Install Xtreme Download Manager (XDM) on Linux

Learn about installing Xtreme Download Manager in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions in this tutorial.
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Xtreme Download Manager, also known as XDM or XDMAN, is a popular cross-platform download manager available for Linux, Windows and macOS.

It is also compatible with all major web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, enabling you to download directly from XDM when you try to download something in your web browser.

Applications such as XDM are particularly useful when you have slow/limited network connectivity and you need to manage your downloads. Imagine downloading a huge file from the internet on a slow network. What if you could pause and resume the download at will? XDM helps you in such situations.

Some of the main features of XDM are:

  • Pause and resume the download and restart broken or interrupted downloads.
  • Download videos from YouTube and other video sites
  • Force assemble.
  • Download speed acceleration up to 5 times due to its intelligent dynamic file segmentation technology.
  • Schedule downloads
  • Limit download speed
  • Web browser integration
  • Support for proxy servers

Install Xtreme Download Manager in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions

To install the latest version of Xtreme Download Manager on Ubuntu or other Linux distributions, download it from the link below:

From XDMAN 2020, there is no support for 32-bit systems. So before starting to download, please verify whether your system is 32 or 64-bit.

Xtreme Download Manager official download page
Download Xtreme Download Manager

Once downloaded, extract the .tar.xz folder. You can simply write click on it and choose the extract option.

Youโ€™ll see an file in the extracted folder. You need to run this file with sudo. I hope you are acquainted with basic Linux commands.

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Go to the directory first:

cd ~/Downloads/xdm*

Now run the installer script and follow the instructions:

sudo ./

You can open it from Ubuntu Activities Overview, or your system menu.

Xtreme Download Manager in Ubuntu Activities Overview
Xtreme Download Manager in Ubuntu Activities Overview
If you encounter any issues with the available version, you can try their experimental version.

Thatโ€™s it. Enjoy Xtreme Download Manager on Linux.

Uninstall XDM from Linux

When you install XDM by running the shell script, it installs the files in the ย /opt/xdman location. It also creates an uninstall shell script in this location.

To uninstall run /opt/xdman/ as root like this:

sudo /opt/xdman/

This should take care of removing Xtreme Download Manager from Linux. Additionally, if you installed the extension, remove that too from your browsers. Enjoy.

Bonus: Install Browser Add-On

Installing XDMAN alone wonโ€™t be a time saver in all cases. The team has provided a browser extension for all famous browsers.

There is no working extension for the Google Chrome browser as of now. But there are extensions available for Firefox, Edge etc. 

You can open XDMAN after installation and it will show the links to the extensions for various browsers.

Xtreme Download Manager opening screen
Xtreme Download Manager opening screen

From that, click on the browser to which you want to add the extension. Now, it will provide a link, which you can open on that particular browser to install the extension.

Copy the URL prompted and open it in the browser that you selected
Open the suggested URL in the selected browser

Once completed installation, click on it and it will ask for privacy permission, to monitor your browser. This is to identify the downloadable items on the browser.

Inorder to make the extension work, you need to accept the privacy notice
Accept the Privacy Notice

Upon accepting the notice, you can use the extension to download various things.

You can see that, it will list the available video download formats on YouTube, during playback, if you click the extension.

Xtreme Download Manager Extension showing available video formats to download
Xtreme Download Manager Extension


XDMAN is a handy solution as a download manager for Linux. Itโ€™s been there for some time and is still in active development. Now wonder it is one of the best download managers for Linux.

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By the way, did you know that you can download files from the internet in the terminal itself?

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If you want a download manager, just to download videos, you can check for alternative options like YouTube video downloaders in Linux or you can rely on tools like youtube-dl.

Let me know if you have any questions.

About the author
Abhishek Prakash

Abhishek Prakash

Created It's FOSS 11 years ago to share my Linux adventures. Have a Master's degree in Engineering and years of IT industry experience. Huge fan of Agatha Christie detective mysteries ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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