ReviewerDate ReviewedVersionRatingReview
BANDIT- Sep 23, 2013 3.9.3.1358
5 out of 5
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*
 
UPieper Jan 16, 2013 3.9.2.1288
5 out of 5
Been using it for years. Works flawlessly...and it's free!
 
connectplus Aug 24, 2012 3.9.1.1261 Beta
1 out of 5
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.
 
liciopm May 29, 2012 3.9.1.1252 Beta
5 out of 5
Why FDM not operation with Firefox 9.0 - It's very very good...

Thank you by information

Liciopm
 
KuHGl May 5, 2012 3.9 RC1 Build 1194
1 out of 5
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.
 
CregLion Mar 16, 2012 3.9 Build 1194 RC1
5 out of 5
long path tool is appropriate for ending problem in managing, unlocking, renaming files. http://longpathtool.com/
 
Joseph A Dec 29, 2011 3.8 Build 1173
5 out of 5
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.
 
rip_pit Aug 18, 2011 3.8.1090 Beta 4
5 out of 5
changelog : http://freedownloadmanag...pic.php?f=1&t=15602
 
Karol Mily Jun 13, 2011 3.7 RC1 Build 956
4 out of 5
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.
 
rip_pit Sep 17, 2010 3.5 RC Build 930
5 out of 5
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
 
tranglos Sep 15, 2010 3.5 RC Build 930
2 out of 5
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.
 
kevinebrown Sep 5, 2010 3.5 RC Build 928
5 out of 5
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!!!
 
YoungOldies Aug 30, 2010 3.5 RC Build 928
5 out of 5
Nice to see some life again in this great download manager.
 
Gabrielw22 Aug 30, 2010 3.5 RC Build 928
5 out of 5
I've always loved Free Download Manager. This RC is only 5905KB.
 
Joseph A Aug 30, 2010 3.5 RC Build 928
5 out of 5
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.
 
shantanu Jun 10, 2010 3.4 Build 902 Alpha
4 out of 5
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!
 
Mystiqq May 25, 2010 3.4 Build 902 Alpha
5 out of 5
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!
 
bobad Apr 22, 2010 3.4 Build 902 Alpha
5 out of 5
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.
 
jmcowan Mar 18, 2010 3.4 Build 892 Alpha
5 out of 5
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.
 
hap8192739 Mar 17, 2010 3.4 Build 892 Alpha
2 out of 5
Doesn't work on 64 bit which I think is a must at this point in time... I dropped this software
 
us3r Sep 16, 2009 3.0.870
5 out of 5
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
 
Second Shadow Sep 16, 2009 3.0.870
5 out of 5
Changelog:

http://freedownloadmanager.org/changelog.txt
 
dhry Aug 29, 2009 3.0.865
5 out of 5
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.
 
Leighton E. Cyr Jun 9, 2009 3.0.865
4 out of 5
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
 
us3r Jun 7, 2009 3.0.865
4 out of 5
It seems to be some hot fix release for IE 8 users who reported issues on forum.
 
vghai Feb 12, 2009 3.0.848
5 out of 5
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?
 
us3r Feb 6, 2009 3.0.848
5 out of 5
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.
 
moncool Feb 5, 2009 3.0.848
5 out of 5
Its Very2 cooooooool download manager i've ever tried...........trust me!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
GerritWittesaele Feb 2, 2009 3.0.848
5 out of 5
Simply the BEST ! and freeeeeeeee !!!!!
 
bobad Feb 2, 2009 3.0.848
5 out of 5
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.
 
GerritWittesaele Jan 4, 2009 3.0.844
4 out of 5
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 !
 
aruprc Jan 3, 2009 3.0.844
5 out of 5
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.
 
JCookes Jan 3, 2009 3.0.844
4 out of 5
Exactly what sorlag says !
but it's still the best download manager anyway.
 
sorlag Jan 2, 2009 3.0.844
3 out of 5
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...
 
keiichi999 Jan 2, 2009 3.0.844
5 out of 5
best download manager on earth, It's obvious, opensource, richness of features and smal memory usage.
 
plasticpig72 Jan 1, 2009 2.6.829 Beta
5 out of 5
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.
 
aruprc Dec 27, 2008 2.6.829 Beta
5 out of 5
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.
 
manogamez Nov 20, 2008 2.6.825 Beta
5 out of 5
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!
 
