Free Download Manager Reviews

FDM in 3.x series, Great! 5.x and up? Trash

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To be honest I'm thinking the project was taken over by morons. The old program is fantastic and I wish I could find a similarly done program. Unfortunately this new 5.0 release is absolutely horrible. There is a lot of fishy stuff, it tries to install with borderline malware, the site is full of click-bait.


Today I upgraded the old 2015 year or so version of it. I expected the fine functional program, but what I saw in the fifth version was a trashcan. It's so dumb and useless now, I can't use it. Lost most of its functions and settings.

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No longer open source. RIP. Off to find an alternative. At least I'm on the right website.


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With the latest update to the fifth version the developers ruined overall a great program. Now it's so dumb that to me it's unusable. No more clipboard monitoring, and many other useful features have been lost by now. Also, I tried torrenting with this. Can't seed at all. I will delete this new version and keep using the old one.


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Used to be a swiss knife downloader. It had all kind of tools to download whatever you needed.

With the new version (v5) they removed the 90% of it's tools and ruined the whole program. Now it's just too simple, with same utility as any other downloader, what a shame.

Thankfully older versions can be found, but I can't recommend this program anymore.


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Beautiful and functional program, but for simple uses. Some comments here indicate that the penultimate version was better, probably because they rewrote the code and still can't retrieve all existing functions. But when I had 5.000 images downloaded, the program consumed almost 4GB of RAM. This is insane since it was going down one at a time. Therefore, for use with over a thousand in a list I do not recommend. Torrent I have not tested because I have been using BitComet for a long time.

[Edited by luislobo9b, October 01]


It is so slow...

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I don't know why people love FDM so much, I was tried this app almost 2 years ago and it was too slow. Now my computer, internet and everything has changed in my setup but it is still slow. This app not a patch on IDM... if you want a free and fast download manager, EagleGet much much faster than FDM. If you complain about download speed on FDM, you need to try EagleGet.

For example: I have a 10mpbs internet and FDM is barely go up to 300 or 400 kb/s on me, moreover it is not stable. IDM can go up to 1 mb/s and realy stable. EagleGet on the other hand, much more stable than FDM but not like IDM, and it is can go up to 1 mb/s too.

If your FDM can't reach to your IDM download speed, you need to try EagleGet. It is not perfect of course but much closer to IDM than FDM is.


Opera all over again.

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As of 5.x FDM has become another piece of software that has lobotomized it's advanced feature set to change over to a minimal, un-intimidating interface. And, like Opera, have promised to build the advanced features into the new program. We'll see. :(

[Edited by naarcissus, May 23]


Don't you hate when people cater to dumb people?

I don't. Rather I hate it when a developer that writes software for power-users abandons their user-base to cater to a less demanding user-base.

Very true. Everything now is oversimplified for idiots. And this software has become disfunctional this way. I will use the old version instead of the dumbed down version.

Used with windows 7 integral edition & vista famillial premium 32-bits

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this is surely the most old software i have on my pc XD.

the best download manager, but the dev seem to be stopped… It is a pity.

Free Download Manager are not really comparable to other download manager, I have tested many as FlashGet, internet download manager… but the problem is always the same, they are updated but the functions are too limited, as if they had been limited on purpose… .

Free Download Manager is distinguished by these features and options:

  • Monitoring: Management Clipboard extensions Firefox, Chrome/Chromium, IE, safari, seamonkey(Mozilla)…
  • Download: single download, batch vacuum of sites, torrents, flash video…
  • Management: Explorer of sites, site manager, task scheduler…
  • Data visualization: Log, Progression, data preview and zip archives, user reviews, ratings and comments…

The organization of downloads goes a bit like FlashGet, it is possible to give names to groups and suib-groups, and provide these with specific file extensions to place downloads in the correct folder.

then the settings, really full, bandwidth management, allocation of sounds, popups, planning, management of downloads and mirrors, automatic setting of speed… it really has everything you need!

briskly* that the project be put to new, or an alternative that is REALLY for FDM!

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*sorry i can't find the correct translation for the word "vivement" in french ^^".


The fifth version no longer monitors the clipboard. It can't import multiple links. And torrents not working for me.

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I love this program as it does everything I want quickly and easily! It has great browser integration and starts immediately when a link is clicked. The UI is pleasing as well. I highly recommend FDM


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No adds, download torrent and direct download, you can set the velocity of the transfer (if you have a slow internet, it allow you to browse while downloading).


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Ability to download torrent files, ability to automatically catch downloads from Chrome, ability to pause downloads, ease of use, lightweight, fast. I really don't know why you would not like this.


Quick Review!

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I have a DSL connection so most downloads over 100 MB can be a little tricky to complete depending on the source. I was having trouble with a 115 MB file which kept cutting off right at the end. This download manager got it all the first time and even kept the download rate steadier than usual! User-friendly (I loved how I could just drag and drop the URL from the browser), great interface and exactly what I needed!

[Edited by BlueTen, September 19]


Wow! i am impressed

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First time using a download manager. (since about 5 years ago)
Downloaded a 3gb file in 37 minutes! at the end I actually watched this program work, you can watch graphically how it breaks the large file into pieces. VERY COOL. earlier today and yesterday I attempted downloading this file and was capped at about 500kb/s sometimes as low as 300kb/s. But with this program I got an unprecedented 1.35Mb/s !!! I am a little curious as to how well other popular download accelerators perform; However, I am so impressed by Free Download Manager that I think I will just stick with this one. :)