Speed Download

Licence: Shareware ($25)
Version 5.2.15 | Release Date: 2010-04-06 | Download
No changes specified
Version 5.2.11 | Release Date: 2010-02-09 | Download

Version 5.2.11:

New: Updated Growl integration.
Addressed: Bug that would cause SD to quit when in minimized mode.
Misc: Various memory optimization.

Version 5.2.9 | Release Date: 2010-01-05 | Download

Version 5.2.9:

* New: Maintenance release; various component and performance tweaks.

Version 5.2 | Release Date: 2009-07-02 | Download
  • Optimized and turbo-charged for Mac OS X 10.5.7.
  • Under the hood changes to prepare SD for the next generation Mac OS X.
  • Several fixes and internal tweaks.
Version 5.1.1 | Release Date: 2009-01-09 | Download
  • New: Optimized for Mac OS X 10.5.6.
  • Updated: Maintenance fix for various areas in Rapidshare integration and FTP.
Version 5.0.6 | Release Date: 2008-08-29 | Download

VERSION 5.0.6 | AUGUST 29, 2008

* New: Updated Sparkle mechanism. You must update to this version manually by downloading the complete file from our servers.
* Fixed: Various FTP issues.
* Other: SD now defaults to active downloads.
* Updated: Enhanced Rapidshare compatibility.
* Updated: French translation.
* Misc: several under the hood fixes and tweaks.

Version 5.0.4 | Release Date: 2008-06-27 | Download
  • New: Added option to double click on file in minimized mode to open the file.
    * New: Many YouTube integration tweaks.
    * Optimized: Bandwidth throttle for better performance and lower CPU load.
    * Fixed: Several under the hood maintenance fixes.
Version 5.0.3 | Release Date: 2008-05-13 | Download

NEW: Updated SD plugin for better performance and for locating the Speed Download application.
NEW: SD can now download YOUTUBE videos via contextual menu.
NEW: Starting a download again clears the link to the already downloaded file.
NEW: Added in Portuguese localization.
Updated: Changes to the setup preferences for better function.
Updated: Better metalink handling.
Fixed: FTP upload crash when uploading many individual files.
Fixed: Many under the hood maintenance fixes.

Version 5.0.2 | Release Date: 2008-04-13 | Download

Fixed: Transparency in the floater retained after SD restarts.
Fixed: SD no longer prompts about a component update after each restart.
Fixed: SD remembers changes to the toolbar visibility after each restart.
Fixed: A bug that could potentially cause SD to crash after completing a download.
Updated: SD Enhancer for better performance and compatibility.
Updated: Various little oddities in the French version of SD and throughout the application.

Version 5.0.1 | Release Date: 2008-03-28 | Download
  • Added: New 'Incomplete' option on the Filters bar.
  • Added: New SD 'Dock menu' option to toggle between the info displayed on the SD icon in the dock.
  • Added: Clicking on the bandwidth limiter graphics in minimized mode will automatically set the slider to the chosen side.
  • Added: You can now see external HD, connected servers, in the left pane of SD when connected to a remote server.
  • Added: Super minimized mode now shows download speed as well.
  • Added: Minimized mode now responds to CMD-. and RETURN for starting/stopping downloads.
  • Added: Preference to choose between opening the file or displaying the Edit Window when double clicking on an entry in SD.
  • Added: Contextual menu support in minimized mode.
  • Fixed: Bandwidth throttle no longer sets itself on to a low speed on its own.
  • Fixed: File browser properly handles aliases/symlinks.
  • Fixed: Hide main window on startup (preference setting).
  • Fixed: Remove items from My Downloads (preference setting).
  • Fixed: Several internal tweaks for even better stability and performance.
  • Fixed: Cookie problem with asp.net downloads should now be resolved.
  • Fixed: A bug with the dock icon that could make it display junk.
  • Fixed: The extensions file reverting on the Add Files From URLs window.
  • Fixed: Some preference resizing glitches.
  • Fixed: FILTERS preference glitch should be ok now.
  • Fixed: SD no longer crashes when bad password is given.
  • Updated: Changed the connection limits for small files for better performance.
  • Updated: Show indeterminate progress in mini window.
  • Updated: SD now defaults to wildcarding when saving authentication info for a download.
  • Updated: Better support for proxies that require a password.
  • Updated: Added the CMD-R (Reveal in Finder) function to minimized mode and super minimized mode.
  • Updated: Added the ability to expand the URL field in the new/edit windows.
  • Updated: Added ability to paste a URL directly in minimized mode and have it take effect.
  • Updated: New French localization.
  • Updated: New Polish localization.
Version 5.0.0 | Release Date: 2008-02-11 | Download