Nighted Nov 19, 2008 2.6.825 Beta
5 out of 5
@twood lol. :D

FDM FTW!!!
 
zapatero Nov 19, 2008 2.6.825 Beta
4 out of 5
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.
 
twood Nov 17, 2008 2.6.818 Beta
5 out of 5
@ 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. ;)
 
iamnotyou Nov 13, 2008 2.6.818 Beta
5 out of 5
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.
 
PRoBiSoNe Nov 7, 2008 2.6.818 Beta
5 out of 5
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!!!
 
janset Nov 7, 2008 2.6.818 Beta
5 out of 5
I am a Qualified Logic Thinker and I have never seen a computerprogram steal a computer.
 
blahman2005 Nov 7, 2008 2.6.818 Beta
1 out of 5
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.
 
reddy.shyam Nov 7, 2008 2.6.818 Beta
5 out of 5
Excellent piece of software. Serves my purpose. Thanks to the author.
 
ILLEGALien Nov 6, 2008 2.6.818 Beta
5 out of 5
Beta changelogs can be found in the 2.6Beta forum post:

http://www.freedownloadm...d/viewtopic.php?t=10255
 
Aegis69 Nov 6, 2008 2.6.818 Beta
4 out of 5
Ironic that this is now an open source application, that cannot download anything from sourceforge.net
 
hap8192739 Nov 6, 2008 2.6.818 Beta
2 out of 5
Still not compatible with 64 bit
 
kail Nov 5, 2008 2.6.814 Beta
5 out of 5
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.
 
teranova52 Sep 23, 2008 2.6.805 Beta
4 out of 5
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 .
 
Ryusennin Sep 18, 2008 2.6.805 Beta
5 out of 5
FDM'ing since 1886.
 
stranded Sep 18, 2008 2.6.805 Beta
5 out of 5
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.
 
dhry Sep 18, 2008 2.6.802 Beta
5 out of 5
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.
 
aruprc Sep 17, 2008 2.6.802 Beta
5 out of 5
Works fine here with XPx64...no issues.
 
port8001 Sep 17, 2008 2.6.802 Beta
5 out of 5
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)
 
bls2k5 Sep 4, 2008 2.6.800 Beta
5 out of 5
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.
 
antimog Aug 25, 2008 2.6.800 Beta
5 out of 5
It works fine with Vista 64 bit.. have you even tried the program?
 
Ryusennin Aug 25, 2008 2.6.800 Beta
5 out of 5
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.
 
cyberguy Aug 24, 2008 2.6.796 Beta
3 out of 5
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.
 
Reverb Jul 26, 2008 2.6.783 Beta
5 out of 5
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!
 
aruprc Jul 26, 2008 2.6.783 Beta
5 out of 5
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
 
Roger Rabbit Jul 25, 2008 2.6.783 Beta
3 out of 5
Does anyone know what's new ?
 
Ryusennin Jul 25, 2008 2.6.783 Beta
5 out of 5
Does what it says and for the advertised price. No forced spyware whatsoever, except in the sick minds of the naysayers.
 
Yanaicka Jul 25, 2008 2.6.783 Beta
1 out of 5
Build to spy.
 
jeck Jun 20, 2008 2.5.758
5 out of 5
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.
 
slickandy Jun 16, 2008 2.5.758
1 out of 5
I used to love this program, but not any more! Riddled with spyware junk. Avoid!!!
 
darkxiiindp Jun 8, 2008 2.5.758
1 out of 5
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.
 
ShahinD May 29, 2008 2.5.758
3 out of 5
Good Download manager but not good for torrent downloading.it's not possible to select witch files to download in a torrent package.
 
Galway May 15, 2008 2.5.755
5 out of 5
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.
 
incisor Feb 20, 2008 2.5.753
5 out of 5
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.)
 
zapatero Feb 20, 2008 2.5.753
4 out of 5
At least 12% slower than Internet Download Manager (not free) in my system. Some problems with the Firefox extension (conflicts with FlashGot).
 
xproject51 Feb 13, 2008 2.5.752
4 out of 5
Just 4 because it's already 2.5.753 since yesterday.

Otherwise, this is a good download manager.
 
sorlag Feb 13, 2008 2.5.752
5 out of 5
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
 
TwinsDad Feb 13, 2008 2.5.752
5 out of 5
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.
 
inventao Jan 29, 2008 2.5.747
5 out of 5
Work fine in Vista, and FREE
 
uberfly Jan 29, 2008 2.5.747
5 out of 5
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.
 
