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Download Managers Compared

Welcome to the definitive source for selecting the best internet download managers. We’ve completed another comprehensive research project to identify all download manager solutions that enable downloading of files in general.

We are not including tools that focus primarily on file sharing (like BitTorrent). We are also not including tools that have download management capabilities as a small, insignificant sub-feature. For example, the gaming platform Steam serves as a download manager of sorts, but it’s focus is on a very small, very specific set of files that it can download (games) so we would not include that.

People with slow internet connections stand to benefit from using a download manager. Efficient download managers greatly increase practical download speeds. For individuals who live in rural areas with unreliable internet service, a download manager makes good use of scarce resources. Other benefits include: automatic dialing up an internet provider at night, when congestion or rates are lower; downloading large files using a broadband connection; ability to resume a broken download; perform regular updating of downloaded material.

It pays to spend  some time researching the most optimum download manager for your application. Some download managers are built-in to the web browser. To learn more about different web browsers, check out: Top 50 Web Browser Alternatives.

We reached out to a cohort of industry experts to get some initial feedback on what features are most important in a download manager. We’ve ranked the top ten tools in our research according to their responses. This top ten list is continually updated as we get more feedback. But we highly suggest you participate in our custom download manager survey so you can layer in your own importance prioritization for each feature:






Top Ten
Download Manager Tools
as of April 2021

  1. Free Download Manager
  2. Turbo Download Manager
  3. Folx
  4. Mipony
  5. Download Master
  6. uGet
  7. Download Shuttle
  8. DownThemAll
  9. Internet Download Accelerator
  10. Ant Download Manager

Note: If we mark a specific solution as not having a particular feature, that only means we did not see that feature advertised in their public marketing content. We focus almost exclusively on publicly verifiable facts in our research.

Our analysts have done comprehensive research on more than 35 download managers. They collected over 300 data points, 64 integrations, and more than 900 feature points. We put together a scatter plot that ranks each download manager solution based on two dimensions: Download Manager Feature Strength and Download Manager Business Strength.

Download Manager Feature Strength is a number that was calculated by looking at how many features each tool had, and the relative, subjective importance of each feature.

Likewise, Download Manager Business Strength is a number that was derived from certain business-related qualities of each company, and our own (subjective) scoring of the importance of those qualities. There too, you’ll want to give your own importance rating to derive your own, custom scatter plot:

Of special importance is the field titled, Top Five Other Download Manager Tools with Most Similar Features, in Order. For each tool, we looked at the feature sets of competitors to come up with their top closest competitors from a data-driven, feature-focused perspective.

You can also click here to jump straight to the list of features that we’ve uncovered for each download-manager solution.  Also, you’ll want to take our survey to layer in your own feature importance scoring before deciding on a solution.

We want this research report to be mobile-friendly, so we’ve nested five different methods of ranking these download manager tools. Click on each to expand the ordered list:





We hope this publication will save you or your teams dozens of hours of research in your quest for the best download manager. Bookmark this page, and be sure to share it with your colleagues. We built a custom framework around this data, so it is almost trivial for us to add, remove, or update the data as download manager solutions change over time. We love feedback so please engage with us in the comments below!

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Download Manager Tools are listed below in no particular order:

Ninja Download Manager


Ninja Download Manager

Ninja Download Manager Comparison Details

Free trial: Not Available

Pricing: $19

Feature summary: As a user, you control the entire download process. Schedule downloads, pause downloads, change formats and much more.

Age of Software/Company: 4.3 Yrs

Distinctive features:

Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox



  • Free Download Manager


    Free Download Manager

    Free Download Manager Comparison Details

    Free trial: Limited

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: Great for speeding up all kinds of downloads, and organizing downloaded files.

    Age of Software/Company: 17.0 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Industry thought leadership blog: Click to visit blog.

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari



  • JDownloader


    JDownloader

    JDownloader Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: Open-source and free, Jdownloader saves the user valuable time with fast downloading of files. A quality tool with a large group of developers.

    Age of Software/Company: 13.2 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome



  • EagleGet


    EagleGet

    EagleGet Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: Nice looking user interface, speeds up connections, checks file integrity and much more.

    Age of Software/Company: 8.7 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera
  • Vivaldi



  • Internet Download Manager


    Internet Download Manager

    Internet Download Manager Comparison Details

    Free trial: 30 Days

    Pricing: $19.56 / 2 and more PCs

    Feature summary: Greatly increases download speeds, able to resume downloads, schedule downloads, provides an easy graphic interface and more.

