Downloading a 100GB file using Chrome or Firefox? Not a good idea...
Once we have seeded your plots that you ordered on chiaplot.cloud, you will receive a link to download the plots to your machine. As each plot is slightly larger than 100GB in size (much larger than most files we download in our daily lives), you might notice that downloading the files using your web browser is often sluggish and error prone - depending on your browser, you might lose your entire download progress if your internet connection goes down for a minute or two. There are several specialized Download Manager programs that can help you with this problem. We recommend that you always use a download manager to ensure your download is as fast and robust as possible so you can safely finish your downloads during the link validity period.
There are many different download managers available and we will show you how to use two of them below. All the tools we discuss in this post are free and open-source, and support pausing and resuming downloads as well as using multiple connections at once to boost your download speeds. (We are not affiliated with any of the projects in any way.)
Which download manager should you use?
For most users, we recommend download managers with a graphical user interface, like uGet (available on Windows, and Linux) or JDownloader (available on all major operating systems, including Windows, Linux and MacOS). Note that if you have an extremely fast internet connection (faster than 500Mbit/s to 1Gigabit/s, i.e. fiber-to-the-home), then JDownloader might not be able to use the full speed of your internet connection (due to high CPU and RAM utilization of JDownloader). Therefore, we recommend using uGet which is more lightweight, if you are on Linux or Windows. You will find detailed instructions on how to download your plots using uGet or JDownloader below. (Scroll down to the JDownloader section if you are using MacOS).
For advanced users, who are familiar with and comfortable using the command line interface of their computer and want to fine-tune their downloads settings to their specific system, we recommend a lightweight command line tool like the free and open source library Aria2.
How to Download your Chia Plots using uGet
(recommended for Windows and Linux)
Step 1: Download and Install uGet
Go to the uGet Website (https://ugetdm.com/downloads/) and find and follow the installation instructions for your operating system.
For Linux users, the installation should be similar to the way you usually install software (e.g. using your Linux distribution's package manager.)
For Windows, the installation is provided as a .7z archive. You will need an archive manager utility that can unpack .7z files, we recommend 7-zip (https://www.7-zip.org/). First, download 7-zip and install it by following the installation instructions. Second, download the uGet installation file from https://ugetdm.com/downloads/windows/ ("7z Archive" at the very bottom left of the page.) Once you have downloaded it, you can right-click on the downloaded file and extract the archive into a directory of your choice using 7-zip, see screenshot below.
Then, go to the directory into which you extracted the archive, find the subfolder "bin". In it, you will find "uGet.exe". Double click it to run uGet.
Step 2: Configure uGet to download your chia plots
When you open uGet for the first time, you will need to make a few changes to the standard settings to optimize downloading your chia plots. To do so, go to Files --> New Category...
Here, we will set some settings that should apply to your downloads of chia plots. In the first tab,
(a) choose a name for the category,
(b) set the number of plots to download at once to 1 (If you choose a higher number, you will download multiple plots at once, but each individual plot will be slower. Even if you only download a single file at once, uGet will download multiple "chunks" of the file at the same time to ensure all of your internet bandwidth is used. If you have very fast internet, a higher number might slow down your total download speed because it may bottleneck the writing-speed of your hard drive! (Writing a single file at once is faster than writing two files at once, because the write-head of the hard drive does not need to jump around between multiple memory locations.) We therefore recommend you only download a single plot at once, this way the first plots will also become available for your farm faster.
(c) in Matched Types, select .plot, to apply this category of setting to any .plot files.
In the second tab of the popup, select the directory into which you want to download your plots. (Make sure you have enough hard-drive space available at this location, otherwise some of your downloads will fail!)
In the third tab, set the Retry delay to a higher value, e.g. 120 seconds. Just in case your internet connection goes down for a short time or there are any ISP connectivity issues for a few minutes, a higher retry delay will make sure that your uGet client keeps reconnecting every 2 minutes (up to a maximum of 99 times, so for a bit over 3 hours), instead of giving up very quickly.
