Free Download Manager v3.9.7 build 1638

billon on 8 Nov 2017
  • 17MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 27 Oct 2017
  • Suggested by Sydney2K

Free Download Manager (FDM) is a feature-rich tool for handling and accelerating downloads. Includes a site explorer, offline website downloader, scheduler, video downloader (YouTube, Google Video etc.), BitTorrent support and more. An included media file preview prevents downloading mislabeled music or video while a ZIP file preview tool saves download time and bandwidth by selectively removing unneeded parts. A hash check capability can verify downloads and the program can be controlled remotely over the Internet (fdmwi.exe).

Especially useful to overcome unreliable/slow connections that require frequent download restarts, when bandwidth is at a premium, or for very large files.

Alternatively, Free Download Manager Portable is available, as well as a "lite" version, which has not been tested for portability.

NOTE: The program will now prompt for upgrade to the newest version on startup, which is not portable (thanks Joby) and uses a closed-source license.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder. It writes some values to the registry, but these are not related to any user settings.
Dependencies: WinXP: requires Service Pack 3 or above
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer (v3.9.7) and install to the default folder
  2. Run the program and from the menu, select "File" - "Create Portable Version" and copy to a folder of your choice
  3. Uninstall the program
  4. Delete unins000.exe and unins000.dat
  5. Launch fdm.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Web Downloader
What's new?
  • Firefox 57+ support.

27 comments on Free Download Manager  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

deep 2007-10-01 18:37

portable version writes to the registry:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\FreeDownloadManager.ORG\Free Download Manager
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\FreeDownloadManager.ORG\Free Download Manager\Settings
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\FreeDownloadManager.ORG\Free Download Manager\Settings\Monitor
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\FreeDownloadManager.ORG\Free Download Manager\Settings\Update
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\FreeDownloadManager.ORG\Free Download Manager\Settings\View
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\FreeDownloadManager.ORG\Free Download Manager\Settings\View\Loc
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\FreeDownloadManager.ORG\Free Upload Manager
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\FreeDownloadManager.ORG\Free Upload Manager\Settings
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\FreeDownloadManager.ORG\Free Upload Manager\Settings\Integration

Andrew Lee 2007-10-03 16:48

@deep: That's why I marked it as "Stealth: No". But none of the registry entries it creates are related to user settings. They are just working entries, so it is EXE + settings portable, just not stealth.

Cosmo 2008-05-06 05:38

I've tried to make it portable but it doesn't integrate with browser. In the not portable version it work great.. Any suggestion?

Terje 2008-06-18 08:48

Regarding problem integrating it to browser.
An easy solution, is to install the FF-extension 'flashgot'. Through flashgot you can set your default down. manager through browsing.

tun 2009-01-04 05:38

How can I install plugins to portable FDM ?

BGM 2009-01-10 18:04

I think this FDM works great, but I don't find it very portable. I have "created" the portable version from the file menu and indeed, it has created it. But it won't remember its settings. I sure wish it had an ini file. It remembers its download folder correctly, but so many of the other options I set for it are forgotten every time. It is really dissapointing.

Dejano 2009-01-19 01:30

BGM: Ive found that the settings is forgotten to. The settings is saved in \data\settings.dat but that file "forgets" the settings each time you restart FDM. Hope the developers see this and fixes the settings saving!!!

Hodder 2009-03-01 11:37

@BGM, @Dejano:
I had same problem, but I've changed "service files" folder (Settings>General>Misc>Advanced) to ".\Data" (folder I've found in FDM dir) and... everything works fine!

fsr 2009-04-10 11:21

Found the entries deep mentioned and also:

HKU\S-1-5-21-4014990344-446842713-1762232497-1000\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\MuiCache
HKU\S-1-5-21-4014990344-446842713-1762232497-1000_Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\MuiCache
HKLM\SYSTEM\Software\Comodo\Firewall Pro\Configurations\0\Firewall\Policy\69
HKLM\SYSTEM\Software\Comodo\Firewall Pro\Configurations\0\Firewall\Policy\69
HKLM\SYSTEM\Software\Comodo\Firewall Pro\Configurations\0\HIPS\Policy\1
HKLM\SYSTEM\Software\Comodo\Firewall Pro\Configurations\0\HIPS\Policy\1
HKU\S-1-5-21-4014990344-446842713-1762232497-1000\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\MuiCache
HKU\S-1-5-21-4014990344-446842713-1762232497-1000_Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\MuiCache

Several registry temporary keys and values are also created (but removed on FDM shutdown)

Thanks, it worked for me.

BTW if you use Lite version (no torrent support or video conversion) you can redure HDD/USB stick space up to 6 MB.

Tpig 2009-05-16 03:21

Good downloader, work great for me.
You can strip this neat app down to just 1.5mb.
Only these files are needed:
- Data\*
- fdm.exe
- fdm.tlb
- fdmcs.dat
- msvcp60.dll
- player.swf
- vistafx.dll
Finally, use upx to pack fdm.exe and u get it.

