Download Manager Tweak Improves Firefox's Downloading Capabilities

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 18, 2010
Updated • Apr 22, 2012
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

The default Firefox download manager is not really the most comfortable program module to work with. It is for instance not possible to directly see the download url of a file that is in the download manager. Sure, a right-click and the selection of Copy Download Link from the context menu adds that information to the clipboard, which can then be pasted somewhere to see the web address, but that's everything but comfortable.

There is more. The default Firefox download manager is not displaying the folder a file gets downloaded to. Not a problem for users who download all files to the same folder, a problem however for users how store them in different locations.

default firefox download manager

Download Manager Tweak is a Firefox add-on that tweaks the download manager. It adds a series of improvements and changes that improve the overall usability of the download manager. Among them a slightly different layout with buttons on top to launch, delete or remove a downloaded file and to open the download folder. Those options are also available with a right-click on a file both in the tweaked and standard Firefox download manager.

But there is more to it than that. The web address, the local download directory and the data and time of the download are displayed for a selected download.

download manager tweak

There is a lot more under the hood.

firefox download manager
download manager download manager tweak

Among them the option to open the download manager in a sidebar or tab instead of opening it in an extra window. There are also options to limit the number of downloads to list and to limit the number of days a download is kept in the download manager.

Buttons that are shown in the toolbar or download list are configurable. Buttons can for instance be removed from the listing.

The advanced tab offers several under the hood settings, like the option to automatically launch downloads after they complete, or to remove downloads from the list after completion. It can also change the Delete key functionality from deleting a download to removing it from the list instead.

Download Manager Tweak extends the functionality of the default Firefox download manager. Users who download files regularly with the Firefox web browser may want to give it a try. (via)


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  1. ha14 said on December 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Handy for firefox users

  2. alan said on December 19, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I’m not savy enough to present arguments as to why ,but i download files faster with a download manager (any freeware will do) than with firefox,opera chrome(it’s probably” file segmentation” feature that is responsable for faster downloads,and this feature definetly is not present or not so advanced in standalone browsers).
    So this looks nice but i want dl manager speed not a nicer pop up window

  3. amon said on December 19, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    This is my free download manager of choice.

  4. pitman said on December 19, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Been using it for a long time, its an awesome add-on.

  5. Gramstapo said on December 19, 2010 at 5:56 am

    “Download Manager Tweak is a Firefox add-on that tweaks the download manager.”

    Paid by the word, are we?

    1. Robert Palmar said on December 19, 2010 at 7:23 am

      The only wasted words on this page are yours.

  6. Paul(us) said on December 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I am using this app now for about something like half a year with great satisfaction, easy tuning this app.

  7. Prakash Pathak said on December 18, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    thanks martin great share , never heard about this before, relly wanna try this one

  8. Ronald said on December 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    didnt knew this

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