Best Free IDM Alternatives

Internet Download Manager also known as IDM is a software or a tool that is used in browsing integration, for speed acceleration and managing, scheduling, recovering and resuming downloads. It also has the ability to restore interrupted downloads due to unforeseeable circumstances or situations. Unfortunately, this amazing software is only available and supports Windows OS only. In addition to that, it only offers 30-day trial period and after which you will need to subscribe to its paid version for you to be able to continue using the software. With this, if you are looking for the same service and software that will provide you the same use and function, and at the same time that will not require any payment, then, you came to the right place as through this article, we will feature free IDM alternatives which you could check and try.

1. JDownloader

JDownloader is one of the best free downloader managers that comes with open sourced function. Aside from that, this download manager includes features that are very similar with IDM’s. It could also resume downloads, apply themes, multilingual support and even set bandwidth limitations.

Aside from the features mentioned above, JDownloader also has the ability to solve CAPTCHAs by automatically by itself. This means, if ever you come across a CAPTCHA, before you get the link that you wish to download, this software will automatically solve the CAPTCHA right away.

JDownloader supports not only windows but also Linux, Java-based OS and Mac.

2. EagleGet

EagleGet is another download manager that is very lightweight and is available for Windows. It also comes with similar features and functions as IDM’s. It includes features such as 6 times accelerated download speeds, setting speed limits, browser integration and ability to apply themes. The advantage of this download manager over IDM is it does not require an anti-virus program on your computer but has its own malware checker.

One amazing function that EagleGet could do is refreshing expired downloaded addresses without having to restart from the beginning which saves you time. Aside from that, it could also import your downloaded list from other downloader manager to EagleGet itself. Hence, if you are moving from IDM to EagleGet, you will not have to worry about your pending downloads.

3. Free Download Manager

This tool is a great option for replacing and could work as an alternative for IDM and as what its name implies, this download manager is free. It could accelerate your downloads and could schedule it as well. It could even resume your broken and stopped downloads from when it was interrupted. Moreover, good news for BitTorrent lovers as Free Download Manager supports

BitTorrent. Through this download manager, you will be able to add magnet links and torrent files to it. Then, it will be downloaded as usual. This Free Download Manager is compatible with Windows and Mac.

4. FlashGet

Just as what its name says, this download manager promises fast speed downloads. It could actually accelerate your downloads up to 10 times faster. It also allows its users to create their own unlimited download categories and it will tap your anti-virus program automatically right after your download is complete. It also offers integrated offline reader which makes this download manager a tough competition of IDM.

5. Internet Download Accelerator

The Internet Download Accelerator is one of the most favorite download managers by many. It comes with numerous features that are very useful in downloading such as scheduling, video and MP3 downloading, five times faster downloading speed, multilingual support and at the same time it also has a lot of IDM similarity features but is better as it offers these services for free.

Though this download manager is free for personal use, it also offers a pro version for commercial use. However, this said version is a paid version, it comes only with a price of $9.95 per user.

The Pro version offers more features such as FTP explorer, site manager and download speed control. Aside from that, you will not experience any annoying advertisements while using this paid version of internet download accelerator.

6. uGet Download Manager

uGet Download Manager is one of the download managers that supports open-source projects. It also comes with basic functions and features. It is lightweight and it is compatible with numerous different platforms.

This download manager could download multiple files simultaneously, schedule downloads and resume paused downloads. uGet supports Windows, macOS and Linux.

7. Download Ninja

Download Ninja is a great option and alternative for IDM. In fact, it is also a great alternative for DownThemAll! for Google Chrome. Download Ninja is an extension wherein you do not have to download it to your system for it to do its job. All you have to do is to add it to your Chrome browser and start enjoying its functions. Through Download Ninja you will also experience the same functions as with IDM- speed limiting, multilingual support, download resume, acceleration and applying of themes. In addition to these similar functions, Download Ninja also offers

features such as shred data and metadata of downloads. This means your downloads are kept private.

8. DownThemAll!

If you are a Firefox user, DownThemAll! is perfect for you. You could add it to your browser and with it being an add-on, it comes with a lot of features that are also similar to IDM. It allows its users to one click download and do filtered downloading. It also offers 4x faster downloading and resume downloads. The only difference this downloader to IDM is it works not only on Windows but also on other platforms that is compatible with Firefox.

Bonus: Wget

Wget is not a download manager but rather is a command line program which is used to retrieve content from web servers through the use of scripts. Though this command line program seems to be very complicated and difficult to use, it is actually very easy to use and is not as difficult as it sounds.


Downloading is one of the most basic activity everyone does whenever one is online and this could be a daunting task without the use any tool that will provide assistance in making your download activity easier and faster.

IDM is a great tool for downloading files however, there are a lot of other download managers that have similar features and functions and at the same time offers its services for free. It is also available to other operating systems and we hope that through this article, we were able to help you find alternatives.

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