Speed Download 5.0.0 is now available and is a major upgrade update for all Speed Download users.

Speed Download 5.0.0 is a paid upgrade.

What's new:

SD 5 is the biggest upgrade to SD ever made. Every single part of the application has been overhauled and optimized. The list below hilites only major new features and tweaks. Listing every detail would be way too long.

Fully optimized for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). Tight and seamless integration with all popular Mac OS X browsers. Maximum performance for both high speed and dialup internet connections.

New: Completely redesigned and fully customizable interface.
SD 5 offers the most customizable interface. If you don't need or want all the features of SD 5, easily switch off the sections you don't want, for a truly customized Speed Download look.

New: optimized Speed Download engine and components for faster performance and wider compatibility.

New usage modes: Simple and Advanced.
SD5 now offers simple mode (download manager only) and advanced UI mode (for all the other features). This feature was specifically implemented for users who wanted the option to use SD as only a download manager and hide all the other features. You can easily toggle between Simple and Advanced mode at anytime from the 'Speed Download' menu.

New: iTunes-like Minimized mode with user controlled color picker.
There is an all new gorgeous minimized view of Speed Download that replaces the floater and offers a lot more form and function. It is totally customizable as well. You can pick your own display colors to match your desktop theme.

New: Overhauled the built-in FTP Client
FTP in SD 5 is one of the biggest areas upgraded and offers a completely new, redesigned, and easy to use FTP client built-in. The FTP client is secure, user-friendly, and offers multithreaded FTP, and TSL/SSL-FTP access with unlimited simultaneous connections. Connect, bookmark, and download/upload from any of your favorite FTP servers. The FTP client in Speed Download eliminates the need for an independent 3rd party FTP client for most uses. Save money and do more from one application!

New: Filters bar to quickly and easily sort out your files with just one click.

New: 'Live' bandwidth throttle to quickly control how much of your bandwidth is allocated to SD and to your other internet applications. The new bandwidth throttle slider is extremely easy to use and is always available no matter how small you've customized the SD interface.

New: individual file scheduling
In addition to general scheduling, you can now schedule the downloading date and time of files individually.

New: built-in queue scheduling.
Speed Download features a new and improved scheduling feature set for all your downloads. You don't have time to download your files now, schedule it for later. Even more, you can customize what you want Speed Download to do after your files are downloaded (play sounds, log out, shut down you Mac, and more, it's all there for you to pick from). This powerful and flexible feature set puts all the control in your hands.

New: Speed Download dock menu notifications offering useful information regarding all activity going on in Speed Download as well as access to your favorite saved servers.

New and improved: Add/Edit Download window
More options at your fingertips.

New and improved: contextual menus throughout the entire application.

New and improved: Speed Download preferencesMuch easier managing of all the powerful features of Speed Download. You have total control.

New and improved: My Server section.
My Server is the central location where you can bookmark all your favorite connections to any FTP/iDisk/Public iDisk for quick and easy access later on. You can even set which ones SD automatically reconnects to on startup.

New: Fully customizable View options for each sectionDisplay just the information you need or want to see.

New: redesigned Speed Download plug-in architecture
Download and easily manage even more file types.

Enhanced: unlimited UNDO functionality; No more worrying about deleting an entry in SD or what have you. Make a mistake? No problem, undo it anywhere in SD 5 and as often as you like!