Point Zero Jan 23, 2008 2.5.745
4 out of 5
Full of bugs, yet this is the only downloader which ain't stupid enough to have Direct Download enabled on rapidshare.
 
roj Jan 21, 2008 2.5.745
5 out of 5
Gold.

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

FIVE stars.
 
Higgy Jan 2, 2008 2.5.738
5 out of 5
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.
 
anomoly Dec 22, 2007 2.5.737
2 out of 5
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
 
profhsg Dec 21, 2007 2.5.737
4 out of 5
Pros--lots of features--FREE

Cons--Has trouble with some sites including, ironically, this one, e.g., try downloading Launchy using FDM.
 
teranova52 Dec 19, 2007 2.5.737
5 out of 5
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 .
 
gehtnix Dec 18, 2007 2.5.737
3 out of 5
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...
 
DKDude Dec 17, 2007 2.5.737
5 out of 5
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.
 
roj Dec 17, 2007 2.5.737
5 out of 5
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.
 
billweh Nov 26, 2007 2.5.729
5 out of 5
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. :)
 
roj Nov 26, 2007 2.5.729
4 out of 5
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.
 
bigmama Nov 24, 2007 2.5.728
5 out of 5
Very good download manager. I would like to have less windows and popup messages. Try the lite version.
 
bgronas Nov 21, 2007 2.5.728
5 out of 5
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!
 
ljepava Nov 21, 2007 2.5.728
4 out of 5
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.
 
keir Nov 21, 2007 2.5.728
4 out of 5
No rtsp, but what it does do it does well, so a 4 from me.
 
DavidGreen Nov 21, 2007 2.5.728
5 out of 5
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.
 
roj Nov 20, 2007 2.5.728
3 out of 5
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.
 
Ain Soph Aur Nov 19, 2007 2.5.727
5 out of 5
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...
 
kbyron Nov 19, 2007 2.5.727
3 out of 5
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.
 
poisonu Nov 16, 2007 2.5.724
5 out of 5
Very Nice, but the interface is a bit clunky....
 
xanderzone365 Nov 14, 2007 2.5.724
5 out of 5
BEST DOWNLOAD MANAGER EVER
 
Reverb Oct 30, 2007 2.5.724
5 out of 5
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?
 
Tao2005 Oct 30, 2007 2.5.724
3 out of 5
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.
 
krgood Oct 29, 2007 2.5.724
5 out of 5
Opps...File not found!! Wonder if they forgot to post the update. Great program, works great.
 
Ain Soph Aur Oct 29, 2007 2.5.724
5 out of 5
Really the best! Why paying for GetRight???
 
bobad Oct 23, 2007 2.5.721
5 out of 5
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.
 
[deXter] Oct 22, 2007 2.5.721
4 out of 5
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

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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.
 
Reverb Oct 12, 2007 2.5.718
5 out of 5
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.
 
teranova52 Oct 12, 2007 2.5.718
5 out of 5
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 !!
 
wognum Oct 9, 2007 2.5.718
4 out of 5
good, but i like Orbit better, since its a little less "bloated"
 
dono1216 Oct 9, 2007 2.5.718
4 out of 5
Good, but yes, Orbit is better.
 
godzila Oct 9, 2007 2.5.718
5 out of 5
nice
 
guti Sep 29, 2007 2.5.715
4 out of 5
Not bad, but OrbitDownloader (also free, and not VB written) is a better choice.

Flashget used to be nice.
 
burfadel Sep 29, 2007 2.5.715
5 out of 5
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'.
 
roj Sep 28, 2007 2.5.715
2 out of 5
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"
 
meral Sep 21, 2007 2.5.713
4 out of 5
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?
 
spiked Sep 2, 2007 2.5.708
4 out of 5
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.
 
Metshrine Sep 2, 2007 2.5.708
4 out of 5
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"
 
sQin Sep 2, 2007 2.5.708
4 out of 5
i agree with roj.
 
roj Aug 31, 2007 2.5.708
4 out of 5
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.
 
zapatero Aug 31, 2007 2.5.708
4 out of 5
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/).
 
Carlospr Aug 30, 2007 2.5.707
5 out of 5
I agree it's a great free software! 5/5
I'd like just to see what's new in each version/build here.
 
