Leech
Leech
3.1.4

5.0

Leech free download for Mac

Leech3.1.4

10 May 2019

Complete control over your downloads.

Overview

Leech gives you complete control over your downloads and full browser integration. You can queue, pause and resume downloads, download from password-protected servers and store your passwords in your system-wide, secure keychain. And you won't have to worry about downloads that were disrupted by a crashing browser ever again.

Sure, your browser can download. But does it let you easily accelerate downloads, limit bandwidth, download on a schedule, or execute rules to sort incoming downloaded files? Doubt it. And clearly, you're not going to be able to quit that RAM-consuming monster of a browser until all your downloads are done.

What's new in Leech

Version 3.1.4:
Bug Fixes and Improvements
  • Fixed a bug where Leech considered download attempts successful when a connection was established, but nothing was actually downloaded. (Hat tip to Diana T. for catching this one.)
  • In Mojave, scrolling the Leech window would cause a portion of the displayed list of URLs to be blanked out; resizing would fix the problem. As this is annoying, we made it so that scrolling works as expected.

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How would you rate Leech app?

33 Reviews of Leech

Sgt-Bob-IE
31 March 2010
Version: 2.0

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This is a joke. I paid for leech when it was 1.1.3 (see previous comment) and then after 1.1.4, support just disappears and now after a year, suddenly they drop 2.0 and expect people to buy it. Oh great I can pay $5 to upgrade as a leech 1.x owner. No thank you. Owners of leech 1.x should be getting an automatic upgrade to 2.x after paying for an app that only worked for a few months.
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LuukLuuk
12 February 2014
Version: 2.2
Good workflow, stability, speed and easiness. Perfect app. I don't know anything about all the old drama written below, I don't care, this program just works for me. Especially the feature to limit to certain number of downloads per host and/or in total is gold, because I don't want to be to hard on some hosts. I just want to quickly (copy/paste :)) enter a 2do list and don't look back until it has finished.
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Morlo
12 September 2012
Version: 2.1.1
works great.. i just wish it could work without using the context menu in chrome. And supported segmented downloads for greater speed too.
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Shredder69
24 May 2012
Version: 2.1
Can't even get it to download correctly.
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Rnetter
27 April 2011
Version: 2.0.7
Chrome, Opera and iCab are not supported and I don't think this up is being developed anymore since 2 years. I still use it and love it but the missing support for Chrome etc. lets me look for other software periodically
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GeogProf
09 April 2011
Version: 2.0.7
This, like a few other downloading apps still on offer and even new ones just coming out, is utterly useless if it doesn't include multi-threaded downloading. Why would I add more complexity to my downloading if it offers no speed enhancement? I don't get it, and I won't get it.
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Porcustal
15 January 2011
Version: 2.0.7
oddly enough I can't get Leech to work with links here on macupdate
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L0xby
31 December 2010
Version: 2.0.7
please add an option to have leech update the "date modified" timestamp of a downloaded file to the current date/time. i hate having to go look for a file with an old timestamp when the save directory is sorted by modified date. thanks.
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Y-Guy
28 June 2010
Version: 2.0.4
I'd like to say I've tried this software and loved it. However, after reading all the drama and customer service attitude I'll steer clear. You lost all your customer data (shameful), the product gets abandoned for a period of time, and then you come along asking for upgrade fees? Sorry I want software that solves problems and doesn't create drama in my life.
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Sala7575
02 June 2010
Version: 2.0.2
I think this app is very excellent. It works perfect.
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::mile::
26 April 2010
Version: 2.0.2
Even though there seem to have been some changes within the staff of ManyTricks, I've pretty much had it with any kind of company or app respectively that involves Peter Maurer...! Don't get me wrong though -- Peter Maurer has lots of talent when it comes to designing good-looking and useful Mac apps ... but he also has the habit of starting promising projects and then abandoning them after a short period of time...! :( 'Leech' is just one of several examples over the last few years...
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Utrunn
24 April 2010
Version: 2.0.1
I really liked this app when I used the trial version. For me though, the features it offers are basically the same as Speed Download except Speed Download accelerates downloads too. Leech is awesome but I just have to go with Speed Download.
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evilinstone
22 April 2010
Version: 2.0.1
not bad. simple. working without problem (2.0 version). please add support bandwidth limitation and I shall buy this app. ;) thanks.
