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There are plenty of hints here involving Safari's excellent Activity window, like this one.

I managed, however, to find one more way to use it. I was downloading mp3's from my friends' alternative band music site. The player is in Flash, so I went to the Activity window and copied the first download file, which was at this URL: http://www.nonitz.ic.cz/mp3s/mp3-0.mp3. When I went to copy the next one, I noticed that the only difference was the sequential number at the end (i.e. .mp3-1.mp3, .mp3-2.mp3, etc.)

So I created a text file and copy and pasted multiple lines, edited the numbers, selected all, copied, and then pasted into Safari's Activity window. No surprise here -- it just worked!
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Download multiple files with Safari's Activity window
Authored by: chancer on Feb 25, '10 08:11:47AM

I don't think you need to use a text file. Just select all the files you want in the Activity window, do a Copy, then open your Downloads window and do a Paste.



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Download multiple files with Safari's Activity window
Authored by: osxpounder on Feb 25, '10 09:10:12AM

Interesting hint. I tried it on my Leopard machine, running Safari 4.0.4 (5531.21.10), but found I was not allowed to paste into the Activity window.



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Download multiple files with Safari's Activity window
Authored by: pwasson on Feb 25, '10 09:24:33AM

Perhaps he meant to paste into the Downloads window. That worked for me.



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Download multiple files with Safari's Activity window
Authored by: gio on Feb 25, '10 09:28:20AM

you can also paste the url list in the Safari Downloads Window, at least in Safari 4.0.4 under Snow Leopard.



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or use curl
Authored by: redfood on Feb 25, '10 09:38:41AM
Or use curl and you don't have to edit any numbers. Get all the files with a single command. From the terminal:

curl http://www.nonitz.ic.cz/mp3s/mp3-[0-5].mp3 -o mp3-#1.mp3

(Change the 5 to the last number in the sequence)

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Download multiple files with Safari's Activity window
Authored by: mark hunte on Feb 25, '10 10:09:24AM

This seems wrong to me and i am sorry to say, pointless !.

As far as I know you can NOT paste into the Safari's Activity window. You can only copy from it.
If I am wrong then can someone else confirm they can do it like the hinter says they did.

I suspect they the hinter is really talking about copying from Safari's Activity window, doing their text thing with the numbers. And then Pasting into the Downloads window.


This hint needs updating to reflect it the downloads window being pasted into.
Also it should be made clear that if you have the urls to the file all already in the Activity window, you can use the shift or command keys to select more than one at a time. The real hint here is that you can paste a url into the downloads window from plain text. Which if I am honest I thought had been posted some where here, when people first had safari!.

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Edited on Feb 25, '10 10:11:50AM by mark hunte



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Download multiple files with Safari's Activity window
Authored by: zpjet on Feb 25, '10 12:25:18PM

Well I even provided the link to the hint with multiple selections in Activity window. And yes my point was pasting from a plain text file. Or from any multiple lines text.

Because the files from the site were sequentially played by Flash player, they wouldn't appear together in the same Activity window. SO I created the plain text file which looked like this list, and copy-pasted (try to copy it from here, if you want).

http://www.nonitz.ic.cz/mp3s/mp3-0.mp3
http://www.nonitz.ic.cz/mp3s/mp3-1.mp3
http://www.nonitz.ic.cz/mp3s/mp3-2.mp3
http://www.nonitz.ic.cz/mp3s/mp3-3.mp3
http://www.nonitz.ic.cz/mp3s/mp3-4.mp3
http://www.nonitz.ic.cz/mp3s/mp3-5.mp3

Another example could be getting all hi-res pictures from a gallery. Let's say you have a page with 100 thumbnails linked to high resolution pictures. You can go to Activity and shift-select all the pictures which would have names /pics/xxx-01-low.jpg, /pics-xxx-02-low.jpg etc. Then paste into a TextEdit, and do Find & Replace All "low" to "high". Then select all, copy, paste to Downloads and voila, you got yourself all hi-res files in Downloads folder. Of course, one needs to have a proper look where and how the URL are formatted - it could be that you need to replace "/pics/thumbs/" to "/hirespics/" or similar. But with many items, it's worth the try!

Disclaimer: I've always hated repetitive jobs. I was only ten when I attached a drill machine to a corn mill to have ob done ten times faster... Or, a few years ago, created a book of poems with 300 pages with two-hour development of php script and a single shift-click in InDesign, the job which three people used to do for a week before.



