Free Download Manager 3.9.4 Build 1479 Fileforum Pick

4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 (1169 votes)

()

Windows (All) / Open Source / 316,396 downloads

Free Download Manager (FDM) is a full-featured freeware downloading program. It allows you to download files and whole web sites from any remote server via HTTP, HTTPS and FTP.

  • Homepage

    Free Download Manager

  • Uninstaller

    Yes

  • Latest Changes

    - Chrome and Firefox extensions can be installed under non-admin user

    - Bittorrent: option to enable Peer Exchange

    - General bug fixes

Reviews of Free Download Manager

  1. 3 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 3.9.4 Build 1479 (Oct 16, 2014)

    over rated IDM is a better choice but for free better then winblows default

  2. 5 out of 5 stars
    BANDIT-

    Reviewing 3.9.3.1358 (Sep 23, 2013)

    Get the Lite version Unless you still Bat on with Torrents.. Snigggger..!!
    Easily made portable from the "setup" file via CMD:Innounp
    Highly configurable. Well maintained..... A super 5*

  3. 5 out of 5 stars
    UPieper

    Reviewing 3.9.2.1288 (Jan 16, 2013)

    Been using it for years. Works flawlessly...and it's free!

  4. 1 out of 5 stars
    connectplus

    Reviewing 3.9.1.1261 Beta (Aug 24, 2012)

    Downloaded this program and experienced such great pain trying to download Xubuntu files for almost two weeks straight, that I couldn't wait to get it off of my computer. Firstly, I tried downloading the 680 MB file without torrent...it stopped several times; then I tried the torrent download--3 days later, it said it was 100% downloaded, but I also noticed lots of wasted MBs in the log files; I went to open the file and it had 27 KB. Now you know I'm hot at this point! Silly me, tried once more just to be fair; and waited another 24 hours for it to download, but it stopped at 89% and refused to download further. I'm not one for wasting my time and really get angry when something else does! If this works for you, great! It didn't did work for me even with all of its beautiful interface and tooted useful tools.

  5. 5 out of 5 stars
    liciopm

    Reviewing 3.9.1.1252 Beta (May 29, 2012)

    Why FDM not operation with Firefox 9.0 - It's very very good...

    Thank you by information

    Liciopm

  6. 1 out of 5 stars
    KuHGl

    Reviewing 3.9 RC1 Build 1194 (May 5, 2012)

    Sorry for this review, but it doesn't seem to be avoidable. As long as I work with Win 7 64 FDM (3.8.x as well as 3.9.x) is not capable of calculating a correct bandwidth (at least it looks like). Fact: Most files are downloaded either with 2 chunks and a download speed, which is 20% (sometimes less than 10%) of - for example - DownThemAll. No way to change this behavior and also (that's the major reason why you can read this review) no chance to tell the developers on their forum this fact. Always I get the reply 'can not be reproduced', what I - sorry for this - can not ant therefore will not believe.
    It seems that FDM works for the majority of users - and that's enough.
    As a conclusion: If it works for you - be happy and use it (since it has very interesting features. If it doesn't work don't wait for the developer team to fix any bug - it's very unlikely that your message is processed (exception: Many other users tell the same).
    Poor working program, poor forum (at least for me, sorry) - poor rating: 1 - PERIOD.

  7. 5 out of 5 stars
    CregLion

    Reviewing 3.9 Build 1194 RC1 (Mar 16, 2012)

    long path tool is appropriate for ending problem in managing, unlocking, renaming files. http://longpathtool.com/

  8. 5 out of 5 stars
    Joseph A

    Reviewing 3.8 Build 1173 (Dec 29, 2011)

    An excellent download manager.

    There is also a "lite" version available at http://files.freedownloa...g/lite/fdminst-lite.exe which does not have the Video Conversion and the BitTorrent plugins, and the Language Pack. These can added later, if desired. See http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/download.htm.

  9. 5 out of 5 stars
    rip_pit

    Reviewing 3.8.1090 Beta 4 (Aug 18, 2011)

    changelog : http://freedownloadmanag...pic.php?f=1&t=15602

  10. 4 out of 5 stars
    Karol Mily

    Reviewing 3.7 RC1 Build 956 (Jun 13, 2011)

    Have you tried - http://www.httrack.com/ or http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/wget.htm. Wget for Windows is my selection, run very fast. It is comsole app, there are GUI fot it.

  11. 5 out of 5 stars
    rip_pit

    Reviewing 3.5 RC Build 930 (Sep 17, 2010)

    one of the best downloaders i tried. Contains all the helpfull features need to download plus more, like video download, preview and convert

    I once loved FlashGet but I found in FDM a great replacement

    Not yet tested this build but i'm sure it'll do it better

  12. 2 out of 5 stars
    tranglos

    Reviewing 3.5 RC Build 930 (Sep 15, 2010)

    I've had a highly disappointing experience with FDM just recently.

    One, YouTube downloads do not work at all. For a YouTube URL, FDM downloads an extensionless file named "view", which is simply the html page YouTube serves to the browser. I guess this is a bug, but what happened to testing?

    Two, notice how inconvenient it is to set your own filename for a (regular http) download. I download a lot of podcasts cia Google reader - copy URL, paste in downloader. But these files almost always have uninformtaive names, like xx_YYMMDD.mp3. So I rename them to showname_person_interviewed_YYMMDD or such. Well., in FDM to rename the destinatioun file you have to click a button. The button does not have a keyboard accelerator. So you either have to use the mouse or tab through all the controls to reach the button. By contrast, in ReGetDX, all I have to do after pasting the URL is type "a" (not even Alt-A, though that works too), and the focus jumps to the destination filename field.

    Minor, yes, nitpicky, yes, but it's annoying when you do it hundreds of times, and also indicative that developers don't really think much about user experience. Alt+key accelerators are there for free, just put an ampersand in the control's caption - what could be hard about that? And there's a lot of software out there that neglects this simple, basic UI facility. So I'll stay with Reget, even though it hasn't been updated in quite some time, and I still need a different app for downloading from YouTube.

  13. 5 out of 5 stars
    kevinebrown

    Reviewing 3.5 RC Build 928 (Sep 5, 2010)

    I have been using FDM for years and have yet to find anything that comes close to the speed at which this little applicaton downloads.

    I dno't use it for the BitTorrent activity as I don't care much for the user interface plus I like to have my Torrents download in differnent locations than my regular downoads....I would probably use this for Torrents if I could specifiy regular FDM download directories and torrent downloads that way I could seperate these.

    At any rate a real winner here!!!

  14. 5 out of 5 stars
    YoungOldies

    Reviewing 3.5 RC Build 928 (Aug 30, 2010)

    Nice to see some life again in this great download manager.

  15. 5 out of 5 stars
    Gabrielw22

    Reviewing 3.5 RC Build 928 (Aug 30, 2010)

    I've always loved Free Download Manager. This RC is only 5905KB.

  16. 5 out of 5 stars
    Joseph A

    Reviewing 3.5 RC Build 928 (Aug 30, 2010)

    This version of FDM solved most pending problems. The only bug I found is merely cosmetic (the download notification windows just flashes even though it is enabled to stay) .

    In addition to the "Latest Changes" above, there are two more:
    - Fix: Other Windows 7 compatibility issues
    - Fix: Minor interface issues fixes
    - Fix: Open file button does not open downloaded files of unknown types in Internet Explorer.

    Let us hope the final version is released soon.

    This is the best download manager in my humble opinion.

  17. 4 out of 5 stars
    shantanu

    Reviewing 3.4 Build 902 Alpha (Jun 10, 2010)

    3.4 alpha (902) doesn't show up in the tray after Windows starts. I have to kill the fdm.exe process and restart it to make it show up in the tray.

    Otherwise, the best!

  18. 5 out of 5 stars
    Mystiqq

    Reviewing 3.4 Build 902 Alpha (May 25, 2010)

    I was plesantly surprised after switching from older FlashGet (the new one is an abomination) to FDM.

    FlashGet tend to suck about 12MB memory even when idle but FDM does not appear to go over 3MB ever, actually hovers close to 2MB at all times. Interface is super fast, although theres some "redraw flicking" when you change tabs etc.

    Also has some nice extra features like Bittorrent support, which i occationally use. Not to mention all this is free!

  19. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 3.4 Build 902 Alpha (Apr 22, 2010)

    This is the best free download manager by far, and I'm glad it's still in development. It does exactly what you need to do, which is click once on the D/L link, and walk away from your computer. Notification sounds optionally let you know when the D.L starts, finishes, of fails, so you don't have to watch a little icon in the tray to know what's happening.

    Only downside, and not real serious, is the Setup Options. They're not intuitive or well organized, and no matter how many times I set the program up, it's confusing and time consuming.

    The "Portable" option doesn't work so great. It keeps losing settings in both WinXP and Win7.

  20. 5 out of 5 stars
    jmcowan

    Reviewing 3.4 Build 892 Alpha (Mar 18, 2010)

    There is no official Firefox x64 build at this point, and it works fine in 32-bit browsers (Firefox, Opera, IE) on Windows (Vista, 7) x64.

  21. 2 out of 5 stars
    hap8192739

    Reviewing 3.4 Build 892 Alpha (Mar 17, 2010)

    Doesn't work on 64 bit which I think is a must at this point in time... I dropped this software

  22. 5 out of 5 stars
    us3r

    Reviewing 3.0.870 (Sep 16, 2009)

    Best freeware download manager out there.

    Version 3.0.870. Changes:

    [+] "Download done" small notification window
    [+] Option: Check if a new download is the mirror for existing one
    [*] Improved monitoring for Internet Explorer
    [+] Google Chrome up to version 4.0 support
    [*] An Internet Explorer 8 related problem fixed
    [-] General bug fixes

  23. 5 out of 5 stars
    Second Shadow

    Reviewing 3.0.870 (Sep 16, 2009)

    Changelog:

    http://freedownloadmanager.org/changelog.txt

  24. 5 out of 5 stars
    dhry

    Reviewing 3.0.865 (Aug 29, 2009)

    I recently migrated to this program after being a user of the free Flashget for a LONG time. While I used to swear by it, Flashget's more recent versions have been a little too ambitious and after the most recent time where it just spontaneously lost all its settings I blew it away. Did a little research and got this one. I haven't got enough info to form much of an opinion on whether anything is better than FDM (although I know for a fact that Leechget and ReGet are NOT) and over the next couple of weeks I'll be checking out the newest versions of GetRight, Internet Download Manager and the rest of the pack. For the moment, I'm pleasantly surprised by this program (it worked very well straight out of the "box" and intercepted downloads from both IE and FF) and you obviously can't beat the price.. it just remains to be seen whether I find anything sh1te about it after using it for a while. For the moment, 5 stars.

  25. 4 out of 5 stars
    Leighton E. Cyr

    Reviewing 3.0.865 (Jun 9, 2009)

    I've checked the author's site and 3.0.848 is current version. I downloaded this one, and it is still showing 3.0.848 as it's version. This is not 3.0.865

  26. 4 out of 5 stars
    us3r

    Reviewing 3.0.865 (Jun 7, 2009)

    It seems to be some hot fix release for IE 8 users who reported issues on forum.

  27. 5 out of 5 stars
    vghai

    Reviewing 3.0.848 (Feb 12, 2009)

    A very good download manager. The only problem I found (and this might be because of my lack of knowledge) is that once you close the automatic download window, it never reopens. Has any one seen this behavior?

  28. 5 out of 5 stars
    us3r

    Reviewing 3.0.848 (Feb 6, 2009)

    I stopped using FDM around version 2.5 and just recently checked it again. I must say it came a long way and it is much better now. Does what it claims to do and it's completely free.

  29. 5 out of 5 stars
    moncool

    Reviewing 3.0.848 (Feb 5, 2009)

    Its Very2 cooooooool download manager i've ever tried...........trust me!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. 5 out of 5 stars
    GerritWittesaele

    Reviewing 3.0.848 (Feb 2, 2009)

    Simply the BEST ! and freeeeeeeee !!!!!