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Leo-Spill
14 April 2010
Version: 2.0
Leech was released as version 1.0 on May the 7th 2008. Version 1.1.4 was released two months later on June the 4th. Then no updates till version 2.0 on March 31st 2010. For the disappearing act - I suggest starting with a clean sheet. Free updates should be handed out to everyone who purchased a license - period.
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Leo-Spill
01 April 2010
Version: 2.0
Is this an April fool's joke on us registered users ? I also feel a bit let down by 'Many Tricks' and especially Rob Griffiths whose idea it must have been to charge original registered users. Those same users who supported the app in the first place, only to be left high and dry when the developer went on a two year long hiatus. An upgrade price hike from version 1.1.4 to version 2 is pretty poor PR ( Even if it is only a $5 fee ) Should be a free upgrade for previous users, for the developers disappearing act. Trust has to be earned.
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Sgt-Bob-IE
31 March 2010
Version: 2.0
This is a joke. I paid for leech when it was 1.1.3 (see previous comment) and then after 1.1.4, support just disappears and now after a year, suddenly they drop 2.0 and expect people to buy it. Oh great I can pay $5 to upgrade as a leech 1.x owner. No thank you. Owners of leech 1.x should be getting an automatic upgrade to 2.x after paying for an app that only worked for a few months.
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Bonobo
26 March 2010
Version: 1.1.4
Many Tricks is back online, with Rob Griffiths (of MacOSXHints fame) joining the company. There have been updates, they have an ACTIVE blog now, and I definitely know they are actively working on cool new stuff as well as on more updates to their existing software. See http://www.manytricks.com and http://www.manytricks.com/blog for more information.
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Ehrlich
08 January 2010
Version: 1.1.4
in its days it was the nicest downloadmanager available Its dead now ... the browser integration does not work with snow leopard - no updates available.
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dwp-1
15 November 2009
Version: 1.1.4
Where are the updates? None of his app's been updated lately, yFlicks? Discouraging for a developer with such great potential.
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Echorob
12 October 2009
Version: 1.1.4
Very poor showing from this company no updates in ages no replies to emails no nothing stay away from this app
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allanmacam-1
17 September 2009
Version: 1.1.4
Will we ever see this great little app in Snow Leopard?
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Leo-Spill
09 April 2009
Version: 1.1.4
No updates in ten months ? No fixes for sites - the app balks at ? Very disappointing developer interest in this project for a fee based application.
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Robotank
24 March 2009
Version: 1.1.4
Leech is nice and lightweight and has a lovely, minimal interface. Though it's not as versatile as SpeedDownload, I tend to prefer it for the simple reason that it works properly with OmniWeb. SpeedDownload integration with OmniWeb has caused problems as far back as I can remember, while Leech is fully compatible. Also, Leech properly handles certain files from authenticated web sites (namely, my university's Blackboard site) that SD had problems with. On the other hand, SD does seem to generally achieve better speeds than Leech, so I still use it manually to download large files. IMO, both apps offer substantial advantages over any browser's built-in download window.
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benr
20 September 2008
Version: 1.1.4
I wish it could replace Speed Download, but so far it just can't. My specific irritation is the lack of a bandwidth throttle. SD lets me keep browsing while downloading by reducing its download speed, Leech just sucks it all up!
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TSMelo
18 September 2008
Version: 1.1.4
I would love to say that it "just works", but the truth is that when it works it offers no advantages to Safari's built-in downloader... I honestly cannot remember if Leech was EVER able to successfully resume a paused download... Most (all?) of the time I have to browse to Leech's history and download again an in several times that doesn't work either, so I have to go to the webpages again (which were already closed, obviously) to get the files... If your connection drops mid-download, be ready to loose everything you had already downloaded... etc etc... I love Leech's interface (LOVE IT!), but owning both Leech and SpeedDownload I have to say that SpeedDownload is way faster, it successfully pauses/resumes downloads, it successfully re-downloads, has a better history browse... etc... But I hate its interface and could never get used to it... I'll try the lite version, but I already know that its interface is no match for Leech's... Let's see...
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jamsoft
26 August 2008
Version: 1.1.4
