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Jun 21, 2018
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Looking for the best free IDM Alternatives for Windows, Linux and macOS? Here we have a list of some best free internet download manager alternatives.

As far as many people are concerned, there is only IDM as a download manager to use. But they ignore there are also other good download managers which are completely free. So, if you thought of getting and a good alternative to IDM, these download managers here are the best choices.

Why you may need an IDM alternative for your computer
Although being the most popular download manager, IDM or Internet Download Manager IDM is available on the Windows operating system but lacks support for macOS, Linux, and many others. Additionally, the software is only available to free for 30 days, and after that, it is $24.95, which isn’t what you expect.

So, if you are feed up with a download manager that is only free for 30 days and doesn’t support other platforms like Linux and macOS, then check out our list of Best IDM Alternatives for Windows, Linux & macOS below.

Best Free IDM Alternatives For Windows, Linux & macOS 2020
Check out the list of some best free internet download manager alternatives. Choose the right one for yourself and enjoy!

1. Xtreme Download Manager

With features similar to IDM, this is one of the best alternatives you will find for IDM. It also integrates with browsers just like Internet download manager to grab download links. t is available as an open-source program that keeps it free of cost, unlike IDM.
Some of its common features include; accelerating download speeds, resuming paused or even broken downloads, video grabbing, scheduled downloads, and many more.

XDM comes with a built-in video converter that lets you convert or download a video in a specific format

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2. JDownloader: Free IDM Alternatives


The list of Internet Download Manager alternatives is long but if you are looking for just the best, then JDownloader cannot be left aside.
It comes with all those dominant capabilities of IDM like resuming downloads, setting bandwidth limitations, and much more. This download manager for PC is also open-source and comes with a feature that will automatically solve CAPTCHAs encountered by itself to make the download as seamless as possible.
Another interesting aspect of this tool is its support for different platforms (Windows, macOS, Linux and other Java-based software).

Also, there is a cool feature that allows it to extract and archive file once it is downloaded

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3. Free Download Manager (FDM)

FDM is also a very good alternative for Internet Download Manager (IDM). With features similar to that of IMD, there is an extra feature you will surely like — It also acts as a BitTorrent client.

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for this download manager, but one issue about the download manager is that there is no video grabbing option. You can only copy and paste a video link but the tool won’t grab automatically.

What is good about this tool is that it is completely free just as the name suggest. It is available for Windows, macOS, Linux and Android.

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4. Internet Download Accelerator

Internet Download Accelerator lets you to noticeably increase the speed of file download from the Internet using https, HTTPS and FTP protocols. The acceleration is achieved by splitting a file being downloaded into several parts and downloading these parts at the same time. Internet Download Accelerator resumes broken downloads from where they left off from both https, HTTPS and FTP servers.

To increase usability Internet Download Accelerator integrates with Internet Explorer,
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, Firefox, Mozilla, Opera, Netscape, Safari, Yandex
Browser, Vivaldi and others, replacing the standard download modules. Moreover, the program monitors the system clipboard and detects URLs in the clipboard. With IDA you can
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The tool is free to use but it will display some ads. There is a Pro version for the Internet Download Accelerator, which gets rid of ads, and gives you access to features like download speed control, FTP, and many more. The Pro version costs $9.95 for a single user and varies for multiple users. But it lacks support for other operating systems like macOS or Linux, though.

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5. Download Accelerator Plus
This is one of the best IDM Alternatives and it comes with a paid version (The Pro version costs $24.95) as well.

Download Accelerator Plus is a download manager for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. It uses multipart download to increase speeds, creating multiple connections of different file segments to speed up downloads.

It features the same options as IDM and also comes with some enhanced bonanza. These additional features include converting videos to MP3, video grabbing, and many more.

Its core features include thus;
  • Easily download files in the fastest speed possible​
  • Just click to download & DAP will get you the file fast!​
  • Watch your videos while downloading​
  • Check your content as soon as the download starts​
  • Make sure the files you download are valid​
  • View info about your file before you download it​
  • Download videos & convert them for free​
  • Download videos from YouTube and other video sites, convert videos to any format​
  • Add your music downloads to your iTunes library​
  • Download videos from YouTube and convert to MP3 music files​
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