PsychoUK Aug 29, 2007 2.5.706
5 out of 5
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 ;-)
 
roj Aug 29, 2007 2.5.706
4 out of 5
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.
 
Romas Aug 29, 2007 2.5.703
5 out of 5
It looks that FDM was GPLed!
 
alervd Aug 21, 2007 2.5.703
4 out of 5
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.
 
Higgy Aug 21, 2007 2.5.703
5 out of 5
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.
 
henris Aug 21, 2007 2.5.703
5 out of 5
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
 
pola Aug 21, 2007 2.5.703
4 out of 5
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
 
sQin Aug 21, 2007 2.5.703
5 out of 5
i tried many freeware, shareware downloaders, and this one is most stable, featurefull app. Free Download Manager is my choise!
 
cricri_pingouin Aug 21, 2007 2.5.703
2 out of 5
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.
 
hell0 Aug 21, 2007 2.5.703
4 out of 5
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.
 
cricri_pingouin Aug 20, 2007 2.5.700
1 out of 5
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.
 
twanj Aug 15, 2007 2.5.700
5 out of 5
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/
 
roj Aug 15, 2007 2.5.700
5 out of 5
Rating changed - this one is downloadable. Excellent proggy.

FIVE stars.
 
roj Aug 15, 2007 2.5.688
3 out of 5
OK, so where's the download?
 
tarrith Aug 8, 2007 2.3.682 Beta
5 out of 5
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
 
hell0 Aug 6, 2007 2.3.682 Beta
1 out of 5
Halfway decent in terms of features, but unstable as hell for me.
 
roj Aug 6, 2007 2.3.682 Beta
4 out of 5
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).
 
cricri_pingouin Jul 25, 2007 2.3 Build 669 Beta 6
5 out of 5
Good piece of software. Does what it says (including batch downloading), does it well, and for free. I like it.
 
rhy7s Jul 25, 2007 2.3 Build 669 Beta 6
4 out of 5
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.
 
biggman15 Jul 24, 2007 2.3 Build 669 Beta 6
5 out of 5
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...
 
twanj Jul 24, 2007 2.3 Build 669 Beta 6
5 out of 5
This download manager gets things right. Now it has torrent support, as well as metalink ( http://www.metalinker.org/ ) finally.
 
mmatheny Jul 9, 2007 2.3 Build 655 Beta 6
4 out of 5
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.
 
darkripper Jul 4, 2007 2.3 Build 655 Beta 6
4 out of 5
sth with the mirrors goes wrong?

i dunno. good program. this and orbit the best downloaders now
 
burfadel Jul 4, 2007 2.3 Build 655 Beta 6
5 out of 5
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!
 
roj Jun 22, 2007 2.3 Build 647 Beta 6
5 out of 5
I'm extremely happy wiht this software but can we get a final out the door? It's getting tedious...

FIVE stars for excellence.
 
bobad Jun 22, 2007 2.3 Build 647 Beta 6
5 out of 5
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.
 
madcats Jun 21, 2007 2.3 Build 647 Beta 6
4 out of 5
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
 
speedwaystar Jun 21, 2007 2.3 Build 647 Beta 6
4 out of 5
Beta 6 had a crashing problem with Firefox for me. Gone back to the stable Beta 5 while waiting for Beta 7.
 
xproject51 Jun 21, 2007 2.3 Build 647 Beta 6
1 out of 5
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.
 
gene_laz Jun 4, 2007 2.3 Build 637 Beta 5
4 out of 5
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.
 
PsychoUK May 24, 2007 2.3 Build 637 Beta 5
5 out of 5
Used this app from day one, just gets better on each release, fast, reliable and best of all its FREE with no nag stuff
 
bobad May 23, 2007 2.3 Build 637 Beta 5
4 out of 5
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.
 
vcorvinus May 19, 2007 2.3 Build 635 Beta 4
3 out of 5
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.
 
tatool May 19, 2007 2.3 Build 635 Beta 4
5 out of 5
i've been using orbit for a while, but common... honestly - fdm is much better :)
 
tarrith May 17, 2007 2.3 Build 633 Beta 3
5 out of 5
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
 
biggman15 May 16, 2007 2.3 Build 633 Beta 3
4 out of 5
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...
 
