Code Quality Rank: L3
Programming language: Python
License: GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
Tags: Automation     HTTP     Communications     Internet     WWW     File Sharing     File Transfer Protocol (FTP)    
Latest version: v0.4.20

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The free and open-source Download Manager written in pure Python

Choose your Version

The newest version of pyLoad running on Python 3.6+ and PyPy (experimental) is developed in the main branch on GitHub and published as pyload-ng on PyPI.

The old version of pyLoad working on Python 2 is still available in the stable branch on GitHub, pre-built packages are available for download on the releases page on GitHub.

This README covers only the latest version of pyLoad.

Quick Start

Open a terminal window and install pyLoad typing:

pip install --pre pyload-ng[all]

To start pyLoad use the command:


See the usage section for information on all available options.

If you want to uninstall pyLoad:

pip uninstall pyload-ng


usage: pyload [-h] [-d] [-r] [--storagedir STORAGEDIR] [--userdir USERDIR]
              [--tempdir TEMPDIR] [--dry-run] [--daemon] [--version]

The free and open-source Download Manager written in pure Python

optional arguments:
  -h, --help                    show this help message and exit
  -d, --debug                   enable debug mode
  -r, --reset                   reset default username/password
  --storagedir STORAGEDIR       use this location to save downloads
  --userdir USERDIR             use this location to store user data files
  --tempdir TEMPDIR             use this location to store temporary files
  --dry-run                     test start-up and exit
  --daemon                      run as daemon
  --version                     show program's version number and exit

To start pyLoad, type the command:


This will create the following directories (if they don't exist already):

  • ~/Downloads/pyLoad: where downloads will be saved.
  • ~/.pyload: where user data and configuration files are stored.
  • <TMPDIR>/pyLoad: where temporary files are stored. <TMPDIR> is platform-specific.

Note: On Windows, user data and configuration files are stored in the directory ~\AppData\Roaming\pyLoad.


To show an overview of the available options, type:

pyload --help

Web Interface

Open your web browser and visit the url http://localhost:8000 to have access to the pyLoad's web interface.

  • Default username: pyload.
  • Default password: pyload.

It's highly recommended to change the default access credentials on first start.

Advanced Installation

Stable Release

Get the latest stable release of pyLoad:

pip install pyload-ng

Note: No stable release yet, pyLoad is now in pre-release phase.

Available modules

  • pyload.core: pyLoad's heart.
  • pyload.plugins: the collection of officially supported plugins for pyLoad.
  • pyload.webui: a web interface to interact with pyLoad.

Development Release

You can force the installation of the latest development release of pyLoad, appending the option --pre to the installation command:

pip install --pre pyload-ng

Do not use development releases in production. Unexpected crashes may occur.

Extra Dependencies

Extra dependencies are non-essential packages that enable additional features of pyLoad.

To install them you have to append a specific tag name to the installation command.

Available tags

  • plugins: includes packages used by several plugins.
  • build: includes packages used to build translations.
  • all: includes both plugins and build packages.

You can use a tag in this way:

pip install pyload-ng[plugins]

Or group more together:

pip install pyload-ng[plugins][build]

Build Translations

Use the command build_locale to retrieve and build the latest locale files (translations):

python setup.py build_locale

Invoke build_locale before building the package (eg. bdist_wheel).


You don't need to build the translations if you installed pyLoad through pip, they're already included.

Report a Vulnerability

Please refer to SECURITY to read our security policy.

Contribute to pyLoad

Please refer to CONTRIBUTING to read our contribution guidelines.

Docker Images

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Available images

  • pyload/pyload:alpine: docker image for amd64, arm and arm64v8.
  • pyload/pyload:ubuntu-arm32v7: docker image for arm32v7.
  • pyload/pyload: alias of pyload/pyload:alpine.

Create Container

docker create --name=pyload -v <USERDIR>:/config -v <STORAGEDIR>:/downloads --restart unless-stopped pyload/pyload


Replace <STORAGEDIR> with the location on the host machine where you want that downloads will be saved.

Replace <USERDIR> with where you want that user data files (configurations) are stored.

Start Container

docker start pyload

Stop Container

docker stop pyload

Show Logs

docker logs -f pyload

Docker Compose

Compatible with docker-compose v2 schemas:

version: '2'
    image: pyload
    build: <REPODIR>
    container_name: pyload
      - PUID=1000
      - PGID=1000
      - TZ=Europe/London
      - <USERDIR>:/config
      - <STORAGEDIR>:/downloads
      - 8000:8000 # Webinterface
      - 9666:9666 # Click 'N' Load
    restart: unless-stopped


Replace <REPODIR> with the location on the host machine where you have checked out the pyload repository.

Replace <STORAGEDIR> with the location on the host machine where you want that downloads will be saved.

Replace <USERDIR> with where you want that user data files (configurations) are stored.


pip not found

Retry replacing the command pip with pip3:

pip3 install pyload-ng

If fails again, you may not have the Python interpreter or the pip package manager installed on your system.

Try reinstalling Python to fix this issue.

Visit https://www.python.org/downloads to get the proper Python 3 release for your system.

pyload-ng not found

Check the version of the Python interpreters installed on your system.

To show the version of your default Python interpreter, type the command:

python --version

If the version is too old, try to upgrage Python, then you can retry to install pyLoad.

Python releases below version 3.6 are not supported!

Setuptools is too old

To upgrade the setuptools package, type the command:

pip install --upgrade setuptools

Permission denied

Under Unix-based systems, try to install pyLoad with root privileges.

Prefix the installation/uninstallation command with sudo:

sudo pip install pyload-ng
sudo pip uninstall pyload-ng

Under Windows systems, open a Command Prompt as administrator to install pyLoad with root privileges.

You can also try to install the pyload-ng package without root privileges.

Append the option --user to the installation command:

pip install --user pyload-ng


license cla

Open Source License

You are allowed to use this software under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Please refer to LICENSE to read the project license.

Alternative License

With an explicit permission of the pyLoad team you may use or distribute this software under a different license according to the agreement.

Contributor License Agreement

Please refer to CLA for the full agreement conditions.

This is essentially what you will be agreeing to:

  • You claim to have the right to make the contribution (i.e. it's your own work).
  • You grant the project a perpetual, non-exclusive license to use the contribution.
  • You grant the project rights to change the outbound license that we use to distribute the code.
  • You retain full ownership (copyright) of your submission and are free to do with it as you please.

Contact us at [email protected] for any question about the pyLoad licensing policy.


Please refer to AUTHORS to know a bit more about the people behind pyLoad.

© 2008-2022 pyLoad team

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the pyLoad README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.