Enhanced: built-in Smart Folder technology.
Speed Download takes full advantage of Smart folder technology found in Mac OS X Tiger and offers a wide range of powerful selection criteria for organizing and managing your downloads and files SD 5 even offers a default set of smart folders to get you started.
Create Finder Smart Folder directly from within Speed Download!

Enhanced: Secure (encrypted) turbo-charged file-sharing between Speed Download users.
Speed Download offers automatic encryption of all file transfers between SD 5 users. No need to worry about snoops; transfer your files quickly and securely! Complete user management and Bonjour compatibility included.

Enhanced: Built-in .Mac / iDisk integration: Access your iDisk (or any public iDisk) directly from within Speed Download. Download and upload to/from your iDisk (or any public iDisk) faster and more reliably.

Enhanced: Seamless Safari Integration
Although Speed Download is fully optimized for all popular Mac OS X Internet browsers, this specific feature set allows even more seamless integration with the Safari browser. Via the Safari contextual menu, you can easily disable/bypass Speed Download for certain sites, or completely disable Speed Download plug-in in the case of problematic servers. No need to restart Safari for changes to take effect!

Enhanced: Resume any file(s) that were partially downloaded with Apple Safari
Simply drag and drop any partial Safari download onto the Speed Download icon in the dock or into the 'My Downloads' section and watch how Speed Download resumes the downloading of the file(s) quickly and reliably.

Enhanced: Add files from URL
Download any web content or website from anywhere for offline use. Download entire web sites, pictures, movies, and more very quickly and easily with SD 5. Full customizing support included in this feature set.

Enhanced: support for password protected sites
SD 5 allows you to save your login info for all sites requiring authentication. You can also choose to encrypt passwords stored in the queue.

Enhanced: Reveal in Finder technology
Find the files you just downloaded or received from other users instantaneously. With one click of a button, Speed Download will take you to the file in question, no matter where it is on your hard disk.

Enhanced: Built-in history
Keep track of all your downloaded files via relative dates (i.e. Today, Yesterday, etc.)

Enhanced: Powerful and lightening fast built-in search functionality
Turbo-charged, find as you type, search technology right at your fingertips. Use the extremely fast search feature in the toolbar to find anything in Speed Download no matter what section you are in, even on remote FTP servers, iDisks, and other Macs running Speed Download.

Full support for downloading/transferring files over 4GB in size.

Advanced multi-download syntax for power users:
Use Speed Download to easily download a large amount of files in one quick swoop. This syntax acts as a combination of a wildcard and value range, letting you combine any of the following elements:

{one,two,three} : create a url with each of the comma delimited alternatives.
[1-100] numerical range
[001-100] numerical range with leading zeros
[a-z]: alpha range

This can be used to easily download a multi-segment file or a list of files, thus typing http://www.example.com/reports/[2000-2001]/financial/q[1-4][a-c].{pdf,doc} as the URL and adding it to the download will download all .doc and .pdf files from both the 2000 and 2001 folders, regardless of the combination of number and letter that follows the letter q in the filename.


Yazsoft Intelligent download technology
Speed Download uses an innovative approach to downloading files. In addition to using a segmented downloads mechanism to ensure the fastest possible download rates, Speed Download uses incremental opening of connections in order to download a file. Right before starting a download, Speed Download calculates what kind of server it is downloading from and starts off by opening 1 connection to it (just like your browser). If it sees that the server can handle more, then it will open all the remaining connections until the file transfer is complete. This innovative approach by Yazsoft makes Speed Download the most compatible and best performing download manager out there.

Full browser cookie support
Download from Apple, .Mac, and any other servers that use cookies to enable or authenticate downloading. Cookie support takes Speed Download compatibility with online servers to a whole new level. No more frustrations with .php files or files that won't download properly.

Sensitive Server technology
This Yazsoft, and Speed Download exclusive feature allows you set servers to which Speed Download will only open 1 connection during a download (just like your browser). This is mostly used when connecting to older or slower online servers that don't handle multiple connections very well.

Set separate simultaneous downloads limits for different servers.