  31. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 3.0.848 (Feb 2, 2009)

    FDM is the best DL accelerator I have ever used. I like it because of the "silent mode", meaning you can set it up to click once on a D/L link and walk away knowing it will come down. (I don't use the "manager" part, I use the Windows Explorer to organize my stuff)

    I particularly like a FlashGet feature they borrowed, which is sound. When starting a D/L, I like a small sound to indicate the D/L started successfully, and a boisterous "File's done!" to indicate the D/L finished. Also a sound for errors is helpful in case of stoppages.

    The bad? SInce I don't like the default settings at all, it takes some doing to set it all up as I prefer. The good news is, you can export a registry patch to instantly configure it on another machine. I would really like to see a true portable version that registers and unregisters itself with 1 click, sort of like 7-Zip does.

  32. 4 out of 5 stars
    GerritWittesaele

    Reviewing 3.0.844 (Jan 4, 2009)

    It's the best download manager, and it's free, so there you have it !

    But I miss some easy to incorporate features, like having the option to store more that 1 login combo per site, or an easy rightclick option to redownload a file from history.

    Other than that, it's a fantastic free app !

  33. 5 out of 5 stars
    aruprc

    Reviewing 3.0.844 (Jan 3, 2009)

    I agree, don't know why this kitchen sink attitude of incorporating torrent, software informer and coverter, just do what you do best and that is being a download manager. Adding other stuff will only add to the bloat. In their defense, they do have a stripped down lighter version and that has none of the other stuff, also during install, one has the option of turning all the other extras off.

  34. 4 out of 5 stars
    JCookes

    Reviewing 3.0.844 (Jan 3, 2009)

    Exactly what sorlag says !
    but it's still the best download manager anyway.

  35. 3 out of 5 stars
    sorlag

    Reviewing 3.0.844 (Jan 2, 2009)

    Nice download manager...
    But it is slowly turning into a bittorrent only app...
    each and every new version, the only thing they work on is bittorrent.
    Please stop that...
    for bittorrent there is utorrent...
    you should work on the download manager part...

  36. 5 out of 5 stars
    keiichi999

    Reviewing 3.0.844 (Jan 2, 2009)

    best download manager on earth, It's obvious, opensource, richness of features and smal memory usage.

  37. 5 out of 5 stars
    plasticpig72

    Reviewing 2.6.829 Beta (Jan 1, 2009)

    For the last 5 or 6 years I have been using flashget to as nothing was as good imho, it has started to get buggy since it became freeware and you can never be sure of the new versions i.e. where they are coming from and what they contain. However a few weeks ago I downloaded this just to give it a try. Flashget is now removed from all my systems.

  38. 5 out of 5 stars
    aruprc

    Reviewing 2.6.829 Beta (Dec 27, 2008)

    Initially this used to be the download manager of my choice, however I got tempted by Orbit which is also an excellent downloader,specially the feature of downloading flash videos by Grab Pro++ but sadly, it also adds Orbit tab to my IE7 which makes it crash and worse of all, I am unable to turn on DEP which is important for me so back to FDM which causes no problems with DEP and also runs very good.

  39. 5 out of 5 stars
    manogamez

    Reviewing 2.6.825 Beta (Nov 20, 2008)

    From what I have tried, this is easily the best download manager out there. But I won't give it a 5 because I think it can be improved. As of now, the interface is too busy. I love the features that FDM offer especially HTML explorer and it's ability to capture downloads. However, I do think there is a bit of tidying up to do on the interface and the way FDM itself communicates with the user. Specifically, I would like to see:

    -----SCRATCH THAT------
    I've found the interface customization options and I'm officially impressed. Notification can be customized to the "T" and I don't even notice FDM anymore. It interfaces so well with Vista!

  40. 5 out of 5 stars
    Nighted

    Reviewing 2.6.825 Beta (Nov 19, 2008)

    @twood lol. :D

    FDM FTW!!!

  41. 4 out of 5 stars
    zapatero

    Reviewing 2.6.825 Beta (Nov 19, 2008)

    It works, and the interface has improved since the last time I checked it. But it is still 12% slower than Internet Download Manager (average download speed in my system), and it is difficult to uninstall it completely. Second best.

  42. 5 out of 5 stars
    twood

    Reviewing 2.6.818 Beta (Nov 17, 2008)

    @ blahman
    Hmmmm a trojan that steals your computer, that must be pretty amazing, does it make your computer get up and run away? Anyways, I've been using it for about 6 months now, its very good, very light and keeps my downloads from being dropped or eating up all my bandwidth. 5/5. I'd love to see a linux release if at all possible. ;)

  43. 5 out of 5 stars
    iamnotyou

    Reviewing 2.6.818 Beta (Nov 13, 2008)

    A great program.

    I like that the smaller "lite" version is available, sans the torrent/up-load/video features that I don't need. I use BitTorrent for torrent files and FDM for 'normal' files.

    Kudos and thanks for the software.

  44. 5 out of 5 stars
    PRoBiSoNe

    Reviewing 2.6.818 Beta (Nov 7, 2008)

    blahman2005 experienced an ID10T error!

    LoL he must have failed along the line somewhere.

    This app, along with its plugins, like torrents for example, is one of the best download managers I have ever used. I used to use FlashGet, but this does a better job IMO.

    A SOLID 5!!!

  45. 5 out of 5 stars
    janset

    Reviewing 2.6.818 Beta (Nov 7, 2008)

    I am a Qualified Logic Thinker and I have never seen a computerprogram steal a computer.

  46. 1 out of 5 stars
    blahman2005

    Reviewing 2.6.818 Beta (Nov 7, 2008)

    Unlike the people commenting on here I am a qualified computer expert and my antivirus software warns of a trojan which is a program which steals your computer. DO NOT INSTALL THIS PROGRAM IT IS DANGEROUS.

  47. 5 out of 5 stars
    reddy.shyam

    Reviewing 2.6.818 Beta (Nov 7, 2008)

    Excellent piece of software. Serves my purpose. Thanks to the author.

  48. 5 out of 5 stars
    ILLEGALien

    Reviewing 2.6.818 Beta (Nov 6, 2008)

    Beta changelogs can be found in the 2.6Beta forum post:

    http://www.freedownloadm...d/viewtopic.php?t=10255

  49. 4 out of 5 stars
    Aegis69

    Reviewing 2.6.818 Beta (Nov 6, 2008)

    Ironic that this is now an open source application, that cannot download anything from sourceforge.net

  50. 2 out of 5 stars
    hap8192739

    Reviewing 2.6.818 Beta (Nov 6, 2008)

    Still not compatible with 64 bit

  51. 5 out of 5 stars
    kail

    Reviewing 2.6.814 Beta (Nov 5, 2008)

    I like & use FDM frequently. But, I'd also like to know what is fixed in each build. The change log posted below only goes up to build 758.

  52. 4 out of 5 stars
    teranova52

    Reviewing 2.6.805 Beta (Sep 23, 2008)

    I do like this software too , but there is so many updates , with out to point out what it gets fixed.

    Here is the link of the log for any one who cares .
    http://freedownloadmanager.org/changelog.txt

    Bottom line , this software for simple downloads works well from day one.

    Beware to update the Firefox 3 FDM plugin, with the latest one.
    How to do that ... just delete the old plugin from Firefox , and reinstall the latest FDM .

  53. 5 out of 5 stars
    Ryusennin

    Reviewing 2.6.805 Beta (Sep 18, 2008)

    FDM'ing since 1886.

  54. 5 out of 5 stars
    stranded

    Reviewing 2.6.805 Beta (Sep 18, 2008)

    I really like this program, I found it accidentally on the net and I use it since then. It's so much better than any browser's built in download manager.

  55. 5 out of 5 stars
    dhry

    Reviewing 2.6.802 Beta (Sep 18, 2008)

    I'm sorry. I had to join in this thread just because of the "Vista is not Windows" comment. HAHAHAHAHA! Whoever said that, pack your computer in it's box and take it back to Circuit City.

  56. 5 out of 5 stars
    aruprc

    Reviewing 2.6.802 Beta (Sep 17, 2008)

    Works fine here with XPx64...no issues.

  57. 5 out of 5 stars
    port8001

    Reviewing 2.6.802 Beta (Sep 17, 2008)

    System requirements:
    In order to use FDM, you must have one of the following operating systems installed on your computer:

    Microsoft Windows 9x/ME/2000/2003/XP/Vista (32bit versions only)

  58. 5 out of 5 stars
    bls2k5

    Reviewing 2.6.800 Beta (Sep 4, 2008)

    Vista is not Windows? Hmmm... my copy says Windows Vista, it even says it was made by Microsoft, don't they make Windows too? Hey but I'm sure that you know what you're saying ryu you must be sooooooooooooo smart. What an e-tard. I am currently running FDM on Vista Ultimate x64. Works fine here.

  59. 5 out of 5 stars
    antimog

    Reviewing 2.6.800 Beta (Aug 25, 2008)

    It works fine with Vista 64 bit.. have you even tried the program?

  60. 5 out of 5 stars
    Ryusennin

    Reviewing 2.6.800 Beta (Aug 25, 2008)

    Is there anyone dumb enough to downrate a program because it's not available on their OS? Vista is not Windows. Vista is Vista and is not supported by FDM. Period.

  61. 3 out of 5 stars
    cyberguy

    Reviewing 2.6.796 Beta (Aug 24, 2008)

    I will only give it a 3 since it is not officially supporting 64-bit Vista. I can see no overriding reason it should not but until it does it will continue to get a mediocre rating from me regardless of its features.

  62. 5 out of 5 stars
    Reverb

    Reviewing 2.6.783 Beta (Jul 26, 2008)

    The best download manager of Windows. Has all the features of other $hareware produtcts without the bloat. Handles multi-source FTP and HTTP downloads with ease and can also run as a portable app. And no, this does not contain spyware/adware or trojans. After install and scanning with NOD32 & Avast!, it comes up clean. Not fully trusting any antivir I performed manual checks to:

    Startup registry entries-nothing added
    Services-nothing added
    Browser helper objects-nothing added
    Start FDM, then close-check running tasks with Process Explorer & Taskinfo-nothing added

    This is open source - you can download the source code and compile your own version if you like.

    Repeat - this DOES NOT come with spyware/adware. You got spyware from something else you downloaded. You n00b!

  63. 5 out of 5 stars
    aruprc

    Reviewing 2.6.783 Beta (Jul 26, 2008)

    Excellent program, stable and does its job without any issues, the you tube downloader and converter works fine. There is no spyware period, from day one this good piece of software has been stigmatized due to some crap AS FP. I have Avira Premium and have scanned my system with Windows Defender, Super Anti Spyware and none have found anything bad in this program. Truly sad it gets blamed for nothing.

    Those who are wondering whats new in this beta can check out FDM from at http://www.freedownloadm...d/viewtopic.php?t=10255

  64. 3 out of 5 stars
    Roger Rabbit

    Reviewing 2.6.783 Beta (Jul 25, 2008)

    Does anyone know what's new ?

  65. 5 out of 5 stars
    Ryusennin

    Reviewing 2.6.783 Beta (Jul 25, 2008)

    Does what it says and for the advertised price. No forced spyware whatsoever, except in the sick minds of the naysayers.

  66. 1 out of 5 stars
    Yanaicka

    Reviewing 2.6.783 Beta (Jul 25, 2008)

    Build to spy.

  67. 5 out of 5 stars
    jeck

    Reviewing 2.5.758 (Jun 20, 2008)

    Been using FDM for years; it works great on XP Pro. I've only had one problem with it in that whole time and it was a bug with the download. Spyware? What spyware; I have the most current version and I don't have any spyware on mine. I'm using it right now. It works great, but if you want to download torrents get Azureus or or uTorrent.

  68. 1 out of 5 stars
    slickandy

    Reviewing 2.5.758 (Jun 16, 2008)

    I used to love this program, but not any more! Riddled with spyware junk. Avoid!!!

