About the Autodesk Download Manager


Selecting the "Download Now" option on this website installs and launches the Autodesk® Download Manager (DLM), which provides the fastest way to access Autodesk products online, and gives users control of the download experience. DLM is significantly more efficient and reliable than conventional browser-based download methods.

DLM reduces the time it takes to get applications up and running by decompressing product files in parallel during the download. Doing this eliminates the separate file extraction step that is usually required after the download completes and before running the product installer. Autodesk DLM also leverages advanced compression and packaging technology to create smaller electronic product images.

Akamai NetSession Interface

The first time it runs, Autodesk DLM installs the Akamai® NetSession Interface, which accelerates the speed of the download from the Akamai Edge server network. NetSession also ensures that any possible errors during the session are detected and automatically fixed. DLM and NetSession do not contain adware or spyware, and do not collect or distribute any personal information. For more information about Akamai NetSession, click here.

DLM tracks the progress of each download request, and displays the status in a user interface that is easy to understand.

DLM Main Window

Up to three products can download concurrently, and you can add more products to the queue for later downloading. While products download, you can continue working at other tasks on your computer. Depending on your system, some tasks may take longer while products are downloading.

Products are not automatically installed on your computer after downloading. Instead, you can choose when to launch the installer to install products or create a deployment. On each completed download, you will see an Install button for each installable product, or an Open button for other file types.

Installed DLM Files

After your first download, DLM remains ready to use when you download more Autodesk products. The DLM files occupy about 14 MB on your computer. In addition to the protocol handler and Akamai NetSession Interface, a small configuration file, download.info is installed. If ever you want to remove these files, complete instructions are provided here.