KGet is an easy-to-use, powerful download manager. It has built-in translations and provides many features that most other managers don’t offer, such as night mode or intelligent speeding up on movies. It is a strong contender amongst open-source free download managers.
Some of the features include:
- Download files from FTP and HTTP(S) sources.
- Pausing and resuming downloading files and the ability to restart a download.
- It tells lots of information about current and pending downloads.
- Embedding into the system tray.
- Integration with the Konqueror web browser.
- Metalink support contains multiple URLs for downloads, checksums, and other information.
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install KGet Download Manager on Debian 11 Bullseye using the command line terminal using two methods: apt from Debian repository or Flatpak third-party package manager for users that would like to use updated recent versions.
Table of Contents
First, update your Debian system to ensure all existing packages are up to date.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
Install KGet Download Manager – APT Method
Before running the installation command, run an apt update to reflect the new imported PPA.
sudo apt-get update
Install the software using the following command.
sudo apt install kget -y
Install KGet Download Manager – Flatpak Method
The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager, which is not installed on Debian distributions by default. Debian does not install any third-party package managers to keep the environment as stable as possible. In most cases, this is fine, but specific packages often fall behind, and you may require a newer version; Flatpak is renowned compared to competitors like Snaps and is installed by default on many other Linux distros.
First, install the Flatpak manager; this can be skipped if you already have it installed.
sudo apt install flatpak -y
For users installing Flatpak for the first time, it is often recommended to reboot your system. Failure to do this can occur with odd issues arising, such as paths not being generated for icons.
SKIP THE REBOOT IF FLATPAK IS INSTALLED.
Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal:
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Now install the video editor using the following flatpak command.
flatpak install flathub org.kde.kget -y
How to Launch KGet Download Manager
Now that you have the software installed, launching can be done in a few ways.
In your terminal, use the following command.
Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance.
flatpak run org.kde.kget
However, most desktop users would use the following path to open.
Activities > Show Applications > KGet
The first time you will be prompted with this one-time pop-up unless you are using Konqueror skip.
Once the application has launched, you will arrive at your default landing screen; you can go to settings and configure; it is very straightforward.
How to Update/Upgrade KGet Download Manager
The software should update by itself with your system packages for desktop users using the APT package manager. For users that would like to check manually, use the following command in your terminal.
APT Update Method
sudo apt upgrade && sudo apt upgrade
Flatpak Update Method
How to Remove (Uninstall) KGet Download Manager
KGet, when installed, adds quite a few dependencies, so ideally, using the autoremove command is best to keep your system clean and not bloated.
APT Remove Method
sudo apt autoremove kget -y
Flatpak Remove Method
Users that installed a more recent version of KGet using Flatpak and Flathub use the following command.
flatpak uninstall --delete-data flathub org.kde.kget
Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-up.
flatpak remove --unused
Comments and Conclusion
If you are looking for a powerful, feature-rich download manager that is easy to use and has translations built-in, then KGet should be your first choice. It offers many features that other managers don’t have, and it’s open-source and free!