DirectURL

DirectURL

Consider the following scenarios:

  1. aria2 is running on a computer that is not locally accessible via the LAN and the files need to be copied from remote aria2 computer to the local computer
  2. aria2 is running locally somewhere and setting up samba/nfs/etc is “meh”

HTTP to the rescue, already in the browser right?

Simplest way is to link your download folder or use python to setup an extra http server.

Steps using linked download folder

  1. as part of configuring aria2 to make life easier you will have set the global dir option to something like /home/aria2/downloads
  2. clearly this folder is owned by the user aria2
  3. open a shell session logged in as aria2
  4. run ln -s /home/aria2/downloads /var/www/aria2/downloads
  5. go to webui-aria2 in your browser (http://serverip:81 - assuming webui-aria2 is running on port 81)
  6. go to Settings > Connection Settings
  7. scroll down to Direct Download and put http://serverip:81/downloads/ in base URL field (make sure have the / on the end)
  8. now that URL has been specified all the files will be converted into clickable links
  9. checkout the more info on a download and see for yourself
  10. if you click on files that aren’t finished downloading you’re going to have a bad day

Steps using extra http server

  1. as part of configuring aria2 to make life easier you will have set the global dir option to something like /home/aria2/downloads
  2. clearly this folder is owned by the user aria2
  3. open a shell session logged in as aria2
  4. run cd /home/aria2/downloads
  5. run python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8080
  6. webserver is now running on port 8080 and will serve files from the directory the command was run in
  7. to test open up http://serverip:8080 - should get a directory listing. any browser errors and something hasn’t been done properly, check IP/PORT etc
  8. go back to webui-aria2
  9. go to Settings > Connection Settings
  10. scroll down to Direct Download and put http://serverip:8080/ in base URL field (make sure have the / on the end)
  11. now that URL has been specified all the files will be converted into clickable links
  12. checkout the more info on a download and see for yourself
  13. if you click on files that aren’t finished downloading you’re going to have a bad day