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Internet Download Manager: the perfect accelerator tool
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Do you imagine how many files you are downloading or saving to your computer? Many types are available with different types and sizes, for example books, videos, apps and many more. The built in windows download function is very slow, crippled and doesn’t support resume of your download if interrupted for any reason; (For example; network problems, lost connections, computer shutdowns and so on). You need to start download again. You can spend many hours to download a single file and you will need more effort to arrange your files into folders according to its type.

Internet Download Manager (IDM) is one of the most popular software that will increase the download speed up to 5 times, resume interrupted downloads and arrange your files in an automatic fast way. In addition, you can schedule your downloads to run at a specific time and speed. No need to spend your time downloading and saving

It uses a unique technology to accelerate your downloads through a smart download logic accelerator with intelligent dynamic file segmentation and safe multipart downloading. Compared to the other download accelerator apps, IDM segments files dynamically during download process. In addition, it reuses available connections without additional connect and login stages.

The program uses plugins that support all browsers. You can use it with any type of proxy and host files.

Homepage:

You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.

System Requirements:

The program needs minimum requirements. It can be installed on all windows versions (Windows XP to Windows 10). Both 32 and 64 bit systems are supported. Only 12 MB of free disk space and 512 Mb RAM is required.

Download:

The free trial is available for download from the official website. More easily you can download directly using this link: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.
There is a retail version that is available only after purchase. The link to the retail will be emailed to you with the license key.

Size: 5 Mb

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Current version:  6.29 build 2

Release date: Oct/06/2017

Installation:

Insatallation of the program is very easy and can be done in few seconds with a few mouse clicks.  No skills needed for installation. Simply double click on the installer file and follow simple on-screen instructions.
You can enjoy using the program and testing all its features for 30 days. This will give you enough time to test all the features offered by IDM. After the free trial is over, you need to have a license to continue using the app. The program will stop working and send a reminder window to purchase the program

Purchase:

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The developer team offers many options for purchase to suite the needs of all users. There are single or multiple device options. The licenses can be used for one year or lifetime. You can also select the license suitable for you and complete your order. You will receive an email with all the details needed immediately after purchase

Complete your purchase here:

You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.

Activation:

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The serial number and all necessary information will be sent to your email immediately after the purchase. You can easily activate and register IDM using your name, email address and license code while connected online. Now enjoy lifetime use of your favorite software

User interface:

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The user interface is very friendly, well arranged and easy to use. We will explain in details the user interface and the menu drop down to help you start using the program with no problems.

In the upper part of the application, you will see a menu bar with 6 tabs (task, file, download, view, help and registration). Below the menu bar, you will find the download toolbar which includes all the features you need to use and manage your downloads. The default features available include; Add URL, Resume, Stop, Stop All, Delete, Delete All Completed files from the list, Options, Scheduler, Start Queue, Stop Queue, site grabber and Tell a Friend. They can be in active or disabled state depending on what actions are possible for the current selection of downloads. You can easily customize this bar according to your needs.  

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The main interface shows the downloads arranged in a list shape with head buttons on the upper part of the download list. These will help you rearrange your files by name, date, size, status and so on. Simply click on the on the column header and you will see that your files are sorted in the way you want.

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You can also rearrange your files or to restore the original default arrangement (by order of addition) is by using the view button and select arrange files from the drop down menu

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The left side of the main window shows the categories tree which helps to arrange all downloaded files in categories according to its type. There is also finished and unfinished downlods, queues and grabber projects. The downloaded files will be automatically categorized with an option to add more categories if you wish. Simply use right click menu of the categories to add a new category and rename it. You can hide the categories pane if you wish using the option present in view menu.


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There is also an option under help menu to see tip of the day with some technical advices for the users

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How to customize user interface?

If you are one of those users who don’t like the classic look and prefer to change the program look, you can easily do this using different skins. These are available on the website here:

https://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/support/toolbar2.html

You can also access this page through the program option using "look for new toolbar option" located under toolbar menu.
Simply download the skin file and save it to the program folder the restart the program. That's all!

The new toolbar look will be available in the toolbar menu (located under view button) and you can select it at any time to enjoy a completely new IDM look.

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The toolbar option located under view menu helps you change the toolbar look so that you can use small buttons, large buttons, 3D or classic style.  You can also use the customize toolbar option to add or remove buttons according to your use and preference. At the end you will enjoy a completely new look.