    Age of Software/Company: 19.0 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • 27 Tools-in1 Wichio Browser
  • 32bit Web Browser
  • 550 Access Browser
  • Ace Explorer
  • Advanced Browser
  • AOL
  • AutoSurf
  • Avant Browser
  • Bluto
  • BrowseMan
  • Chrome
  • CrystalPort AppCapture
  • Cygsoft LDAP Browser
  • Eminem Browser
  • Enigma Browser
  • Fast Browser Pro
  • FineBrowser Freeware
  • GoSuRF
  • Internet Explorer
  • K-Meleon
  • Kopassa Browser
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • MSN Explorer
  • MyIE2
  • Net M@nager
  • NetCaptor
  • Netscape
  • Netscape Communicator
  • Opera
  • Optional Desktop
  • Smart Explorer
  • Smartalec Voyager
  • The Family Browser
  • The Off By One Web Browser
  • UltraBrowser
  • WindowSurfer
  • WrestlingBrowser
  • XANA Web Browser



  • uGet


    uGet

    uGet Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: Open source, powerful, and lightweight, uGet provides users with a very efficient download manager.

    Age of Software/Company: 8.3 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Industry thought leadership blog: Click to visit blog.

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome
  • Chromium
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera
  • Vivaldi



  • Xtreme Download Manager


    Xtreme Download Manager

    Xtreme Download Manager Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: Integrates well with Google Chrome and other browsers, triple increase or more, of download speeds, enables resuming of downloads, and converting files to another format, etc.

    Age of Software/Company: 2.3 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome
  • Chromium
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera
  • Vivaldi



  • Internet Download Accelerator


    Internet Download Accelerator

    Internet Download Accelerator Comparison Details

    Free trial: Limited

    Pricing: Single Lifetime Licence $9.95

    Feature summary: Customizable user interface and user-friendly, the WestByte Internet Download Accelerator can resume broken downloads, and works with FTP, HTTP, and HTTPS servers.

    Age of Software/Company: 18.2 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Netscape
  • Opera
  • Safari
  • Vivaldi
  • Yandex



  • Free Rapid Downloader


    Free Rapid Downloader

    Free Rapid Downloader Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: User-friendly Free Rapid Downloader supports downloads from many file-sharing services. No more long waiting for your download.

    Age of Software/Company: 16.6 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:



    DownThemAll


    DownThemAll

    DownThemAll Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: Enables downloading of links or images from a website and a lot more. Provides robust customizable filters, allows users to pause, resume and schedule downloads at any time.

    Age of Software/Company: 3.6 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Industry thought leadership blog: Click to visit blog.

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera



  • GetGo Download Manager


    GetGo Download Manager

    GetGo Download Manager Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: Easy to use and flexible, GetGo Download Manager segments files by using multiple threads so downloads complete much faster.

    Age of Software/Company: 17.3 Yrs

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox



  • iGetter


    iGetter

    iGetter Comparison Details

    Free trial: Limited

    Pricing: $25 / 1-9 Licences / Units

    Feature summary: With effective, robust features, iGetter markedly improves download speeds using file segmenting. It also allows auto resume for broken downloads, provides various filtering, scheduling and more.

    Age of Software/Company: 20.1 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Camino
  • Chrome
  • iCab
  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • OmniWeb
  • Opera
  • Safari
  • SeaMonkey



  • Turbo Download Manager


    Turbo Download Manager

    Turbo Download Manager Comparison Details

    Free trial: Limited

    Pricing: Unknown

    Feature summary: Uses multi-threading to manage downloads, and integrates with many platforms. No more slow downloads.

    Age of Software/Company: 5.5 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Industry thought leadership blog: Click to visit blog.

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera



  • Motrix


    Motrix

    Motrix Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: Easy to use, Motrix provides a list of robust features. Supports BitTorrent and Magnet, among others.

    Age of Software/Company: 2.3 Yrs

    Industry thought leadership blog: Click to visit blog.

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:



    Persepolis Download Manager


    Persepolis Download Manager

    Persepolis Download Manager Comparison Details

    Free trial: Limited

    Pricing: Unknown

    Feature summary: Free, open source, and a graphical user interface for aria2, Persepolis is written in Python and greatly increases download speeds and improves organization.

    Age of Software/Company: 4.0 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome



  • Mipony


    Mipony

    Mipony Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: Mipony is made to improve, enhance and automate your download experience.

    Age of Software/Company: 11.5 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Industry thought leadership blog: Click to visit blog.

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:



    Getright


    Getright

    Getright Comparison Details

    Free trial: Limited

    Pricing: $19.95

    Feature summary: No more internet connection worries. GetRight greatly improves and boosts file downloads from the Internet.