Zoroaster May 15, 2007 2.3 Build 633 Beta 3
3 out of 5
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.
 
bigmama May 15, 2007 2.3 Build 633 Beta 3
5 out of 5
i like it
i think its better than orbit
 
darkpepe May 8, 2007 2.3 Build 623 Beta
4 out of 5
Version 1.x still was 500kb, now it's 4megs. Please, don't take the wrong path and converting it into bloatware!
 
AlbinoAsian May 4, 2007 2.3 Build 623 Beta
5 out of 5
it is without doubt my favorite download manager ... it really is the best out there free or not
 
bigmama May 3, 2007 2.3 Build 623 Beta
5 out of 5
the best
 
twanj May 3, 2007 2.3 Build 623 Beta
5 out of 5
Nice! Now it has metalink support for downloading ISOs fast. http://www.metalinker.org/
 
billweh May 3, 2007 2.3 Build 623 Beta
5 out of 5
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).
 
Fr@nKy Apr 25, 2007 2.3 Build 610 Beta
5 out of 5
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 ;)
 
shrink57 Apr 24, 2007 2.3 Build 610 Beta
5 out of 5
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.
 
touringpro Apr 4, 2007 2.3 Build 610 Beta
5 out of 5
Firefox integration works fine . . . it just doesn't seem to be enabled by default.

Got to Options | Download options | Monitoring & check the Firefox box.
 
deric0 Apr 4, 2007 2.3 Build 610 Beta
5 out of 5
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
 
Gobix Apr 4, 2007 2.3 Build 610 Beta
3 out of 5
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)
 
speedwaystar Apr 4, 2007 2.3 Build 610 Beta
5 out of 5
The new betas, in case anyone is interested, are mainly around testing FDM's new bittorrent support.
 
bobad Mar 31, 2007 2.3 Build 607 Beta
4 out of 5
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.
 
lordnaastik Mar 30, 2007 2.3 Beta Build 603
4 out of 5
Excellent software. But nowadays iam more inclined towards orbit downloader, as it has a really fast update rate.
 
twanj Mar 29, 2007 2.3 Beta Build 603
5 out of 5
Now it supports bittorrent AND metalink. what more could you need?
 
olavinto Mar 19, 2007 2.1 Build 494
4 out of 5
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.
 
zapatero Mar 8, 2007 2.1 Build 494
1 out of 5
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.
 
alphatrigon Sep 10, 2006 2.1 Build 494
5 out of 5
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 :)
 
bobad Aug 22, 2006 2.1 Build 494
5 out of 5
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.
 
junggeselle Aug 22, 2006 2.1 Build 494
5 out of 5
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 ;-)
 
Pkshadow Aug 22, 2006 2.1 Build 494
4 out of 5
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!
 
Blue_Horse Aug 21, 2006 2.1 Build 494
5 out of 5
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.
 
KaptK Aug 21, 2006 2.1 Build 494
3 out of 5
Best free download manager out there but does have some bugs in it that need fixed.
 
wharke Aug 21, 2006 2.1 Build 494
5 out of 5
Excellent! Has all the features of the expensive download managers but is totally FREE.
 
datdeejay Aug 15, 2006 2.1 Build 487
5 out of 5
the best download manager. 5/5 stars.
 
Gibbo21 Aug 15, 2006 2.1 Build 487
5 out of 5
It's the best (free) download manager I've tried in months. Version reviewed *build 490*
 
rhoadesb Aug 12, 2006 2.1 Build 483
4 out of 5
Free Download Manager is the best I've found so far. Excellent when one considers it is free.
 
hwlaz Aug 12, 2006 2.1 Build 483
5 out of 5
Netflix & online banking issues from previous beta have been fixed with 2.1 Build 483. Great utility!
 
CoCoLee Aug 11, 2006 2.1 Build 483
5 out of 5
FDM is best!
 
twanj Aug 11, 2006 2.1 Build 483
5 out of 5
Great, fixes a few problems from the beta.
 
jGuru Aug 11, 2006 2.1 Build 482
5 out of 5
Great soft. I've been using it for 2 years. Free. Fast. Fantastic.
 
hwlaz Aug 5, 2006 2.1 Beta
5 out of 5
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.
 
randiroo76073 Aug 4, 2006 2.1 Beta
5 out of 5
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)
 
cricri_pingouin Jun 27, 2006 2.0 Build 423
3 out of 5
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.
 
