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FileHippo logo.png
Type of site
Software Portal
Available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Japanese, Chinese
Owner Well Known Media Ltd
Created by Well Known Media Ltd
Slogan(s) Software that matters!
Alexa rank Negative increase 819 (August 2015)[1]
Commercial Yes
Registration None
Launched 2004; 13 years ago (2004)
Current status Online

FileHippo is a download website that offers computer software for Windows. The website's software is grouped by freeware, shareware, and open-source. There is also a FileHippo App Manager, a free program that scans a computer for outdated software and offers links to more recent versions.[2][3][4] As of 6 March 2016.[5] FileHippo does not accept software submissions from publishers.[6] FileHippo was estimated to be worth over US$13,000,000 in November 2015.[7]


FileHippo was established in 2004 by the UK-based technology company Well Known Media.[8]

News section added to the site in 2016.[9]


Software hosting[edit]

The website has sections listing most recently updated programs and most popular downloads, organised by category, with program information and link. Registration is not required.

Software news[edit]

In January 2014, a news section was added, covering the latest software and computing news.[10]


The website is funded by user donations and third-party advertising.[6] FileHippo briefly tested the InstallCore installer, which has monetization features, on some downloads. Following user feedback it was decided not to add it or any other bundlers, installers or other wrappers to downloads.[citation needed]


  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. ^ "Download FileHippo App Manager 2.0 Beta 4 - Comment". Retrieved 6 March 2016.  See comments for 6 March 2016 and earlier
  6. ^ a b About
  7. ^ "FileHippo Site Stats". 11 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  8. ^ Well Known Media website
  9. ^ "News Section". FileHippo. 
  10. ^ Web Archive for

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