BGM 2009-06-26 21:49

After some headaches and persistence and a few tweaks, I have been using FDM now for quite awhile as a portable download manager. There is no other prog out there that is as versatile as this. I highly recommend it. You need to know a few tricks however:
1. Let the settings stay in the "current user's data folder". It will remember most of its settings, but not all.
2. To set the download folder to a folder on your USB drive, you need to know that the relative path to the USB drive is: %sdrive%
3. As of version 3.0 build 848 you cannot turn off "automatic updates" for FDM. You also cannot remove the context menu entries from IE (or its clonies who embed IE)
4. You can only download video from certain websites which FDM is pre-programmed to handle.
5. You can turn on and off the torrent-download capability and it does work.
6. There are many filters, but the one you want to see the most is called: "Not completed and recent" which is basically the list of downloads you are now working with.
7. If you find your web-browser slowing to a crawl, then know that FDM has three download speed settings which control how much bandwidth it consumes. If your browser is too slow it is because FDM is using a lot of bandwidth. The best thing to do is to set your options in the "Network" part to "Decrease traffic on browser activity", which will automatically free your bandwidth when you browse.
-God bless! -BGM

I hope that helps someone!

a 2010-04-15 22:11

I think this version doesn't write to the registry, unfortunately it doesn't save settings either.

AAA 2010-04-16 02:30

I think this may help but don't understand it.

Jon Wright 2010-04-16 18:39

As far as I can see, source is not available for this build.

Jon Wright 2010-04-22 05:26

To clarify: The source was released more than one year ago but for the unofficial update released more than six months ago no source was released - nether has it been released for the two recent official builds. Version 3.0 should be classified as "source has been released twice", rather than "open source". The developer gave a not-terribly-encouraging reply in the forum when asked whether the code for v3.4 - currently in alpha - would be released.

tpig 2010-04-23 11:58

Work great.

I agree to BGM, it work great after some headache. But after you set everything right, it will work fine.

If you downloaded the lite version (of couse, uTorrent work better and smaller than it's torrent extension), you can pack everythings into 1.4mb and work portably.

After trial and error, here is required file list:
Data\* -- contains your settings

skod 2010-07-14 11:19

i cant download from youtobe :(

Samantha 2010-08-08 11:17

Good Program, but I use [Sharing Max]
which actually helps me a lot while downloading stuff , it's fast , easy to use ,
can download a lot of stuff at the same time,It has an option for automatically downloading all links at the page whenever you enter a new site &
it helps me while downloading videos from you tube or so
, I just give it the link & it's it's own problem then
Plus it's Free!!

Abhishek 2011-02-25 04:58

Hey, I am using build 852 and its gr8. Just do a lil bit of settings to customize as per your need.
It also integrates itself in IE and may be other browsers also, and these integrations disappear as soon as you close it.
Now, thats what you call portable !!

V3.0 build 852

abc 2011-12-28 16:59

An update, what a nice surprise. Back when Firefox was always crashing between downloads and browsing this thing was indispensable. Since then Firefox has become much more stable and ad-dons Video Download Manager, DownThemAll, DownloadStatusBar have matured in development and are very well integrated into the browser they pretty much turn external download managers into unnecessary clutter. But I'll have to have a go at this, it's been a few years since I tried it. Also the new version uses VS2010 which only supports Win XP to Win 7, the entry should reflect that.

V3.8 build 1173

webfork 2011-12-28 17:35

abc: couldn't find any specific documentation about supported OS's but its clear that it supports Win7 so I added that.

V3.8 build 1173

abc 2012-08-08 17:54

Alternative, possibly stealth Free Download Manager Portable:

V3.9 build 1249

lautrepay 2012-08-09 19:27

@abc: A link to Free Download Manager Portable was added. Thanks!

V3.9 build 1249

Napiophelios 2012-08-13 06:21

The PAF launcher isnt really stealth either (unless you already have these registry keys,which I didnt),
it creates several registry entries for me:

Keys added:4
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\User Agent
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\User Agent\Post Platform
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-73586283-839522115-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1390067357-73586283-839522115-500\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\Software

V3.9 build 1249

bzl333 2015-02-24 05:17

Excellent program. Seems to have everything that my commercial downloader program (IDM) has and more. Didn't test for browser integration or website downloader because i don't really need, but everything else works great.

v3.9.4 build 1482

webfork 2015-04-26 21:34

Love this program particularly for infrequent or bad internet connections. Helps restart, resume, and find the best connections for downloads. I also use it for the occasional Linux or other big file distribution torrent.

v3.9.5 build 1537

shnbwmn 2016-01-07 20:31

The best download manager. Period.

v3.9.7 build 1625

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