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Multilingual support:

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The program supports many languages. You can enjoy using your favorite download manager in your own language. Simply visit this site: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.

Now, simply download your native language and save them to Languages folder located in IDM root folder. That’s all!
Languages supported include Albanian, Arabic, Azerbaijan, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, and Uzbek languages.

Menus:

Task:

This menu includes the options to add new download, batch download, site grabber, import, export and exit.

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File:

File menu shows options to start, resume, stop or remove download.

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Downloads:

Downloads show scheduler, find, options, speed limiter, pause all or delete completed downloads.

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View:

View include options to hide categories, arrange files, customize toolbars, tray icon and change language.

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Help:

help contents, tutorials, about, check for updates, grabber help, homepage, contact support and tip of the day

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Registration:

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What's new in version 6.29 Build 2?

- Improved Firefox integration
- Added support of https proxy servers. It's possible to make VPN
  connections via https proxy servers by using proxy.pac files
- Fixed problems with https downloading via proxy servers with Digest
  authentication
- Added support for Firefox 57, 58
- Fixed bugs

If you wish to revise all the changes in the previous releases, you can visit the website here:

http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/news.html

What are the main Key Features that make IDM the best?

Download acceleration up to 5 times:
IDM increases your download and saves your time

Easy downloading with one click of any download link, it will catch your download and accelerate it

Support Drag and drop:
You can drag and drop links to IDM and drag and drop downloaded files out of Internet Download Manager.

Download All feature:
You can easily download multiple files at the same time using this built-in feature. IDM can add all downloads linked to the current page.

Download Progress:
IDM shows the download progress and download complete dialogue with “Open with option”

Resume unfinished download from the place where they left off.

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Limit download speed:
This built-in feature helps you in case you are using connections that use fair access policy (for example limited megabytes per hour). You will easily set limits suitable for you. For example; you can specify the maximum download speed for each file

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Support options on completion of download:

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Download categories:
IDM has a built-in feature which automatically organize downloads automatically using defined download categories.

Downloaded files:
The program supports all file types and automatically categorize the downloaded files. You can check the properties of the downloaded file in details. You can also see the download location easily

Built-in scheduler:
This feature lets you connect to the Internet at a set time, download the files you want, disconnect, or shut down your computer when it's done. Go to your work and the program will do everything for you.

Video grabber:
 You can download any video on the internet with no need to pay for or use other apps. You will have all  your favorite videos saved on your computer for offline playback. When you play any video you can easily see the IDM download panel which gives you all available formats for downloading the online video.

Website grabber:
IDM downloads all required files that are specified with filters from web sites, for example all pictures from a web site, or subsets of web sites, or complete web sites for offline browsing. You can easily schedule multiple grabber projects to run and stop them at a specified times. In addition, you can run periodically to synchronize changes when available.

Simple installation wizard:
You can complete installation in a few seconds with no need for any skills.

Automatic antivirus check:
This useful feature helps to keep you safe and make your downloads free from viruses and trojans. IDM can automatically run a scanner on download completion, for xample; AdAware, Avast, Spybot, AVG Anti-Virus, McAfee, Norton Internet Security,

Compatible with windows 10 and IE11

Support all popular browsers and applications:
Supports all browsers including IE, Chrome, AOL, MSN, Mozilla, Netscape, Firefox, Avant Browser, and many others. You can add more browsers using the program settings. Advanced browser integration feature lets the program take over downloads by integration with the browser. This feature is unique for IDM only

IDM supports HTTP, FTP, HTTPS and MMS protocols.

Supports many types of proxy servers:
for example,Microsoft ISA, and FTP proxy servers.

Supports main authentication protocols:
Basic, Negotiate, NTLM, and Kerberos: This lets IDM to access many Internet and proxy servers using login name and password.

How update IDM and have the current version?

You can easily update IDM and enjoy using the current version. You can set the program to automatically check for updates every week or you can do this manually at any time using check for updates feature under help menu. 
Quick update helps to easily check for new versions of the program once per week. All new features added to the latest version will be listed for you and you will have the option to update the program.

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Now, let me discuss the main features and functions of IDM in more details. We will see how to use the program and enjoy all its features.

Download Function:

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Of course, this is the main function of IDM and you need to know detailed information about it. The program has many built in modes for starting and managing your downloads in an easy and quick way.
These built-in download modes include; automatic and manual download, batch download, download from web page or multimedia site, drag and drop, import download, clipboard download, command line download and site grabber. You will have any type of download in one application!

