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tucan managerSites like RapidShare are a great way to quickly download files of any size, but they aren’t without their downsides. Downloaders usually need to wait for an arbitrary time before a download will begin, while advertisements for wait-free memberships look increasingly tempting. It’s not only annoying; the interface for doing so is usually downright confusing.

Skip this nonsense and get your files. Tucan Manager makes downloading files from single-click file sharing sites as simple as using BitTorrent to download files. The program bypasses the requirement to wait a minute or two before clicking on a download link, and can even queue multiple files for successive downloads if you like.


With support for 13 different single-click sharing sites, Tucan Manager will quickly become your go-to tool for downloading from sites like MegaUpload and MediaFire. Go ahead and download Tucan Manager for Linux, Mac and Windows, but keep reading to see what this program can do.

Using The Application

So you have a link to a file on the likes of RapidShare, but don’t have time to babysit the downloading process. No problem. Just file up Tucan Manager and click “Add Downloads“.

tucan manager

As you can see, all you need to do is paste your link. You can even post multiple links, if you want, with the use of a comma. Once you’ve entered your links you can test to make sure they work:

rapidshare downloader

This will let you know whether the link you’ve copied is valid or not. Some files are taken down from these services (particularly illegal ones), so that might be the explanation for an error. If not, check to make sure your link is a valid one by visiting it with your browser. If this is possible but Tucan doesn’t work, keep reading to find out how to update your services.

Anyway, assuming your links are valid, Tucan will start downloading. The obligatory waiting period still happens:

rapidshare downloader

But, unlike when you use RapidShare with your browser, you don’t need to wait until the waiting period is over. Heck, the program will even solve any captchas for you. Your download will happen automatically:

tucan manager

If you have multiple files set to download Tucan will work through them all in order without your input. This can make using these sites a lot easier, so enjoy!

Supported Sites

Which sites, you ask? Well, as mentioned, Tucan Manager supports 13 different sites as of this writing. These sites include:

  • 4shared
  • megaupload.com
  • sendspace.com
  • zshare.net
  • filefactory.com
  • uploading.com
  • rapidshare.com
  • hotfile.com
  • badongo.com
  • fileserve.com
  • mediafire.com
  • depositfiles.coms
  • easy-share.com

Tucan Manager includes a nifty internal updating feature, meaning the scripts that enable downloading from these different sites are kept working for you. If one of these sites isn’t working check the “Service Configuration” panel in your preferences. If updates are available you’ll find them there.

Coming Features

What else could this program do? Well, uploading files.

The team at Tucan Manager say this feature is in the works, and there’s even a button on the main toolbar for doing so. Here’s hoping uploading is added soon, and Tucan becomes a complete manager for all things related to file sharing.

I always like finding programs that make life simpler, and Tucan certainly counts. If you want the hassle to be taken out of downloading certain files I highly recommend it. Do you like Tucan? Let us know in the comments below, and also feel free to recommend any other simple file sharing services.

  1. Vagablonde
    May 21, 2011 at 6:37 am

    vitys free rapid downloader is also another option.and portable .however mipony has more options

  2. Vagablonde
    May 21, 2011 at 6:34 am

    spam 68..dont use the integrated browser in mipony..it's painfully slow and you dont need it..it will capture links from options..monitor clipboard 

  3. Redwolf28386
    April 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I cant get Tucan to work at all. Tried on 2 different computers. Installs fine, and I can load the download links but downloads never start... even though I have a paid account through Hotfile and Rapidshare

    • Tina
      April 30, 2011 at 10:58 pm

      Redwolf,

      we cannot reproduce your problem. I suggest that you post a question on MakeUseOf Answers and describe your problem. Please specify your operating system and anything else that might play a role. Thank you!

  4. jtaG
    April 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Superb App well done!
    I found Jdownloader complicated and cluttered tried this and it super simple and works

  5. Vivek Parmar
    April 19, 2011 at 10:32 am

    wow, thanks for this. Now every user can easily download everything without any time limit

  6. Shri624
    March 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Anyone tried RDesc?
    I've used it a while now, great app. The app is multi-lingual (including english), but the website is in spanish, so you might want to use google translate.

    List of supported sites:
    Rapidshare.com
    Megaupload
    Mediafire
    4Shared
    Easy-Share
    Gigasize
    HotFile
    DepositFiles
    zshare
    netload
    Uploading.com
    FileFactory
    Storage.to
    Sendspace
    Uploaded.to
    Badongo
    Megarotic
    Megaporn
    Freakshare
    Ziddu
    x7.to
    Letitbit.net
    Megashares
    Zippyshare
    2share
    Egoshare
    Sharingmatrix.com
    Oron.com
    Hyperfileshare.com
    Shareflare.net

    Official page: http://rdesc.com/
    Translated: http://translate.google.com/tr...

  7. Dexter
    March 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Is uGet a good alternative?

  8. Derrek Rose
    February 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    There is other way to solve the problem without any software. Using filetram.com also gives you a direct link to download the files without waiting and like Amitash told rapidshare could disable this option soon. Who careS? :)

  9. Derrek Rose
    February 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    There is other way to solve the problem without any software. Using filetram.com also gives you a direct link to download the files without waiting and like Amitash told rapidshare could disable this option soon. Who careS? :)

  10. jhpot
    February 27, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    That's odd; it worked perfectly for me. If you want help from English speakers I highly recommend you check out Tucan's English forum; they might be more helpful than I.

    http://forums.tucaneando.com/v...

