Google Chrome Extension For Mega

Google Chrome Extension for Mega is a tool that makes it easy to download files from the cloud storage site Mega. The extension lets you browse, download and manage your files, in addition to providing extra features such as an auto-update feature and an embedded music player.

Google Chrome Extension For Mega

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MEGA is a secure, user-controlled end-to-end encrypted cloud storage and communications service with 20 GB free storage space. Unlike other cloud storage providers, your data is encrypted and decrypted by your client devices only and never by us.

This extension allows you to install MEGA into your browser to reduce loading times, improve download performance and strengthen security. Any MEGA URL will be captured by this extension and stay local (no JavaScript will be loaded from our servers).

MEGA’s source code files (HTML, CSS and JavaScript) are loaded from the extension itself and do not require additional integrity verification. This saves time by not downloading these files from MEGA’s servers and verifying them each time you visit the MEGA website. The executable client code runs directly from the user’s local machine, rather than being loaded from MEGA over TLS/SSL. Browser extension updates are cryptographically protected. For more information see section 2.2 of our whitepaper

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MEGA sets itself apart from other cloud storage services in that it offers end-to-end encryption for files uploaded. It also gives a generous 50 GB worth of storage to free users.

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On the other hand, their entry-level business account that comes with a whooping 15 TB is arguably one of the most cost-effective options, cheaper than both Dropbox and Google Drive for the same amount of storage.

The service however comes with one downside: it downloads files using the browser’s blob saving functionality. This is not the most reliable of downloading especially for large files, however it’s a necessary evil for the end-to-end encryption to work.

Basically, the browser downloads the data while its encrypted and once it’s done downloading, decrypts it for you to save it. This blob download however brings with it some limitations such as :

  • not all browsers work or work well with the blob saving functionality (e.g. old versions of IE)
  • loss of internet connection may break downloads with no way to resume
  • maximum download speeds may not be achieved or accelerated for that matter
  • the download is temporarily downloaded in the browser cache folder (typically located in the System partition) which may not be ideal for large downloads when the free space is limited in that partition

When downloading normally through the browser, the above limitations are usually overcome by making use of a download manager.

With MEGA, it would seem the closest option to achieving this is for one to use the MEGASync app however you can actually use a normal download manager like FDM or IDM. Here’s how.


Step 1: Generate Download Link with MegaDownloader

First we need to generate a download link for the file to download using an application called MegaDownloader. Once you have it installed, do the following:

1. In your browser, go to and copy the link in the address bar for the file you want to download. e.g.!ouR2hQJT!utjCA5ODxrp8zSGR8gbwMB9gmkJkFpAhoJsbHOJx7ZY

2. Launch MegaDownloader and on its toolbar click the Streaming option followed by Watch Online.

3. Paste the link in the MEGA URL link box then below it copy the link that is generated in the Streaming URL link box. e.g.


4. Minimize your browser and MegaDownloader (don’t exit).


Step 2: Download Link with a Download Manager

1. Just open your download manager and paste the link you’ve just generated and start your download normally.

In my case, I use the good old FDM though it should work with other download managers.

2. If you need to download multiple files, just repeat the steps above and feed the generated streaming link to your download manager.

The links for the files will look the same and only the last part will be different in order of how they’ve been generated e.g.


The downloads may appear named as Streaming but once the download begins the actual name of the file will be resolved. If this fails to happen, remember to rename the file with actual file name and extension once its completed.



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