firefox from Safari.

Perhaps as a one-trick pony Firefox would do the job (DownThemAll, VideoDownloader), but for daily browsing it's far too sluggish to use.



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Quickly download multiple linked items in Safari
Authored by: osxpounder on Aug 24, '06 02:30:04PM

Firefox works like a champ for me, with several useful extensions installed [Google Browser Sync, Tab Mix Plus, a few others]. The benefits, for me, outweigh the extra few seconds it takes to render a web page, but I admit it seems a bit slower than Safari.



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Quickly download multiple linked items in Safari
Authored by: zo219 on Nov 07, '08 12:04:19AM

Runs like ass unless you are on a fast connection and tweak network pipelining and max connections, google for instructions.



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Quickly download multiple linked items in Safari
Authored by: excarnate on Mar 02, '10 01:15:15PM

It runs fine for me, and the supported and well-implemented ability to skip Flash and animated gifs makes it a far better experience.

The ability to control Javascript easily with it off by default makes it a safer experience that is rich when needed.

The problem you are having is YOUR problem, not everyone's.

Is Firefox a bloated warthog? I think so. Does Flash cause it to crash a lot? For me it does. Does it work better than Safari and give a better experience? For me it does.

YMMV, narf.



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Quickly download multiple linked items in Safari
Authored by: 1amzave on Aug 23, '06 10:50:25AM

Unless I'm missing something fairly major here, wouldn't it be much easier to simply option-click all the links you want to download directly from the page itself?
(I thought this was a fairly well-known shortcut, but perhaps it deserves a hint of its own?)



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Quickly download multiple linked items in Safari
Authored by: Unsoluble on Aug 23, '06 07:11:05PM
I think the point of this hint is to make things even faster than Option-clicking. Imagine if there were 50 or a hundred download links on a page -- Option-clicking them all would take forever, while this method is just one copy/paste.

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Quickly download multiple linked items in Safari
Authored by: qwerty denzel on Aug 24, '06 03:37:20AM
This is just plain false! The activity viewer contains a list of all the content of the page, all the stuff that was loaded by the browser like images, pages within frames, scripts, stylesheets, etc.
However, it does not contain a list of all the links on the page.
To get those, you could use a bookmarklet such as: (sorry, source forgotten)
javascript:WN7z=open('','Z6','width=400,height=200,scrollbars,resizable,menubar');
DL5e=document.links;
with(WN7z.document){
write('<base%20target=_blank>');
for(lKi=0;lKi<DL5e.length;lKi++){
write(DL5e[lKi].toString().link(DL5e[lKi])+'<br><br>')
};
void(close())
}


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