    Age of Software/Company: 23.8 Yrs

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • AOL
  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • MSN Explorer
  • Netscape
  • Opera



  • Ant Download Manager


    Ant Download Manager

    Ant Download Manager Comparison Details

    Free trial: 30 Days

    Pricing: $26.95 Lifetime License

    Feature summary: AntDM is an efficient download manager for all your internet files. It integrates well with popular browsers.

    Age of Software/Company: 5.7 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • 360Chrome
  • Brave
  • Chedot
  • Chrome
  • CocCoc
  • Comodo Dragon
  • Comodo IceDragon
  • Maxthon6
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera
  • SlimJet
  • SRWare Iron
  • Torch
  • UC Browser
  • Vivaldi
  • Waterfox
  • Yandex



  • AriaNg


    AriaNg

    AriaNg Comparison Details

    Free trial: Limited

    Pricing: Unknown

    Feature summary: Provides an efficient layout and works well on mobile devices or desktop computers. AriaNg makes aria2 easier to use.

    Age of Software/Company: 7.2 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox



  • MigMigi


    MigMigi

    MigMigi Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: Free, supports popular browsers, and accelerates your downloads with many great features.

    Age of Software/Company: 2.5 Yrs

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:



    AWGG


    AWGG

    AWGG Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Unknown

    Feature summary: Advanced Wget Graphical User Interface is a frontend of popular download engines, for example: aria2, curl, wget, and youtube-dl. The goal is to bring together their functions in one efficient download manager.

    Age of Software/Company: 6 Mo

    Distinctive features:

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:



    KGet


    KGet

    KGet Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: User-friendly and versatile, KGet provides users with effective features that greatly improve their downloading experience.

    Age of Software/Company: 24.3 Yrs

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Konqueror



  • Download Master


    Download Master

    Download Master Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: Download Master offers a very efficient and user-friendly interface. No more waiting, increase your download speed significantly.

    Age of Software/Company: 18.2 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Netscape Communicator
  • Opera
  • Safari
  • Vivaldi
  • Yandex



  • Download Accelerator Manager


    Download Accelerator Manager

    Download Accelerator Manager Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: DAM efficiently segments the download file, uses connections effectively and keeps the connection stable. No more file-part-appending will save you time.

    Age of Software/Company: 12.5 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox



  • Net Transport


    Net Transport

    Net Transport Comparison Details

    Free trial: 30 Days

    Pricing: $29.95

    Feature summary: NetTransport, also known as NetXfer is a powerful manager for your downloads. It provides fast download speeds and now supports popular internet network relay systems.

    Age of Software/Company: 15.3 Yrs

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:



    MDownloader


    MDownloader

    MDownloader Comparison Details

    Free trial: Limited

    Pricing: Unknown

    Feature summary: A small but effective manager for downloading your files, MDownloader works with popular file hosting servers, and provides the ability to queue or resume downloads.

    Age of Software/Company: 20.8 Yrs

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:



    Maxel


    Maxel

    Maxel Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: An intelligent macOS download manager, Maxel really speeds up your downloads and provides resume and other great features.

    Age of Software/Company: 7.1 Yrs

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari



  • NeoDownloader


    NeoDownloader

    NeoDownloader Comparison Details

    Free trial: 30 Days

    Pricing: $19.95

    Feature summary: The perfect tool for bulk downloading any files, NeoDownloader shines when it comes to automatically downloading thousands of photos, videos, mp3s, wallpapers, etc.

    Age of Software/Company: 16.1 Yrs

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:



    FlareGet


    FlareGet

    FlareGet Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: $11.75

    Feature summary: For Mac, Windows, and Linux, FlareGet provides fast downloads, smart file management, and efficient browser integration.

    Age of Software/Company: 8.2 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome
  • Chromium
  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera
  • Safari



  • WFDownloader App


    WFDownloader App

    WFDownloader App Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: Bulk download URLs with patterns, download forum images and other media, use the app's built-in crawler for advanced link search, save download progress and resume at any time.

    Age of Software/Company: 3.5 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Industry thought leadership blog: Click to visit blog.

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:



    Folx


    Folx

    Folx Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: $19.95 / Personal License

    Feature summary: With a unique system of sorting and saving content, Folx for macOS offers convenient management, flexible settings, and more.

    Age of Software/Company: 18.5 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Industry thought leadership blog: Click to visit blog.

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera
  • Safari



  • Leech


    Leech

    Leech Comparison Details

    Free trial: Limited

    Pricing: $6

    Feature summary: Easily speed up your downloads with Leech. It is lightweight and provides download scheduling, limiting of bandwidth, and more great features.

