FreeRapid Downloader - Documentation

User guides


  • FreeRapid in 2 minutes - Lukiz's screencast (thanks!)
  • Making of - plugin flash demo How to make your own plugin screencast (20MB, 25min)
    Minimal requirements for creating plugin:
    • experience with Java IDE and Java (or very good knowledge of PHP),
    • experience with regular expressions,
    • very good knowledge of working HTTP + HTML,
    • experience in using of your brain :-) .

Useful links

System requirements

Recommended configuration:

  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/Linux(core 2.4)* or higher operating system
  • Pentium 800MHz processor
  • min 1024x768 screen resolution
  • 40 MB of free RAM
  • 10 MB free disk space
  • Java 2 Platform - version at least 1.6 (Java SE 6 Runtime) installed

Application needs at least Sun Java 6.0 to start ( JRE 6 ) - No GCJ or OpenJDK is supported at this time.

Linux Debian like users can use this command to intall Java:
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre

How to run FreeRapid Downloader


Unzip files to any of your directory, but beware special characters (like '+' or '!') on the path.
If you make an upgrade to higher version, you can delete previous folder. All user settings are preserved. All user settings are saved in home directories:

MS Windows : c:\Documents and Settings\YOUR_USER_NAME\application data\VitySoft\FRD

Linux : ~/.FRD

DO NOT copy new version over older one.


Windows Simply launch frd.exe or double click on frd.jar

Linux Run command ./ (as first put correct executable rights on this file )

All platforms Run command java -jar frd.jar

additional parameters for launching are:

java -jar frd.jar [-h -v -d -D<property>=<value>]

-h (--help,-?) print this message
-v (--version) print the version information and exit
-d (--debug) print debugging information
-r (--reset) reset user properties to default values
-m (--minim) minimize main window on start
-Dproperty=value Passes properties and values to the application (mostly for debug or testing purposes)
-p (--portable) configuration files will be stored in the 'config' folder, all file paths will be saved relatively to FRD folder (if possible) - useful for USB FLASH drives

If value of option -D is set 'default' (without ') default value will be used.

Example - running application in debug mode:
Windows OS : frd.exe --debug
Linux/MacOS : java -jar frd.jar --debug