Many users download numerous amounts of files such as MP3, videos, softwares everyday. By default many browsers come with their own download managers but they are not optimal as they do not provide you with advanced functions such as resuming downloads, segregating downloads, finding multiple sources etc.
Many a times your Internet connection may stop while you are downloading huge files and in such cases you will have to start downloading the file from start. Imagine cases where you have already downloaded 95% of the file you downloading and you face a Internet connection breakdown. Instead of starting over from 95% you will have start downloading the whole file again.
Download Managers are tools that allow you to resume downloads, pause them, segregate them into different folders and automatically look for multiple sources of the same file. If you look back at the above scenario if you would have used a download manager to download your file the download would start from 95% again.
In addition to that they even boost the speed of your downloads as they download the files as different packets and then rejoin them on the PC making the download faster.
Today we will look at the top 3 download managers that allow you to manage your downloads and are free.
Free Download Manager
Free Download Manager (FDM) is another powerful tool which allows you to manage your downloads. Opposed to the other softwares FDM is completely free and a Open Source software. So every version of FDM has the same features and you do not have to buy the softwares to unlock advanced features.
FDM allows you to download files using the BitTorrent protocol in addition to the regular HTTP and FTP protocol downloads. They also support downloading FLV files from sites like YouTube, Google etc.
FDM comes completely free under a General Public License (GPL) so you are not tied on any of the features they provide with the software.
Free Download Manager also allows you to adjust traffic usage so that you are not using a major chunk of it for the downloads. Likewise you can easily resume and pause downloads in addition to organizing and scheduling them.
If you want to download a whole website you can easily do that with their tool called HTML Spider. So if you are looking at a site that shows you recipes and want it as reference even when you are not online you can easily do that with FDM.
When you are downloading zip files and do not want to download the entire files you can easily do that with FDM. They also provide you with a Upload Manager using which you can easily upload and share your files with family and friends.
The best feature which I liked was that you can control the downloads remotely from another PC, so if you are at office and want to use the downloaded files at home you can easily schedule it a home using this feature.
There are tons of other features which makes Free Download Manager a must have software for you.
Download: Free Download Manager
Download Accelerator Plus
Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) is one of my favorite softwares and is one of the best download managers I have ever used. DAP allows you to easily manage your downloads, resume them, pause them and also segregate them into different folders based on the file you are downloading.
You can also easily integrate DAP into Internet Explorer and Firefox so that whenever you are downloading a file DAP will automatically discover and show you the download options.
DAP optimizes your download speed by up to 400% and also allows you to schedule automatically put your PC into standby mode or hibernate it or even completely shut it down after a download has completed.
DAP will also automatically search for the best mirrors available for download of the file and show you the speed the servers provide you for downloads. You can easily choose the best mirror which provides you with better speed so your download completes faster.
Download: Download Accelerator Plus
Internet Download Manager
Another powerful download manager which allows you to manage your downloads. Internet Download Manager (IDM) easily integrates into various browsers and monitors files that need to be downloaded.
IDM boosts your download speed by up to 5 times your regular browser speed. It also provides you with a YouTube FLV file grabber which allows you to download and resume FLV files.
You can also schedule downloads and categorize them with IDM. In addition to can also drag and drop a link into IDM and it will automatically start downloading the file.
Download: Internet Download Manager
Which download manager do you use to download files from the Internet? Do let me know through your valuable comments. I would also love to know which one of these you would prefer to use. I used DAP for a long time but found the features of IDM too hard to resist. What about You?