FDM was previously proprietary software, but with the release of version 2.5 it has been free software. Starting with version 3.0.850 (15 April 2010), source code is no longer provided as a packaged download, but is available in the project's Subversion repository. Free Download Manager received a 2007 Webuser Gold Award.
Downloads - This is the focal point of the program, which is simply a download manager. Users can also create groups with folders to which files with specific extensions will be downloaded.
Flash video downloads - This feature helps users to download FLV video files from YouTube, Google Video and many other site.
Torrents - Allows to download torrent files
Scheduler - Users can create and manage lists of tasks to be executed at a preset time. Tasks include launching external programs, starting and stopping downloads, and shutting down the computer in all possible ways.
Site Manager - This feature allows users to tell FDM how to act with specific sites, such as websites that require authentication, or how many download connections a website can accept simultaneously from the user.
HTML Spider - This feature can download a website by following and downloading links recursively.