How to install Internet Download Manager

To help with big file download, where you can’t use torrents, there is some alternative. One of them is Internet Download Manager or IDM. This type of tool is also known as a download accelerator, here are the benefits:

  1. It can split the download into parts and download each part at the same time.
  2. IDM can find more sources for the download to accelerate the download.
  3. It can pause and resume download – if the server supports it.
  4. It may have an addon/Extention for web browsers.

The 2 that I am familiar with are Internet Download Manager and Getright. This guide is for the Internet Download Manager.

How to install Internet Download Manager:

To download navigate to the IDM download page. We will start with the full tool installation and I will also add a section for the chrome extension. Please note this is a 30 days trial version. Let’s start with the software installation.

IDM Installation Wizard
IDM Installation Wizard

This is the first screen in the IDM installation. You will have the option to select the language to use on a screen that popup before this wizard starts. Press next to continue.

IDM License
IDM License

Please read the License Agreement. If you agree please mark the accept the term in the license agreement to continue with the installation. If you do not agree you will have to stop the installation.

IDM Folder Selection
IDM Folder Selection

If you want to change the destination of where to install IDM you can change it here. If not you can press the next button.

IDM Ready to install
IDM Ready to install

We are ready to install Internet Download Manager, press next to start the installation.

IDM installation Complete
IDM installation Complete

Press the finish button to finish IDM installation.

IDM Google Chrome Integration
IDM Google Chrome Integration

The installation finds that we are using google chrome and added the extension to it. If we want we can enable it to use it directly from chrome. Near the end of this guide, I will talk about the chrome extension.

Internet Download Manager Software Screen
Internet Download Manager Software Screen

This is the IDM tool screen. To show you how it works I will add the download link for Windows 11 ISO file.

Using Internet Download Manager:

IDM adding a download link
IDM adding a download link

I press the Add URL button and it opens an add link dialog. I copy the Windows 11 download link from my chrome download files. Paste it into the dialog and get the above screen. This screen shows some information about my deselected download. Include the size, the URL, and where it is going to save the file (under Download folder in this case). I am pressing the Start download to start the download of the ISO file.

IDM accelerate the download
IDM accelerate the download

Here is how it looks when the tool works and downloads a file. You can see how it accelerate the download process.

IDM Download Complete
IDM Download Complete

Our download is complete we can use it. In my case when I try to download the file – > 5GB in size, the download fails, and using such a tool makes it possible and faster.

 

IDE Chrome Extention:

You can download from here the chrome extension, or if you install the Windows version it may install it automatically for you.

IDM chrome addon
IDM chrome addon

Once this addon is activated it will automatically catch downloading of files and download them using IDM.

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