How to use Internet Download Manager


Main program window

The main window shows a list of downloaded files. This list includes additional information about downloaded files like file size, download status, estimated time to complete, current download speed and download description. You can sort the list by any column by clicking on a column header.

Internet Download Manager main dialog screenshot

Download control buttons ("Add URL", "Start/Resume", "Stop", "Stop All", "Delete", "Delete All Completed", "Options", "Scheduler", "Tell A Friend") are located above the list. They can be in active or disabled state depending on what actions are possible for the current selection of downloads.

Click on "Tell a Friend" button to tell your friends about Internet Download Manager!

You can add a new file to download with "Add URL" button. You can either enter new URL in the text box or select URL from existing ones. You can also specify login information if the server demands authorization by checking "Use authorization" box.

Add new download with 'Add URL' IDM toolbar button

If URL format is valid, "Save As" dialog will appear where you can type file description and choose the path where the file is to be saved. Alternatively you can add description later in "Download Properties" dialog. There are three buttons on the bottom of the dialog window. If you want to cancel the download, press on "Cancel" button.

If you want to start downloading immediately, press on "Start/Resume" Download. That will bring file IDM file download dialog. The dialog let you get an additional control over the download. It also shows download progress, average download speed, estimated time to complete, current download state, whether resume is supported by the server, etc. The dialog also has a chart to display download progress for each downloaded file segment.

You can press "Pause" button to postpone downloading, or "Cancel" to stop download and to close the dialog. You can always resume download at any time. Note that "Resume" button restarts download from the last saved position only if remote server supports this function.

"Stop" button stops downloads for selected files. You can also stop download by pushing "Cancel" button in File Download dialog or by closing the dialog. "Stop All" button stops all downloads in progress.

"Delete" button deletes selected files from the download list. It's enabled only for complete or paused file downloads. If file download is not complete, IDM will ask for the confirmation to delete it from the list.

"Delete Completed" button (available only in registered versions) deletes all complete downloads from the list.

"Scheduler" button starts "Scheduler" dialog window where you can set timer to execute download tasks. "Q" column shows whether the file is in download queue. You can add/delete file from the queue by right clicking on file name and picking "Add to Queue" and "Delete from Queue" menu items.

All main controls are also available in "File" menu as well as in pop-up menu with the right mouse click on a file in the download list.

You can pick "Properties" item in pop-up menu to see/edit properties of the selected file. You can change the location to save file, add description, change URL or server login information (username and password).


In the left side of the main part of the window is a tree of download categories. Internet Download Manager offers the categories feature to organize and manage your files. If you don't need it, you may simply close "Categories" window and don't select any categories when downloading files. Every download category has a name, a default download directory and a list of associated file types. IDM has several predefined categories like "Music", "Video", "Programs", "Documents", etc. You may delete, edit them, or add your own categories.

Categories right click menu item

Right clicking on a categories item will show a menu to allow you to add a new categories, or to edit or delete existing items. When adding a category, you may choose the file extensions to associate with the category, and you may select the default download directory where to place the files of this category.

Edit categories properties dialog

For example, "Documents" category could have the following extensions "doc pdf xls txt" and the following default download category "C:\downloads\documents".

IDM will suggest the category and the folder automatically when you download or save files that match the list of file types. If you disable save file dialogs in IDM options, IDM will place downloads to their designated folders automatically.