Using KGet Download Manager with Firefox

A couple of days ago, I took a look at KGet, which is KDE's resident download manager.

As you'd expect, KGet features heavy integration within Konqueror, the KDE web browser. However, many KDE users prefer to browse with Firefox for greater compatibility, meaning full integration between their browser and KGet isn't possible by default.

Today, I'm going to show you how you can integrate the two programs using third-party Firefox extension FlashGot.


First of all, head over to the FlashGot website. On the left hand side of the page, click Download and then Install Now on the new page to download and install the Firefox extension.

Download FlashGot

Choose to Install Now.

Install FlashGot Firefox extension permissions

Once the extension is installed, you'll be asked to restart Firefox. Do so, and now FlashGot should be installed.


The first step once FlashGot is inside your browser is to make sure that KGet is selected as the default download manager to use.

Right-click in any blank area of a Firefox window, and go to FlashGot Options. On this list will be all the supported download managers that FlashGot has detected are installed on your system. Choose KGet from the list, and it becomes your default download manager.

FlashGot contextual menu


There are now several different ways you can force FlashGot to invoke KGet to perform a download.

For any download that springs an open/save dialogue, like the one below, FlashGot will include an option on that dialogue box that allows you to perform the download with KGet (or any other download manager).

FlashGot Firefox download window integration

Alternatively, you can right-click any link on a web page and choose FlashGot link from the menu to download the link with KGet.

FlashGot context menu (Link)

Finally, there are also several other functions of FlashGot (including downloading all the links on a single page) that you can use to perform downloads with KGet, or any other external download manager of your choice. I won't go through them all here, you can read more on the FlashGot site.

FlashGot is an excellent solution for KDE users that want to enjoy the extra functionality and integration of the KGet download manager, but that use Firefox as their primary browser.

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Peter Upfold is a technology enthusiast from the UK. Peter’s interest in Linux stems back to 2003, when curiosity got the better of him and he began using SUSE 9.0. Now he runs Linux Mint 9 on the desktop, runs a CentOS-based web server from home for his personal website and dabbles in all sorts of technology things across the Windows, Mac and open source worlds.

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Discussion: Using KGet Download Manager with Firefox

  1. Binny V A (guest)

    # Posted on 23 July 2008 at 04:20 PM

    Thanks :-)

  2. Hezy (guest)

    # Posted on 23 July 2008 at 08:37 PM

    Nice. I've done the same with Gwget.

  3. mzahit29 (guest)

    # Posted on 20 October 2008 at 09:51 AM

    I use ubuntu 8.04. I downloaded flashgot and kget but flashgot doesn't detect kget. I tried downthemall and it works fine with flashgot. what can be the problem with kget. should i reinstall it?

  4. droot (guest)

    # Posted on 04 June 2009 at 04:22 PM

    thx realy simple thx to u

  5. wayne (guest)

    # Posted on 27 July 2009 at 03:18 PM

    excellent thanks

  6. Karl0s (guest)

    # Posted on 25 November 2009 at 09:57 PM

    Well, it works. mostly.... but because that's NOT real INTEGRATION, if you need to access user/password proected files and those are passed by cookies (for instance premium account download from rapidshare or megaupload) the download will fail 'cause kget reads ONLY cookies stored in Konqueror and completli ignores those passed to it by flashgot.... Sad isn't it ? :-(

  7. Faisal (guest)

    # Posted on 11 October 2010 at 07:40 AM

    Well, I install gwget, when i tried to integrate it with flashgot it asks for a executable path. I couldn't find it, and for that reason my download never started gwget... would u please can help me?

  8. Santanu (guest)

    # Posted on 18 July 2011 at 04:41 AM


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