  69. 1 out of 5 stars
    darkxiiindp

    Reviewing 2.5.758 (Jun 8, 2008)

    FDM create a addon to catch link in IE and it make my Windows Explorer crash everytime I close window. Thanks god. I uninstall it, now everything fine.

  70. 3 out of 5 stars
    ShahinD

    Reviewing 2.5.758 (May 29, 2008)

    Good Download manager but not good for torrent downloading.it's not possible to select witch files to download in a torrent package.

  71. 5 out of 5 stars
    Galway

    Reviewing 2.5.755 (May 15, 2008)

    Great DM, functions are clear and concise. Well recommended and works without problems on Vista and Server 2003. I have tried them all and prefer to only use this. Free is the icing on the cake.

    If you already have a preferred torrent application, then I highly recommend the lite version that is leaner. Plug-ins can always be added later.

    Many thanks.

  72. 5 out of 5 stars
    incisor

    Reviewing 2.5.753 (Feb 20, 2008)

    Works for me like a charm.
    Open Source, active development and fast.
    Best I have seen so far.

    (@zapatero: No Problems with the Firefox extension FlashGot on my side.)

  73. 4 out of 5 stars
    zapatero

    Reviewing 2.5.753 (Feb 20, 2008)

    At least 12% slower than Internet Download Manager (not free) in my system. Some problems with the Firefox extension (conflicts with FlashGot).

  74. 4 out of 5 stars
    xproject51

    Reviewing 2.5.752 (Feb 13, 2008)

    Just 4 because it's already 2.5.753 since yesterday.

    Otherwise, this is a good download manager.

  75. 5 out of 5 stars
    sorlag

    Reviewing 2.5.752 (Feb 13, 2008)

    Excelent download manager!
    Free Download Manager 2.5.753 is already out...

    == BUILD 753 ==
    [-] Bittorrent: progress tab did not show valid information when download was completed
    [-] Bittorrent: restart download did not work

    == BUILD 752 ==
    [+] Support for non English names of files downloaded via HTTP protocol
    [+] Bittorrent: peers tab improved
    [-] Bittorrent 99% bug fixed
    [-] Bittorrent: invalid characters in the names of peers
    [-] Bittorrent: crash sometimes when stop download.
    [-] Another bug of Bittorrent downloads
    [-] FDM has lost login info of a download sometimes after performing the "query size" command
    [-] Downloads info window was shown empty sometimes

    http://freedownloadmanager.org/changelog.txt

  76. 5 out of 5 stars
    TwinsDad

    Reviewing 2.5.752 (Feb 13, 2008)

    I have been using this app for several years now and have never been disappointed. THis is as solid as software gets and even the betas are less troublesome than most release versions fo other "shareware" apps of thsi type. Gets my highest recommendation.

  77. 5 out of 5 stars
    inventao

    Reviewing 2.5.747 (Jan 29, 2008)

    Work fine in Vista, and FREE

  78. 5 out of 5 stars
    uberfly

    Reviewing 2.5.747 (Jan 29, 2008)

    Very solid. Easily the best and there are times when I work it hard. The occasional bug but nothing show-stopping. As a plus, it's constantly under development unlike a lot of other software projects. Love its built-in support for HTTPS.

  79. 4 out of 5 stars
    Point Zero

    Reviewing 2.5.745 (Jan 23, 2008)

    Full of bugs, yet this is the only downloader which ain't stupid enough to have Direct Download enabled on rapidshare.

  80. 5 out of 5 stars
    roj

    Reviewing 2.5.745 (Jan 21, 2008)

    Gold.

    Just wish it could get past those damn sites that use PHP scripts for downloads.

    FIVE stars.

  81. 5 out of 5 stars
    Higgy

    Reviewing 2.5.738 (Jan 2, 2008)

    I use FDM with Opera and oGet (http://my.opera.com/comm...ums/topic.dml?id=165365). It works just fine for me. The only site that doesn't work well is download.com, and that's due to an old Opera bug.

  82. 2 out of 5 stars
    anomoly

    Reviewing 2.5.737 (Dec 22, 2007)

    I tried it and it is not nearly as good as orbit.
    Problem is network (I like having vidalia installed & running). It cannot default to using no proxy. Apparently you must specify per download and I don't have time to babysit the program.
    Orbit's options are simpler as is it's gui.
    This one is not nearly so user friendly.
    Orbit is portable also.
    2 only because it is OS
    Name is TERRIBLE-ughh

  83. 4 out of 5 stars
    profhsg

    Reviewing 2.5.737 (Dec 21, 2007)

    Pros--lots of features--FREE

    Cons--Has trouble with some sites including, ironically, this one, e.g., try downloading Launchy using FDM.

  84. 5 out of 5 stars
    teranova52

    Reviewing 2.5.737 (Dec 19, 2007)

    This software works solid for me , with updates and with out them .

    I like it allot , since the time, that started to handle torrents and youtube videos, i throed away any other download software .

    Its perfect in my eyes , and does not need any updates .

  85. 3 out of 5 stars
    gehtnix

    Reviewing 2.5.737 (Dec 18, 2007)

    Tried it once and uninstalled the same day. It's not as clever as nettransport and flashget, even getright works better than this app.
    I'd rate it 2, but will give 3 for being free. Well, flashget is free now, too...

  86. 5 out of 5 stars
    DKDude

    Reviewing 2.5.737 (Dec 17, 2007)

    Thanks for this GREAT tool, IMHO it's the best DM out there.

    Keep up the good work.

    BTW.
    Merry Christmast and a happy new year.

  87. 5 out of 5 stars
    roj

    Reviewing 2.5.737 (Dec 17, 2007)

    I need to reconsider.

    Methinks I should be grateful for these guys being willing to fix their product when bugs are uncovered (although I do wish they'd test a bit more thoroughly before release). There are after all a plethora of devs who just add new features and never fix old problems: NewsLeecher is an excellent case in point.

    FIVE stars (and it will remain so) for excellence.

  88. 5 out of 5 stars
    billweh

    Reviewing 2.5.729 (Nov 26, 2007)

    I started using FDM about a year ago and I have tried Orbit and a few others since then and I always end up switching back.

    It's a clean interface, it allows me to pick what directories/categories I want to place each file in (that alone was worth it to me).

    I also like the fact that it keeps a history so that two weeks from now when I find a file in my downloads directory and can't remember where I got it from, I can look in FDM and go back to the site to see.

    I know - that tells me I download too much crap :) - but at least I can find out why I downloaded it. :)

  89. 4 out of 5 stars
    roj

    Reviewing 2.5.729 (Nov 26, 2007)

    DavidGreen:

    Free is not a substitute for solid and comprehensive testing. Take a lesson.

    FOUR stars for a program I use every day that needs a better management team for QA.

  90. 5 out of 5 stars
    bigmama

    Reviewing 2.5.728 (Nov 24, 2007)

    Very good download manager. I would like to have less windows and popup messages. Try the lite version.

  91. 5 out of 5 stars
    bgronas

    Reviewing 2.5.728 (Nov 21, 2007)

    I use this together with Opera, and it's a tight and good combination. Absolutely reccommended!

    Also, try out the Lite version, I personally think it is more than sufficient!

  92. 4 out of 5 stars
    ljepava

    Reviewing 2.5.728 (Nov 21, 2007)

    good program but i use orbit.
    also i use opera.
    if you need good plugin 4 opera so you can integrate download manager with opera go to
    http://lexi.ucoz.ru/ and download Oget.

  93. 4 out of 5 stars
    keir

    Reviewing 2.5.728 (Nov 21, 2007)

    No rtsp, but what it does do it does well, so a 4 from me.

  94. 5 out of 5 stars
    DavidGreen

    Reviewing 2.5.728 (Nov 21, 2007)

    are you guys that think the reviews are sponsored by someone and the one that have a problem with the frequent releases are insane?! it's free/open source. say thank you when you get something you can use for free, or, program something better if you have a problem with the number of releases...you are so ungrateful.

  95. 3 out of 5 stars
    roj

    Reviewing 2.5.728 (Nov 20, 2007)

    Love the software - use it daily.

    Hate the quality control - there is none.

    It's juvenile and amateur and these people obviously don't test at all, else they wouldn't have so many releases in close proximity.

    "Oops, we screwed up again - twice in 24 hours".

    THREE stars for kids who can't get it together.

    Here's a tip kiddies:

    when you're about to do a release, WAIT at least 48 hours and THINK about it. Then maybe you won't have so many OOPSes happening.

  96. 5 out of 5 stars
    Ain Soph Aur

    Reviewing 2.5.727 (Nov 19, 2007)

    come on! This software is great! Many updates?? YES, and i love it, i dont want a software with the same 100 bugs as last month. why not solve them if it is possible?
    really, this software is the best. i dont use firefox but opera, so i have not really the possibility for a very good plugin (but opera is mutch better than firefox...). i must use it, if i had firefox i would not use it...

  97. 3 out of 5 stars
    kbyron

    Reviewing 2.5.727 (Nov 19, 2007)

    This download manager is fair, but I really wonder about it with so many updates. It seems to me that the developer has not really thought out the entire project and the features he wants in it. It makes me wonder what he's going to do "tomorrow."

    Consequently, I uninstalled FDM and found a nice plug-in for Firefox to do the work with big files. As for those who give effusively glowing reviews, I think the reviewers might be either the developer himself or someone he paid for the review.

  98. 5 out of 5 stars
    poisonu

    Reviewing 2.5.724 (Nov 16, 2007)

    Very Nice, but the interface is a bit clunky....

  99. 5 out of 5 stars
    xanderzone365

    Reviewing 2.5.724 (Nov 14, 2007)

    BEST DOWNLOAD MANAGER EVER

  100. 5 out of 5 stars
    Reverb

    Reviewing 2.5.724 (Oct 30, 2007)

    I'm an Opera user and Free Download Manager blows Opera's built-in download manager out of the water! As a long time Opera user one of the biggest downfalls is single-homed file transfers. As an example I was downloading from a site which limited single FTP downloads to ~20 kps. I started up FDM and 8 simultaneous connections downloaded the same file in a fraction of the time. I tried Orbit but it has the annoying bug of not being able to download from sites that require a username/password, FDM downloaded easily.

    @Tao2005:
    If you are not interested in buggy software, why are you using Opera? It's full of bugs! I should know I use it all the time! And you are going to base your reviews on what others have written rather than trying it yourself?

  101. 3 out of 5 stars
    Tao2005

    Reviewing 2.5.724 (Oct 30, 2007)

    Only download file manager for me is built-in to Opera. I just see using a program like this, as an excuse to eat up system resources.

    IE isn't the brightest browser, like Opera. The more BHO's you download for IE. The more resources are eaten up.

    from the sounds of the reviews, this program is buggy. Buggy software has no intrest in me, so I go looking else where for a program with less bugs.

  102. 5 out of 5 stars
    krgood

    Reviewing 2.5.724 (Oct 29, 2007)

    Opps...File not found!! Wonder if they forgot to post the update. Great program, works great.

  103. 5 out of 5 stars
    Ain Soph Aur

    Reviewing 2.5.724 (Oct 29, 2007)

    Really the best! Why paying for GetRight???

  104. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 2.5.721 (Oct 23, 2007)

    Simply the best, except that it doesn't work on the Newzleech.com site. Yes, it is bloated with 6.11mb folder size, 5.52 for the "lite" version, but Orbit has 9.47 folder size! My only 2 wishes are for portability and more compact size.

  105. 4 out of 5 stars
    [deXter]

    Reviewing 2.5.721 (Oct 22, 2007)

    For those who were complaining FDM was bloated, there is a lite version too, without BT, upload manager, video converter, etc. Only 1.5 MB!

    http://files.freedownloa...g/lite/fdminst-lite.exe

    ---

    Personally though, I don't use FDM because it doesn't have automatic download scheduling. I need to manually set FDM to schedule a download when I'm adding a download. FlashGet, on the other hand can do this.

