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Free Download Manager
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Free Download Manager in Windows Vista
Developer(s) Free Download Manager development team
Initial release 2004
Stable release 3.0 build 848  (2009-10-28; 2 months ago) [+/−]
Written in C++
Operating system Windows
Available in Multilingual
Development status Active
Type Download manager, BitTorrent client
License GPL version 3 [1]

Free Download Manager is a free open source graphical download manager for the Microsoft Windows operating system.

FDM was previously proprietary software, but with the release of version 2.5 it is now free software. Free Download Manager received a 2007 Webuser Gold Award.[2]



  • Translations into several languages.
  • The GUI presents several tabs that organise types of downloads and allow access to different features in the program.
  • Download information view that shows each downloads progress bar, file preview, community opinions if any are written for that download and a log showing connection status.
  • Drop box for file drag-and-drop.
  • HTTP & FTP download support.
  • Batch downloading support for downloading a set of files.
  • BitTorrent support (based on Libtorrent).
  • Metalink support, for easy downloading from mirrors.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Uploads - Allows users to upload and share files with other users.
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.


FDM interfaces with the following web browsers:


See also

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