Free Download Manager

Free Download Manager

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 907 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.9.6 build 1559
  • Total Downloads:
    6,765,436
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 09, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    10.52MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5,492
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Free Download Manager helps you download all kinds of files from various sites. It can handle multiple downloads simultaneously.

Pros

Interface organization: Free Download Manager features a tabbed interface that lets you move between various categories of downloaded files with ease and find the type of file you're looking for quickly. These include Downloads, Flash Video Downloads, and Torrents. There are also tabs for the Scheduler, Site Manager, and HTML Spider.

Community input: When you enter the URL for a file you want to download, there is a button you can click to see if anyone in the user community has reported the file as malicious. This can help you keep dangerous files off your computer, and you can contribute to the community as well by flagging any files you have trouble with.

Cons

Locating downloads: When you download a file through Free Download Manager, it can be difficult to find on your computer. Despite the fact that the app indicates that it will send the file to the Downloads folder, we repeatedly had trouble locating files during testing.

Confusing Help: The Help document that comes with this app is long and convoluted, and it doesn't have much actual information on what to do if you run into trouble. This could make it hard for less-experienced users to take full advantage of all the app has to offer.

Bottom Line

Free Download Manager is a good tool for processing and keeping track of your downloaded files. It includes a lot of nice features, although it may be hard for you to take full advantage of these since the Help file is so unwieldy. Overall, though, this is a good option to try out if you download a lot of files, particularly since it's free.

 
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User Reviews
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2 stars

"One of the best programs I've ever seen. Period."

June 11, 2015  |  By crunchabit

 |  Version: Free Download Manager 3.9.5 build 1542

Pros

Fast, lightweight, powerful and ad-free. In fact, it excels in every one of these categories.

Cons

None whatsoever

Summary

An amazingly powerful and hassle-free tool. I use it professionally in different environments ensure large downloads are fast and resumeable. Always works without a hitch. Thank you FreeDownloadManager.org!

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5 stars

"It's the BEST download manager available!"

May 25, 2015  |  By atunis58041

 |  Version: Free Download Manager 3.9.5 build 1542

Pros

Excellent, intuititve design; easy to install and use; works exceptionally well with Chrome browser. This beat IDM by a longshot!

Cons

none observed

Summary

It's remarkable that such an excellent download manager is free! Try the others, then get the best!

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5 stars

"Outstanding download manager!"

April 23, 2015  |  By atunis58041

 |  Version: Free Download Manager 3.9.5 build 1537

Pros

Has been able to download everything I have thrown at it, with ease! Downloads are exceptionally rapid..Design is very well laid out and intuitive. Works very nicely with the Chrome browser. I have tried virtually all the download managers available today, and this one bests them all.

Cons

None observed.

Summary

Outstanding and remarkable in that it's a free download manager, what with all the bells and whistles included in the program.

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5 stars

"Great free download manager!"

April 04, 2015  |  By tdaso

 |  Version: Free Download Manager 3.9.5 build 1530

Pros

1. It works exactly as expected
2. Speeds up downloads
3. The dropbox is a class act
4. Completely free, no ads, no malware

Cons

Only one: Does not monitor Opera Chromium, but then this masterpiece of dropbox comes to the rescue!

Summary

I don't know what to say about this download manager, it comes second only to internet download manager (IDM) but it's free!

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5 stars

"Awesome Free Download Manager"

January 31, 2015  |  By RyanNerd

 |  Version: Free Download Manager 3.9.4 build 1482

Pros

1) Works with all popular browsers including Chrome (which stupidly is missing this feature out of the box).
2) Fast as a bat out of Hades.
3) Can act as a torrent client.
4) Allows you to categorize your downloads based on file type.
5) Has a simple dropbox that allows you to drag links into it and ta-da instant fast download.
6) Support for websites requiring usernames and passwords.
7) Support if you are behind a proxy server.
8) It's free. No Adware, Malware or other crap.
9) Lightweight very small memory foot print.
10) I've tried dozens of these download managers. This one has always surpassed all others.

Cons

1) Could use a UI overhaul for configuring options.
2) Torrent support exists, but in my opinion it should be offered as a plug in or as a separate product. This feature also needs an major upgrade to be a contender with other free torrent clients.

Summary

Let me speak to the critics about this free software:
I'm not sure what @NLpanda was smoking when he said that FDM put a Russian toolbar on his browser; apparently illiad8 is sniffing the same magic mushrooms -- FDM is NOT bloatware, does NOT contain adware or any other garbage. It hogs bandwith because -- guess what -- that's what download managers do so your downloads are lightning fast.
Also it is very easy to turn off the Torrent support in FDM. I always turn it off because I prefer a different torrent client.
If you (standuncan) are running multiple download managers you are asking for trouble because each manager is going to try to hook into your downloads and fight for control. This is true for any DL manager not just FDM. Uninstall all other managers and then give FDM a try again and see what your think.
I don't use FDM to download videos so I can not speak to that point.
Finally. This is FREE software without ads, viruses or any other nasties in it. I wish I was independently wealthy so I could give the developers money to improve their product.

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4 stars

"very good."

June 13, 2014  |  By honestreview1

 |  Version: Free Download Manager 3.9.4 build 1472

Pros

current version works with firefox.
it's pretty fast.

Cons

it's not currently detecting the youtube videos correctly, so it's not downloading them.

Summary

works on most websites, even on youtube but not at this point. have been using it for years on and off, i always come back to it. as a main downloader, or an alternative one, you can't lose.

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4 stars

"Not A Bad Tool"

March 04, 2014  |  By Terrazona

 |  Version: Free Download Manager 3.9.3 build 1360

Pros

Very simple interface, I work from home so need good tools to get the job done correctly and easily. if interested visit *****

Cons

None really, its free so cant complain!

Summary

Definitely suggest this download. visit *****

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1 stars

"Crickets Chirping...."

February 14, 2014  |  By illiad8

 |  Version: Free Download Manager 3.9.3 build 1360

Pros

Crickets Chirping....

Cons

Crap! Blows out your internet data usage to nearly a gig in a day of standard browsing. (Usually 200-300mb) And thats without all the install OPTIONS.

Summary

Just my opinion.
Sorry to the dev team if they didn't intentionally make it suck.
But it's a FAIL from me.
Avoid

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4 stars

"Excellent app"

January 10, 2014  |  By Windows78

 |  Version: Free Download Manager 3.9.3 build 1360

Pros

-Can download torrents
-Great free alternative to IDM

Cons

-Videos are sometimes damaged
-I dont know where is downloading files

Summary

I have portable version so no complaints.

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4 stars

"Like Internet Download Manager, but Free"

December 30, 2013  |  By Richard_Nixon

 |  Version: Free Download Manager 3.9.3 build 1360

Pros

-Free
-Works, looks, and feels like Internet Download Manager
-Hotkeys to disable download link catching, clicking cancel works too

Cons

-Some Youtube videos will download damaged, or unplayable in some way. Only certain videos though.

Summary

Great alternative to IDM

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.9.6 build 1559
  • Unicode support.
  • YouTube downloads thorough processing.
  • General bug fixes.
General
Publisher FreeDownloadManager
Publisher web site http://www.freedownloadmanager.org
Release Date July 09, 2015
Date Added July 09, 2015
Version 3.9.6 build 1559
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.52MB
File Name fdminst.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 6,765,436
Downloads Last Week 5,492
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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