Looking for a Good Download Program

As the subject indicated i’m looking for a good Download program. I’ve read good things about Flashget but would like some recommendations on others to try. Another question are these programs any good?


The TRUTH is a LIE waiting to be told.

Download Accelaretor Plus Premium Version :wink:

Quite happy with “Download Express” from www.metaproducts.com - still using the old version, I really should update, and try the non-free features out - the new version reverts to free mode if not registered.

http://www.freshdevices.com/freshdown.html - Freshdownload has some fans - FRESH seem to have no bad habits, other than email announcements laden with ads of dubious quality.

http://www.freedownloadmanager.org - this one also has some followers, but why no screenshot on the main site?
http://www.sofotex.com/Free-Download-Manager-download_L21822.html - screenshot and reviews here… I might give this one a try myself

http://www.snapfiles.com/freeware/downloader/fwdown.html - some here, and the highest rated are:
Free Download Manager
Download Express
Leechget 2004 - (upset some freeware fanatics with rather more crippling in the freeware version than they were happy with)

Another one not previously mentioned -
http://www.stardownloader.com/ - Free/Pro versions

I do not consider paying for a download manager - yet.
I do not consider putting up with SCUMWARE in a “free” download manager.

All the ones I’ve listed, to the best of my knowledge, have a free version that is not encumbered by adware/spyware/foistware - only minimal self-promotion of pro versions or other products.

Thanks for the above suggestions…will try a few and report back with my

The TRUTH is a LIE waiting to be told.

wget, DAP and shit like that “abuses” the server by spawning several connections while wget uses one session. If you don’t like the cmd line there are frontends available like wackget. http://millweed.com/projects/wackget/
Open source and freeware all the way.

Nice to have a front-end for it, but why is the wget.exe a different filesize from the wget.exe stand-alone, was it re-authored to work with the front-end? Or is it just out of date?

… and the link from Wackget has a wget.exe file within the zipped package.


GetRight <- Personnal fav

Yep, I was in a rush and didn’t poke around the site to read more, answer was indeed there all along…

WackGet uses wget to download files. (In the WackGet program directory, you’ll see a copy of wget.exe.) We had to modify wget slightly.

I look rather aghast at a friend’s use of 7 download threads - I find 2-3 is a point of diminishing return, and many servers will just waste time dropping any more than 2.

I admit, I did use 4 once, some lame free webpage server was limiting download connections to 1k/s, but didn’t seem to care how many - and 4 was the highest I’d allowed on my slider.