  106. 5 out of 5 stars
    Reverb

    Reviewing 2.5.718 (Oct 12, 2007)

    I have been running Free Download Manager for over a year now - I downloaded Orbit to compare and found Orbit to be buggy even with the newest version 2.3.1. I couldn't download from a site that required a username and password with Orbit in spite of entering the required info in the download options box - The log window showed 401-authentication error which means it wasn't passing the login info to the site. Free Download Manager opened 8 simultaneous connections and downloaded at top speed from that same site. Plus it's portable!! I don't know what you mean by bloat - it's 5.5 MB.

  107. 5 out of 5 stars
    teranova52

    Reviewing 2.5.718 (Oct 12, 2007)

    I operate this software for long time now .
    It does everything very well .
    I do not use all the functions of it .
    But i can not say that is bloated , because i do not use all the functions !!

  108. 4 out of 5 stars
    wognum

    Reviewing 2.5.718 (Oct 9, 2007)

    good, but i like Orbit better, since its a little less "bloated"

  109. 4 out of 5 stars
    dono1216

    Reviewing 2.5.718 (Oct 9, 2007)

    Good, but yes, Orbit is better.

  110. 5 out of 5 stars
    godzila

    Reviewing 2.5.718 (Oct 9, 2007)

    nice

  111. 4 out of 5 stars
    guti

    Reviewing 2.5.715 (Sep 29, 2007)

    Not bad, but OrbitDownloader (also free, and not VB written) is a better choice.

    Flashget used to be nice.

  112. 5 out of 5 stars
    burfadel

    Reviewing 2.5.715 (Sep 29, 2007)

    Geez guys, how often is a piece of software absolutely flawless? beta testing is only affective if the error is found, and the beta testers report the error. Unless you were adversely affected by the bug if you've been using it, don't rate it so low! If you're a first time user, rate it on how it is NOW not previous faults. Its as stupid as saying 'I had a 1972 model of that car when I was in uni (or college whatever) and the door handle was sticky, therefore I rate the 2007 model only 3 out of 5 stars'.

  113. 2 out of 5 stars
    roj

    Reviewing 2.5.715 (Sep 28, 2007)

    Yet anther "oh-gee-I-didn't-test-this-properly" bugfix that shouldn't have happened.

    Get a grip.

    To the misguided "forgiving" types who tabled the "when is a piece of software flawless" drivel:

    You have an extensive beta program. It lingers on for at least four months. There are multiple beta releases. FINALLY you table the so-called "finished" version. And then within two weeks you table six more "oh-snap-i-didn't-get-this-problem-solved" releases. And it doesn't end there. over the next two weeks you table six MORE. You want to put up with that BS? Good for you. Some of us have more intelligence and are more discriminating about software QA. To be fair to the devs of this piece of software, at least they are trying to fix it unlike the a** who writes NewsLeecher who is more concerned with new "features" and his cash flow than actually finishing his software with something approaching quality.

    TWO stars for sheer stupidity on the part of the devs (and that's two more stars than I give NewsLeecher and the jerk who writes it).

    Just sign me:

    "Tired of half-baked software"

  114. 4 out of 5 stars
    meral

    Reviewing 2.5.713 (Sep 21, 2007)

    I've I used this alot and it was good, its real pain to turn off torrent association. I tried attaching packet sniffer to it of course its send and receiving 1 byte packets over and over I just dont understand why?

  115. 4 out of 5 stars
    spiked

    Reviewing 2.5.708 (Sep 2, 2007)

    In terms of functionality, I still prefer Orbit, but the big news with the 2.5 generation of Free Download Manager is that it is Open Source (GPL) and not merely freeware as before. Both tarballs and SVN seem to lag 1-2 weeks behind the binary releases but hopefully things will improve as the developers grow more accustomed to SourceForge.

  116. 4 out of 5 stars
    Metshrine

    Reviewing 2.5.708 (Sep 2, 2007)

    Agreed, This is why you have a beta testing cycle, to catch bugs like the ones being caught in these releases. I am sorry, but the FDM Devs need to implement a beta testing cycle and allow for bugs to be squashed prior to releasing a product as a "Final"

  117. 4 out of 5 stars
    sQin

    Reviewing 2.5.708 (Sep 2, 2007)

    i agree with roj.

  118. 4 out of 5 stars
    roj

    Reviewing 2.5.708 (Aug 31, 2007)

    OK, this is just getting stupid. To the devs:

    Put the damned thing back in BETA until you get rid of the various nuisances. Then release a final version that isn't going to nickel and dime users to death with "oops-I-forgot-to-fix-this". This is well into Corel-style unprofessionalism in terms of software development.

    FOUR stars for a great product and devs who need to get their act together.

  119. 4 out of 5 stars
    zapatero

    Reviewing 2.5.708 (Aug 31, 2007)

    About 10% slower than Internet Download Manager with my cable connection. The video download function didn´t work when I tried to download a video from Google Video (no problem to download it with http://downthisvideo.com/).

  120. 5 out of 5 stars
    Carlospr

    Reviewing 2.5.707 (Aug 30, 2007)

    I agree it's a great free software! 5/5
    I'd like just to see what's new in each version/build here.

  121. 5 out of 5 stars
    PsychoUK

    Reviewing 2.5.706 (Aug 29, 2007)

    Best damn FREE and I repeat FREE Download Manager going, for those who keep slagging this software off because they keep updating it the answer is simple, DONT LIKE IT - DONT USE IT

    To the devs, keep up the great work on further developments of this product, with no banners,nag screens and completely clean of any addware etc I will continue to use this manager until the sun goes down ;-)

  122. 4 out of 5 stars
    roj

    Reviewing 2.5.706 (Aug 29, 2007)

    You know, this is getting tedious. If it wasn't ready (after the beta period from hell, I might add), why did you people release it? This is the third "oh I gotta fix something" release in two weeks since final. What's your new name? Corel??

    And to those utterly clueless wonders who insist that FREE excuses everything, it's that kind of mindless BS that has killed the work ethic of "anything worth doing is worth doing well".

    FOUR stars for devs who can't get their act in gear.

  123. 5 out of 5 stars
    Romas

    Reviewing 2.5.703 (Aug 29, 2007)

    It looks that FDM was GPLed!

  124. 4 out of 5 stars
    alervd

    Reviewing 2.5.703 (Aug 21, 2007)

    2 cricri_pingouin: I suggest you to write bug report to FDM's support. It seems that you are the only user who reported about such bug. So you may help to fix this rare bug.

  125. 5 out of 5 stars
    Higgy

    Reviewing 2.5.703 (Aug 21, 2007)

    This is the best freeware download manager IMO. There is a FDM Lite version available on the download page (http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/download.htm) which may work better for some people. BTW, Build 704 is now available.

  126. 5 out of 5 stars
    henris

    Reviewing 2.5.703 (Aug 21, 2007)

    100%CPU - 16mb RAM ?
    LOL!!!
    Clear download history and then this version use no
    more then 3 mb of RAM.
    100% CPU usage ? How many conections you use ? I ques 60 ? That urs antivirus(Kaspersky?) scaning each conection and uses 100%CPU.
    5++++ for FDM

  127. 4 out of 5 stars
    pola

    Reviewing 2.5.703 (Aug 21, 2007)

    its a good piece of software,but i think v1.7,v2.0 and v2.1 are excellent.
    THE BAD
    This version uses more then 16mb of disk not good.
    Uses more memory as compared to previous versions not good,hang computer sometimes.
    THE GOOD
    EXCEPT ABOVE EVERYTHING IS GOOD BUT I PREFER V1.7

  128. 5 out of 5 stars
    sQin

    Reviewing 2.5.703 (Aug 21, 2007)

    i tried many freeware, shareware downloaders, and this one is most stable, featurefull app. Free Download Manager is my choise!

  129. 2 out of 5 stars
    cricri_pingouin

    Reviewing 2.5.703 (Aug 21, 2007)

    Still not working for ME. Ok, I'll give it a sarcastic 2 "just because it's free".
    I'm actually very annoyed because these releases are supposedly final stable versions, and they have major bugs which make them worth than having nothing (i.e. sticking to the built in download tool).
    I'll go back to Flasget in the meantime.
    By the way, good thing I was running Process Tamer which allowed me to kill the process, or I'd have had to bluntly power off the machine on each occasion.

  130. 4 out of 5 stars
    hell0

    Reviewing 2.5.703 (Aug 21, 2007)

    Oh no, cricri_pingouin, you will now be assailed by those too cretinous to understand that you are simply reporting and rating based on what you see on your system! Don't you know that you are supposed to rate it based on (1) It's price, and (2) How it works for them?

    I did a clean install of the prior version of FDM, and so far it works well for me. This could change at any minute, judging from prior experience.

  131. 1 out of 5 stars
    cricri_pingouin

    Reviewing 2.5.700 (Aug 20, 2007)

    Highly unstable, not even worth an alpha status.
    I installed it with just the bare minimum (i.e. I didn't install the upload manager), put around 300 files in queue, and after downloading some files, it crashed. It would use 100% of my CPU, and I couldn't access the GUI anymore. Killing the process and running FDM again would lead it to full CPU usage again as soon as it started. I eventually managed to clean the queue and make it start w/o 100% CPU usage (heck, I don't even know what I did!). Figure out which files I lost, put them back in the queue, and after a while, same thing again.
    No offence, but this is junk. I assume it only owes it's glorious score and reviews to the fact that it is free, but I'm done with this one. And that's supposed to be a stable final release! Even disabling preview, drop zone , etc to leave just the main window with just the qeue didn't help.
    I'd have been better off downloading my files manually, now I have to track which files I've got and which files I haven't all over again.

  132. 5 out of 5 stars
    twanj

    Reviewing 2.5.700 (Aug 15, 2007)

    I've been testing the beta for months, they put a lot of work into it & it's very stable. It's free & open source (GPL) now too! Also has metalink support which is very handy... http://www.metalinker.org/

  133. 5 out of 5 stars
    roj

    Reviewing 2.5.700 (Aug 15, 2007)

    Rating changed - this one is downloadable. Excellent proggy.

    FIVE stars.

  134. 3 out of 5 stars
    roj

    Reviewing 2.5.688 (Aug 15, 2007)

    OK, so where's the download?

  135. 5 out of 5 stars
    tarrith

    Reviewing 2.3.682 Beta (Aug 8, 2007)

    Only time I've ever had this app go unstable is when pre-viewing some trpes of video. Otherwise always been solid as a rock.
    Love the search for mirrior function

    Tarrith

  136. 1 out of 5 stars
    hell0

    Reviewing 2.3.682 Beta (Aug 6, 2007)

    Halfway decent in terms of features, but unstable as hell for me.

  137. 4 out of 5 stars
    roj

    Reviewing 2.3.682 Beta (Aug 6, 2007)

    Can we get this thing out of Beta? It's getting bloody tedious!

    FOUR stars for devs who won't **** or get off the pot (it should be FIVE but this is ridiculous).

  138. 5 out of 5 stars
    cricri_pingouin

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 669 Beta 6 (Jul 25, 2007)

    Good piece of software. Does what it says (including batch downloading), does it well, and for free. I like it.

  139. 4 out of 5 stars
    rhy7s

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 669 Beta 6 (Jul 25, 2007)

    Been an essential program for a long time, plenty of GB have passed through this app. In regard to the comment about "Remember last download location", the drop down from the file location remembers quite a few recent directories and you can also simply type over what's there for minor changes to the starting point provided by setting up appropriate categories.

  140. 5 out of 5 stars
    biggman15

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 669 Beta 6 (Jul 24, 2007)

    This has been my favorite download manager for a long time now... But I don't think I'll be going past version 2.1 until We can place our downloads where we want them again... 2.1 is nearly perfect as it is...

  141. 5 out of 5 stars
    twanj

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 669 Beta 6 (Jul 24, 2007)

    This download manager gets things right. Now it has torrent support, as well as metalink ( http://www.metalinker.org/ ) finally.

  142. 4 out of 5 stars
    mmatheny

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 655 Beta 6 (Jul 9, 2007)

    Before I will use it over GetRight, there needs to be another check box in the New Downloads screen - Remember last download location. I have said this before and will say it again (same goes for Orbit!) - I WANT TO PLACE MY DOWNLOADED FILES WHERE I WANT THEM!!! Not some artifical intellegence putting them where it thinks I want them. The Remember last download location is for when downloading many files to the same location.