If you want to reserve some of your bandwidth to other applications (e.g. Video Calls for work), you can also limit your total download speed in this tab, if desired. When you're done with the settings, click OK.
Step 3: Start your downloads
Now, you're ready to start your downloads. Select all the download links that you have received from us via email, and press CTRL+C to copy them to your clipboard. After that, in uGet, go to "File --> Batch Downloads --> Clipboard Batch..."
You should see a popup like the one below that contains all your selected download links. Make sure all links are selected (mark all), select your new Category on the left, then click forward. In the next pages, check that all settings look correct - these should be taken according to the new category. When everything looks fine, click OK.
Step 4: Lean back and wait...
Your plots are now downloading and you will be farming in no time! Well... a little bit of time :)
How to Download your Chia Plots using JDownloader
(recommended on MacOS)
Below, we will show you step by step how you can download your chia plots using the download manager JDownloader. (Our Screenshots use Windows, but the steps should be the same on other operating systems.)
Please note that for Windows and Linux, we are now recommending you use uGet (instructions above), because for very fast internet connections (faster than 500Mbit/s to 1Gbit/s), Jdownloader might be slightly slower than uGet.
Step 1: Install JDownloader
To install the download manager, go to the JDownloader project's website, and download the installer for your operating system. Run it and follow the installation instructions. (Note that the installation client will contain advertisements and ask you whether you want to install additional other software other than JDownloader itself. You DO NOT need these other plugins and should simply choose DECLINE when the prompts come up.)
Step 2: Configure JDownloader to recognize and download chia plot files
When you run JDownloader for the first time, you will need to make two small tweaks to the standard settings to optimize JDownloader for downloading chia plots.
2a: Download settings
Click "Settings" in the menu bar. In the dialog that opens, set "Max. simultaneous downloads" to "1" and "Max chunks per download" to "3". This will ensure that you will download one plot after another, but use multiple connections for each plot. (Rather than downloading multiple plots (with a single connection, thus more slowly) at the same time. Depending on your internet connection and distance to our servers, you can try different values of "Max chunks per download to get optimal download speeds."
2b: Ensure that JDownloader can discover the plot files
Not many people download chia plots, therefore when encountering a ".plot" file, Jdownloader by default does not think that you will be interested in downloading it. To change this, go to "Settings", select "Packagizer" on the left, then click the "Add" Button (bottom-left of the right panel) to create a new packaging condition. Here we will tell JDownloader, that we want to download files of type .plot. Fill out the mask that opened as in the screenshot below, then click Save.
Step 3: Add your chia plots to the download list
Now you're ready to add your download. If you have ordered a single plot from us, you will receive a link pointing to a single `.plot` file on our servers. If you ordered a subscription or multiple plots at once, you will receive (a) either a list of direct links to .plot files, or (b) a link to a directory on our server that contains all of your plot files. (Individual plots will be added to your directory as soon as they become available.)
Go to the "Downloads" or "Linkgrabber" tabs of the main interface, then click the "Add Links..." button on the bottom left.
Now, in the window that opens
- Paste your download link(s) in the top field.
- select a location on your hard drive where you want to save your plots. Make sure that it has enough space available. (Note: If you do not want to save all of your plots in the same location, you can deselect individual plots in the next screen.)
- Enter a "package" name of your choice. This will organize the downloads of your plots into a common project. If you leave this field blank, each plot will be considered a download project on its own, this is not recommended.
Once you click Continue, JDownloader look for "interesting" files at the links you provided. If you did everything right in Step 2b, it should detect all of your plots files and you should see something like the following screen. Check whether all your plots have been detected. When everything looks right, click the Start / Play button on the top left.
Step 4: Lean back and wait...
Your plots are now downloading, depending on the number of plots and your internet connection, this may take a while. If you need to use your bandwidth for something else (like a Zoom Call) in between, you can pause your download by clicking the Stop button on the top left. You can then resume your download at any time by clicking the play button again.