Free Download Manager

Free Download Manager Free

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  • Convert Options
  • File Download
  • Installation Settings Check
  • Language Setup Window
  • Site Properties Window
  • Create Batch Download Window
  • Site Manager Tab
  • Download Log
  • About Window

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Nova Vozrak Senior editor

Free Download Manager is a free open-source application designed to ease the process of downloading files and whole websites from remote servers. It supports HTTP, HTTPS, FTP and BitTorrent protocols.

FDM accelerates the downloading process by splitting files into sections. Besides, it allows for downloads in several takings.
That is, you can resume a broken download if the site you are working with supports resumption. You save traffic and a sudden connection loss won't fail the whole process.

The program has a simple interface and a sleek-looking toolbar. Under this toolbar, there are several tabs, each changing the toolbar a bit, adjusting to its purpose. Generally, the toolbar is divided into several sections (4 to 5), and three of them always stay the same and include: traffic use (from 'light' to 'heavy'), download controls (start, stop or pause all downloads), quick access to settings, establish a dial-up connection, as well as Help and About FDM menus.

Mind the traffic use mode; by default it is set to heavy, which implies that FDM is downloading at the maximum possible speed. You can change it into medium if you intend to browse the Internet while the download is in progress. Set it to light traffic use, and the program will be downloading things slowly but surely, using up very little of your Internet connection.

During the lickety-split installtion, you can set the program language and installation folder and enable the FDM Community Options or the BitTorrent protocol. These give you interesting additional possibilities; for example, by enabling FDM Community options you get to share opinions about downloads and warn other users about malicious ones. If you were too lazy to opt in during installation, you can do it later through the Options menu.

When you run the program for the first time, make sure to spend some time reading the Help guide so that you learn about the little things tricks that help you manage your downloads. Don't get me wrong, the interface is very simple and not overloaded at all. However, those who have never used similar applications (like me) can feel a bit frustrated at first from the sheer amount of tabs and colorful buttons, whose use only becomes evident a bit later.

FDM allows for downloading files in different formats, and if you're downloading a ZIP archive containing several files, you can choose which of its included files should be downloaded. There's also a tab called HTML Spider, which has everything you need to download whole websites; basically, if you have a lifetime to spare, you could download any site you want.

Free Download Manager also offers you a lot of ways to tweak its abilities: you can schedule downloads, control the program remotely, assign additional mirrors, change the interface language (about 30 languages are supported) and do lots of other things. It is by far one of the best download managers that I've come across.

Pros

  • Quick.
  • Customizable: has several working modes.
  • Different protocol support.
  • Integrated video conversion.
  • Useful floating icon.
  • Simple toolbar.
  • Free.
  • Allows to share opinions about downloaded files.
  • Can download single files from archives.

Cons

  • Better to read Help before you start.

What's new in version 3.9

Updated torrents core library;
Firefox 10-14 support added;
A pack of general bug fixes;
Help-file updated.

What's new in version 3.8

- Firefox 5 support.
- Import uTorrent and Orbit Downloader downloads.
- "%userprofile%" macros.
- Minor interface changes.
- Updated Bittorrent downloader module.
- "Shutdown computer when done" did not work if computer locked.
- General bug fixes.
- Per tracker logging.
- Bug when running (downloading or seeding) many torrents at the same time.
- Bittorrent | General tab could show invalid information about a tracker.
- FileSonic support (for Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers).
- Crash when creating a new torrent.
- A few bugs when creating a new torrent.
- Possible crash when adding a new download.
- UI bug in download's details window.
- Windows 2000 support.
- FDM did not send login information to FileSonic servers sometimes.
- Firefox 6, Firefox 7, Firefox 8 support.
- Bug in positioning Download with FDM button in some cases in IE8 and IE9 browsers.
- FDM could crashed sometimes when using Site Explorer.
- Flash video monitoring for Google Chrome.
- Improved behavior of FDM's passwords manager.
- Crash when deleting flash video download.
- Decreased memory usage by FLV monitoring module.
- Mirror URLs search fixed.
- Several bugs when using Bittorrent downloads.
- Behavior of "Not completed Recent" downloads filter was corrected.
- In some cases files could be damaged while downloading.
- Downloads could remain in the list after deletion.

What's new in version 2.5

- GPL license.
- Bittorent support.
- Flash video download.
- Upload manager.
- Portable mode.
- Remote control.
 

Publisher's description

What is Free Download Manager? It is a powerful, easy-to-use and absolutely free download accelerator and manager. Moreover, FDM is 100% safe, open-source software distributed under GPL license. Warning: beware of fake versions.

Latest comments

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  • 3
    Guest 2 months ago

    This software is very useful for general users.

  • 0
    webcs 2 months ago

    Had problems with some formats and protocols but on the whole, it was a good pace.
    They often do not deal with the problem.

  • 6
    Guest 7 months ago

    Can I use it with 64-bit architecture?

    • 2
      Guest 6 months ago

      I think no. I faced error whens I tried it on my W7 64-bit.

      • 3
        D. Yessa 5 months ago

        Hi! Works for me (W7 x64).
        FDM developers are here: http://freedownloadmanager.org/board/viewforum.php?f=1


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