Download Specific Files from a Large Zip Archive

LoudScout logo(Windows only): How often do you download a large .zip or .rar archives just because of one particular file in it among tens of others? It happens to me quite often. If you notice, I usually include a thumbnail on each of SheepTech’s blog post.

For example, I’d usually go hunt for designer’s icon out there for Twitter posts. Most of these icons come in different sizes, colors and file formats, and will be compressed into a .zip or .rar file for downloading. But all I need is just one icon for my blog post, why on earth should I download all other unnecessary icons?

No need of that anymore with LoadScout, a handy freeware that will allow you to browse online archives, and then select the files in it that you want to download. Meaning you can choose the files you want to download in an archive without the need of downloading the entire archive beforehand.

Here’s how it works:

1. Copy and paste the URL (http or ftp) of the .zip or .rar file you want to browse, then click “OK”.
Open URL

2. All the files in the .zip or .rar will now be listed and you can browse and look for the file you wanted to download.

Files in the archive will be listed

3. Double-click on the particular file you wanted to download, then select the output path.

Select file to extract

LoadScout could do more according to its website. It can show information of an .mp3 or .avi file without you downloading beforehand. You can also play part of a .mp3 or .avi file before downloading. This way you can identify the media file first before downloading, in case you’re downloading the wrong one. Too bad I am unsure how to get any of these features working.

[Download LoadScout] – Windows 95/98/Me or Windows NT 4.0/2000/XP (Vista).

(via MakeUseOf)



  1. Michael Aulia - January 24, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

    Hmm interesting. This will be very useful to those who only have a dial up connection!

    • Vincent - January 24, 2009 @ 10:26 pm

      Would be useful to broadband users too. Imagine you have lost a file for an online game. To download that single file, you’d probably have to download the 100mb zip file first, that takes several hours already.

      But if LoadScout is used, you can just browse for the file you want and download it right way in the matter of seconds.

      Ah, dial-ups, the older days. I remember being charged dearly (double the pay, one for ISP another for Telco) yet with crappy speed 😀

  2. Generic Viagra - August 2, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

    so this is the easiest way to use this? with all reason I can’t make it work in the right way, all the information you gave here, is the need to optimized the function of this program.

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