    Age of Software/Company: 14.3 Yrs

    Industry thought leadership blog: Click to visit blog.

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:



    Checketry


    Checketry

    Checketry Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: Convenience is a high priority with Checketry. Users are able to follow the download progress on any device and from any location.

    Age of Software/Company: 4.1 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome



  • Download Shuttle


    Download Shuttle

    Download Shuttle Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: An exceedingly fast download manager, Download Shuttle for Mac allows downloading of multiple files quickly and provides help with password-protected files.

    Age of Software/Company: 12.1 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Industry thought leadership blog: Click to visit blog.

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome
  • Safari



  • DownloadStudio


    DownloadStudio

    DownloadStudio Comparison Details

    Free trial: Limited

    Pricing: $14.97

    Feature summary: A high-performance download manager, DownloadStudio allows users to download games, photos, streaming audio, streaming video to name a few.

    Age of Software/Company: 19.4 Yrs

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox



  • wxDownload Fast


    wxDownload Fast

    wxDownload Fast Comparison Details

    Free trial: Limited

    Pricing: Unknown

    Feature summary: Known also as wxDFast, this efficient manager is a cross-platform and multi-threaded download manager.

    Age of Software/Company: 16.5 Yrs

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:



    Fresh Download


    Fresh Download

    Fresh Download Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: User-friendly and fast, Fresh Download accelerates the downloading of files from the Internet. No more waiting, no charges, and no spyware.

    Age of Software/Company: 19.8 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Avant Browser
  • Crazy Browser
  • Firebird
  • Internet Explorer
  • Maxthon
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • MyIE2
  • Netscape Communicator
  • Opera
  • Slim Browser



  • FlashGet


    FlashGet

    FlashGet Comparison Details

    Free trial: Fully Free

    Pricing: Free

    Feature summary: With no spyware or adware, FlashGet is a popular manager that uses the Multi-server Hyper-threading Transportation process, supports numerous protocols and offers great document management aids.

    Age of Software/Company: 21.2 Yrs

    Distinctive features:

    Top five other Download Manager Tools with the most similar features, in order:

  • Chrome





  • FEATURE DESCRIPTIONS

    Download History

    Maintains a record of all files that a user has downloaded.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 38

    Download Videos

    It can download any type of video.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 38

    Download Music

    It can download audio or music of any type.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 38

    Download Documents

    It can download any type of documents.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 38

    Download Image(s)

    It can download any type of Image.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 38

    Windows Compatible

    Compatible with Windows Operating System.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 32

    Browser Extensions / Plugins

    Integrates with various browser extensions or plugins.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 29

    Pause and Resume

    Enables users to stop a download and resume at a later time, without having to start over. This is also useful for downloads that are interrupted for any reason.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 27

    Download Acceleration

    Increases download speeds by up to 2 times or more, by using multiple simultaneous connections.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 26

    Schedule Downloads

    Allows scheduling of downloads to start or stop whenever you want. This helps users to stay within the limits of their data plan.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 24

    Proxy Server Support

    Download using HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, Socks4 or Socks5 proxy servers, and MSS protocols.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 24

    Add Multiple Downloads

    Allows users to select a batch of files, all at once, to add to the download manager. Use new links or download them by selecting files from an extension or a dropdown menu.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 23

    Mac OS Compatible

    Compatible with Mac Operating System.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 19

    Supports Multi-Language

    The download manager can select or translate languages that are available on the tool.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 16

    Drag and Drop File(s)

    Allows users to select a file and move or drag it, to another location like the download manager. This is also useful for rearranging file download priority.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 12

    Linux Compatible

    Compatible with Linux Operating System.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 12

    Clipboard Monitor

    The clipboard monitor saves the clipboard history and logs a notice if sensitve info is copied and pasted using the clipboard.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 11

    Antivirus Checking

    Automatically checks for viruses, spyware, and malware attached to download files, and lets the user decide whether to delete them.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 11

    Speed Control

    You can control the speed of single or multiple downloads so that you can continue using the Internet while running the download.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 9

    Open Source Code

    Allows modification and distribution of the source code because it is designed to be publicly accessible.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 6

    Android Compatible

    Compatible with Android Operating System.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 6

    Sequential File Writing

    Enables users to download files, in order, from start to finish. Enables previewing of files, even before the download is finished.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 5

    Password Manager

    You can have a password on the download manager so that if someone uses your computer or phone, they won't pause or stop your download.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 3

    Data File Converter

    Provides a built-in converter that converts data files to a different file extension or format, according to what is available on the tool.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 2

    iOS Compatible

    Compatible with iOS, Apple mobile operating system.

    Number of Download Manager Tools that have this feature: 2

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