Comparison of download managers

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This comparison contains download managers, and also file sharing applications that can be used as download managers (using the http, https and ftp-protocol). For pure file sharing applications see the Comparison of file sharing applications.

Note: Download managers in purple are no longer in development.

General information[edit]

Manager Latest stable release License / Price (USD) Adware, Malware & Spyware[1] CLI GUI Web Linux Windows Mac OS X
4K Video Downloader 3.8.1.1870
(January 26, 2016; 16 months ago (2016-01-26))
Proprietary / Freemium No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
BitComet 1.45 (January 17, 2017; 4 months ago (2017-01-17)) [±][2]

                                                               

Proprietary / freeware Adware from version 0.85 to 0.97;
Potentially sensitive information reported to BC Servers
Partial [3] Yes Yes[citation needed] No Yes No
DownloadStudio 7.0.5.0
(October 20, 2011; 5 years ago (2011-10-20))
Shareware / $24.95 None Known Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
DownThemAll! 3.0.5 (September 2, 2016; 9 months ago (2016-09-02)) [±][4] GPL / None Known No Yes No Requires Firefox Requires Firefox Requires Firefox
FlashGet 3.7.0.1195
(January 10, 2012; 5 years ago (2012-01-10))
Proprietary / Freeware Cydoor Pop-up ads,
banners[5]
No Yes Yes No Yes No
Folx 3.0.870
(October 9, 2013; 3 years ago (2013-10-09))
Shareware / $19.95 No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Free Download Manager 5.1.23 (build 5672) (January 20, 2017; 4 months ago (2017-01-20)) [±][6] Proprietary / Freeware after version 5.0 and newer was bundled with Software Informer before release 3.8([7])([8]) No Yes No No Yes Yes
Free Studio 6.6.35.323
(March 23, 2017; 2 months ago (2017-03-23)[9][10])
Proprietary / Freeware No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Freemake Video Downloader 3.8.0
(May 12, 2016; 12 months ago (2016-05-12))
Proprietary / Freeware Offers to install sponsored software upon installation changing default search engine and browsers homepage No Yes No No Yes No
GetRight 6.5 (January 24, 2011; 6 years ago (2011-01-24)) [±][11] Proprietary / $49.95 for Pro No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Go!Zilla 5.03
(February 1, 2008; 9 years ago (2008-02-01)[12])
Proprietary / $19.95 None as of Version 5;
Aureate adware prior to that
No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Internet Download Accelerator 6.13.1.1557
(May 15, 2017; 30 days ago (2017-05-15))
Proprietary / Freeware, $9.95 single/$24.95 family pack for Pro Adware on free version Yes Yes No No Yes No
Internet Download Manager 6.26 Build 7
(October 1, 2016; 8 months ago (2016-10-01)[13]
Proprietary / $24.95 lifetime for 1 PC None Known Yes Yes No No Yes No
JDownloader 2
(7 February 2017; 4 months ago (2017-02-07))
GPL / No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
0.9.581
(19 January 2011; 6 years ago (2011-01-19))
GPL / Adware Mobogenie (optional install);
Adware browser hijacker Mysearchdial (optional install)
No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
0.7.3-3
(8 May 2006; 11 years ago (2006-05-08))
GPLv2 / No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
KGet 4.14.3 (November 11, 2014; 2 years ago (2014-11-11)) [±][14] GPL / None Known Yes Yes No Yes Part of KDE for Windows Part of KDE for Mac
MiniDM 2.5.1
(June 2, 2010; 7 years ago (2010-06-02)[15])
Proprietary / Freeware None Known No Yes No No Yes No
MLDonkey 3.1.5 (March 22, 2014; 3 years ago (2014-03-22)[16]) [±] GPL / None Known Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Shareaza 2.7.9.0 (October 6, 2015; 19 months ago (2015-10-06)[17]) [±] GPL / Original Client:
None Known
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Manager Latest stable release License / Price (USD) Adware, Malware & Spyware[1] CLI GUI Web Linux Windows Mac OS X

Protocol support[edit]

Manager HTTP HTTPS FTP SFTP MMS RTSP Metalink Magnet link Podcast RTMP BitTorrent eDonkey
4K Video Downloader Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
BitComet Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? Yes Yes
Download Accelerator Plus Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
DownloadStudio ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
DownThemAll! Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No No No
FlashGet Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Folx ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Free Download Manager Yes Yes Yes No Yes[18] Yes[18] No Yes[19] No No Yes No
Freemake Video Downloader Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Free Studio Yes Yes No No No No No No No Yes No No
GetRight Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes ? Yes No Yes No
Go!Zilla ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Internet Download Accelerator Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No No
Internet Download Manager Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Yes No No
JDownloader Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes No No No
Jigdo Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No
KGet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes ? No No Yes No
MiniDM Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No
MLDonkey Yes ? Yes ? No No No ? No No Yes Yes
Orbit Downloader Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
Shareaza Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No No Yes Yes
Manager HTTP HTTPS FTP SFTP MMS RTSP Metalink Magnet link Podcast RTMP BitTorrent eDonkey