  11. Thorshammer66
    February 27, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Ok...........Copied and pasted a DL link from RapidShare tried to start the down load and a timer box from "http://fileserve.com captcha" It's waiting for an input from me but I have no clue what I'm supposed to type.?.? Also it would be nice if the instructions were available in English..........granted Spanish is the new English, I'm just old school that way.

  12. Thorshammer66
    February 27, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Ok...........Copied and pasted a DL link from RapidShare tried to start the down load and a timer box from "http://fileserve.com captcha" It's waiting for an input from me but I have no clue what I'm supposed to type.?.? Also it would be nice if the instructions were available in English..........granted Spanish is the new English, I'm just old school that way.

  13. noimporta
    February 25, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    A small roundup of filesharing downloaders:

    jdownloader : impressive support of hosters but bloated and taking way too many resources. It's a memory hog after some time running. Multiplatform as it's java based.

    mipony: not-jave, so low in resources. Updated frecuently and no need to dl from fileshares the files you need for the upgrade. A lot of fileshares supported but my favorite features , filerenaming pre-download. You can just change the name of the file you are about to download before you do. You can also sort the files you dl in different directories. It's not a memory hog and so far if on a single connection it's the one I would choose.

    freerapiddownloader: java-based, multiplatform, supports a lot of services too but not as much as jdownloader although i think they update earlier. My favorite feature is the socks-list support, say you have access to several servers with different ips you can route the dl from them through a list. FRD will do the trick and rotate between them.

    Tucan: to be honest, the worst of all, doesn't support as many fhosters and lacks of options....

    there are more but I doubt they deserve mention.

    • jhpot
      February 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      Impressive roundup; you clearly know your way around this software. Mind if I use this comment as the basis for an article soon?

      • noimporta
        February 25, 2011 at 5:02 pm

        sure, not at all :) that way people get to know their options.

      • Aibek
        February 27, 2011 at 8:32 pm

        I think it will make a great post actually

        • jhpot
          February 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm

          It's on the to-do list, boss. :)

        • Aibek
          February 28, 2011 at 5:53 am

          awesome :-)

  14. noimporta
    February 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    A small roundup of filesharing downloaders:

    jdownloader : impressive support of hosters but bloated and taking way too many resources. It's a memory hog after some time running. Multiplatform as it's java based.

    mipony: not-jave, so low in resources. Updated frecuently and no need to dl from fileshares the files you need for the upgrade. A lot of fileshares supported but my favorite features , filerenaming pre-download. You can just change the name of the file you are about to download before you do. You can also sort the files you dl in different directories. It's not a memory hog and so far if on a single connection it's the one I would choose.

    freerapiddownloader: java-based, multiplatform, supports a lot of services too but not as much as jdownloader although i think they update earlier. My favorite feature is the socks-list support, say you have access to several servers with different ips you can route the dl from them through a list. FRD will do the trick and rotate between them.

    Tucan: to be honest, the worst of all, doesn't support as many fhosters and lacks of options....

    there are more but I doubt they deserve mention.

  15. The best torrent site
    February 25, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Hi! I think that Rapidshare is not good enough, there are a lot of torrent sites which allow to download necessary file without waiting time! I think it's better to use them

    • jhpot
      February 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      BitTorrent is awesome, but sometimes your friend sends you a rapidshare link. That's when software like this comes in.

  16. Stlyes373
    February 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    just what i needed , thanks makeuseof for posting

    • jhpot
      February 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      We try. Be sure to check out the comments if you don't like Tucan; there seems to be some great alternatives listed down here.

  17. Spamz6877
    February 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    thought this was interesting so decided to try mipony, and wasnt thrilled. not a fan of the integrated browser. used j downloader and its better. but would like an option to reset/change the captcha, i just cant make out some of those. ill try tucan sometime today see if its any better.
    i wouldnt have known about these types of programs, so thanx makeuseof.....

  18. Spamz6877
    February 24, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    thought this was interesting so decided to try mipony, and wasnt thrilled. not a fan of the integrated browser. used j downloader and its better. but would like an option to reset/change the captcha, i just cant make out some of those. ill try tucan sometime today see if its any better.
    i wouldnt have known about these types of programs, so thanx makeuseof.....

  19. Amitash
    February 24, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Rapidshare will soon disable (sort of) this kind of downloaders.. that is what I heard in another blog!

  20. Nibir Farhan
    February 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    does this support resuming?

    • jhpot
      February 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      It resumed for me with RapidShare.

  21. Charax
    February 23, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    So it's a worse version of JDownloader or FreeRapid Downloader then?

  22. Ender
    February 23, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I have been using mipony for over 2 years.
    before that, I have been using jdownloader.

    I don't think , tuscan has any advantages over those downloaders!

    • Sakagarwal50
      April 10, 2011 at 4:54 am

      i also using mypony, bt using wid idm 2 get more speed nd its working for me

  23. Ender
    February 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I have been using mipony for over 2 years.
    before that, I have been using jdownloader.

    I don't think , tuscan has any advantages over those downloaders!

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