Given that we have over 100 free download managers available, the need to do a thorough search for an ideal freeware is a no-brainer. Before clicking the install button, you have to ask yourself a couple questions like, is the software compatible with your OS? Is the UI good enough for you? Can the software handle the type of content you download on a regular, and is it easy to track your downloads when you’re all done?
Most importantly, you need to ask yourself the question of the moment: do you actually need the software or are you simply having another mimetic desire?
According to me, an excellent download experience goes beyond download speeds and tackles the issue of safety of the download as well. With that said, I have 7 suggestions that are definitely worth the try due to the fact that they take into account all the aforementioned aspects of an efficient downloader.
Free Download Manager
Free Download Manager is an excellent tool for Windows OS. It is compatible with retro operating systems like XP, 2003, Vista and Windows 7. This tool also plays out well with modish OS including Windows 8 and 10.
This is important considering that the old-fashioned operating systems are slowly being phased out of the market. Free Download manager has a user-friendly GUI and since it has a built-in uploader, it supports download of any content. Users can also resume broken downloads and continue from the last download level.
Just like IDM, EagleGet has an excellent download technique where it splits your file into several parts and downloads them simultaneously, consequently making the download process faster. The tool imports lists from other download managers as well, which means it can take over tasks that other software may not handle properly.
Probably the biggest benefit that comes with this software is the unique ability to ‘automatically restart’ expired download links, something commonly experienced with closed source download managers. The software is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10 (32-bit/64-bit). You can even use it to scan downloaded files for viruses.
Check out our heads on EagleGet IDM comparison to know how good EagleGet can get.
FlashGet Download Manager
Besides its compatibility with Windows XP, Vista, 2008, 7, 8 (32-Bit/64-Bit), FlashGet can be used with Ubuntu and Mac OS. This software is built to handle downloads of single but large files. Due to the excellent ability to manage downloaded files, this software boasts of the most number of users on the internet.
Xtreme Download Manager
A major strong point for the Xtreme Download Manager is the fact that it does not require installation. This is because its coding is pure Java. Being relatively new, it is compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10. Its integration with Chrome, Internet explorer, Opera Mini and other web browsers is also flawless. Xtreme Download Manager has an ability to increase download speeds up-to an impressive 500%.
uGet Download Manager
The reason why I love this download manager so much is the fact that it can be manipulated the way you want it. Users can play around with the code and come up with a bespoke tool that suits your needs. It is lightweight, supports batch downloading and queue downloads.
uGet allows users to resume downloads even when the connection drops. It can be integrated to FireFox using FlashGot, which you can achieve using a clipboard monitor. uGet is compatible with Ubuntu and Windows OS.
FreeRapid Download Manager
The download manager has an extremely easy to use approach. Simply copy and paste your link to this application and the process will be on its way. This tool works perfectly with all Windows OS, Linux, and Mac OS.
It is extremely popular perhaps because it has an easy to use the approach that does not include clicking different icons and waiting so long for the download process to end. For the most part, it is automated, with an automated shutdown option and automated plugin updates.
INetGet is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (32-Bit/64-Bit). It supports automatic resuming of downloads and uses multi-thread downloads to accomplish the download process. It has a drag drop link for initiation of download. Nonetheless, to use this software, your computer needs a hard disk space of 10MB and above and a RAM of 128 MB.
My vote for the best download manager goes to EagleGet. Why. You might ask. Well, I have been using it for over two years now and it is a breeze! EagleGet is faster than IDM and a lot simpler to use. If you are truly seeking a pleasant download experience, I would gladly recommend this tool for you. Whether you are tech savvy or a ‘modest power user’, EagleGet will never let you down.
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