While IRC Fserves are becoming less popular, XDCC servers continue to thrive. Even if you possess not a single iota of knowledge about IRC, just about anyone can harness the power of XDCC downloading thanks to xWeasel. xWeasel is a standalone IRC XDCC utility that comes with integrated search & download capabilities through indexed XDCC Bots, networks and channels. Behind the scenes, xWeasel functions as an IRC client but with the sole purpose of being streamlined with special features for XDCC downloading. IRC fanatics, we think you’re gonna like this!
For those who are already familiar with XDCC downloading, you probably know the hassles: First, you need to install an IRC client such as mIRC or XChat; then you need to connect to reliable IRC networks and join channels that contain XDCC Bots. Not to mention enter the correct command to request a “pack”. Burdensome - and quite confusing - especially when connected to multiple servers/channels. Even most [XDCC Search websites](/2007/11/02/irc-searching-on-the-web/ “IRC Searching on the Web - XDCC Search Sites”) (which take out much of the hard work) still require users to have an installed (and properly configured) IRC client, in order to launch the IRC server - and even then you’ll still need to paste the proper command. Not so with xWeasel - everything is self-contained, so downloading XDCC packs has never been easier!
One Click Downloading - Downloading with xWeasel is as simple as it gets. The xWeasel Download Client supports xdcc:// links to allow one-click downloading. Downloads are automatically loaded into the client when clicking a download link in your web browser.
Download Resuming - xWeasel supports resuming of incomplete files, and continues downloading the next time the file gets requested.
Bot Joining Detection - In case you request a pack from an offline bot, there is no need to manually request it over and over again. xWeasel automatically detects joining bots and request the appropriate packs.
Instant Media Preview - You can easily preview media files by implementing VLC Player or any other media player that supports playback of incomplete files.
Network/channel/bot lists - Has an in-depth feature on the website for browsing IRC networks and their related channels which contain XDCC Bots. Even these Bots can be browsed to show which packs they are currently offering. At last check, xWeasel currently indexes 106 different public IRC networks, 10K+ bots and nearly 200K packs.
How it works
1. Download xWeasel from their DL page here. Extract the ZIP file to a temp directory of your choosing, and run xWeasel.exe. When run for the first time, you’ll need to enter in some IRC details before connecting (these fields are arbitrary, so just make something up).
2. Back on the xWeasel website, enter in a search term on the right side. Depending on your OS, downloading instructions may vary (we tested xWeasel on both WinXP and Vista Ultimate edition).
Getting Started - WinXP:
After making a search, simply click on a desired download link, as represented by the blue down arrow. For XP users, this should launch a External Protocol Request window, where xWeasel will be listed as the appropriate program. Put a tick in ‘Remember my choice…’ and click Launch application.
xWeasel.exe will then launch (if not already running), and the chosen file (pack) will commence downloading.
Getting Started - Vista:
We had some issues with launching the xdcc:// links in Vista, as users are not prompted with an XP options window. Instead, you may (or probably will) receive a message similar to this one, as the example shown in Firefox:
Since protocols and file extensions can’t be added manually to Vista (as they can in XP), and unless you’re a Vista registry-editing guru - we could only figure out one alternative method to circumvent this:
1. Make sure that xWeasel.exe is running. If you’re running Firefox - after making a search at the xWeasel website, right-click on a blue arrow, and select “Copy Link Location”.
2. Go back into xWeasel.exe, and select File > Add Download. This will automatically ‘paste’ the link you saved from above. Click Add to finalize.
** The owner of xWeasel has provided us with a quick solution, in the event you can’t launch xdcc:// links through Vista.
1. After downloading the xWeasel .ZIP file, extract it (or just move the xWeasel directory) to this path: C:/Program Files/xWeasel/ - (with xWeasel.exe being located inside the path).
2. Download this ZIP file, and extract it. Run xWeasel_Vista_Protocol.reg to import the settings. (You can always edit xWeasel_Vista_Protocol.reg and direct it to the proper path of xWeasel.exe, if you so wish).
TIP: Even if the path is incorrect after importing the xWeasel (.reg) registry details, you should still be prompted with an option to provide the proper path to the xWeasel.exe app (when downloading xdcc links from xWeasel). The Firefox example shown below will allow you to “choose” a program, whereby you’ll be able to browse to the proper location of xWeasel.exe (wherever you extracted it to).
not worth it torrents are far better speed suck balls
It’s freeware but not free as in free speech/open source? Come on guys, make it a truly collaborative project so that other can contribute. I’d love to see a GNU/Linux version for instance and I’d also be happy to contribute translations but for the moment I’m going to stick to KVIrc.
Old School Says:
Nice looking program, but I disagree with making XDCC easier. Back in the day XDCC bots were clogged up enough with people that knew what they were doing. If something were to happen to bittorrent, XDCC is pretty much the thing to fall back on. Letting anyone use it with little effort jeopardizes the XDCC community.
Some things can only last if they are small enough so that the powers dont be dont care about it.
sounds good, but theres no way i would trust that shit.
not to mention all i ever find are FUCKING ASIAN XDCC CHANS!!!
ANYBODY KNOW OF A GOOD XDCC CHAN?
back in the day when xdcc was king, a lot of the channels banned automatic pack downloading scripts and programs (of which i’m sure there are already a load available apart from this). do most of the channels about nowadays still hold the same rules (i’ve been out of the xdcc scene for quite a while now)?
irc is only for lamers
@ A/S/L From what I know, these are public networks that have already approved of XDCCing in this fashion, but perhaps it’s strictly on a site-by-site basis. I know for certain that most XDCC search sites collaborate with the IRC networks/channels to make sure that xdcc bot searching is allowable. Many XDCC networks have given the green flag to certain scripts, sites and programs, which is why you’ll see redundancy when browsing the listed/supported networks of most XDCC-indexing sites. Then again; whether it be an app such as this, or an IRC script, or a website - either it’ll work, or it won’t.
xWeasel isn’t like the others: it bypasses the process of even having to go on any IRC channels legitimately or directly, yet it still functions. And if you submit a network or channel, you better make sure that the XDCC search/index has been cleared previously by the network.
One might assume an app such as xWeasel to be blacklisted from popular XDCC networks, but this has yet to be. It’s been fully functional since February 2009.
hmm good idea, after trying it though, pretty much everything i try is on an offline bot :S
Well somehow it only dl at 1mbit, like 10 dl all max is 1mbit per dl. But it works, 100%.
PwnMyPic Image Host Says:
Always good to see coverage of different methods of file sharing like this. Cheers muchly!
This is pretty cool. If BT ever goes down - perhaps ill fall back on this.
too bad no linux version
Public XDCC are days behinds.. We need to go back to the FTP days!
GALAXY, you can run the program under linux using Wine. It works perfectly! Check out winehq.org
This …. doesn’t work at all!
Thank you very much!
This is just ridiculous!
I can’t download any file:
“Connection failed! Error: 10051″
What does that mean?