Author image Alan Haggai Alavi
and 1 contributors


WWW::Rapidshare::Free - Automates downloading from and checking links for free users


Version 0.01


    use strict;
    use warnings;
    use WWW::Rapidshare::Free qw( verbose add_links check_links 
      download connection );

    # We are going to let the module be verbose and display a delay metre and 
    # progress bar.

    my @links = add_links(


    print "Added links:\n";
    map print("\t$_\n"), @links;

    my @erroneous_links = check_links;
    map {
        my ( $uri, $error ) = @{$_};
        print "URI: $uri\nError: $error\n";
    } @erroneous_links;

        properties    => \&properties,
        file_complete => \&file_complete,

    sub properties {
        my ( $file_name, $file_size ) = @_;
        print "Filename: $file_name\nFile size: $file_size bytes\n";

    sub file_complete {
        # Let us restart the modem. I have updated my /etc/sudoers file to allow me
        # to execute sudo pppoe-start and sudo pppoe-stop without a password.
            connect    => 'sudo pppoe-start',
            disconnect => 'sudo pppoe-stop',


By default, the module does not export any function. An export tag all has been defined to export all functions. The following functions can be exported:

  • add_links

    Adds links to be downloaded and returns the added links as an array. Accepts an array of values as argument. Ignores commented links (links that start with a #) and invalid links.

  • add_links_from_file

    Adds links from a file which is given as an argument and returns the added links as an array. Ignores commented links (links that start with a #) and invalid links.

  • links

    Returns current links which have been added by add_links or add_links_from_file.

  • clear_links

    Clears current links and returns them as an array.

  • check_links

    Checks if the links are alive or not. Returns an array of array references if there are dead links. The latter arrays are of the form [ link, error message ]. If all links are alive, returns false. Additionally it also removes the dead links.

        my @erroneous_links = check_links;
        map {
            my ( $uri, $error ) = @{$_};
            print "URI: $uri\nError: $error\n";
        } @erroneous_links;
  • download

    Downloads files off valid links. Accepts a hash with a maximum of four keys having callbacks as their values. The hash should be of the form:

            delay          => \&delay_callback,
            properties     => \&properties_callback,
            progress       => \&progress_callback,
            file_complete  => \&file_complete

    Callbacks are passed values as follows:

    • delay

      delay callback is passed the number of seconds until download begins. It is called every second until the delay is zero. Delay is decremented each time the callback is executed.

    • properties

      properties is passed the file name and file size as two arguments.

    • progress

      Sole argument is the number of bytes of the current file downloaded so far. This callback is executed every instant in which data is written to the file which is being downloaded.

    • file_complete

      This callback passes control after each file is downloaded. Disconnection/connection establishment or reconnection is possible by invoking connection.

  • verbose

    Controls the output verbosity. Pass it a false value such as 0 or '' (empty string) to turn off the delay metre and progress bar. Everything else turns on verbosity. Verbosity is true by default.

  • connection

    Most useful within the callback of download pertaining to the hash key file_complete. Accepts a hash:

            connect    => '',  # Command to start a connection
            disconnect => '',  # Command to disconnect
            reconnect  => ''   # Command to reconnect

    Either both connect and disconnect have to be specified, or reconnect has to be specified. If a single command can reconnect, then a value for reconnect will be apt, else connect and disconnect should be assigned the respective commands to connect and disconnect. The commands should be your operating system's commands to connect/disconnect/reconnect the internet connection.

    Windows users can use the rasdial utility to connect/disconnect:

Check file inside example directory for usage example of the module.


Alan Haggai Alavi, <alanhaggai at>


Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-www-rapidshare-free at, or through the web interface at I will be notified, and then you will automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.


You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc WWW::Rapidshare::Free

You can also look for information at:


Copyright 2008 Alan Haggai Alavi, all rights reserved.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.