Built-in iTunes integration
Speed Download can directly import all downloaded music directly into iTunes. You can customize what the Speed Download playlist is called, as well as what music file types you would like SD to import into iTunes.


Complete FlashGot support for FireFox/Mozilla users: FlashGot is a free Mozilla/Firefox extension, meant to handle single and massive ("all" and "selection") downloads with several external Download Managers such as Speed Download.

Full Growl support: add eye candy to Speed Download with the free and extremely popular Growl utility.

Full Applescript support.

TONS of under the hood tweaks.
8GB Apple iPhone Giveaway!
From Feb 12, 2008 to Mar 31, 2008, we are offering EVERYONE a chance to win. No purchase necessary. We are giving away TWO of these iPhones. The winners will be chosen by random draw the first week of April 2008 and announced on this website. Good luck to all! Note: Everyone that buys SD5 during this period receives three bonus entries per license purchased as a modest token of thanks from the SD team.

Don't forget to join us in the new Speed Download Forums !

Did you know?
With Speed Download 5 you can auto-connect to, bookmark, navigate, and download/upload from/to FTP servers, iDisk/WEBDAV servers. Speed Download 5 eliminates the need to purchase an additional 3rd party applications in many situations. For example, you can easily use the ftp client within Speed Download to add or remove files from your FTP website or WEBDAV server and naturally, all file transfers are auto-resuming.

Small request: if you like Speed Download, please tell a friend. If they register, we'll offer YOU free SD 5 registration as a modest token of our thanks.

Version 4.1.19 | Release Date: 2007-12-23 | Download
  1. Updated: SD Plugin.
  2. Updated: configuration file that was stopping the system from seeing that we could open .partial SD files.
  3. Updated: improved compatibility with box.net.
  4. Updated: bonjour compatibility with Mac OS X Leopard.
  5. Updated: improved handling of copying many links from a website into SD.
  6. Fixed: updated information on localized languages.
  7. Tweaked: various other areas for improved performance under Leopard 10.5.1.
Version 4.1.18 | Release Date: 2007-11-29 | Download
  1. Updated: improved installer and un-installer for non-admin users.
  2. Fixes: issue where files downloaded onto the Desktop don't visibly show even though they're there.
  3. Optimized: more internal tweaks for improved performance with Mac OS X Leopard.
Version 4.1.17 | Release Date: 2007-11-02 | Download
  • Fixed: addressed a bug that was causing SD to crash for some under Leopard.
  • New: Leopard compatibility script now integrated within SD. No need to run it manually anymore.
  • Optimized: several internal tweaks when running under Leopard.
Version 4.1.16 | Release Date: 2007-10-28 | Download
  • New: Mac OS X Leopard compatibility.
  • New: Revamped Speed Download Enhancer.
  • Fixed: UI bug on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).
  • Optimized: Better memory management.
  • Misc: several internal tweaks throughout the application.
Version | Release Date: 2007-10-05 | Download
  1. Improved scheduling mechanism.
  2. Maintenance and performance tweaks throughout the application.
Version 4.1.14 | Release Date: 2007-08-29 | Download
  • New: added new preference option to keep filtered files organized.
  • Better handling of SSL webdav uploads.
  • Compatibility improvements throughout the application.
Version 4.1.13 | Release Date: 2007-08-06 | Download
  • Compatible with Mac OS X 10.4.10.
  • Much improved WEBDAV support.
  • Stability and performance improvements throughout various sections of the application.
Version 4.1.12 | Release Date: 2007-06-11 | Download
  1. Updated and optimized for Safari 3 beta. You must use this build or higher with Safari 3.x or Safari 3.x will crash on launch.
  2. Several internal tweaks for enhanced overall performance.
Version 4.1.11 | Release Date: 2007-05-09 | Download
  1. New Simplified and Traditional Chinese localization
  2. Addresses internal fixes and tweaks as reported by some users.
  3. Build flagged for Apple TV Giveaway. From May 09 until May 31, 2007, you can win a hot new Apple TV. Visit our website for details.
Version 4.1.10 | Release Date: 2007-03-14 | Download

* Updated and optimized for Mac OS X 10.4.9
* Updated: Items outside the download folder will no longer be moved around by the FILTERS feature.
* Updated: Fixes problems where downloading a hierarchy of folders, files weren't always being put in the right place.

