How to Install IDM on Ubuntu

By Michael Butler

Internet Download Manager lets you manage and download multiple files from a single Web page. If you used the program in Windows and have switched to Ubuntu, you have probably noticed that IDM does not have a Linux version available. However, you can install an old version of IDM in Ubuntu and use it. You cannot get unlimited download speeds with IDM as you could in Windows, but everything else should work.

Step 1

Go to and download IDM version 5.05. Newer versions of IDM cannot connect to the Internet to download files in Ubuntu.

Step 2

Open a terminal session to install Wine, a Windows emulator for Linux, if you do not already have it. Type "sudo apt-get install wine" and press "Enter." Type your password and press "Enter." close the terminal when Wine finishes installing.

Step 3

Right-click the IDM executable file you downloaded. Click "Open With Wine Windows Program Loader" to start the installation wizard.

Step 4

Click "Next" five times to navigate through the installation screens. The default installation options are sufficient for running the program in Ubuntu. Click "Finish," when prompted.