  143. 4 out of 5 stars
    darkripper

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 655 Beta 6 (Jul 4, 2007)

    sth with the mirrors goes wrong?

    i dunno. good program. this and orbit the best downloaders now

  144. 5 out of 5 stars
    burfadel

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 655 Beta 6 (Jul 4, 2007)

    Excellent programme! I agree, for xproject its like giving Windows Vista a bad review because you just installed Windows 95 and can't run most programmes on it.

    If you want to write a review, write one about the current version! New versions come out to improve on older versions!

  145. 5 out of 5 stars
    roj

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 647 Beta 6 (Jun 22, 2007)

    I'm extremely happy wiht this software but can we get a final out the door? It's getting tedious...

    FIVE stars for excellence.

  146. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 647 Beta 6 (Jun 22, 2007)

    FDM is the best Freeware D/L manager I have found. The "Silent Mode" is very useful, and separates it from the rest. It allows D/L with 1 click, no confirmation clicks needed. The sounds give you audible confirmation that your D/L started successfully, completed successfully, or failed. No need to keep checking your D/L progress, because the sounds keep you notified.

    I wish it worked better with certain sites, such as Newzleech.com, but I suppose that site is problematic. Orbit (a pretty fair D/L manager in its own right) doesn't work with it either. It would also be nice if FDM was portable.

  147. 4 out of 5 stars
    madcats

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 647 Beta 6 (Jun 21, 2007)

    Good program. So is Get Right. I cant understand why people like "xproject" complain about bad software when they don't use the latest versions. e.g. GetRight latest is 6.3 & he whines about 5.2

  148. 4 out of 5 stars
    speedwaystar

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 647 Beta 6 (Jun 21, 2007)

    Beta 6 had a crashing problem with Firefox for me. Gone back to the stable Beta 5 while waiting for Beta 7.

  149. 1 out of 5 stars
    xproject51

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 647 Beta 6 (Jun 21, 2007)

    Version: FDM 2.1

    Ashamed, I was getting tired of using GetRight 5.2d and wanted to try something else. So I tried FDM 2.1 (not 2.3beta). It install well and downloaded a 180MB file from Nero.

    But the file I downloaded is corrupted. I've never had this using GetRight.

    I'll try Internet Downloader Manager next.

  150. 4 out of 5 stars
    gene_laz

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 637 Beta 5 (Jun 4, 2007)

    This is a great tool, it fulfills its main purpose well, and it's free.

    The only thing I hate is the naming scheme for the options. Finding the right place to change a particular setting is confusing for a while, so I rate this a 4.

  151. 5 out of 5 stars
    PsychoUK

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 637 Beta 5 (May 24, 2007)

    Used this app from day one, just gets better on each release, fast, reliable and best of all its FREE with no nag stuff

  152. 4 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 637 Beta 5 (May 23, 2007)

    FDM is probably the best Freeware DL accelerator. 1 point off because it has a long-standing issue with fetching NZB files from newzleech.com. The author was notified long ago, and later reminded.

  153. 3 out of 5 stars
    vcorvinus

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 635 Beta 4 (May 19, 2007)

    I used FDM for a long time. Then, it began crashing on me 80% of the time when I'd simply try running it. Uninstall/reinstall did not help. Notifying the developer was like shouting underwater.

    I like the idea of a mirror-finding feature, but in my experience, finding mirrors with FDM is about as easy as finding an honest plumber. In other words, it hardly ever happens.

  154. 5 out of 5 stars
    tatool

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 635 Beta 4 (May 19, 2007)

    i've been using orbit for a while, but common... honestly - fdm is much better :)

  155. 5 out of 5 stars
    tarrith

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 633 Beta 3 (May 17, 2007)

    So far if tried quiet a few Dload managers, this has got to be the best. Orbit is just a shadow of this software.

    I like how it can be set to search for file mirrors for faster sources.

    There are buttons on the menu to easily select how much bandwidth for it to use unlike Orbit.

    It even has a movie preview window :)

    Tarrith

  156. 4 out of 5 stars
    biggman15

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 633 Beta 3 (May 16, 2007)

    The last time I tried a 2.3 beta build... It attempted to force it's organization on me... With 2.1, I like to have it download everything to one folder... The Beta wouldn't allow that... I hope that's fixed... Otherwise FDM is still the best Download Manager out there as far as I'm concerned... I just hope this behavior is fixed... Then again... maybe they just moved the option... and I can't find it...

  157. 3 out of 5 stars
    Zoroaster

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 633 Beta 3 (May 15, 2007)

    As all download managers, it is valuable when two conditions meet : low bandwidth and/(or) slow server. In many cases it ends up to be less speedy, all considered. Part of web myths.

  158. 5 out of 5 stars
    bigmama

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 633 Beta 3 (May 15, 2007)

    i like it
    i think its better than orbit

  159. 4 out of 5 stars
    darkpepe

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 623 Beta (May 8, 2007)

    Version 1.x still was 500kb, now it's 4megs. Please, don't take the wrong path and converting it into bloatware!

  160. 5 out of 5 stars
    AlbinoAsian

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 623 Beta (May 4, 2007)

    it is without doubt my favorite download manager ... it really is the best out there free or not

  161. 5 out of 5 stars
    bigmama

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 623 Beta (May 3, 2007)

    the best

  162. 5 out of 5 stars
    twanj

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 623 Beta (May 3, 2007)

    Nice! Now it has metalink support for downloading ISOs fast. http://www.metalinker.org/

  163. 5 out of 5 stars
    billweh

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 623 Beta (May 3, 2007)

    I was looking for a good download manager to be able to keep track of everything I downloaded and from where I downloaded it from.

    This tool does that in spades. It's fast, sleek and low footprint.

    I'd gladly pay for a tool like this (glad I don't have to, but just the same).

  164. 5 out of 5 stars
    Fr@nKy

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 610 Beta (Apr 25, 2007)

    Best Download Manager I have tried! It's stable, free and feature full. I admit that I don't want it for BitTorrent (for that I have uTorrent) but it's a nice feature to people who use BitTorrent not very often ;)

  165. 5 out of 5 stars
    shrink57

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 610 Beta (Apr 24, 2007)

    For me FDM has been flawless. I have tried most of the free and $$$ managers and Free Download Manager has been the one that meets all my needs.

  166. 5 out of 5 stars
    touringpro

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 610 Beta (Apr 4, 2007)

    Firefox integration works fine . . . it just doesn't seem to be enabled by default.

    Got to Options | Download options | Monitoring & check the Firefox box.

  167. 5 out of 5 stars
    deric0

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 610 Beta (Apr 4, 2007)

    Excellent, stable, download manager. As far as Firefox integration goes if it doesn't work for you try the add-on FlashGot and tell it to use FreeDownloadManager, works great. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/220

  168. 3 out of 5 stars
    Gobix

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 610 Beta (Apr 4, 2007)

    Great programm, but for now Firefox integration doesn't work. Back to 2.1, i hope it will be fixed soon.
    (firefox integration option is not properly saved)

  169. 5 out of 5 stars
    speedwaystar

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 610 Beta (Apr 4, 2007)

    The new betas, in case anyone is interested, are mainly around testing FDM's new bittorrent support.

  170. 4 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 2.3 Build 607 Beta (Mar 31, 2007)

    There's no doubt that FDM is the best Freeware download manager. It's feature packed, and has endless options and settings. I particularly like the "silent" mode, meaning that you can click on a download link and it starts with no further mouse clicks. 1 click downloads are priceless. I also like the sounds that notify you that the D/L started successfully, the D/L is done, or the D/L failed. It's nice to not have to watch the download progress in the tray. I don't know exactly when it happened, but FDM's setup program recently started remembering your install folder. Bravo! You can re-install FDM without having to drill down to your custom install folder, and you don't lose your settings!

    On the negative side, FDM does not handle NZB files on the Newzleech.com site. It downloads an "Index.html" instead. Furthermore, when you set the options to ignore NZB files, it doesn't obey. That's inexcusable. Another thing that needs cleaning up is the options and settings. Jesus jumping christ, there must be a hundred settings in 3 or 4 sub-categories. It can take a person 45 minutes of tweaking to get in set to your liking. They need to be orgnanzed more intuitively, and some of them possibly eliminated altogether.

  171. 4 out of 5 stars
    lordnaastik

    Reviewing 2.3 Beta Build 603 (Mar 30, 2007)

    Excellent software. But nowadays iam more inclined towards orbit downloader, as it has a really fast update rate.

  172. 5 out of 5 stars
    twanj

    Reviewing 2.3 Beta Build 603 (Mar 29, 2007)

    Now it supports bittorrent AND metalink. what more could you need?

  173. 4 out of 5 stars
    olavinto

    Reviewing 2.1 Build 494 (Mar 19, 2007)

    FDM is really an exellent tool but updates should come a bit more often. I was it's user for a long time and found it one of the best tools out there and the best thing is that it's free.

    I'm giving it a four because of the update rate that's too slow for my taste. But hey, it's free so what can you expect?

    Nowdays I use GetRight and have bought a license for it. Just wanted a change and bittorrent support. And Getright is usually updated more often.

    zapatero: FDM supports resuming completely. All servers doesn't, so you can't resume downloads from every server. When you hit "Stop" it should resume after you hit "Continue". It does not have a separate "Pause" button.

  174. 1 out of 5 stars
    zapatero

    Reviewing 2.1 Build 494 (Mar 8, 2007)

    I have used good old ugly GetRight for years, but recently I found it cannot download from a site that requires username and password. I tried FDM, but I couldn't get it to resume downloads after pausing them (after "stopping" them, there was no button for "Pause"). This is the first thing a download manager must be able to do. I also tried IDM, fast and good.

  175. 5 out of 5 stars
    alphatrigon

    Reviewing 2.1 Build 494 (Sep 10, 2006)

    fantastic software and I appreciate the community feedback feature. It helps us all greatly if we want to partake in it to avoid all those trojan/spyware/malware apps out there.

    I think it needs a little work on network auto regulating, so for those on dialup it isn't too painful to surf while we dl :)

  176. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 2.1 Build 494 (Aug 22, 2006)

    Great DL manager. When compared to the best Shareware DL managers, it leaves nothing wanting. All I want from a DL manager is 1 click DL with no silly confirmation, good discrimination of downloadable files, good speed, a graph showing % DL, and a sound to let me know the DL is finished. FDM does this and more... maybe too much more. This version has a "Community" feature, which unnecessarily bloats and complicates the program, with little benefit to the user. Besides that, I don't really trust such features. It can be turned off, and I am grateful for that. Great, great program! Get it you will love it.

  177. 5 out of 5 stars
    junggeselle

    Reviewing 2.1 Build 494 (Aug 22, 2006)

    Very nice DL manager. I make a donation for it, because I'm a student and like free- or donationware. Hope for a long existence ;-)

  178. 4 out of 5 stars
    Pkshadow

    Reviewing 2.1 Build 494 (Aug 22, 2006)

    4.5, would get a 5 if there was less options to configure within the program options defaults or a mouse over effect to tell what some options do would help novices as of course no one uses a help file.

    Slick inter-face and easy to figure out.
    Downloads are fast.

    No bugs found as of yet :=}

    Solid!

  179. 5 out of 5 stars
    Blue_Horse

    Reviewing 2.1 Build 494 (Aug 21, 2006)

    I agree! FDM is the best freeware download manager that I have ever found and I have tried a bunch of them! For those who have found one or more bugs in the program, please be sure to post them on the FDM forum at http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/board/index.php so the author of the program can check them out and possibly repair them while writing the next build.

  180. 3 out of 5 stars
    KaptK

    Reviewing 2.1 Build 494 (Aug 21, 2006)

    Best free download manager out there but does have some bugs in it that need fixed.

  181. 5 out of 5 stars
    wharke

    Reviewing 2.1 Build 494 (Aug 21, 2006)

    Excellent! Has all the features of the expensive download managers but is totally FREE.

