[Windows] Quickly and easily download online videos, Flash games, and music with Orbit Downloader

Downloading videos, music, and Flash games off the internet can be a pain. This goes double if you’re trying to grab multiple files at once. That is where Orbit Downloader comes in to help. This is a freeware program that is made to be integrated with different browsers to make downloading batches of files easier.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

Orbit Downloader makes it easier to download media files right off the internet. All you have to do is right click on the video or picture you want, and the Orbit Downloader menu will pop up. It can even be used to grab Flash games in the same way. Simply hold your mouse over the game you want to grab, and Orbit will display a button over the game for quick downloading.

Pros

  • Helps you easily download videos, music, Flash games and much more
  • Extremely easy and intuitive to use
  • Uses very little system resources (memory)
  • Downloads seem to go much faster than when done with your browser alone
  • Easily download multiple files from a site with just one click
  • Tons of configuration options
  • Not actually a toolbar but a small button that appears next to your “Home” button on your browser

Cons

  • Had some problems getting it to work seamlessly with FireFox, mostly with Flash downloads (despite FireFox being listed as a browser Orbit Downloader can work with)
  • Program’s interface seems a bit bland
  • Asks if you want to install the WhiteSmoke Toolbar during installation (you don’t have to — you can opt-out)
  • Does not list Chrome as a supported browser. Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Maxthon are all supported.

Discussion

Downloading media files has never been so simple. Orbit Downloader is a freeware program that can help you download the files that you want in small or big batches. In fact, the program can help you download videos, music, Flash games and more! It does this by working with your internet browser. There are a number of things I love about this program, so let’s get started.

First, you can leave this program up and running all the time if you want. That is because it uses the bare minimum amount of memory to run. If there is one thing that I can’t stand, it’s programs that are memory hogs (looking at you Firefox).

Another great thing about Orbit Downloader is how quick it can download files. I tried downloading a file with by browser and then tried doing it with Orbit. I did this on a few different sites and Orbit Downloader won every time. Since Orbit Downloader gives you a ton of different configuration options, you can make sure that the program works just how you want it to.

As much as I loved the program, I did have a few problems with it. Most of these problems were noticed when trying to use the program with Firefox (which is the browser I tend to use the most…despite its memory hogging nature). The program worked just fine when I tried to download videos and music, but struggled with Flash games. I know that it does not have this problem with other browsers as it worked perfectly with Internet Explore and Opera.

I also noticed that the program did not list Chrome as a supported web browser. I was not able to test this, as Chrome is one of the few browsers I don’t have installed, but I found it odd that it would leave Chrome out considering how popular it has become.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

Orbit Downloader seems to work well enough, as long as you don’t try to download Flash games in Firefox. It was also shocking to see that they did not list support for Chrome. That being said, this is one of the better media downloaders I have used, and I recommend it for anyone who is looking to download videos, music, and Flash games in large batches.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 4.1.1.13

Supported OS: Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7

Download size: 4.33MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/44

Is it portable? No

UPDATE: Please read Orbit Downloader (download manager) contains malware, says anti-virus company

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5 comments

  1. Patrick

    @DT: You’re quite right! Thanks for the FilliPoo-tip! Downloading from the above links is a pain in the neck, really. After some five screens of useless stuff and redirecting I switched to googling for the program and found
    http://www.filehippo.com/download_orbit_downloader/download/74a4947a6860cabbae11b3843a8e0335/ to do the job in a jiffy!
    Thanks again.
    I’ll be trying this one asap (Adobe’s Flashplayer may be good for online viewing but it sucks when I’m trying to download any flashvideos, whatever the source/”site of origin”).
    BTW: I don’t know about Chrome (I only use it from time to time (because I’m a lazy kind of person?) – but during installation I was given a list of browsers to (de)select from.
    Also the GrabPro toolbar installed itself without “asking for permission” but it seems simple to use and easy to close (or get rid off?).
    Final remark: to finalize installation the program asks to close your current browser session. After running and closing the program itself I recovered my last IE-session without any problems.

    @Justin: nice, short and to the point article! I enjoyed! Thanks.
    Pat.

  2. Bob

    How does it compare to Net Video Hunter? I’ve used that for years. Doesn’t always grab Flash videos, though. Reviews used to list alternative options, particularly freeware or shareware options.

  3. DT

    1. Actually it does support Chrome. Just that Chrome often overtakes when it comes to download (half of my download usually comes to Chrome first, but it downloads fairly well to so no prob)

    2. You should make a note about Orbit doesn’t run on 64-bit browsers.

    3. The setup asks to install Toolbar and Hotspot Shield, too. Which is a pain, really.

    4. Important note: if Orbit told you to install a new version, don’t go to its website to download. You MUST use a site call filehippo.com. You can check: till now if you check the setup from orbitdownloader.com by right-clicking, then choose Properties -> Details, it will say version 4.1.1.2. Only filehippo was able to give me the 4.1.1.13 version, even cnet or softonic couldn’t. Dunno why.

  4. Brett

    Good write-up! I know this is above and beyond in terms of information about Orbit Downloader, but one of its biggest pluses is the ability to grap rtmp flash audio/video. It is not easy to find effective Windows software that supports rtmp ripping. Orbit is one of the few that does it well. Unfortunately the software has such a bad reputation, that many don’t end up downloading this great resource.