Leech is a great little app - It's lightweight, fast, stable, and most importantly it just works. I've repeatedly tried other download managers in the past (Speed download, iGetter, Download Wizard, etc.) and I always found myself uninstalling them because their 'cons' far outweighed any 'pros'. They were everything I didn't want in a download manager: overly complex, clunky, intrusive, required excess system resources, and they were unstable to the point that it even caused other applications to crash. Pros: - Lightweight & fast - Stable - Automatically integrates with Safari/Firefox's cookies, authenticated sessions, and stored passwords. In other words, downloading files from a website that you're a member of (i.e. a premium RapidShare account) automatically works without you having to mess around with setting up or configuring any tedious rules. - Plenty of user controllable features & settings (i.e. automatically resize download window, private downloading, user definable rules, etc.) - It just works. Cons: - Doesn't seem to properly work on a couple sites. - Could use a few more features. Suggestions: - It'd be nice if Leech would preserve the "Where from:" URL like Safari does when you download a file. (You can view it in the Finder's "Get Info" window under the "More Info:" tab.) - Leech (or any download manager for that matter) can always be optimized even further. It'd be great if Leech honed in on maximizing your download speed. Conclusion: If you download files on a regular basis (whether it's apps, music, movies, or anything else) I highly recommend you give Leech a try!
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Leo-Spill
31 July 2008
Version: 1.1.4
Won't accept downloads from : http://www.adobe.com/ Just downloads a dlm.html Please fix these anomalies.
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Leo-Spill
04 July 2008
Version: 1.1.4
I purchased Leech and while not perfect does bridge a gap between bloated software and Apples own inept download window. I can download fine using Rapidshare and other larger sites but Depositfiles, easy-share,filefactory and similar smaller download sites - Leach balks at their downloads. My only request would be for a proper resuming of downloads - It's frustrating to when a download has to re-download completely from 0% after a stall or to pause it. Also maybe that it's window could shrink up and down from the menu bar - so it saves real estate. Or shrink into a mini-window when not in use. But would recommend Leech, if you like a little more control over your downloads - and who doesn't ?
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Corpsecorps
04 July 2008
Version: 1.1.3
To begin with, i thought this was great. However, i haven't once gotten it to download properly from RapidShare. Regardless of the file size, i only wind up with a 4-12 KB download. .
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Akrobat
02 July 2008
Version: 1.1.3
I really like this app. It's simple, elegant and does it's job well. The only thing I'd like to see is a 'download accelerator' built in, like iGetter and Speed Download. I use Leech regularly, however if I want good download speeds I have to switch to iGetter. All in all a good job.
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Elegraphy
11 June 2008
Version: 1.1.2
Leech is an easy to use, drag and drop download manager that intergrade with Safari. Guess who's the developer for this gem? Peter Maurer He's the creator for Butler and the original brain for MenuCalendarClock, and other brilliant apps. Not only that, this developer has great support for his audience. Last time I have trouble paying through PayPal when Leech has daily special on MacZOT.com, so I emailed ManyTricks; both the company and Peter made quick responds to my problem. As my appreciation I donated $20 to them as well.
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Larsen2k4
26 May 2008
Version: 1.1.2
Teseted it, bought it, using it all day ... works great - thanks ;)
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Vvarp
19 May 2008
Version: 1.1.1
Great extension to your browsing experience. Interface for setting up rules is really smart and dead simple, not to mention it works great. Thanks to this feature, Leech replaced DownloadQueue for me. Nice job, I am waiting for more!
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Excomax
15 May 2008
Version: 1.1
Okay, years ago, when I used to do my work on Windows-PCs, I had LeechGet installed. A really good download manager. Then, after switching to Mac, I looked around and found SpeedDownload, which is a really good download manager. But there are way too much options in it that clutter up the window. But it's cool. So I paid for SD4 and then SD5. And now I fell in love with Leech. The first moment I saw it I knew that Leech has it. It has everything I need. A clean interface nice auto clearing of the DL-list, closing after successful download... But version 1.0 had to flaws that made Leech a bit less useful: No direct browser integration and no possibility to set up rules. So I wrote to the developer. And I hadn't expected such a quick reply and shortly after that, Leech 1.1 has both functions built in. Now I can switch to Leech and don't have to cry one tear for SpeedDownload. The best thing is the switcher-discount. Instead of really cheap 9,95€ Leech is just 6,95€. Great! I recommend that download manager to everyone who likes clean and fast UIs without the need of an built in ftp- or p2p-client. Just one more thing would be fine as I realize now by using it as main program for downloads: Growl integration would be the top of all. I think I should ask for it. ;)
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