It has always been a painful experience to downloading files from the internet, and even today slow servers and network congestion can cause downloading big files a real pain. That’s the reason why you need a dedicated download manager, and the unimaginatively-named Free Download Manager is a great tool for the task.
Free Download Manager allows you to download same file from several sources, which means that if one particular server is slow, it can change to the fastest available one instead.
It deserves to note Free Download Manager’s interesting history; it was originally proprietary software, and was later released under the GNU General Public License (though source code for versions 5 and later isn’t available). Therefore, you have to be careful where you download it, but other distributors are free to bundle it with potentially unwanted programs that could really spoil your day.
You can either draw torrent files into Free Download Manager, or copy the URL of a file and click the plus icon to start saving it. It really is as straightforward as that. All current and finished file downloads all display with a thumbnail image, the current speed and a progress bar in a searchable list, helping it easy to find the file you want.
You can download all types of files this way, involving YouTube videos (provided you have permission from the copyright holder, of course). When you’ve pasted a video URL, you’ll be prompted to select a file name, format, and quality. Then just begin downloading.
You can adjust how much traffic downloads are accounting for, set priorities for torrents and drag and drop URLs from web browsers, and there can be extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer and Safari. There’s also a handy Snail Mode for getting files at slow speeds without closing connections – very useful if you have other work to be getting on with online.
Free Download Manager very straightforward and user-friendly, but if you work into any difficulty the project’s forums are a perfect resource. You can also share your ideas for new features here, and report bugs in need of a great squishing.