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IDM For Ubuntu – Install IDM On Linux

Internet Download Manager for Linux

IDM is the favorite download manager of most Windows users. But, after moving to Linux, their favorite download manager goes away because it’s not available for Ubuntu or any other distributions. But don’t worry, here is a way to make IDM for Ubuntu through Wine.

Every software is programmed to work in a specific operating system, and only that specific operating system can understand the instructions of that software. For example, in our case of IDM, it’s only programmed to work on Windows. Linux OS does not recognize IDM at all.

For Linux, IDM is just a piece of text contained in a package. But it does not mean that we can’t run IDM or any other Windows software on Linux. There is an amazing project that we’ll be discussing in this article to install IDM on Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution. So let’s get started!

​What Is Wine?

The project is called Wine. It stands for Wine Is Not An Emulator. Yes, the first letter is itself Wine. Well, Wine is one of the most active projects in the open-source world. The new release comes every week or two. It makes the Windows applications run on Linux by converting the application instructions into what Linux understands.

Wine is easy to install, configure, and use. Like any other application on Linux, you can run Windows applications too. Each of Windows’ applications is first transformed into Linux, and then the Linux system understands it and provides the output.

​Wine Support Is Still Expanding

I have used many Windows applications on Linux, and most of them worked just fine. There may be different hardware that Wine does not support, so one may have problems running Windows applications on Linux if Wine does not support their hardware. So this was the easiest way that I can make somebody understand Wine and its usage. Now let’s see how we can install IDM on Linux. I’m using Ubuntu for demonstration because most of you would be using either Ubuntu or any derivative distro.

​IDM For Ubuntu – How To Install IDM On Linux?

We’ll need first to install Wine before we go ahead and download IDM. Don’t worry. It’s easy to install. Just add the Wine repository, update the local cache, and install it. Now open Ubuntu Software or Synaptic and search for Wine and install it. Now you’re good to go! You should now be able to install IDM or other Windows software on your Ubuntu box.

​Download IDM

Download IDM .exe file. You can download it from Filehippo.

​Now right click IDM .exe file and open it with Wine.

open idm with wine
  • Click Next.
install idm wizard
  • Check “Create an icon for IDM on Desktop”
IDM on ubuntu
  • Accept the license agreement and click Next.
IDM for Ubuntu
  • You’re all set to install IDM. Click Next.
Install IDM on Ubuntu
  • And It’s all. Click finish and the installation is done.
IDM for linux


Wine is the most active project in the open-source world. With the help of Wine, it’s possible to install Windows applications in Linux. Though some applications are still not supported or buggy, so doesn’t curse Wine for that. They’re working hard to fix the issues. But for now, enjoy your favorite download manager IDM in Ubuntu.


manirafasha jean claude March 5, 2019 at 1:53 pm

hey, it’s all good

Alp Karhan March 5, 2019 at 6:01 pm

Unfortunately it is not stable. So, it doesn’t work on web browser.
WebSocket connection to ‘ws://’ failed: Error in connection establishment: net::ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED

Paul October 2, 2020 at 2:42 am

This seems really cool, i will definitely try it out

ehamnht September 24, 2020 at 8:00 pm

today’s still september 24th. you from the future?

Sohail September 25, 2020 at 11:18 pm

Please ignore it. It is due to the site migration from one server to another.

Future October 9, 2020 at 10:26 pm

hey i am from the future i want to tell you to beware of the invasion …….

Sohail October 25, 2020 at 2:07 am

xD You surely are. Just forget about the timestamp, please. The timestamp messed up while transferring website from a closed-source system to an open-source system.


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