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pyLoad is a fast, lightweight and full featured download manager for many One-Click-Hoster, container formats like DLC, video sites or just plain http/ftp links (supported hosts). It aims for low hardware requirements and platform independence to be runnable on all kind of systems (desktop pc, netbook, NAS, router). Despite its strict restriction it is packed full of features just like webinterface, captcha recognition, unrar and much more.

pyLoad is divided into core and clients, to make it easily remote accessible. Currently there are (screenshots):

  • a webinterface;
  • a command line interface;
  • a GUI written in Qt;
  • and an Android client.


Install the pyloadAUR package from the AUR.


Required dependencies are handled by the AUR package's PKGBUILD. Nevertheless, some optional dependencies aren't:

  • Ability to establish a secure connection to core or webinterface.
# pacman -S openssl python2-pyopenssl
  • For ClickNLoad support.
# pacman -S js


Run Setup Assistant:

# pyLoadCore -s

The Setup Assistant gives you a jump start, by providing a basic but working setup. Being a basic setup, there are more options and you should at least look at them, since some sections are untouched by the Assistant, like the permissions section.

Tip: Most (if not all) of the options can be changed with pyLoadGui or with the the Web Interface.


However, if you prefer to edit the pyload.conf yourself and you went with the default conf directory, you can change the settings by editing {{Filename|~/.pyload/pyload.conf}. Use your favorite editor to edit, ie:

# nano ~/.pyload/pyload.conf

You can get aquainted with most of the configuration options in this page. Do note that it is outdated, in a sense, since the Template:Filename files it refers to do not match what's still on that page.

While also editable with the web interface, you can also change the plugins configuration by editing Template:Filename. Use your favorite editor to edit, ie:

# nano ~/.pyload/plugins.conf

Extraction passwords are store in ~/.pyload/unrar_passwords.txt. To add passwords either edit the file or:

# echo '<password>' >> ~/.pyload/unrar_passwords.txt

You can get aquainted with most of the configuration options in this page. Do note that it is outdated, in a sense, since the /opt/pyload/module/config/ files it refers to do not match what's still on that page.


For more info on this,

cat /opt/pyload/scripts/Readme.txt

and visit forums.

If you are interested in running userscripts, before running, you need to either

# chmod 777 /opt/pyload/scripts/


# chown <user you defined in pyload.conf / permissions settings> /opt/pyload/scripts/

in order for pyLoadCore to create the necessary folders.



# pyLoadCore 
Tip: You may want to add pyLoadCore --daemon to your Template:Filename

Interfacing with pyLoadCore

# pyLoadCli
# pyLoadGui

Or, as stated above, with the web interface. If the default settings are true, then:



To start pyload as a daemon we have to create it first:

touch /etc/rc.d/pyload
chmod +x /etc/rc.d/pyload

Now edit the content with:

nano /etc/rc.d/pyload

TIP: Don't forget to change USER and PIDFILE and/or uncommenting lines after # after pyload update restart itself if required.


. /etc/rc.conf
. /etc/rc.d/functions


case "$1" in
    stat_busy "Starting pyload"
    su $USER -c '/usr/bin/pyLoadCore --daemon' &> /dev/null
    # after pyload update restart itself
    # sleep 30                                                                    # waiting time for pyload updates
    # su $USER -c "kill -15 $(cat $PIDFILE) && rm -f $PIDFILE" &> /dev/null       # kill pyload
    # su $USER -c '/usr/bin/pyLoadCore --daemon' &> /dev/null                     # restart pyload
    if [ $? -gt 0 ]; then
      add_daemon pyLoadCored
    stat_busy "Stopping pyload"
    # killall -w -s 2 /usr/bin/pyLoadCore &> /dev/null
    su $USER -c "kill -15 $(cat $PIDFILE) && rm -f $PIDFILE" &> /dev/null
    if [ $? -gt 0 ]; then
      rm_daemon pyLoadCored
    $0 stop
    sleep 3
    $0 start
    echo "usage: $0 {start|stop|restart}"
exit 0

Finally start pyload with:

rc.d start pyload

To start pyload automatically add it to the daemon array in Template:Filename.


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uGet available in AUR (GTK).

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