  182. 5 out of 5 stars
    datdeejay

    Reviewing 2.1 Build 487 (Aug 15, 2006)

    the best download manager. 5/5 stars.

  183. 5 out of 5 stars
    Gibbo21

    Reviewing 2.1 Build 487 (Aug 15, 2006)

    It's the best (free) download manager I've tried in months. Version reviewed *build 490*

  184. 4 out of 5 stars
    rhoadesb

    Reviewing 2.1 Build 483 (Aug 12, 2006)

    Free Download Manager is the best I've found so far. Excellent when one considers it is free.

  185. 5 out of 5 stars
    hwlaz

    Reviewing 2.1 Build 483 (Aug 12, 2006)

    Netflix & online banking issues from previous beta have been fixed with 2.1 Build 483. Great utility!

  186. 5 out of 5 stars
    CoCoLee

    Reviewing 2.1 Build 483 (Aug 11, 2006)

    FDM is best!

  187. 5 out of 5 stars
    twanj

    Reviewing 2.1 Build 483 (Aug 11, 2006)

    Great, fixes a few problems from the beta.

  188. 5 out of 5 stars
    jGuru

    Reviewing 2.1 Build 482 (Aug 11, 2006)

    Great soft. I've been using it for 2 years. Free. Fast. Fantastic.

  189. 5 out of 5 stars
    hwlaz

    Reviewing 2.1 Beta (Aug 5, 2006)

    iefdmcks.dll jacked my online banking login process erroring out Internet Explorer dumping me back to desktop. I ended up rolling back to 2.0 (build 423) for now which seems to have fixed the issue. NOTE: prior to installing the 2.1 beta I believe I had the previous beta version installed which did not produce this behavior. Still my download manager of choice.

  190. 5 out of 5 stars
    randiroo76073

    Reviewing 2.1 Beta (Aug 4, 2006)

    Very good program, I'm downloading Linux distros all the time[50-600+ mb] on dialup,absolutely no probs, can't get along without it 8)

  191. 3 out of 5 stars
    cricri_pingouin

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 423 (Jun 27, 2006)

    Consistently crashes after completing a somewhat large file (just now, it crashed after downloading the latest ATi Radeon driver which is a whopping 12MB, and it crashed several times while downloading Nero, which is around 120MB IIRC, during download and on download completion).
    Still giving it a 3 because it used to be good, but I take two points off for frequent stability issues with this build on my machine.

  192. 5 out of 5 stars
    Nikkie

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 423 (May 20, 2006)

    Always the best and free !!

  193. 4 out of 5 stars
    wognum

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 423 (May 3, 2006)

    good prog, but it had a couple of bugs, so i dont use it right now.
    are there any noted changes?

  194. 5 out of 5 stars
    Joco

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 423 (May 2, 2006)

    Superb freeware. Looks nicer than Flashget and works the same.

  195. 5 out of 5 stars
    Pantagruel

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 423 (May 2, 2006)

    Great download manager. A few bugs here and there, but overall, it works just fine.

    I just went to FlashGet website, its NOT a freeware:

    "The registration fee is US$29.95.
    Your code will remove the advertising banners and shareware reminder windows."

  196. 4 out of 5 stars
    osric

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 423 (May 2, 2006)

    It was my favourite download manager and it is a good one, but unfortunately i had to ditch it for FlashGet because of lack of support of mms.
    I highly reccomend FlashGet to those seeking mms download feature. FlashGet has almost all the fuctionality that I needed from a download manager and is also a Freeware. (It has recently changed to Freeware from Shareware/Adware/Spyware, but the latest version is completely Adware/Spyware free. I know it seems that I am advertising some other product here - but I had spent quite a lot of time searching for mms support and this notice is meant for those with the same problem. For people who dont need mms support keep using FDM.)

    EDIT:
    Oops. I'm sorry. I was wrong. FlashGet is a shareware all right. You can use the software unlimited but you get an annoying message at startup to purchase the full version.

  197. 5 out of 5 stars
    The MAZZTer

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 422 (Apr 21, 2006)

    Fixed my problem with this, Windows Firewall was blocking it and not telling me. 5/5 it deserves.

    osric: It's a proprietary Microsoft protocol. You'll need software specifically designed for ripping form MMS streams.

  198. 4 out of 5 stars
    osric

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 422 (Apr 20, 2006)

    How do I download from mms:// links?

  199. 5 out of 5 stars
    gkar

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 422 (Apr 16, 2006)

    Nice freeware utility. Don't know about all the fancy buzzwords some people use to deride this program, but as a dialup user (no choice) this program has been very useful. Thanks Alex and the rest of the FDM team!

  200. 5 out of 5 stars
    ArabianNight

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 422 (Apr 15, 2006)

    Simply the best Download manager. Been using for about 2 years now.

  201. 5 out of 5 stars
    Nostia

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 422 (Apr 15, 2006)

    Free Download Manager 2.0 Build 422 changelog:

    [+] UNC path support
    [*] More silent for command line "-fs" option
    [-] Sometimes downloads won't start automatically
    [-] Downloads window blinking bug
    [-] "When done" tasks settings modification bug
    [-] File can't be renamed back to original name if additional extensions used
    [-] Resume download if file exists option didn't work

  202. 4 out of 5 stars
    Blackhole8746

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 422 (Apr 15, 2006)

    It seems they're not changing anything whatsoever from version to version

  203. 5 out of 5 stars
    Bachalor

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 422 (Apr 14, 2006)

    Good freeware, I work now 2 years with it and i make last year a donation. It helps me a lot, if I dl files over ISDN.

  204. 2 out of 5 stars
    mmatheny

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 422 (Apr 14, 2006)

    Skizelli, show me where GetRight is spyware? Also, I refuse to use ANY download manager that doesn't have as simple of a configuration item as 'Remember last download location'

  205. 5 out of 5 stars
    dejavu

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 422 (Apr 14, 2006)

    Excellent freeware downloader!!!

  206. 3 out of 5 stars
    FlauntMG

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 416 (Apr 8, 2006)

    Please try not to mislead user with the statement: "has every feature as compared to the commercial ones" because thats is utterly untrue and naive. Do a checkup before reviewing a product, because its a necessity to provide an unbiased, solid and coherent review.

    FDM doesnt have rtsp/mms support, no post data request, basic html parser, no streaming script parser, no md5 checksum, no encrypted transfer, no 100% secure logging to remote server, very inconsistent bandwidth fluctuation rectifier. As a commercial IT programmer, this is what we call, an initial evolving prototype, still way much work to be done to even reach pinnacle stage of a solid (code based and functional based) program. Yes, for a basic average pc user, its suffice. But for any power user who requires a constant and reliable data transfer, this will not do. Free or not, it doesn't matter. Learn to code, you can have an exact replica of this program (probably more) in less than 4 hrs.
    I'll give a 3 as a token of appreciation to the programmer who took his time to update this software.

  207. 5 out of 5 stars
    Zankur

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 416 (Apr 8, 2006)

    This version is simply the best around....Has every feature in the book as compared to paid ones...
    the only thing is that getright has bittorrent download capability,but it hardly matters when we have 100's of free clients all over the park...

  208. 1 out of 5 stars
    The MAZZTer

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 416 (Apr 7, 2006)

    Normally I'd rate this a 5, but there's the little issue in build 417 of it not being able to connect to ANY server. I looked into it and it claims it can't connect to the remote server, but in reality it cancels the connection immediately after initalizing it.

    I have to give it a 1 rating until this problem is fixed.

  209. 5 out of 5 stars
    Skizelli

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 416 (Apr 6, 2006)

    @mmatheny: Actually, GetRight is garbage and contains spyware. You obviously don't know how to use FDM correctly, for you can easily save things even with a calling code if you know what you're doing.

  210. 5 out of 5 stars
    Mystenes

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 416 (Apr 6, 2006)

    small, fast, do what it means to do.
    no bugs/crashes at any time.

  211. 5 out of 5 stars
    Pantagruel

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 416 (Apr 5, 2006)

    mmatheny,
    What are you talking about?

    I like this program. I used to use wellget , but it doesnt support https and hasnt been updated for years. So, FDM rocks. simple, to the point. If you donwload some 1GB file, its a good idea to have a download manager. Nothing fancy, but works just fine. Great job.

  212. 5 out of 5 stars
    tp

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 416 (Apr 5, 2006)

    You may be right, I dont know, haven't used GR because it is payware.. FDM is the best of the free variety.

  213. 2 out of 5 stars
    mmatheny

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 416 (Apr 5, 2006)

    Absolute rubbish - any program that insists I follow their idea of where I want to place my downloads is garbage! Also, unless the download is a direct link, it downloads the calling code! As the other user said, GetRight is the king and one to beat, and no one has done that yet! I have tried about every download manager out there, and NONE compares to the feature set of GetRight!

  214. 5 out of 5 stars
    Tokar

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 416 (Apr 5, 2006)

    [+] Order of downloads can be changed via up/down buttons now

    Man I've been waiting to see that feature in FDM for a LONG time.

  215. 5 out of 5 stars
    Master-

    Reviewing 2.0 Build 416 (Apr 5, 2006)

    Works well.

    No ads.

    What can i say? SPLENDED!

  216. 5 out of 5 stars
    uberfly

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (Apr 5, 2006)

    Not only is it free, but it performs EVERYTHING the average person needs in an external download manager and does it well in an easy to use package. Too many of these download manager are WAY too intrusive, overbearing, and unecessarily complex. This is none of those. Also includes nice features such as built-in SSL support.

  217. 3 out of 5 stars
    FlauntMG

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (Apr 5, 2006)

    "It has every feature which commercial ones have"

    Are you serious. As a programmer myself, this program is the most basic (no pun intended) freeware out there, so much maturing need to be done. No mms/rtsp support, no post data request, no data transfer encryption, no md5 checksum, horrible html parser, no rss feeds, no streaming script parser, childish interface. It's good for any average pc user, but to say it has similar features as the commercial ones are plain ridiculous. GetRight Pro still holds the crown.

  218. 5 out of 5 stars
    biligt

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (Apr 4, 2006)

    I 've been using this download manager fot 1.5 years. It's the greatest download manager I've ever used. It has every feature which commercial ones have. I really recommend it. :D

  219. 5 out of 5 stars
    Blue_Horse

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (Apr 4, 2006)

    Regarding Opera, if I may quote Alex on the FDM development team:

    FDM supports Opera 9.

    When you click on file to download, Opera will open "Download file" window.

    1. Press "Change" button.
    2. Choose "Use plug-in".
    3. Select "Free Download Manager Click Catcher Plugin for...".
    4. Press OK.

    Do so for each type of file (zip, exe, ...).

  220. 5 out of 5 stars
    wanderer2005

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (Apr 4, 2006)

    Free Download Manager is one of a few truly free managers. Most downloader managers are either adware, shareware or the dreaded spyware.

    This message is for "osric." As far as i can tell, Free Download Manager does not support the Opera web browser. However, both Leechget and Getright support Opera. The two are excellent alternative download managers. Safter Networking,makers of Spybot Search & Destroy, recommend this manager because it is totally free - no ads and no spyware. Getright is shareware but it is the most robust download manager i have ever use. Dare i say it is even better than Free Download Manager. It is shareware but in a sense it is kind'a like Winzip. Users are suppose to uninstall it after the trial period but they generally don't because the program continues to work after the trial period. You need to download a plugin for Getright to work with Opera but the plugin is free as well. Leechget doesn't require any other plugins or extension. I hope this helps you.

  221. 4 out of 5 stars
    OCedHrt

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (Apr 4, 2006)

    Too bad FlashGet does FDM+FlashGot and more. RSTP, MMS, wildcards, and all that right click FlashGot goodness, 5 years ago.

  222. 5 out of 5 stars
    brotherS

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (Apr 4, 2006)

    While FDM has its flaws, it beats *every* other download manager I ever tested. And yes, together with FlashGot it's great! Don't believe me? Read http://www.donationcoder.../index.php?topic=1801.0 :)

  223. 5 out of 5 stars
    osric

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (Apr 4, 2006)

    It's great. I've used it with IE and FF. Can someone help me on how to use it with Opera?

