The Best Free File Download Managers for Windows

best download manager for windows One type of application I really wouldn’t be able to miss is my download manager.

Download managers are Godsend. They allow us to accelerate, manage and time all of our downloads.

One of the major features of a download manager or accelerator is the file splitting process. This splits the file into different chunks – sections – which it then downloads simultaneously. This can allow some downloads to go up to five or ten times faster.

Over the years, numerous file download managers popped up, but I was especially surprised to see how many free ones were available. So, enter my best best download managers for windows.

FlashGet

flashget FlashGet is one of the most popular download managers available. Both themselves and their huge userbase have named them “The Best Download Manager Program”.

This download manager runs pretty low on system resources, hence the influence on your usual computing behaviour is limited to a bare minimum. All these downloaded files can be easily organised through various categories, so wave goodbye to your ever so messy desktop.

Anti-virus integration is also supported – this allows you to specify an anti-virus application and plan instant virus-scans on all your downloaded files.

However, FlashGet’s biggest power lies in protocol support. HTTP, FTP, BitTorrent, MMS and RTSP are just a handful of the supported protocols.

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FlashGet is available for Windows, download it here. Version 2.00 available here.

Free Download Manager

free download manager Free Download Manager (FDM) is a 100% free, open-source program released under the GNU General Public License. This means that the source code can be accessed by everyone and improved versions can be made by the community.

Besides supporting the HTTP, HTTPS, FTP and BitTorrent protocols, the Free Download manager can also grab flash video content from various websites such as YouTube, Daily Media and Google Video.

The feature that makes the Free Download Manager stand out is getting a ‘community opinion’ on files. This means that you’ll see what other members of the community have to say about the file you’re about to download. Through this function, Free Download Manager tries to warn you for any malicious downloads.

Several other functions include a built-in upload manager to easily share your files with your friends, colleagues and family, a remote control option and portable installation support.

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Free Download Manager is available for 32bit Windows, download it here.

Download Accelerator Plus

download accelerator plus With 165 million users worldwide, Download Accelerator Plus is the market leader in download acceleration and management.

Several new features became available with the release of version 9.00. Download Accelerator Plus now features a YouTube downloader, similar to Free Download Manager. The Preview Function allows you to check the validity or quality of any unfinished video and audio files, and a free video converter allows you to put your downloaded videos in PSP and iPod format.

Download Accelerator Plus works with a Multi Antivirus security analysis to protect you from most malicious downloads.

The only problem with Download Accelerator Plus are their constant tries to promote the premium version.

Download Accelerator Plus is available for Windows, download it here.

Alternative Download Manager Freeware.

Of course the download manager arsenal isn’t limited to the above three applications. Below are other free download managers that didn’t manage to get featured but might be worth a look.

Which application do you use, and why? Do you know of any other options? Drop them in a comment below.

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Comments (33)
  • Chris

    I use both FDM and FlashGet, but is there any way to integrate any download managers with Chrome, or at least any download managers that are compatible with Chrome, or even support Chrome?

    • Jay

      I think Orbit Downloader integrates well with Chrome, but I’m not sure. I’m on linux now.

  • Rinkesh

    Pls suggest me good download manager ?

  • WolvenSpectre

    First, Net Transfer is Trialware not Freeware. It was free several years ago, and had amazing download speeds when set right, but it was too aggressive and several server management packages started to IP block anybody who used it at a busy time of day. After that they had to be less aggressive with the functionality and at the same time made the software for pay.

    I have been using FDM with Opera since before 9. The plugin really is not as good as it should be, and I suggest three things;

    1) go into your preferences for FDM, and do NOT check the Opera Integration under monitoring. Instead make sure you have the clipboard monitoring checked. This way if you want a file downloaded you right click on the link and choose “copy link”. The advantage of doing it this way is there are no blank tabs opened for the downloads. BTW Opera… Fix that already!

    2) Get “Oget” and install it. This will modify your download preferences, which is a little difficult for the more armature user, so that most of your common download file extensions are set to download with FDM. It never sets it up the way I like and I am sure that it will miss something you want too. If you want to use it though, you can use the clipboard monitoring setting in FDM to get the ones it misses.

    3) Modify the downloads preferences yourself as you need them. Make sure the FDM plugin is off at the bottom of the settings, then change the radio button settings to “Open with other application” and point it to the FDM.EXE file in your program files, then check the box underneath that says pass URL to application. Do this for every file type you want to download. Just remember in some certain cases Opera will override this and make you download it using Opera’s file manager. If it is a large file you want to use FDM for, stop it in the Transfers Tab and at the bottom of the screen you can copy the path that it is downloading from. Put this in FDM and it should work.

  • mchlbk

    Ok, totally new to download managers, please excuse me for asking what might be a pretty stupid q:

    Im using Firefox 3 with DownThemAll. Can a download manager improve the download speed even further?

  • Pika

    Are there any good freeware dlmanagers/fire fox addons for mac’s out there?

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