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You can use cURL to save even more time
Authored by: dean_muc on Feb 25, '10 11:03:18AM

Just open the Terminal and enter:
curl -O http://www.nonitz.ic.cz/mp3s/mp3-[0-9].mp3

this will save all files from mp3-0 to mp3-9



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You can use cURL to save even more time
Authored by: zpjet on Feb 25, '10 04:55:28PM

Although I love flexibility of command line (my first "computer" was a unix terminal in 1992), I'm afraid Safari has one advantage here: simultaneous downloads.



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Download multiple files with Safari's Activity window
Authored by: DamnItsHot on Feb 25, '10 11:03:57AM

I suspect he meant to paste the list into the downloads window - that is the only thing that makes any cents uh since oh hell sense ;-)



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I believe what the OP meant…
Authored by: hobbster on Feb 25, '10 11:53:21AM

is that he pasted the text in to Safari's Downloads window rather than the Activity window.



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Download multiple files with Safari's Activity window
Authored by: zpjet on Feb 25, '10 12:05:33PM

Oops yes it was supposed to be Downloads window, can you fix it please. Also the hint would start with "excellent Downloads window" although both windows are brilliant!



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Download multiple files with Safari's Activity window
Authored by: Felix on Feb 25, '10 12:37:22PM

Ah, yes, good QC by Team Mac OS X Hints. ;-)



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Download multiple files with Safari's Activity window
Authored by: Felix on Feb 25, '10 12:39:29PM

Deleted...double post.

Edited on Feb 25, '10 12:40:14PM by Felix



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Download multiple files with Safari's Activity window
Authored by: Fairly on Feb 25, '10 08:01:43PM

OMG.



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Download multiple files with Safari's Activity window
Authored by: macawm on Feb 25, '10 12:34:51PM
If you're like me and don't like mousing around and copying and pasting all that much this curl command might be to your liking.
curl http://www.nonitz.ic.cz/mp3s/mp3-[0-9].mp3 -o ~/Downloads/nonitz_#1.mp3
This allows you to name the downloaded files as you want, with the sequential numbers. The important bits are the "[0-9]" and the "#1".

Long live the terminal.

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Download multiple files with Safari's Activity window
Authored by: Stormchild on Feb 25, '10 08:40:41PM

I came here to post the 'curl' tip, but I see that several other people already did, so I'll just throw in another vote for curl.



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Download multiple files with Safari's Activity window
Authored by: ascanio on Feb 26, '10 12:43:30AM

You can also just double click the line in Activity window.



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Download multiple files with Safari's Activity window
Authored by: broomdodger on Feb 26, '10 10:35:08AM

>Authored by: ascanio on Fri, Feb 26 2010 at 12:43AM PST
>You can also just double click the line in Activity window.

Option-Double-Click the line in Activity window will download a file.



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Download multiple files with Safari's Activity window
Authored by: ascanio on Feb 26, '10 10:14:36PM

At least for me (up to 10.6.2) just double clicking has always worked fine. But I think it is just matter of trying which one works for you... ;)



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Download multiple files with Safari's Activity window
Authored by: MJCube on Feb 26, '10 01:38:05PM
Now there’s a hint! Never tried that, thank you.

For whole series of files, I prefer curl because that way each file gets written to disk at once, rather than incrememtally saving several at a time. AFAIK OS X doesn’t automatically de-fragment files smaller than 2MB.

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Download multiple files with Safari's Activity window
Authored by: ViViDboarder on Mar 01, '10 07:18:46AM
A couple tips similar to this...

I've found jDownloader to be great for this kind of task. If you have a lot of links that you want to download and have jDownloader open it can catch links from the clipboard and start on them right away. So you just take all the links and select them and hit Copy and then it's done!

It works really well with part.rar files on sites like Rapidshare as it supports authentication and it even does the extraction for you.

Another little tip I've used (but now that I know about that Safari window it may not be necessary. Also I didn't know you could paste links into the Downloads window) is a bookmarklet I made. Sometimes you get a video that opens up into the browser instead of downloading or an audio clip even. This bookmarklet will open up a small window with a link to the file you're viewing. So you can then Secondary click and Save As... Just thought I'd share.
javascript:myurl = location.href;dT30FfN=new%20Date();wdGs8c6=window.open('','w'+dT30FfN.getTime(),'innerWidth=400,innerHeight=100,scrollbars,menubar');wdGs8c6.document.write('<a href="' + myurl + '">' + myurl + '</a>');void(wdGs8c6.document.close())


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