Version 4.1.8 | Release Date: 2007-01-15 | Download
  1. Updated: SD Uninstaller now fully universal.
  2. Updated: Overall maintenance update.
  3. Misc.: More performance tweaks.
Version 4.1.7 | Release Date: 2006-12-06 | Download
  1. Updated: German localization.
  2. Updated: Finnish localization.
  3. Updated: Better Speed Download dock icon behavior when selecting servers to connect to.
  4. Misc.: More performance tweaks.
Version 4.1.6 | Release Date: 2006-11-20 | Download

VERSION 4.1.6 | NOVEMBER 21, 2006
New: added full compatibility with RAPIDSHARE servers. You simply need to add your username (login) and password in the Password section of the SD preferences.
New: speed download records the location from where the file was downloaded. You can check this in the comments section when you do a Get Info on the file in the Finder.
New: Added Finnish localization.
Misc.: more performance tweaks.

VERSION 4.1.5 | NOVEMBER 15, 2006
New: SPARKLE Framework integration. Starting with this version, SD has the ability of self updating itself. You will actually see this work starting with the next SD update (4.1.6 and so on).
New: re-arranged contextual menu items for quicker access to more commonly used items like 'Open with..', etc.
New: if you select an entry in SD, you can now do a CMD-C (or select 'Copy' from the 'Edit' menu-bar) to copy that file's URL.
New: SD will import FTP favorites from other FTP programs so that you have them all in one centralized, easy to access application. After the import, you will see your favorites in the 'My Servers' section where you simply double click on each entry to connect to it.
New: files downloaded from audible.com are now automatically added to iTunes.
New: added compatibility with .TV websites.
Addressed: a preference transparency bug that would cause SD to be completely invisible.
Addressed: several issues that were causing SD to unexpectedly quit when connecting to public idisks.
Addressed: several issues that were causing SD to unexpectedly quit when downloading many files at once.
Misc: some under the hood tweaks.
Updated: German localization.

VERSION 4.1.4 | OCTOBER 10, 2006
Addressed: preference interface glitch that would cause the text to overlap when resized.
Addressed: cookie handling issue that would cause SD to quit for some users.
Misc: some under the hood tweaks.

VERSION 4.1.3 | OCTOBER 04, 2006
Optimized: for Mac OS X 10.4.8.
Optimized: for Mac OS X 10.4.8 server.
Added: Polish localization.
Misc: More performance tweaks.

Added: French localization.

VERSION 4.1.2 | SEPTEMBER 28, 2006
Addressed: isolated issues that would cause SD to quit when launched or shortly thereafter for some users.
Added: German localization.
Misc: internal performance tweaks.

VERSION 4.1.1 | SEPTEMBER 08, 2006
Fixed: a bug that would cause the recently released SD 4.1.0 to quit when launched or shortly thereafter for some users. (sorry about that)

VERSION 4.1.0 | SEPTEMBER 05, 2006
New: optimized performance for Mac OS X 10.4.7.
New: added full support for WEBDAV servers.
New: added full support for WEBDAV-SSL servers.
New: uploading and replacing files and folder on FTP servers greatly improved.
New: added Metalink support.
New: added .TORRENT file extension to the SD Plugin default set.
New: addressed some issues that would prevent downloads from completing 100%.
New: big improvements to the file sharing feature set.
New: Italian localization.
Added: more Growl notifications and improved Growl integration to be more efficient.
Addressed: some issues with 'Add Files from URL' that caused SD to quit.
Updated: current localized versions.
Other: tons of internal tweaks.

Version 4.0.3 | Release Date: 2006-07-10 | Download
No changes specified
Version 4.1.9 | Release Date: 1970-01-01 | Download
  • Updated: Big change to the file handling mechanism resulting in more accurate management of all downloaded files.
  • Updated: Under the hood tweaks to address minor issues affecting a small number of users.