  224. 5 out of 5 stars
    olavinto

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (Apr 4, 2006)

    Actually FDM supports Internet Explorer 4.x - 6.x, Mozilla Firefox, Opera 6.x - 8.x and Netscape 6.x - 7.x. For Mozilla based get FlashGot extension from http://addons.mozilla.org.

    FDM beats most expensive download managers on the market and it is completely free.

  225. 3 out of 5 stars
    hap8192739

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (Apr 4, 2006)

    Like most managers , tho, it only seems to work with IE.

    Useless to me.

  226. 5 out of 5 stars
    aruprc

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (Apr 4, 2006)

    Agreed,been using it since beta version 1 and till today,with the latest one,I have no problems and no need to look elsewhere for a downloader.

  227. 5 out of 5 stars
    agamen0n

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 335 (Feb 5, 2006)

    This is a great software. Better than any other downloads manager that I used (maybe equal to IDA), with the advantage of freeware. You lost a little at graphics, but you won a lot with system resources and speed. Top software!

  228. 5 out of 5 stars
    dumaiso

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 335 (Jan 7, 2006)

    A software with such qualities for free? You won't find elsewhere. FDM is the best download manager/tweaker I ever used. I'm talking about download manager, not that bloatware DAP turned into.
    Easy, light, and the most important, free.

  229. 5 out of 5 stars
    Philidor

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 335 (Dec 21, 2005)

    Best download manager I've tried.

    Worth noting that the Check for updates feature often is out of order, and new builds are frequently identified only in the forum.

    The new builds often fix significant bugs, so it's worthwhile to go to the site now and then to check.

  230. 3 out of 5 stars
    kgruber

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 335 (Nov 28, 2005)

    This program needs to add streaming support to compete with other freeware/commercial alternatives.

  231. 4 out of 5 stars
    The Second Maker

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 335 (Sep 20, 2005)

    It's a great program, but too bad you can't set the transparency level for the Progress window, and make it display download speed :(

  232. 5 out of 5 stars
    hjcuebas

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 335 (Sep 20, 2005)

    incredible, just perfect, ived used all the crappy things out there, even the ones that cost money but this is just a magnificent application.

  233. 5 out of 5 stars
    Mystenes

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 335 (Sep 13, 2005)

    Great program!!

  234. 5 out of 5 stars
    The MAZZTer

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 335 (Sep 12, 2005)

    rpavl: Download Managers can usually only accellerate downloads if the server they're downloading from has a lot of connections or is limited their bandwidth to you. And you have available bandwidth of course. If a one threaded download take sup most of your bandwidth it's not going to make much difference.

    This is easily the best download manager I've found. I've used:
    - NetVampire... adware
    - Star Downloader... shareware now, and the free version constandly bugs you to "update" to the crippled version
    - Bunch of other ones

    FDM beats them, and is the only tool with a built-in video preview and a couple other nifty things.

  235. 5 out of 5 stars
    ArabianNight

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 335 (Sep 12, 2005)

    The best!

  236. 5 out of 5 stars
    Master-

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 335 (Sep 12, 2005)

    Ugly picture. ^^
    But still, its the best!

  237. 5 out of 5 stars
    gkar

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 335 (Sep 12, 2005)

    This is one of the finest download managers I have ever used. Very feature rich.

  238. 5 out of 5 stars
    brotherS

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 333 (Aug 24, 2005)

    rpavl: the fact that you are using CAPS only clearly shows that you don't get some things... FDM is great! (And yes, even with the 6 MB DSL I have)

  239. 3 out of 5 stars
    rpavl

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 333 (Aug 24, 2005)

    GOOD STUFF....BUT REALLY WHO NEEDS A DOWNLOAD MANAGER WITH HIGH SPEED??? THE MAIN FEATURE OF THESE MANAGERS IS THAT THEY SUPPOSEDLY CONNECT TO MULTIPLE SERVERS, I HAVE 5MB CABLE AND HAVE NEVER SEEN ANY FASTER DOWNLOADS,,, ANYWAY WHO WOULD NEED ONE?

  240. 5 out of 5 stars
    cool_guy

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 333 (Aug 24, 2005)

    The best of the best. I have been using this since version 1.4. It's a great product. I have never had any problems with it.

  241. 5 out of 5 stars
    Metshrine

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 333 (Aug 23, 2005)

    This program is the best of the best in freeware download managers. It might not have the polish and some of the features that its commercial breateren might have but it does everything I need it to do. And now, with the advent of 1.9, it can FINALLY open a file without having to save it first and then manually delete it when done (such as when downloading antivirus definitions manually). Very few, in fact I think only getright, have this ability to OPEN a file (after it is saved to a temp folder) without requiring the user save it to disk first. Very good program and very highly recommended to anyone looking for a freeware download manager.

  242. 5 out of 5 stars
    JeRrYFaR

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 333 (Aug 23, 2005)

    Program works as advertised. They even added one of my suggestions in the new version.. :-)

    No complaints.. and free to boot..

  243. 5 out of 5 stars
    arossetti

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 333 (Aug 23, 2005)

    Well, it's not as good as Internet Download Manager, but it's pretty darn close, and it's free! Very nice piece of software.

  244. 5 out of 5 stars
    foe

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 333 (Aug 23, 2005)

    list of changes :
    http://www.freedownloadm...rd/viewtopic.php?t=1007

  245. 4 out of 5 stars
    sQin

    Reviewing 1.9 Build 333 (Aug 23, 2005)

    best of free dnld managers

  246. 5 out of 5 stars
    Noogle

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 307 (Aug 23, 2005)

    Very nice, very feature rich.

    Not the most resource-friendly, but name an all-encompassing download manager that isn't anyway. No spyware, no nag screens. Plus when it interecepts a file you don't want downloaded (such as a CGI script), when you cancel the download it hands it back to the browser to handle normally.

  247. 5 out of 5 stars
    _eclipse_

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 307 (Aug 10, 2005)

    Simply the best. And free :)

  248. 5 out of 5 stars
    henris

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 307 (Aug 9, 2005)

    The Best

  249. 4 out of 5 stars
    marcdesbiens

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 307 (Jul 24, 2005)

    Excellent program, however there are a few minor bugs, the convenient dropbox sometimes disappears off the screen at random, then it comes back when I shut down and restart the program. In order to avoid frustration, I'm not using the dropbox option anymore actually, I turned it off cos' it was rather unreliable as I said. Also from time to time, the program loses the clipboard monitoring, once or twice per day, I notice it, that is also fixed everytime when I close and restart the program. Other than that, excellent download manager.

  250. 4 out of 5 stars
    kmleow

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 307 (Jul 17, 2005)

    Good software.

    Hopefully they will add in RTSP support soon.

  251. 1 out of 5 stars
    wingo

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 307 (Jul 2, 2005)

    well took this after being targeted by antispywaresoftware who decided flashget is so dangerous that they removed all components. ;(

    well this has a nice gui but is uses more resources than flashget. i uninstalled it, proper way i might ad and still its left in firefox everytime i click a zip it says fdm was not properly installed.

    will try to install it again and un-install. would NOT recommend this software.

  252. 4 out of 5 stars
    Wings

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 307 (Jul 2, 2005)

    Stevefarrell, you're not the brightest light in the chandelier are you?

    What this guy is trying to say that he doesn't trust the program. I wouldn't trust a program either that wants to connect to the outside world when it's not clear what it's doing.
    Of course he understands that he can't download when he blocked it...geez man, give his intellect some credit.

    Your other comments are also extremely foolish:
    "anyway i havent tried it yet but i an about to download it. but just for the aske of it i will give it a 5 cause its free"

    You never tried it, but you already give it 5 because it's free...

    I'm telling ya... some people...

    Anyway, good program, but I don't give it more than 4.

  253. 5 out of 5 stars
    Stevefarrell

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 307 (Jul 1, 2005)

    dude its obvious that this program wont work if your firewall is blocking it. anyway i havent tried it yet but i an about to download it. but just for the aske of it i will give it a 5 cause its free

  254. 1 out of 5 stars
    Quixley

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 307 (Jun 21, 2005)

    Been looking for a new download manager. Saw some pretty good reviews of this one so downloaded it to give it a go. The second it was installed my firewall asked if I wanted to give permission for this program to access internet. Most likely it wanted to check for "updates", couldn't care less... Blocked the access and looked around in the program, couldn't find any setting to switch to manual checking and/or turn it off.
    A easy 1 rating in my book. Next...

  255. 5 out of 5 stars
    emredondo

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 307 (Jun 13, 2005)

    The best download manager.

  256. 4 out of 5 stars
    Spupuz

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 307 (Jun 13, 2005)

    cool but getright if it is not free still remain the best try to improve and make possible to choice the destination dir for download and maybe could be better.

  257. 2 out of 5 stars
    johnd164

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 307 (Jun 13, 2005)

    This program has nearly all I require from a download manager,however, because it dose not have the ability to delete completed downloads from your HDD via the FDM interface I have had to go back to Freshdownload. I have contacted the authors of this program and they tell me that it is Not possible to add this feature and that is why I can only give it a rating of two.

  258. 4 out of 5 stars
    thehunger

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 307 (Jun 12, 2005)

    One of the best, but still needs support for SFTP.

  259. 4 out of 5 stars
    brano27

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 306 (Jun 8, 2005)

    Hmm relly good download manager. Drag and drop is good idea. Great work

  260. 5 out of 5 stars
    cip2kro

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 306 (Jun 8, 2005)

    Yes. I used flashget for 2 years. Now it's outdated. I use FDM and it's working great. Best downlaod manager so far.

  261. 5 out of 5 stars
    Zankur

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 306 (Jun 8, 2005)

    Another stunning update from FDM.It's simply the best download manager,and is simply free.
    I don't know where do people find stuff like spyware-adware with FDM.
    It's totally worth its admiration by users world-wide!

  262. 3 out of 5 stars
    CyberHobo

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 306 (Jun 8, 2005)

    Set Spybot Search and Destroy into overload. I thought it's spyware free. Any who, I'll stick with Mass Downloader.

  263. 5 out of 5 stars
    ArabianNight

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 306 (Jun 7, 2005)

    Simply The Best Download Manager.

  264. 5 out of 5 stars
    thehunger

    Reviewing 1.8 Build 306 (Jun 7, 2005)

    Yup, it's a keeper!

    It still needs support for sftp, https and parsed downloads. By the latter I mean it should be able to do http POST's which are required by some download sites.
    Also I'd like it to not keep the history forever, ie. delete all entries after, say, a week.

  265. 5 out of 5 stars
    tre2004

    Reviewing 1.7 Build 295 (Apr 28, 2005)

    This is a GREEEAT download manager, And to beat it all,.... it's free!!! 5 of 5

  266. 5 out of 5 stars
    OSuser

    Reviewing 1.7 Build 295 (Apr 27, 2005)

    Exactly what captainahab said! It's FREE! It's a 5!

  267. 5 out of 5 stars
    captainahab

    Reviewing 1.7 Build 295 (Apr 27, 2005)

    I keep trying to find a better download manager but so far, no go.
    Works fantastic with Firefox and even better with the FlashGot extention.

  268. 4 out of 5 stars
    thehunger

    Reviewing 1.7 Build 295 (Apr 27, 2005)

    Very, very good.
    It still lacks support for SFTP, though.
    And searching for and adding additional mirrors could be easier and more automated, like GetRight.

  269. 3 out of 5 stars
    bugmenot

    Reviewing 1.7 Build 286 (Apr 17, 2005)

    Hey Banquo ...i fully agree with you, 1.1 was the best...can u tell me where i can get it??i deleted the setup file

  270. 5 out of 5 stars
    NiukNiuk

    Reviewing 1.7 Build 286 (Apr 9, 2005)

    It's not a spyware, it's "only" a banner.
    Do a spyware scan, and it won't find anything.
    And by the way go and read their forums to properly understand what the developpers mean by "adware content"...it's not spyware.
    This version really works well on my system (previous versions were freezing my computer and took ages to launch), so I recommend this download manager to everyone.

