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5 Best Free Download Managers For Windows Users

To be frank, I was not a person who keeps on downloading movies, software and videos but recently I got an addiction of downloading movies and tutorials videos. In the early days, I preferred to get the tutorial videos from my friends or try to download videos myself sometimes when it gets very urgent. But now as I started to watch movies in my laptop, I need to download few movies every week.

Direct downloading doesn’t give much speed and also if sometimes internet stops working then resuming the download is not possible at times and also managing all the downloaded files becomes tough. In such case, using download managers is a great idea as this kind of software increases the speed of download, manage all of your downloads, and resuming is possible all the time. It is extremely beneficial for them who have slow internet as they can download files when they don’t need bandwidth for other work and pause the download when they need the bandwidth for some other tasks. In this way, they can download files/movies/videos efficiently without hurting other tasks. But when you are downloading directly from browser, all or most bandwidth can go in download thus you cannot have smooth surfing.

 Therefore, using a download manager is recommended if you download frequently.

I am a windows user, so I have compiled a list of 5 best and free download managers which worked quite well for me. However, I am not using all currently rather I use Free Download Manager about which you will read below.

Here goes the list:

1. Free Download Manager [FDM]

free download manager

As the name says, it’s a completely free download manager and download accelerator.

Features of Free Download Manager:

  • Supports 30 languages.
  • Simultaneous Downloading from multiple Mirrors.
  • It helps you download only the selected parts of a zip file.
  • It offers HTML spider which enables you to download a whole website.
  • Adjusts traffic usage for surfing and simultaneous downloads.
  • Resuming broken downloads is one of the best features being offered by FDM.
  • You can create a portable version of this software and use it on multiple computers without installing it on every computer.
  • It downloads files using BitTorrent Protocol which is for the Peer to Peer file sharing of data across internet.

Download FDM here

2. Internet Download Manager [IDM]

intetnet download manager

It is one of the most famous download managers among all. It increases the speed of download up to 5 times. You can schedule and resume downloads as per your requirement. It offers both Free and Premium plans.

Features of IDM:

  • Download Accelerator is available to accelerate the speed of download by 5x.
  • It checks for viruses and malware before downloading the files from internet.
  • Download resume facility is available.
  • You can schedule downloads.
  • It has advanced browser integration facility which most of other download managers don’t offer. Enabling this can allow you catch any download from any application.
  • You can set download limits.
  • It is multilingual and supports an extensive range of languages.
  • It supports many proxy servers.
  • It can download a complete website or a web page or elements of web pages.
  • Video Grabber is there to download videos from any webpage or any video streaming sites.

Download IDM here

3. FlashGet Download Manager [FDM]

flashGet Download manager

When we are talking about the best download managers then how can we miss FlashGet Download Manager. This supports HTTP, FTP, BT and eMule and few other protocols for downloading files from Internet.

Features of FDM:

  • It increases download speed by 6-10x.
  • Efficient file management feature.
  • 100% Free.
  • It uses very low system resource.
  • Checks the files for viruses, spyware, and adware.

Download FDM here

4. Download Accelerator Plus [DAP]

download accelerator plus

Another good name in the list DAP. This was my first download manager which I have used. It’s nice, and it has all the features which most of the download managers offer.

Features of DAP:

  • As the name says, it accelerates all the downloads you perform with it
  • You can watch a video while it is
  • You can view information about the files before downloading to know whether the link is valid or not.
  • It can download videos from different sites and can convert them to any format for free.
  • It can convert videos to MP3 as well.
  • You will be able to see what antiviruses say about the file which you are going to download.
  • It is available in 48 languages.

Download DAP here

5. Internet Download Accelerator [IDA]

internet-download-accelerator

IDA is just download manager software which also accelerates the download speed by splitting a file into multiple parts.

Features of IDA:

  • It has FTP Explorer;
  • It supports scheduling of downloads.
  • It supports resume downloads.
  • It offers to control the speed of download.
  • Dial for dial-up connection;
  • Search for files, programs, games, and music.
  • It offers toolbar for IE and Firefox.

Download IDA here

Final words

Download managers are required if you are frequent downloader because these help you manage all your downloads with their efficient file management system as well as they accelerate the download speed to a greater extent.

I have shared the 5 free download managers which are best ones in my Opinion. Let me know which one is your favourite.

Comments (16)

  • Hi Atish,

    I’ve only downloaded a few movies from Hulu. Other than that, I was afraid I would break my computer lol.

    Now I know how to do it. I do need to use a download manager. I have both a mac and pc. I wouldn’t mind loading movies on my pc because it is easier to replace just in case I get a virus or anything else.

    Great to know how this works and what download manager to use.

    Thanks so much … Now I can make some pop corn and watch a movie!

    -Donna
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      Hi Donna,

      I am glad that you liked the post. Enjoy the movies at your home!

      I would recommend using the Free download manager as I am using it and it is more than awesome.

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  • İ am using the Download Accelerator Plus and I am so much satisfied with it for almoıst 4 years. İ strogly advise you to use tis one as it has very useful tools for dowloading any kind of files from Web.
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      DAP is indeed cool. This was my first download manager. Thanks for sharing your favorite.

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  • Hey Atish, i am also using DAP for my pc for downloading. DAP is indeed a great for many downloads. Its various features also made my friends to prefer one to use.
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  • Hello Atish,

    I like to watch movie in my laptop. I use utorrent for downloading movies and tutorial. You know that downloading from a software is quite difficult when internet speed is slow. Sometime I need to resume the download if the internet connection is disconnected. From your article I get ideas what are the benefits of download manager and how it works. Here I have got a list of download manger. I will select one of them and I will download movies and tutorial without any hassle.

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article.

    Thanks & regards,

    Moumita Ghosh

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      Thanks for sharing your views Moumita. I am sure you liked the list and will choose one from here.

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  • Hey Atish!
    I am using Internet Downloader Manager and Utorrent for downloading movies , softwares and others things.
    thanks for sharing these softwares.
    Nice Article!
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  • I’ve Used the above 2 one’s before.. Does we need to upgrade with premium plan for better performance.. 😉
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  • Hello Atish, These Download Managers really works tremendous. I’ve downloaded lot of videos, mp3s and other format files without any trouble. Its doubled up downloading speed. Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • Hi Atish,
    Thanks for introducing these awesome Download Manager for Windows. I have only used IDM before and remove it for several issue from my PC. Now going to try another Download Manager from Your List.
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  • Hi, Atish. Thanks for the article, I’ll try a couple of managers.

    I have enjoyed IDM on my windows 7 for a long time. For comfortable work, I even bought a license key.
    IDM – fast, powerful tool but the developers still have not been able to do the normal interface.
    I use Folx on MacBook. It’s simple, fast, interesting interface.
    Why is it so hard to do normal interface in IDM like in Mac’s oriented download managers?

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  • Nice work..
    for me DAP & IDM Rock.

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  • Hey I prefer you all to download the one and only the best internet download manager, I tried the trial version before and after using it believe me I haven’t switched a download manager. You people can also download the trial or full version online

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