Folx

Comprehensive download manager for Mac

We do a lot of downloading at Softonic, so obviously a decent download manager is essential. Folx for Mac is a free download manager and download accelerator that's suitable for all download needs from simple files to torrents. View full description

PROS

  • Uses multi threading for fast downloads
  • Allows tagging of downloads
  • Integrates with most browsers
  • Allows you to manage torrents as well

CONS

  • Bandwidth manager only available in Pro version
  • Suitable mainly for 'power' downloaders

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We do a lot of downloading at Softonic, so obviously a decent download manager is essential. Folx for Mac is a free download manager and download accelerator that's suitable for all download needs from simple files to torrents.

Folx download manager for Mac can handle any file size and will download via HTTP, HTTPS and FTP. It supports auto-resuming and most importantly, offers high-speed downloads thanks to 'multi-threading', which seeks more than one source for a file. Perhaps what marks Folx out from the crowd is that it allows you to manage torrents, making it more than just your average downloader.

In this basic version, you can send torrents to Folx although if you upgrade to Pro, you can even search for torrents within Folx itself. Also in the Pro version, to prevent downloads slowing-down your connection, there´s also a handy 'Auto Speed' feature which allocates internet traffic more evenly. This is something sorely lacking from most downloaders and would have been interesting to try but unfortunately it's only available if you upgrade.

There are enough features in the basic version to keep you more than satisfied, however. You can schedule downloads for a specific time, resume them at any time and it even allows you to add tags to downloads for better organization. However, for all the claims about speed enhancements, I didn't notice Folx being significantly faster than my standard download manager. Also, without the bandwidth control feature in the Pro version either, it can tend to hog your bandwidth too. Overall, Folx does feel a bit bloated and overwhelming for a download manager and is probably aimed at 'power' downloaders who need maximum control and visibility over that they're downloading.

However, if you've found that your download manager is lacking in features or badly organized, Folx for Mac may well impress you.

Changes

  • Improved: overall application stability
  • Fixed: application hanging when scrolling in Folx
  • Fixed: several cases of application crash

Free download manager and torrent client for Mac

Folx is a free application that combines two functionalities - of download manager and torrent client for Mac.

Folx makes downloading extremely easy: just open the page with the file to be downloaded, click the link in your browser and Folx will start the download for you.

Its auto resume option comes handy when the downloading gets interrupted. You can also assign a tag or a few to the downloaded content for accurate and easy search through the downloaded files.

Folx is also available as PRO version. It brings such handy features as splitting the downloads in up to 10 threads which speeds up the download process; scheduling the download tasks according to your convenience; smart speed adjustment option (download speed will be adjusted automatically whenever you need to use Internet traffic to run other applications), iTunes integration,searching the web for torrents directly from Folx and password manager.

— User reviews — about Folx

  • "Great job!"

    After a long search for a good torrent dowloader, i found Folx. It works better then bittorent, which i used before, and... More.

    reviewed on July 5, 2011