If your download is broken for any cause as internet connection troubles you can easily resume it. In addition, when your download is complete, there will be a “download complete dialogue”. This lets you open the file or its location or choose the program to open with. For example WinRAR id ZIP file

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You can use the program at any time while surfing the internet. It is compatible with all known browsers with fully integration using plugins. The plugins are continuously updated so that you will enjoy good experience and smooth download. If your favorite browser is not listed, you can easily add it from settings using the general tab (will be discussed with the settings below).

Automatic download:

You can easily start the download of any file by a simple click on the download link. The program will automatically start the download process with the help of the advanced integration feature

Manual download:

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 If you want to start the download process manually, you can easily do this using the right click menu or add URL. You will download your file at the highest speed.

Batch download:

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Using this built-in tool, you can easily download many files from a specific website. All you have to do is to open task menu and select add batch download then add the URL of your preferred website with asterisk and extension of the files you need to download. For example *.mp3 for sound files. No more need to spend many hours downloading each file separately. This feature will make your download very easy and save your time

You need to specify the method you want to use to arrange your files either using numbers (for example from 1 to 100) or letters (from a to z) then select number of files and wildcard size, finally click OK. The program will detect the files arranged in a list with names, file size and download URL. Simply, select the files you wish to download and click OK. The files will be automatically added to the program scheduler.

Drag and Drop download:

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To make the process more and more easy for you, you can download your favorite files using simple drag of the link from your browser and drop it to the main window of the program, or to the drop target. This is available under task menu “show drop target”. After you complete your process close the drop target.

Clipboard download:

If you have a direct download link for a specific file, you can start the download process by just copy of the link to the clipboard, IDM monitors the clipboard for the added URLs and start the download dialogue automatically. Simple, easy and professional

Command line download:

Some advanced users find it easier to set command line parameters which will be used by IDM for starting the download process. You need to specify the local file name, path and download directory.

Import and export Download:

This feature lets you save your download list. For example, if you are moving to a new computer or laptop, you can use this tool to restore all your download. The process is very easy. Simply, use import or export located under the task menu. You can export all your downloaded files in your list. It will be saved on your computer with the extension .ief or ef2. Import function allows you to restore and download these files later. The program will automatically detect the exported files saved by the user and restore it. You can also import and export any downloads in the form of a text file.

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Video grabber:

You can download any online multimedia with no need for multimedia download software. You will pay once and enjoy any video file you want to save. IDM do the job for you in an easy and quick way using the video grabber tool. You can see the download panel of IDM above any video you play online. Simply click the panel to see a list of the formats available for download. Select the one you prefer and download as usual. Now you can enjoy offline playback

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You select custom location for your file (for example desktop) or use the automatic categorization feature of the app which uses the file type to select its location (for example video, audio, zip and so on)

File Search:

If you need to find a specific file, you will need a lot of time searching hundreds of files downloaded. IDM supports search function. This is located under download menu in the form of find and find next. This will save your time and lets you easily find any downloaded file.

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Notification area icon:

This is an icon for the program located in the notification area. If you right click it, it will show you many options as purchase, help, speed limiter and many other

Right context menu for any file in the download list offers you many additional options as open, open with, redownload, resume, remove and many other

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Site Grabber:

IDM allows you to download complete websites for offline browsing, for example, pictures or audio files . This is done through the predefined set of templates which make it easy to set the required project.
The site grabber can be launched from the download toolbar then you need to follow simple four step wizard that determines the website to be downloaded, the files to be downloaded, name of your new project and location to save it. After creating a project, the grabber starts to explore files and do everything for you.

First step:

Specify the name of the new project, the website to be grabbed and project template. If the website needs authorization, it will be provided here. Advanced options are also available

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Second step:

This step lets you decide whether to automatically save the project files into default category or to select a different location. Other options include overwrite existing files, convert links for offline browsing

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Third step:

This step lets you add explorer filters such as whole website exploration or specified number of link levels only, ignore popups windows, explore all sites in the domain

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Fourth step:

This step lets you set filters regarding the file types you want to include or exclude. Also it helps you to hide duplicates when found during download process.

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Finally, the website will be explored using the set filters till complete. The progress of site grabber can be easily followed with available statistics. The process may need long time according to the website and filters. You will have a list of the files found. You can sort or rearrange files by type, size, name to easily check them. Now, select the files you will save and start download.