Nikkie May 20, 2006 2.0 Build 423
5 out of 5
Always the best and free !!
 
wognum May 3, 2006 2.0 Build 423
4 out of 5
good prog, but it had a couple of bugs, so i dont use it right now.
are there any noted changes?
 
Joco May 2, 2006 2.0 Build 423
5 out of 5
Superb freeware. Looks nicer than Flashget and works the same.
 
Pantagruel May 2, 2006 2.0 Build 423
5 out of 5
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."
 
osric May 2, 2006 2.0 Build 423
4 out of 5
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.
 
The MAZZTer Apr 21, 2006 2.0 Build 422
5 out of 5
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.
 
osric Apr 20, 2006 2.0 Build 422
4 out of 5
How do I download from mms:// links?
 
gkar Apr 16, 2006 2.0 Build 422
5 out of 5
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!
 
ArabianNight Apr 15, 2006 2.0 Build 422
5 out of 5
Simply the best Download manager. Been using for about 2 years now.
 
Nostia Apr 15, 2006 2.0 Build 422
5 out of 5
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
 
Blackhole8746 Apr 15, 2006 2.0 Build 422
4 out of 5
It seems they're not changing anything whatsoever from version to version
 
Bachalor Apr 14, 2006 2.0 Build 422
5 out of 5
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.
 
mmatheny Apr 14, 2006 2.0 Build 422
2 out of 5
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'
 
dejavu Apr 14, 2006 2.0 Build 422
5 out of 5
Excellent freeware downloader!!!
 
FlauntMG Apr 8, 2006 2.0 Build 416
3 out of 5
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.
 
Zankur Apr 8, 2006 2.0 Build 416
5 out of 5
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...
 
The MAZZTer Apr 7, 2006 2.0 Build 416
1 out of 5
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.
 
Skizelli Apr 6, 2006 2.0 Build 416
5 out of 5
@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.
 
Mystenes Apr 6, 2006 2.0 Build 416
5 out of 5
small, fast, do what it means to do.
no bugs/crashes at any time.
 
Pantagruel Apr 5, 2006 2.0 Build 416
5 out of 5
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.
 
tp Apr 5, 2006 2.0 Build 416
5 out of 5
You may be right, I dont know, haven't used GR because it is payware.. FDM is the best of the free variety.
 
mmatheny Apr 5, 2006 2.0 Build 416
2 out of 5
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!
 
Tokar Apr 5, 2006 2.0 Build 416
5 out of 5
[+] 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.
 
Master- Apr 5, 2006 2.0 Build 416
5 out of 5
Works well.

No ads.

What can i say? SPLENDED!
 
uberfly Apr 5, 2006 2.0 Beta
5 out of 5
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.
 
FlauntMG Apr 5, 2006 2.0 Beta
3 out of 5
"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.
 
biligt Apr 4, 2006 2.0 Beta
5 out of 5
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
 
Blue_Horse Apr 4, 2006 2.0 Beta
5 out of 5
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, ...).
 
wanderer2005 Apr 4, 2006 2.0 Beta
5 out of 5
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.
 
OCedHrt Apr 4, 2006 2.0 Beta
4 out of 5
Too bad FlashGet does FDM+FlashGot and more. RSTP, MMS, wildcards, and all that right click FlashGot goodness, 5 years ago.
 
brotherS Apr 4, 2006 2.0 Beta
5 out of 5
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 :)
 
osric Apr 4, 2006 2.0 Beta
5 out of 5
It's great. I've used it with IE and FF. Can someone help me on how to use it with Opera?
 
olavinto Apr 4, 2006 2.0 Beta
5 out of 5
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.
 
hap8192739 Apr 4, 2006 2.0 Beta
3 out of 5
Like most managers , tho, it only seems to work with IE.

Useless to me.
 
aruprc Apr 4, 2006 2.0 Beta
5 out of 5
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.
 
agamen0n Feb 5, 2006 1.9 Build 335
5 out of 5
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!
 
dumaiso Jan 7, 2006 1.9 Build 335
5 out of 5
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.
 
Philidor Dec 21, 2005 1.9 Build 335
5 out of 5
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.
 
kgruber Nov 28, 2005 1.9 Build 335
3 out of 5
This program needs to add streaming support to compete with other freeware/commercial alternatives.
 
