Do you download a lot of things? Then I am sure that you must be aware of the Microsoft Download Manager. But if you are looking for a free download manager with some advanced features, you might want to check out this list of what we think are among the 5 best freeware in this category. Check them out and let us know which one is your favorite for Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Free Download Managers for Windows
Free Download Manager, also known as FDM, is a very good free download manager and download accelerator program for Windows OS. It is and handy and easy-to-use tool. With its user-friendly GUI, you will find it very easy to manage and track your downloads. It even has an built-in uploader that supports uploading any content, which you can share with your friends. You would be surprised to know that FDM also supports HTTP/HTTPs/Bit-torrent downloads via using Bit-torrent protocols. Here is a list of its features in brief:
- Built-in file uploader
- Download Accelerator
- HTTP/FTP/ Bit-torrent support
- Safely download the files
- Supports remote downloads
- Broken downloads can be resumed
- Support for adjusting traffic usage
- Available in many languages.
GetGo is another free download manager with some interesting and cool features. It offers integration with different browsers and allows you to track and completely manage your downloads from an interesting UI. Check out the features of this program:
- Integrates with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
- Batch downloads
- Schedule your downloads
- Accelerates your downloads
- Can resume your broken downloads
- Easy downloading option for Facebook and more.
Do remember to uncheck the option to install the Ask Toolbar in the case of GetGo, if asked.
FlashGet uses multi-server Hyper-threading Transportation technique and optimization arithmetic to split and then simultaneously downloaded the files. It supports HTTP, BT, FTP, eMule and other protocols and supports downloading from many websites. Check out the other features of the program:
- Fast UI
- Easy to use
- Customize the skins
- Accelerates the downloads
- Supports various protocols
- Tracks and Manage your downloads.
Orbit is a another feature-rich download manager, devoted to Web 2.0. It also shows support for downloading directly from many websites. But before you decide to download the video or audio from the websites, please read the terms of that website and ensure that you are allowed to download them. Have a look on feature list to know the program better:
- Supports Tags
- Supported downloads from social networks
- Extreme download acceleration
- Easy to use GUI
- Very light
- Large Browser support
- Support for Metalink downloads
- Support for different protocols
- Supports proxy configuration.
All open-source lovers, this one is for you. uGet is a free and open source download manager that comes up with many features. As it is open source, you can get the code and customize it to your needs. uGet is relatively simple and easy to use. It can be used from command-line interface, programmers would love to do so. Here is its features-list:
- Open Source
- Light Weight and Easy to use
- Can resume your broken downloads
- Categorized download option
- Queue downloads
- Import downloads from HTML files
- Batched Downloading
- Can be used from a command line interface.
Do note that it requires GTK+ Runtime Environment, which gets downloaded separately during installation if you do not already have it on your Windows computer.
EagleGet is the latest download manager to enter this camp.
Using some other freeware download manager? Let us know if we missed your favorite!
Go here if you are looking for a free Download Manager for Windows Home Server.