Free Download Manager v3.9.7 build 1641

billon on 13 Dec 2018
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  • Released on 14 Nov 2018
  • 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.

Runs on: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: 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? See:

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

kiwichick888 2022-09-04 18:53

I've just installed the latest standard version v6.17.0 and it has an option to create a portable version.

v3.9.7 build 1641

shnbwmn 2016-01-07 20:31

The best download manager. Period.

v3.9.7 build 1625

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

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

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

lautrepay 2012-08-09 19:27

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

V3.9 build 1249

abc 2012-08-08 17:54

Alternative, possibly stealth Free Download Manager Portable:

V3.9 build 1249

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 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

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

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