slimrat: A slim chance it still works

I’m going to put this one out there, and if it works for you we’ll call it incredible luck. And if it doesn’t we’ll just say … oh well. We tried.


slimrat is a download manager that was intended to work with some file hosting sites like Megaupload or Rapidshare. Its repertoire is impressive.

But also out of date. And that’s the killing blow to download managers: one tiny change in the connection protocol, one little jiggle in the order of things, and suddenly the entire business falls apart.

Or at least that’s the way I imagine it.

So, compounded with the obvious difficulties of working with hosting sites and their esoteric styles for downloading things, there’s the added wrinkle in the fact that slimrat apparently went into hibernation back in 2010.

Meaning probably just about every download site it meshed with four years ago has abandoned it. I couldn’t even get slimrat to download its own sourcecode, as you see above.

To be fair though, Google Code wasn’t in its list of plugins four years ago. Not much chance it would magically work now.

Such is life. So we all get old and then we can’t hack it anymore. Is that it?

Yeah. 😦