The Second Maker Sep 20, 2005 1.9 Build 335
4 out of 5
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 :(
 
hjcuebas Sep 20, 2005 1.9 Build 335
5 out of 5
incredible, just perfect, ived used all the crappy things out there, even the ones that cost money but this is just a magnificent application.
 
Mystenes Sep 13, 2005 1.9 Build 335
5 out of 5
Great program!!
 
The MAZZTer Sep 12, 2005 1.9 Build 335
5 out of 5
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.
 
ArabianNight Sep 12, 2005 1.9 Build 335
5 out of 5
The best!
 
Master- Sep 12, 2005 1.9 Build 335
5 out of 5
Ugly picture. ^^
But still, its the best!
 
gkar Sep 12, 2005 1.9 Build 335
5 out of 5
This is one of the finest download managers I have ever used. Very feature rich.
 
brotherS Aug 24, 2005 1.9 Build 333
5 out of 5
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)
 
rpavl Aug 24, 2005 1.9 Build 333
3 out of 5
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?
 
cool_guy Aug 24, 2005 1.9 Build 333
5 out of 5
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.
 
Metshrine Aug 23, 2005 1.9 Build 333
5 out of 5
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.
 
JeRrYFaR Aug 23, 2005 1.9 Build 333
5 out of 5
Program works as advertised. They even added one of my suggestions in the new version.. :-)

No complaints.. and free to boot..
 
arossetti Aug 23, 2005 1.9 Build 333
5 out of 5
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.
 
foe Aug 23, 2005 1.9 Build 333
5 out of 5
list of changes :
http://www.freedownloadm...rd/viewtopic.php?t=1007
 
sQin Aug 23, 2005 1.9 Build 333
4 out of 5
best of free dnld managers
 
Noogle Aug 23, 2005 1.8 Build 307
5 out of 5
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.
 
_eclipse_ Aug 10, 2005 1.8 Build 307
5 out of 5
Simply the best. And free :)
 
henris Aug 9, 2005 1.8 Build 307
5 out of 5
The Best
 
marcdesbiens Jul 24, 2005 1.8 Build 307
4 out of 5
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.
 
kmleow Jul 17, 2005 1.8 Build 307
4 out of 5
Good software.

Hopefully they will add in RTSP support soon.
 
wingo Jul 2, 2005 1.8 Build 307
1 out of 5
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.
 
Wings Jul 2, 2005 1.8 Build 307
4 out of 5
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.
 
Stevefarrell Jul 1, 2005 1.8 Build 307
5 out of 5
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
 
Quixley Jun 21, 2005 1.8 Build 307
1 out of 5
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...
 
emredondo Jun 13, 2005 1.8 Build 307
5 out of 5
The best download manager.
 
Spupuz Jun 13, 2005 1.8 Build 307
4 out of 5
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.
 
johnd164 Jun 13, 2005 1.8 Build 307
2 out of 5
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.
 
thehunger Jun 12, 2005 1.8 Build 307
4 out of 5
One of the best, but still needs support for SFTP.
 
brano27 Jun 8, 2005 1.8 Build 306
4 out of 5
Hmm relly good download manager. Drag and drop is good idea. Great work
 
cip2kro Jun 8, 2005 1.8 Build 306
5 out of 5
Yes. I used flashget for 2 years. Now it's outdated. I use FDM and it's working great. Best downlaod manager so far.
 
Zankur Jun 8, 2005 1.8 Build 306
5 out of 5
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!
 
CyberHobo Jun 8, 2005 1.8 Build 306
3 out of 5
Set Spybot Search and Destroy into overload. I thought it's spyware free. Any who, I'll stick with Mass Downloader.
 
ArabianNight Jun 7, 2005 1.8 Build 306
5 out of 5
Simply The Best Download Manager.
 
thehunger Jun 7, 2005 1.8 Build 306
5 out of 5
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.
 
tre2004 Apr 28, 2005 1.7 Build 295
5 out of 5
This is a GREEEAT download manager, And to beat it all,.... it's free!!! 5 of 5
 
OSuser Apr 27, 2005 1.7 Build 295
5 out of 5
Exactly what captainahab said! It's FREE! It's a 5!
 
captainahab Apr 27, 2005 1.7 Build 295
5 out of 5
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.
 
thehunger Apr 27, 2005 1.7 Build 295
4 out of 5
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.
 
bugmenot Apr 17, 2005 1.7 Build 286
3 out of 5
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
 
NiukNiuk Apr 9, 2005 1.7 Build 286
5 out of 5
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.
 