  271. 4 out of 5 stars
    Banquo

    Reviewing 1.7 Build 286 (Apr 8, 2005)

    Version 1.1 is excellent and I give it a five easy. They ruined the later versions though and I refuse to use them. Big ugly icons, spam (get your own custom version with spyware, woo-hoo), etc. So I'm sticking with 1.1 until they hopefully come to their senses.

  272. 5 out of 5 stars
    egg83

    Reviewing 1.7.285 (Apr 6, 2005)

    Great download manager, works fine in conjunction with Firefox and Flashget plugin. Also, a big plus is that there is NO spyware and adware bundled with this! Get it now!

  273. 5 out of 5 stars
    cool_guy

    Reviewing 1.5.256 (Mar 29, 2005)

    Simply the best free download manager out there. If you want something which is free then this is the way to go.

  274. 5 out of 5 stars
    uberfly

    Reviewing 1.5.256 (Mar 29, 2005)

    Love using this app. For specific purposes it is really a timesaver. It is the first program I've found since the old days of gozilla that replicated its 'leach' feature - giving you great tools for exploring and downing only specific part of a site. Also, the built-in support for https is REALLY nice.

  275. 3 out of 5 stars
    seeolfreeloader

    Reviewing 1.5.256 (Mar 29, 2005)

    FDM is OK if you don't know about other free stuff. What I hate the most about this app is that it likes locking up when you need to download something critical. It's good but not outstanding and I found that WinGet at www.indentix.com/winget.html is a whole lot better on Windows. Really liked FDM but it essentially seems to be stuck in place :(

  276. 3 out of 5 stars
    Portal3

    Reviewing 1.5.256 (Mar 29, 2005)

    I've found it's spidering capabilities to be VERY limited as far as customizing what to include/exclude etc. It takes up too many resources loading and is buggy to say the least with mass batch creations. Ie: 10,000+ files.
    Other than that, it's a good little program to resume IE downloads (when applicable).
    What's its change log?!!?

  277. 4 out of 5 stars
    NiukNiuk

    Reviewing 1.5.256 (Mar 28, 2005)

    Great program, works fine.
    But it takes too much time to load IMO, while it loads the CPU is used @ 100% and the web pages opened seems to be frozen...and sometimes it takes something like 15Mo of memory on my system.
    That's weird...

  278. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.5.255 (Mar 14, 2005)

    no spyware that all i care about works fine

  279. 4 out of 5 stars
    grkn

    Reviewing 1.5.255 (Jan 10, 2005)

    The good:
    Excellent silent downloading, good interface, manages downloads very well.

    The bad:
    It lacks support for downloading streams in general. (rtsp, mms, compfused.com wmvs). The devs seems unwilling to include support for this.

    The bothersome:
    You can't delete files from hd through FDM, only from download list.

    Devs doesn't seem to listen to suggestions made one their forum..

    Bottom line:
    Probably the best and most complete freeware download manager right now. But If wellget (www.wellget.com) gets a similar silent download system and as good stream support as netlimiter has, I'd switch.

  280. 5 out of 5 stars
    zorty

    Reviewing 1.5.255 (Dec 13, 2004)

    highly recommendable.. especially in conjunction with Mozilla's Firefox and the flashgot extension!

    In the past I had sometimes troubles getting files from certain ftp servers.. it seems like this problem has been fixed! 5/5 for being free and doing its job quite smoothly!

  281. 5 out of 5 stars
    darkpepe

    Reviewing 1.5.255 (Dec 12, 2004)

    Awesome! NavBar no longer included, thx!

  282. 5 out of 5 stars
    DarthVeda

    Reviewing 1.5.255 (Dec 12, 2004)

    It's my download manager. I had no problems with it so far. And best of all it's free.

  283. 2 out of 5 stars
    aalaap

    Reviewing 1.5.255 (Dec 12, 2004)

    I have a specific problem with this otherwise beautifully free Free Download Manager. Once you start downloading from a URL, if the server goes down, you can't change the URL to a mirror if you have one handy. Yes, you can go into the mirrors tab and add or find mirrors but there are problems in that too. You can add a bunch of mirrors manually, but there's no button to make any of them a primary URL. So you HAVE to wait for FDM to timeout a few times on the main URL for it to switch automatically to a mirror. Lame. And then, if you click "find mirrors" it automatically populates the mirrors list with a few, well, mirrors. But you can't edit or remove them. I can understand not being able to edit (to a cerain extent) but why can't a remove a damn mirror?? What on earth is wrong with these developers? I'm going out to buy a copy of Mass Downloader. I suggest you do the same.

  284. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 1.5 (Nov 30, 2004)

    Excellent! I like the way FDM installs right over the old version and keeps settings. I like the ability to choose sounds to notify you when a file has started and finished. You don't even have to look. I like the frequent updates, the lack of any spyware or adware, and I like the excellent compatibility with Maxthon. This program is 99% as good as FlashGet, the best commercial D/L manager out there, IMHO. FDM needs a D/L progress graph on the drop button, and it will be the best, Freeware or Shareware.

  285. 5 out of 5 stars
    HaST

    Reviewing 1.5 (Nov 30, 2004)

    The 1.5 version don't include any other software (NavExcell...) with the installer.

    Very good software.

  286. 2 out of 5 stars
    DiGiTaLFX

    Reviewing 1.5 (Nov 30, 2004)

    Think I'm going to stick with 1.1 for now. Don't want to use something that tries to install crap on my computer (even though I use msgplus but thats difference). I tried 1.45BETA and didn't like the new look (why make the donate button so big!).

    This is a real shame because when I found FDM I thought I'd found a product that would work well and have a good development cycle to it. I suppose its time to look again.

  287. 1 out of 5 stars
    nerrad

    Reviewing 1.45 Beta (Nov 28, 2004)

    Ok. Time to take some wind out of FDM's sails. What was once an excellent piece of freeware, is rapidly turning into something ugly. It is now bundled with the NavExcell parasite.
    http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/NavExcel.html
    NavExcell can cause Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer to crash every time they are started. An unwary user can easily install this malware if the "I Agree" box isn't unchecked on the NavExcell page.
    The icons were also changed in this release. The new icons are really huge and ugly, with the "Make A Donation" button taking up 1/4 of the toolbar...ugly. The "Make a Donation" button should be where it belongs...in the Help/About menu. There's also a "Phone Home" issue. It's supposedly checking for updates, but there isn't an easy way to turn it off. I also looked at FDM.exe with a hex editor. There's a reference to a buy.html in there. I expect FDM will be shareware in the future. With all this going on, I'll have to give it a low rating. I also can't recommend downloading it. If you have your old 1.1 version, hang on to it.

  288. 4 out of 5 stars
    Spupuz

    Reviewing 1.45 Beta (Nov 25, 2004)

    very good but i do continue to prefere getright... but as i said very very good.. and i will come back using it if it will be inproved as redirection detection ssl and https and other thing.

  289. 4 out of 5 stars
    asellus

    Reviewing 1.45 Beta (Nov 19, 2004)

    Just as great as the version 1.1 but DON'T INSTALL THE NAVHELPER.

  290. 5 out of 5 stars
    kiwibank

    Reviewing 1.45 Beta (Nov 19, 2004)

    tried every download manager known to man...this one is right up there........

  291. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 1.45 Beta (Nov 18, 2004)

    Gets a 4.5. Excellent features, works excellent with Maxthon. This program is very similar to FlashGet, which I consider the best out there Freeware or Shareware. I very much like the "silent monitoring", with no confirmation on download. Click the link, a little sound optionally indicates the file is downloading, and another optional sound indicates the file has completed downloading. Try it, you'll like it.

  292. 5 out of 5 stars
    fourte3n

    Reviewing 1.1 (Nov 5, 2004)

    Best Download Manager!!! (I'd add more "!" but I think that would be silly)

  293. 5 out of 5 stars
    CoCoLee

    Reviewing 1.1 (Nov 3, 2004)

    Excellent!!!! FDM is best!

  294. 3 out of 5 stars
    KaptK

    Reviewing 1.1 (Oct 2, 2004)

    I would like to give it 5/5 but can't

    More effort needs to be put into the documentation so we know what is new each release and the help file is old.

    The main reason though is that the author didn't listen to a big request of silent downloads so the dialog popup still appears every download you make.

    So this release is 5/5 (for being the best download manager) minus the 2 for sloppy docs and not doing the silent dialog thing.

  295. 5 out of 5 stars
    KriTenKs

    Reviewing 1.1 (Sep 29, 2004)

    Tried most Download Managers. This one is the best! 1.1 now has History and a Search feature

  296. 4 out of 5 stars
    darkpepe

    Reviewing 1.0 (Sep 5, 2004)

    Download speed sometimes goes down to zero for no reason, but still the best free donwload manager I know about

  297. 5 out of 5 stars
    kmleow

    Reviewing 1.0 (Aug 13, 2004)

    One of the best freeware downloader. How about making it able to download from RTSP also?

  298. 5 out of 5 stars
    Zankur

    Reviewing 1.0 (Aug 13, 2004)

    i think it's one of the best around.I think it should give serious competition to DAP,Getright.

  299. 3 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 1.0 (Aug 12, 2004)

    Pretty good D/L accelerator. Needs sounds. (like FlashGet). Needs to work better with Maxthon.

  300. 4 out of 5 stars
    httpd.confused

    Reviewing 1.0 (Aug 12, 2004)

    It's pretty nice. I find it a bit clunky. It lacks download windows, and Opera integration doesn't work unless you go into Opera's own settings and select the FDM plug-in (something the FDM docs don't mention).

  301. 5 out of 5 stars
    gkar

    Reviewing 1.0 (Aug 12, 2004)

    This version successfully integrated into FireFox! Had to reboot after installation for it to locate Firefox plugin directory. Thank you!

  302. 5 out of 5 stars
    gkar

    Reviewing 0.9 Beta (Aug 3, 2004)

    Outstanding, (I like the shutdown feature). If there is anyway a Mozilla Firefox plugin could be added, this baby would be perfect. 9.5 Stars *********1/2

    Update: Download this patch and FDM will integrate into Firefox:

    http://www.freedownloadm...er.org/fdm_operafix.exe

  303. 5 out of 5 stars
    alexrhcosta

    Reviewing 0.9 Beta (Aug 1, 2004)

    Great piece of software!
    And best of all, it´s FREE!
    Runs perfectly on Win XP.
    Keep up the great job!

  304. 5 out of 5 stars
    arvind

    Reviewing 0.9 Beta (Aug 1, 2004)

    Simply the most effective, no frills download manager I've come across. Never thought I could download at 5.7k/sec constantly on a dialup :-)

  305. 5 out of 5 stars
    DarthVeda

    Reviewing 0.9 Beta (Aug 1, 2004)

    Awsome download manager. I am dropping the file links on the download basket to download in firefox.

  306. 4 out of 5 stars
    TomRC

    Reviewing 0.9 Beta (Jul 31, 2004)

    Nice. Great Dowonload Manager. A lot of functions and a handy GUI. Some tweaks here and there and the final will be awesome.

    The only contra is the lack of mozilla support. The firefox plugin doesnt work for seamonkey.

  307. 5 out of 5 stars
    xllx

    Reviewing 0.9 Beta (Jul 31, 2004)

    Using this with FireFOX and it smokes!!! A Great download manager...and FREE to boot...THIS SOFTWARE IS GREAT...What are you waiting for click the link all-ready...

    This will allow for download redirection in Firefox
    http://www.freedownloadm...er.org/fdm_operafix.exe
    go there or to the fourms...

  308. 5 out of 5 stars
    chichiri

    Reviewing 0.9 Beta (Jul 31, 2004)

    This is a first impression review, I can't yet say how stable this downloader is longterm.
    Featurewise it is very impressive, seems to have all the best features of its "big" shareware cousins blended right in there.. and its free!

Discuss Free Download Manager