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A simple lightweight library to download images (and other files)

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Python Image Fetcher

A simple lightweight library to download images (and other files)


With Python 3.5+ run:

pip install image-fetcher

Key features

  • Speed: By using multi-threading, more images can be downloaded per second
  • No download duplication: To avoid unnecessary downloads
  • Progress bar: To track how your download is getting on


The simplest usage involves passing a list of URL's and the folder you want the images to be saved to:

from image_fetcher import multi_thread_image_download


If you have your URL's saved in a text file you can instead give the path to that file


Additional arguments

  • max_fetching_threads (int): Sets the maximum number of concurrent image downloads
    • Increasing this increases download throughput but also uses more processing power and can cause errors when set too high
    • By default is set the number of cpu cores x 5
  • download_timeout (int): Seconds before a download is abandoned
    • Increasing this means more time will be allowed per download. If every download is important you should set this high
    • If set to None, download will only timeout if the connection does so
    • The default is 5 seconds
  • verbose (bool): Whether to show progress bar
    • On by default

You can pass these like so:


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