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FileHippo logo.png
Web address
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Registration 2004-11-01
Available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Japanese,Tamil
Owner Well Known Media Ltd
Launched 2004
Alexa rank
negative increase 819 (August 2015)[1]

FileHippo is a download website that offers computer software for Windows. The website's software is grouped by freeware, shareware, and open-source. The website also offers its own FileHippo Update Checker, a free program that scans a computer and reports any out-dated software, offering download links to more recent versions.[2][3][4] FileHippo does not accept software submissions from publishers.[5] As of November 2015, FileHippo is estimated to be worth over $13,000,000.[6]


FileHippo was established in 2004 by the UK-based technology company, Well Known Media.[7]


Software hosting[edit]

The website has a section that contains a list of most recently updated computer programs, and another section which lists the most popular downloads. The computer programs are organized (e.g. "browsers", "messaging", "security", "developer", "multimedia", and several more). The site contains information about programs, a link to the most recent version, as well as links to older versions. Registration is not required to download a program.

Software news[edit]

In January 2014, a news section was added, covering the latest software and computing news.[8]


The website gets its funding from user donations and third-party advertising.[5]

  • User donations: FileHippo has a page that allows its visitors to make a donation to the website.[5]
  • Third-party advertising: FileHippo has a page that contains information on how advertisers can promote their products through the website. All advertising on is handled through Google Adwords.[9]

Third party installers[edit]

FileHippo briefly tested the InstallCore installer on some downloads. Following user feedback and more analysis it was decided to not add any bundlers, installers or other wrappers to downloads.


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2015-01-07. 
  2. ^ "Update Checker". FileHippo. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  3. ^ Pash, Adam (4 March 2007). "Download of the Day: File Hippo Update Checker (Windows)". Lifehacker. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Rob Pegoraro (June 24, 2007). "Fast Forward's Help File". The Washington Post. To remedy that problem in Windows, try the FileHippo Update Checker. This small program quickly checks your installed programs for updates, then opens your Web browser to a page on the FileHippo download site from which you can download the latest versions. 
  5. ^ a b c About
  6. ^ "FileHippo Site Stats". 11 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  7. ^ Well Known Media website
  8. ^ Web Archive for
  9. ^ Advertise on

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