Internet Download Manager, better known by its acronym IDM, is the best download manager out there. IDM is not a basic download manager but is a full-fledged download manager software with numerous dedicated advanced features targeted towards making downloading best in every way possible.
IDM automatically grabs downloads from webpages, searches and grabs every server from where the download is possible, automatically reconnects after temporary connection failure, etc. Though Internet Download Manager has good downloading speed and offers advanced functionality, the biggest shortcoming of the software is that you need to purchase a separate license for every system on which you want the software to use once its free 30-day trial period is over.
If you’re looking for best alternatives to your favorite download manager, check out the following list of 11 best alternatives to Internet Download Manager:
Download Accelerator Manager is a good replacement for IDM. It is completely free and gets easily integrated with your browser to grab downloads from your browser as soon as you click on a download link. The download managing software lets you resume download from an expired link. It has a lovely UI which displays download status in a flashy percentage figure.
Download Accelerator Plus is popularly known as DAP. It is one of the oldest download managers. The software is free and reliable. It eats a minute amount of your downloading speed because it needs to display ads with each download. Nonetheless, the software is free to use and is compatible with Windows and Mac. You can preview videos while downloading them with DAP.
EagleGet has a lot of similar features as that offered by IDM. The download manager is free to download and gets easily integrated with your browser. It lets you easily play and pause downloads with resume support. Moreover, the software displays a small downloading speed notification box which you can set anywhere on your desktop screen to keep an eye on downloading speed.
FlashGet has all the good features of a great download manager software. Other than browser integration and play/pause feature, the software lets you scan a file as soon as the download is complete. For scanning a file, FlashGet uses your installed antivirus software. It has a fancy GUI and displays a downloading speed notification box.
FreeRapid Downloader is a Java-based download manager. The IDM alternative is free to download and provides most of the best features of IDM. It offers a seamless browser integration and notifies you about downloading speed at every instant. FreeRapid Downloader lets you download directly from the URL and lets you schedule your downloads.
GetRight Download Manager is another best replacement for IDM. The software splits your downloading file into parts and then downloads them one by one for boosting downloading speed. It is a lightweight software with above-average performance. The software is free to use and is available for Windows.
Gozilla Downloader is best known for its capability to work with large-sized downloads. It has all important features of a decent download manager such as browser integration, downloading speed notification, download fetch directly from URL, and others. In order to provide a boost in downloading speed the download manager uses several servers to download a file.
Internet Download Accelerator is a new entry in the download manager niche. The software is growing immensely in popularity thanks to its rich feature list. Other than having first two words in its name common to IDM, it almost has all the features of Internet Download Manager. The best IDM-like feature boasted by IDA is splitting the file into 2 for a 2x boost in downloading speed.
JDownloader is an open source download manager. The software can be easily modified by someone with a knowledge of Java. It is free to use and is compatible with major platforms, namely Linux, Mac and Windows. You can manage and schedule downloads with the software. The only issue with JDownloader is that unlike IDM, it isn’t capable to concurrently start all downloads.
Mipony Downloader is free to use and is best-suited for downloading huge files. To impart a boost in downloading speed, it automatically optimizes your Internet connection. Along with browser integration, it also allows automatic download. Moreover, the download manager provides a remote control option.
Orbit Downloader is free to use and is fully compatible with Windows XP and newer versions. You can download any file directly from a URL using Orbit. Other than play/pause feature, it provides proxy server configuration. The software is also capable to resume downloads after a temporary interrupt.
Make sure to try all of the above-mentioned download managers until you find the most suitable for yourself.