Free Download Manager

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Free Download Manager
Free Download Manager 5.1 in Windows 10
Free Download Manager 5.1 in Windows 10
Initial release2004; 16 years ago (2004)
Stable release5.1.38 (build 7312) (January 31, 2019; 12 months ago (2019-01-31)) [±][1]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inC++
Operating systemWindows, macOS and Android
PlatformHardware: IA-32 and x64
Software: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape, Apple Safari, SeaMonkey
Available inAlbanian, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Vietnamese
TypeDownload manager and BitTorrent client

Free Download Manager is a download manager for Windows and macOS.

FDM was initially proprietary software, but was free and open-source software between versions 2.5[2] and 3.9.7. Starting with version 3.0.852 (15 April 2010), the source code was made available in the project's Subversion repository instead of being included with the binary package. This continued until versions 3.9.7.[3] The source code for version 5.0 and newer is not available and the GNU General Public License agreement has been removed from the app.

Free Download Manager received a 2007 Webuser Gold Award.[4]


  • The GUI presents several tabs that organize types of downloads and allow access to different features in the program.
  • Download information view that shows each download's progress bar, file preview, community opinions if any are written for that download and a log showing connection status
  • Dropbox for file drag-and-drop
  • HTTP and FTP download support
  • RTSP/MMS download support [5]
  • Batch downloading support for downloading a set of files
  • Splits large file into parts (specified in the settings of the software) and downloads simultaneously
  • BitTorrent support (based on Libtorrent)
  • Magnet URI scheme support
  • Flash video download from sites like YouTube and Google Video
  • Resuming broken downloads, if permitted by server
  • Download throttling via three fully customizable traffic modes: light, medium, and heavy
  • Import list of URLs from clipboard
  • Integrates with the browser being used to track URL or Copy functions if downloadable content is found
  • Remote control via Internet


  • 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 Explorer – This feature is an FTP client.
  • 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Free Download Manager 5.1 Forums". Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  2. ^ "FDM 2.5 is released!". Free Download Manager blog. 15 April 2007. Archived from the original on 31 August 2007.
  3. ^ "Free Download Manager". SCM Repositories. SourceForge. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  4. ^ {{cite web| |title=Free Download Manager Review – Web-User |accessdate=2008-09-11 |author=|work=Webuser |publisher
  5. ^ "Blog Archive » Current stable version: FDM ver. 3.9.2 build 1303". Free Download Manager. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2013.

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