Banquo Apr 8, 2005 1.7 Build 286
4 out of 5
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.
 
egg83 Apr 6, 2005 1.7.285
5 out of 5
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!
 
cool_guy Mar 29, 2005 1.5.256
5 out of 5
Simply the best free download manager out there. If you want something which is free then this is the way to go.
 
uberfly Mar 29, 2005 1.5.256
5 out of 5
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.
 
seeolfreeloader Mar 29, 2005 1.5.256
3 out of 5
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 :(
 
Portal3 Mar 29, 2005 1.5.256
3 out of 5
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?!!?
 
NiukNiuk Mar 28, 2005 1.5.256
4 out of 5
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...
 
Mar 14, 2005 1.5.255
4 out of 5
no spyware that all i care about works fine
 
grkn Jan 10, 2005 1.5.255
4 out of 5
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.
 
zorty Dec 13, 2004 1.5.255
5 out of 5
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!
 
darkpepe Dec 12, 2004 1.5.255
5 out of 5
Awesome! NavBar no longer included, thx!
 
DarthVeda Dec 12, 2004 1.5.255
5 out of 5
It's my download manager. I had no problems with it so far. And best of all it's free.
 
aalaap Dec 12, 2004 1.5.255
2 out of 5
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.
 
bobad Nov 30, 2004 1.5
5 out of 5
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.
 
HaST Nov 30, 2004 1.5
5 out of 5
The 1.5 version don't include any other software (NavExcell...) with the installer.

Very good software.
 
DiGiTaLFX Nov 30, 2004 1.5
2 out of 5
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.
 
nerrad Nov 28, 2004 1.45 Beta
1 out of 5
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.
 
Spupuz Nov 25, 2004 1.45 Beta
4 out of 5
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.
 
asellus Nov 19, 2004 1.45 Beta
4 out of 5
Just as great as the version 1.1 but DON'T INSTALL THE NAVHELPER.
 
kiwibank Nov 19, 2004 1.45 Beta
5 out of 5
tried every download manager known to man...this one is right up there........
 
bobad Nov 18, 2004 1.45 Beta
5 out of 5
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.
 
fourte3n Nov 5, 2004 1.1
5 out of 5
Best Download Manager!!! (I'd add more "!" but I think that would be silly)
 
CoCoLee Nov 3, 2004 1.1
5 out of 5
Excellent!!!! FDM is best!
 
KaptK Oct 2, 2004 1.1
3 out of 5
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.
 
KriTenKs Sep 29, 2004 1.1
5 out of 5
Tried most Download Managers. This one is the best! 1.1 now has History and a Search feature
 
darkpepe Sep 5, 2004 1.0
4 out of 5
Download speed sometimes goes down to zero for no reason, but still the best free donwload manager I know about
 
kmleow Aug 13, 2004 1.0
5 out of 5
One of the best freeware downloader. How about making it able to download from RTSP also?
 
Zankur Aug 13, 2004 1.0
5 out of 5
i think it's one of the best around.I think it should give serious competition to DAP,Getright.
 
bobad Aug 12, 2004 1.0
3 out of 5
Pretty good D/L accelerator. Needs sounds. (like FlashGet). Needs to work better with Maxthon.
 
httpd.confused Aug 12, 2004 1.0
4 out of 5
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).
 
gkar Aug 12, 2004 1.0
5 out of 5
This version successfully integrated into FireFox! Had to reboot after installation for it to locate Firefox plugin directory. Thank you!
 
gkar Aug 3, 2004 0.9 Beta
5 out of 5
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
 
alexrhcosta Aug 1, 2004 0.9 Beta
5 out of 5
Great piece of software!
And best of all, it´s FREE!
Runs perfectly on Win XP.
Keep up the great job!
 
arvind Aug 1, 2004 0.9 Beta
5 out of 5
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 :-)
 
DarthVeda Aug 1, 2004 0.9 Beta
5 out of 5
Awsome download manager. I am dropping the file links on the download basket to download in firefox.
 
TomRC Jul 31, 2004 0.9 Beta
4 out of 5
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.
 
xllx Jul 31, 2004 0.9 Beta
5 out of 5
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...
 
chichiri Jul 31, 2004 0.9 Beta
5 out of 5
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!