Maxel is an efficient and easy-to-use download manager which can:
- Resume most downloads, even if your mac restarts
- Speed up downloads by splitting the file into up to 100 segments
- Automatically retry stalled downloads and manage your download queue

Other Features:
- Drag & drop selections from webpages into Maxel to download any links within
- Kickoff downloads from within Safari/Chrome/Firefox
- Log into file sharing websites from Maxel's built-in browser to download authenticated files
- Compute MD5/SHA1 hashes of files to detect corruption
- Use SSH public key authentication for SFTP
- An API for adding downloads in scripts

Maxel supports the following protocols: http, https, sftp

What's New

Version 2.3.3

* Fix localization bug in French display of times
* Fix crash during file saving
* Fixed crash which occurred during long running downloads which caused Maxel to not be able to access files
* Fixed bug where Maxel did not persist the first file in the queue if restarted
* Other bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5

5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Easily the best downloader for Mac.


As an ardent supporter of the Downlthemall Firefox plugin for a decade I became sick of it’s instability and wanted a standalone program that functions well in the Mac ecosystem. This program has been a pleasure to use as it’s intuitive and simple to use while being feature rich. This feels like a fully fleshed out program unlike other clunky standalone programs and browser addons which I’ve tested out, it’s also being actively developed. I've sucessfully been able to download 20+ files each in 5-10 parts simultaneously without my system being too taxed, and even with connection interruptiongs everything resumes without a hitch and unpacks flawlessly.

if it worked

Cajun Bear Mike

Too many issues using this app and browser extension with Safari. Keep getting stymied by links to downloads that Maxel browser extension doesn’t hand off to the app properly, and increasingly, sites which don’t allow multi-segment downloads to take place at all, yet Maxel tries over and over to download the file. I’ve been in contact with the developer a long while back about the multiple issues with this app. I don’t know why it even stays featured in the Safari Extensions Gallery since it’s plagued by inconsistent performance. It’s simply not worth the hassle.

When I need to download a lot of files, I switch to Firefox and DownThemAll or such for fast downloading of files on the web.

Now, I’m going to uninstall the Safari browser extension and this app and get on with my life. There are other apps in this category that work better.

Don’t waste your money

Space paranoids

This application sometimes corrupts downloaded files when it isn’t busy crashing. How can I get my money back?


Chris Li
4.5 MB
English, French, Japanese, Simplified Chinese
Age Rating
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
Unrestricted Web Access
© 2011-2016 Chris Li


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.