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    1.1.3 • Public • Published

    NOTE: This is an opinionated revision of the original mt-downloader code.

    This codebase enhances upon the original work with the following:


    1. HTTP & HTTPS downloads work: Working download for both protocols. Refer to code examples below.

    2. Properly Downloads Redirecting URLs: Sometimes URLs will redirect to another URL, for N times. This library will follow redirects until it finds the source.

    3. Windows Support: Add official support for Windows 10 x64 and Windows Server 2012 R2 (32 + 64 bit) operating systems.

    4. Multi threaded downloads: In a conventional single threaded download you might experience poor performance due to network lags etc. So you don't completely utilize your bandwidth. With multi threads there is always one thread which is getting data thus minimizing the wait period between data packets.

    5. Stop and start from the last downloaded byte:. You don't have to worry about internet getting disconnected or your computer shutting down while downloading. You can quite easily start from the last byte that was downloaded.


    The conventional npm installation process needs to be followed.

    $ npm install zeltice-mt-downloader --save-dev

    .mtd file

    Once the download starts the library will create a file with a .mtd extension. This file contains some meta information related to the download and is a little bigger (around 10kb) than the original download size. The .mtd file can be used later to restart downloads from where the last byte that was downloaded. After the download is completed the downloader will truncate the file to remove that meta data.


    When you want to start a new download you just need to provide a download url and a download path and call the start() method.

    var url = require("url")
    var path = require("path")
    var mtd = require('zeltice-mt-downloader')
    var target_url = ""
    var file_name = path.basename(url.parse(target_url).pathname)
    var file_path = path.join(__dirname, file_name)
    var downloader = new mtd(file_path, target_url)


    If you want to restart a download from where it left off. You just need to provide the path of the .mtd file.

    var url = require("url")
    var path = require("path")
    var mtd = require('zeltice-mt-downloader')
    // File should have a .mtd extension
    var file_path = "/var/www/"
    var downloader = new mtd(file_path)

    Download Options

    A set of custom options can be sent to control the way a download is performed.

    var options = {
      //To set the total number of download threads
      count: 8, //(Default: 2)
        //To set custom headers, such as cookies etc.
      headers: {cookies: 'abc=pqr;'},
      //HTTP method
      method: 'GET', //(Default: GET)
      //HTTP port
      port: 80, //(Default: 80)
      //If no data is received the download times out. It is measured in seconds.
      timeout: 5, //(Default: 5 seconds)
      //Control the part of file that needs to be downloaded.
      range: '0-100', //(Default: '0-100')
      //Triggered when the download is started
      onStart: function(meta) {
        console.log('Download Started', meta);
      //Triggered when the download is completed
      onEnd: function(err, result) {
        if (err) console.error(err);
        else console.log('Download Complete');

    onStart Callback

    The onStart method is called with some meta data. The main components are as follows -

    1. url: As we learnt from above that we don't need to provide a url parameter to start a download from .mtd file. So this is particularly useful when you want to know the url of a file which is getting downloaded from a .mtd file.

    2. size: This stores the actual download size of the file on the server.

    3. threads: This stores the actual download thread information. Fields such as start, end and position. We will learn more about it later.

    4. headers: You can get all the http Headers of the download in case you want to use them. For instance, you might want to use the Content-Disposition header to get the name of the downloaded file.

    threads Meta

    The onStart callback return a threads object which stores all the information related to the download threads. This vital object is available of consumption for other libraries. With this object you can retrieve all kinds of information related to the download status of the file.

    Each thread has a connection key which shows its downloading status, namely -

    1. Idle: It means that no connection has yet been established successfully.

    2. Open: Connection has been made and data is getting received through this thread.

    3. Closed: Download has been completed successfully for this thread.

    4. Failed: Download abruptly ended for this thread.

    Important Note: Never modify this object or else your download will be corrupted. The threads also have start, position and end keys. They tell what part of the download does each thread represent in terms of bytes. start represents the start byte, end represents the end byte and position represents the bytes that have been downloaded till now.


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