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Scheduler:

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This feature is very important as it will automate all your downloads. No more need to lose time or do effort for downloading all your files. The scheduler will automatically do everything for you.

Two types of scheduler are built-in, namely the main and synchronization. The synchronization queue differs from the main download one in that it lets IDM to check for any changes available on the server so that the old files will be replaced with new ones. You can easily create a new queue using the new button on the scheduler dialogue or more easily right click menu of the queue options in the category tree. You will find many additional options such as start, stop, edit, delete or create new queue. 

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The use of this tool is very easy. First, you need to add files to the queue (schedule) using download later on the file download dialogue. Alternatively, you can use of right context menu in the file download list in the main program area or drag and drop any download links by from the main list to the queue you want. Next step, launch the tool using the toolbar button or the download menu option.

Note that the files added to the queue will appear in your main download list with information available as the column "Q". This is the queue and if a file is added to a queue , this mark will be different accordingly

Now, you will specify the location to save your files, time to start and end of your download. Other options are available for you such as set download limits, general or synchronized download and number of concurrent downloads. You can even select to shut down the computer after complete download. Finally click start now or at a scheduled time

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Program settings

The program has many settings with many options available for users to set and change. This makes the program one of the most customizable. Settings are categorized under many tabs in a well arranged design. These include; general, file types, save to, downloads, connection, proxy, site logins, VPN and sounds. You can access the settings under download menu.

General:

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This part includes many options such as program start with windows, supported browsers, advanced integration, clipboard download, customize keys, download panels and context menu
If your browser is not listed, no problem you can add it easily. All you have to do is to open the settings general tab, and use add browser exe file. That's all!

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File types:

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You can easily specify the file types that can be automatically downloaded. You will find many types built-in the app, if you want other types, just add any type and save. At anny time you can restore the default using default button
 You can also specify the websites to avoid automatic start of the download process. Again, you can add or remove any new sites and addresses to the list and use the default button to restore the original state

Save to:

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Users can specify file categories and save locations through the options available here. You can add a new category if you wish. In addition, you can specify the default directory to save downloaded files and temporary directory to save file parts during download process.

Download:

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This part includes settings for start and complete of download dialogue. You can customize the download progress dialogue according to your wish. You will also find options to show queue panel on click of download later button or when you close batch downloads
Virus checking tool is available here. You can set this option to have all your files automatically scanned for any threats. This will keep you safe.  The user can easily customize the behavior of the program if there are duplicate files downloaded. Command line parameters can also be found in this tab

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Connection:

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You can use this option to specify your connection type and speed. The maximum connection number is 32. If you select this high speed, you will receive a warning that this cause slow connection and use the bandwidth. You can add exceptions for a specific server and set download limits

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Proxy:

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Using this option, you can easily set the configuration settings of your internet connection including proxy, socks or FTP settings

Sites Login:

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This option lets users the login information for any host file site. This will let you enjoy the full download speed. The program will automatically save your data for future use. You will not need to retype login data each time you download from the host site. Many host files need subscription to enjoy using the premium services and download at the maximum speed

VPN:

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Using this option, you can simply configure your dial up and VPN settings so that IDM will be working with no problems.

Sound:

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You can add sound when the download is completed or failed, queue processing started or stopped. the only supported music files type are of the “Wav” extension.

Pros:

High download speed up to 5 folds
Resume broken downloads
Scheduled download task
Site Grabber
Downloads multimedia files
Compatible with all popular browsers
Easy to use, 
Skinny with customizable interface
Support many languages
And many more

Cons: None

Conclusion:

IDM is the best download manager software. It is a must have application that includes a lot of features as high download speed, advanced browser integration, resume download, site grabber, video grabber, host file support, scheduler and many more. It has a very friendly user interface, simple installation and easy to use. The program is available at a reasonable price. I recommend it for all internet users. It will help you, save your time and let you get the best experience with your internet connection
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Thanks for the review.
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#3
Good review, thank you.
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#4
Great review. One of the best and still sticking to it for the past 4 year Thumb
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#5
Great detailed review of IDM.
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#6
Nice review Thumb Thanks tarekma7 Smile
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#7
Nice review

Anybody knows how to save the videos which play in Flash player caz for them there is no Download bar shown.
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#8
perfect review much appreciated Heart  thanks
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#9
Good review, thank you.
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#10
Best review !
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