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Old 19.11.2022, 08:33
kamikazemoonman kamikazemoonman is offline
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Unhappy File already exists on hard drive issue captcha required to display this status


Great program, but I have an issue. How can I check if files in my download list already exist locally on the hard drive and then delete them? I can right-click a specific file in the download list, and click "Open Download Directory", and that will show me if the file is downloaded or not, but this gets really tiring when there are 100s of files.

If I just do it the normal way and click download in the download list, Jdownoaded will online check each specific file and force me to do a captcha. If it does find a file that already exists, the website will IP flag me(free account) for checking if the file exists, and I will have to wait for another hour or so until I can check again. As you can imagine this is very time-consuming when I should just be able to locally check if all the files exist within the program.

Is there a way to do this that is not so cumbersome as the manual "Open Download Directory" hack? I already searched the forum and on google, and couldn't find any information on this specific issue.

Any help would be appreciated, and thank you.
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Old 21.11.2022, 18:03
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Try the following:
1. Go to Settings -> Advanced Settings -> GeneralSettings.allowunsafefilenameforfileexistscheck -> Enable this setting

Now when starting your downloads, JD should flag those files as "File already exists" without attempting to start the download.
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Old 30.11.2022, 16:59
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JDownloader only checks for filenames if the site/api can provide *safe* filename information. Not every site does and thus JDownloader has to process the download and wait for final download to begin in order to get hold on a *safe* filename.
See answer of pspzockerscene to allow *unsafe* filenames for local checks.
As far as I remember, there is also a script that will check local files and mark files as finished,search here https://board.jdownloader.org/showthread.php?t=70525
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