Features[edit]

Manager Web browser integration
Resuming
Download acceleration
URLs per file
Mirror search
Auto dial/hangup
Categorized downloads
Cookies import
Speed limit
File browser
ZIP preview
Add-on support
Scheduler
Checksum verification
Remote Access/Control
Modified Time-stamp preserved
4K Video Downloader No Yes Yes ? No No No No No Yes No No No No No ?
BitComet Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ? Yes ? Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Download Accelerator Plus Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
DownloadStudio Yes Yes Yes 1 No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? No ? ?
DownThemAll! Requires Firefox Yes Yes 10 Beta No Yes No Beta No No No No Yes No Yes
FlashGet Yes Yes Yes 1 Yes Yes Yes Yes All downloads Yes No Yes N/A No No ?
Folx ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Free Download Manager Yes Yes Yes 10 Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Free Studio Yes Yes Yes unlimited No No No No No No No No No No No ?
Freemake Video Downloader No Yes Yes unlimited No No No No Yes Yes No No No No No ?
GetRight Yes Yes 10 streams, needs mirrors for >4 streams unlimited Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Scripting Yes Yes Yes Yes
Go!Zilla ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Internet Download Accelerator Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Internet Download Manager Yes Yes Yes 1 refreshable No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes
JDownloader Yes Yes Yes 1 No Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Jigdo No Yes ? unlimited ? No No No No No No ? No Yes No No
KGet Konqueror, Fx (via Flashgot plugin) Yes Yes unlimited Yes Yes Yes Yes BitTorrent Only[20] Yes No Yes ? Yes Yes ?
MiniDM Yes Yes Yes unlimited No No No No No Yes No Yes ? Yes Yes ?
MLDonkey Partial Yes No unlimited No No Yes No Yes No No Yes ? Yes Yes ?
Orbit Downloader Yes Yes Yes 60 No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes ?
Shareaza IE; Fx and similar: ext. plugin[21] Yes Yes unlimited Yes via Scheduler Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ?
Manager Web browser integration Resuming Download acceleration URLs per file Mirror search Auto dial/hangup Categorized downloads Cookies import Speed limit File browser ZIP preview Add-on support Scheduler
Checksum verification Remote Access/Control Modified Time-stamp preserved

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Unless otherwise noted, programs marked "Yes" without other inline citations have been tested 100% Free OR 100% Clean by Softpedia and/or other sources
  2. ^ "BitComet Client Release Notes - A free C++ BitTorrent/HTTP/FTP Download Client". www.bitcomet.com. 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  3. ^ BitComet command line interface see BitComet Command Line - BitComet Wiki
  4. ^ "DownThemAll! 3.0.5". DownThemAll!. MMIV-MMVII. 2016-09-02. Retrieved 2016-09-03. 
  5. ^ Tumpang, Ronaldo (2010-04-04), FlashGet 3.4 sucks!, KIX|TRIX, archived from the original on 2010-07-14 
  6. ^ "Free Download Manager". Files. Free Download Manager.org. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  7. ^ >"False Positive". 
  8. ^ >"Removed". 
  9. ^ "Free Studio Release News". 
  10. ^ "Free Studio - World's #1 Freeware Suite by DVDVideoSoft". 
  11. ^ "GetRight 6.3e+06". Headlight Software. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  12. ^ Headlight Software. "What's new with GoZilla Download Manager and Accelerator". Go!Zilla. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  13. ^ Tonec Inc. "Internet Download Manager News". Internet Download Manager. Tonec Inc. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  14. ^ "KDE Ships KDE Applications and Platform 4.14.3". KDE. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  15. ^ "Download IE7Pro". Ie7pro.com. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  16. ^ "MLDonkey at SourceForge.net". SourceForge. 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  17. ^ "Shareaza download page on sourceforge Web site". SourceForge. Retrieved 2015-10-09. 
  18. ^ a b "Free Download Manager » Blog Archive » FDM ver. 3.9.2". Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  19. ^ "FDM 3.9.3 - www.freedownloadmanager.org". Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  20. ^ "Bug 210694 - download speed maximum seems to be infunctional". Bugs.kde.org. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  21. ^ "Shareaza". Retrieved 10 December 2016.