AM Downloader is an open source download manager with a simple interface

Dec 5, 2020
Updated • Dec 15, 2020
Software, Windows software

While your internet browser can be sufficient for small downloads, having a download manager available is often helpful as you get better manageability and often features such as resume or speedier downloads.

There are many free options for you to choose like XDM, HTTP Downloader, PyIDM, or Internet Download Manager and here's one more that you can try, AM Downloader.

AM Downloader

The program's installer is just over 1MB in size, but it requires .Net Core 3.1 Runtime to run. I had to install both the x86 and x64 versions to get the download manager working.

AM Downloader's interface is nice and colorful with flat icons, a simple design and more importantly it's user-friendly. Click on the Add button on the toolbar to start a download. The program recognizes if the clipboard contains a URL and automatically pastes it in the download box. The Monitor Clipboard option is a temporary setting, as the program doesn't remember it the next time you add a download.

The Add download box can be used to select the folder where the downloaded file should be saved to. You may add downloads to the queue, or start downloading them immediately. AM Downloader starts receiving the file and displays the progress on its main screen.

The download pane has 12 columns to indicate the file name, type, status of the download, progress, the downloaded file size, total file size, download speed, ETA (when the download will be completed), the location (folder where the file is saved to), the URL, the date the download was created, and the HTTP Status.

Remove, start, pause cancel downloads using the buttons on the toolbar. You can start and stop download queues with a single-click. Right-click on a file in the download pane to open it, access the folder where it is saved, copy the URL. Recheck or restart a download from the context menu.

You can also delete files or remove them from the download queue to clean up the list.

The sidebar categorizes downloads by their status: All downloads, Ready, Queued, Downloading, Paused, Finished, Errored and Verifying. The status bar at the bottom of the pane displays the current download status, and the total file size of your downloads.

Click on AM Downloader's file menu to access its Options. Don't want to download too many files at the same time? Set the maximum number of parallel downloads, you can set it to just 1 file and up to 10 downloads. Control the bandwidth used by the download manager by setting the maximum speed per download in units of KB/s, by default it uses unlimited bandwidth.

AM Downloader is an open source program, it is compatible with Windows 7 and above. The application isn't portable.

I think that AM Downloader is a decent download manager. It is worth noting that the program is in an early phase, so it may not be fair to compare it with the rest of the competition. That said, the only issue with it is the lack of a proper browser extension, which means you can't use it to download files from websites that redirect you to a different page, you can't use it to capture audio/video streams.

I can't quite put my finger on it, but AM Downloader's interface seems to be a bit similar to another program, perhaps a BitTorrent client.

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  1. Mr. Burns said on December 8, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    UGET: Free and open source software! (just don’t use the Android version which has ads)

    UGET: Works for me on both Windows and Linux!

    UGET: Not a stupid browser plugin.

  2. JPS said on December 7, 2020 at 4:19 am

    I’ve used IDM{Internet Download Manager}for several years now and have been very-pleased with it.It’s a good,fast and reliable downloader and it keeps a record of all your downloads.There is a free version that’s available for a trial period,but otherwise you pay for this downloader.But at only about $12.00 a year{a dollar a month},anyone can afford it.As I said,I’ve used it for several years now and have no plans of using anything else.

  3. Greg said on December 6, 2020 at 4:52 am

    i still use DownThemAll . does what i want it to do

  4. Dave Perry said on December 5, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Can’t help thinking that if all these available download managers are supposed to be all they say they are, why is not something similar incorporated into most popular browsers?

    1. DrKnow said on December 6, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      You could say that about every browser plugin.
      For the people that have a need for them, download managers are excellent.

  5. Anonymous said on December 5, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Looks good. I use HTTP_Downloader now.

    1. Banana said on December 7, 2020 at 2:45 am

      Ditto. Nice to have another choice.

      So far though, HTTP Downloader does what I need.

      For stream ripping, I use other tools.

      I find it complicated how some folks think “stream rippers” and “downloaders” should mean the same thing, when they simply are not.

  6. VioletMoon said on December 5, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    I’ve been using the full version of Ant Downloader–sort of unsurpassed from my experience in what it will do.

    Eagle Get? Do people still use it? It was a favorite a year or two ago; extension available for Chrome and Video sniffer.

  7. charles c. tunis said on December 5, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Internet Download Manager is NOT free, as you state in your article.

    1. owl said on December 7, 2020 at 3:50 am

      @charles c. tunis,
      > Internet Download Manager is NOT free

      For me, my favorite download manager is “Internet Download Manager”, which is the supreme existence.
      IDM is a Shareware (Free for trial period only) app, but it’s well worth the price and is a convincing donation for development support.

      A long time ago, I provided an “IDM language patch” and was given a “permanent license” as a reward. I am very grateful for the benefits of “Permanent Free Use”.
      If you make any contribution to IDM, you may also receive “free use benefits”.
      The end user is the user of the app, but it’s also important to contribute to development support.

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