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.

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Version 5.1 is pretty much the only proper download manager I've found that has a well-designed, clean and to-the-point UI.


great download manager

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Have used several download managers but tired this , really good. light , clean and not much necessary stuffs on it.


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]

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


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 ^^".


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. :)


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.


The only download manager I will ever use

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You won't find a better download manager than this for PC. Works as advertised, has tons of features, fast, unobtrusive and never failed me. The only download manager I sometimes use apart from this is DownThemAll for Firefox, but that is a browser-specifc extension so it doesn't really count.

If you want one download manager to manage all kinds of downloads across browsers, then do yourself a favour and use this one.


Feature-rich, free and it works like a charm.

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It's feature-rich, it's free and it works like a charm.
Really, it has so many features I didn't even know I wanted !


IDM Better Free Alternative

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FDM has same functionality with Small Internet Download Manager iconInternet Download Manager but FDM is FREE !