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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.

Available clients (screenshots):

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


Install pyload-ngAUR.


Create all the files with:

# pyload
Note: This command must be run as the same user that will run pyload. For example if you run pyload as a daemon using the systemd service, either run this command as user pyload or change /etc/systemd/system/pyload.service to another user. If you choose to run this command as user pyload you will have to edit /etc/passwd to modify pyload's shell from /bin/false to /bin/bash.

This will give 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 the web interface.


You can also directly edit pyload.conf (located in ~/.pyload/ by default.

While also editable with the web interface, you can change the plugins configuration by editing ~/.pyload/plugins.conf.

Extraction passwords are stored in ~/.pyload/unrar_passwords.txt.


For more info on this read /opt/pyload/scripts/Readme.txt.

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

# chown user /opt/pyload/scripts/

(the user being the one you defined in pyload.conf / permissions settings) in order for pyLoadCore to create the necessary folders.



# pyload

To run pyLoad in the background, use:

# pyload --daemon

Interfacing with pyLoad

Using the web interface, with default settings, then:



Tip: Do not forget to change $USER and $GROUP
Description=Downloadtool for One-Click-Hoster written in python.



To start pyload start pyload service.

To have it started automatically on boot, enable pyload service.

See also

List of applications/Internet#Download managers