How to Download Multiple Files Using IDM

by Tammy Columbo
Chad Baker/Photodisc/Getty Images

The Internet Download Manager application replaces your browser’s file download function, so that when you click on a download link, IDM launches automatically. To add multiple files to your IDM queue, drag and drop the download URLs into the Drop Target window. Alternatively, select multiple URLs in a document or application, and then use the right-click context menu to add the files to the queue. Once the files are in the queue, you can either start the downloads immediately or schedule them to download later using the Scheduler.

Drop Target

Step 1

Open IDM, and then click the “URLs” option in the top navigation menu. The URLs menu opens.

Step 2

Click “Drop Target” to open the Drop Target window.

Step 3

Click and drag a download URL to the Drop Target window, and then drop the URL into the window. The IDM Download dialog box opens.

Step 4

Click the "Browse" button in the IDM Download dialog box to select the location where the downloaded file will be saved. Navigate to the location, and then click “OK.”

Click the “Start Download” button to immediately start the download, or click “Download Later” to schedule the download for later.


Step 1

Open the document or application containing the list of URLs to download.

Step 2

Click and drag the cursor over the URLs to be added to the IDM queue. The URLs highlight as they are selected.

Right-click on a highlighted URL and click “Download ALL with IDM” from the context menu. All selected URLs are added to the IDM queue.


  • You can also add individual URLs to your IDM queue. Click the “Add URL” option in the top navigation menu to open the Add URL dialog box, type the URL, enter the username and password, if required, and then click “OK.”


Photo Credits

  • Chad Baker/Photodisc/Getty Images

About the Author

Based in the live music capital of the world, Tammy Columbo continues to work in the information technology industry as she has done for more than 10 years. While living in Austin, Columbo has contributed to high profile projects for the State of Texas, Fortune 500 technology companies and various non-profit organizations. Columbo began writing professionally in 2009.

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