JDownloader on Raspberry Pi

Step-by-step instruction on running JDownloader 2 on Raspberry Pi

using ExaGear Desktop


JDownloader on Raspberry Pi

JDownloader is a free, open-source download management tool that makes downloading easy and fast. It simplifies downloading files from One-Click-Hosters like Rapidshare.com or Megaupload.com – not only for users with a premium account but also for users who don’t pay.

It offers downloading in multiple parallel streams, captcha recognition, automatic file extraction, etc. Additionally, many “link encryption” sites are supported – so you just paste the “encrypted” links and JDownloader does the rest. Users can start, stop or pause downloads, set bandwidth limitations, auto-extract archives and much more.

Unfortunately, there is no official version of JDownloader for Raspberry Pi. But you can use ExaGear Desktop, that provides standard Linux x86 environment on top of Raspbian, and install JDownloader there. Below is a step-by-step instruction on how to do that.

P.S.: you might also find useful our article on how to run the famous file-hosting service Dropbox on your Raspberry Pi and our latest instructions on how to set up OwnCloud on RPi for file cloud storage system.

Raspberry Pi test stand configuration


Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

Raspberry Pi 3


1000 MHz

1200 MHz




Operating System

Raspbian Jessie from November 2015

Raspbian Jessie from May 2016


Plex Media Server for Linux Ubuntu 32-bit

Eltechs ExaGear Desktop for Raspberry Pi 2

Plex Media Server for Linux Ubuntu 32-bit

Eltechs ExaGear Desktop for Raspberry Pi 3

JDownloader installation instruction

Install ExaGear Desktop

1. Put ExaGear Desktop archive with installation packages and ExaGear Desktop license key in the same folder. Open Terminal (command line), move to this folder and unpack the archive using the following command:

$ tar -xvzpf exagear-desktop-rpi3.tar.gz

2. Install and activate ExaGear by running install-exagear.sh script:

$ sudo ./install-exagear.sh

That’s it.

Launch guest x86 system

3. Enter the guest x86 system using the following command:

$ exagear
Starting the shell in the guest image /opt/exagear/images/debian-8

Make sure that you are in x86 environment by running the ‘arch’ command:

$ arch

4. It is recommended to update apt-get repositories on the first launch of the guest system:

$ sudo apt-get update

Install JDownloader 2

5. Download the JDownloader installer by using wget in Terminal:

$ wget http://installer.jdownloader.org/JDSetup_x86.sh

6. Install JDownloader by running the shell script file:

$ sh JDSetup_x86.sh

Follow the prompts and get JDownloader 2 installed on your Raspberry Pi:

JDownloader on Raspberry Pi

That’s it! Now you can easily download files on your Raspberry Pi with JDownloader!

Final notes

With ExaGear Desktop you can run many more x86 apps on your Raspberry Pi and other ARM-based devices (such as Odroid, Banana Pi, Beagleboard, Cubox, Jetson, Cubieboard etc.). We’ve already covered some of them in our previous posts and will soon post more tutorials on your favorite apps. Stay in touch and explore the capabilities of your Raspberry Pi.

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