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File Hippo – Free Software Resource

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If you tire of trying to remember all the useful software tools that you might look for on a fresh install, we suggest you check out File Hippo, an excellent resource for the latest software.

In one location you’ll find download links for a huge range of open-source, freeware and shareware tools, utilities, media players, and much more. Some of our favourite web design tools are in there as well, including Notepad++ and MySQL. In addition to this, File Hippo have created their own update checker, which allows you to quickly find out if there are newer versions of your installed software available. In their own words:

With filehippo.com our aim is to provide you with the simplest method of downloading the newest versions of the best software – without the usual excessive popups or spyware and without the low quality software.

What’s on offer?

File Hippo have broken everything down into helpful categories:

File Hippo Screenshot 1

  • Browsers and Plugins
  • File Sharing
  • Messaging and Chat
  • File Transfer
  • Office and News
  • Developer Tools
  • Anti-Spyware
  • Firewalls and Security
  • Anti-Virus
  • Cleaning and Tweaking
  • Compression and Backup
  • Benchmarking
  • Networking
  • Audio and Video
  • CD and DVD Tools
  • Desktop
  • Imaging
  • Drivers

It is certainly an extensive list and what’s more it’s kept vigorously up to date, even to the extent that they seem to get updates out faster than some software manages to self-update1.

Each piece of software they list has it’s own page, complete with a description of the software, some screen shots, and not just a download link but a collection of previous versions just in case an older version offers something you’re missing.

File Hippo Screenshot 2

From a licensing point of view, File Hippo do show Commercial Trials and Shareware in addition to the Freeware and Open Source offerings, but they have a useful filter that allows you to cut out those trials and shareware, as well as being able to filter out beta versions of software.

All in all, not only have we found most of the software that we use regularly, but the site has also revealed a few useful tools which we hadn’t come across before such as XN View, Process Explorer, Maxthon and more.

The cherry on top!

File Hippo Update Checker

If all of that isn’t enough to tweak your interest, then you need to know about the File Hippo Update Checker.

The update checker is a useful little utility that runs direct from a downloadable exe2, and scans your computer for what versions of software you have installed. They then take this information and sends it to their server to see if they can offer you any newer versions and/or beta versions.

It does require the Microsoft .NET framework, version 2.0, but of course this is available as a download on their site as well.

File Hippo Update Checker Results

If you’re concerned about having your computer scanned and information flying off across the internet, don’t worry, their privacy policy is very clear on this:

The Update Checker will not send any personal information back to filehippo.com. The only information collected is a list of programs and their versions, along with the operating system details to help with processing. Additionally none of this is linked to your IP address and the logs are deleted after processing.

The results are impressive. As you can see from the screen shot, everything from my ATI catalyst drivers, to IE and Non-IE versions of the latest flash player, to Google Desktop (which is meant to be self-updating as well!). In addition to this, File Hippo picked up 7 beta versions of software we have installed, of which 3 or 4 will definitely be tested out.

We recommend you check out their site, and feel pretty sure you’ll be going back there over and again.

  1. This happens with Picasa on a regular basis, I’ll notice that the version listed on File Hippo is more recent than my installed version. Eventually Picasa’s own updater will get there but usually a good while after the release is highlighted on File Hippo
  2. i.e. There is no need to install it.

File Hippo – Free Software Resource: 27 Comments

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1. Tim
7:12 pm
September 29th, 2007

Love filehippo.Have been using it for years.Work in tech support for an isp.Comes is real handy

2. Alex Leonard
7:53 pm
September 29th, 2007

Aye, it really is great.

I’m in the middle of installing a new laptop for my girlfriend and it was my first stop after downloading Firefox and AVG Free Edition!

It’s such a great one-stop-shop

3. Qerim Shahini
7:15 pm
October 6th, 2007

Quite simply the best one-stop freeware resource available. I remember a site called filepile.com waaaaay back in the late 90s that was similar, but filehippo is the ultimate.

It’s the sort of site you just want to contribute to because it’s always just been such a massive help.

4. Sally, design guru
11:33 am
October 21st, 2007

File Hippo is a great resource, useful for everyone who doesn’t like to waste time. Absolutely agree.

5. Peter Anastasia
11:37 am
January 30th, 2008

File Hippo really simplifies life in its easy to use format. It helps me keep all my software applications up to date with their simple to use Update Checker. When I need to do complete recovery restore on my computer, this is the first place I start to download most of my regular software and freeware appications like my browsers, utility and registry cleaners, media players, and some security applications. I am truly thankful I discovered this site as it comes in handy so often for just regular updates and new releases including Beta. A godsend! One quick scan of your computer can detect most software applications particularly freeware that needs updates.

6. eddie riggs
11:42 pm
February 19th, 2008

I will like to try it and see how it works

7. Kumar Amrish
11:09 pm
February 20th, 2008

File hippo has been very helpful for me…hats off to everyone behind file hippo…looking forward to loads of new software…

8. Alex Leonard
7:48 pm
February 21st, 2008

@Kumar: It’s great isn’t it. Really speeds up the process of updating software and is a great resource for finding new freeware and open source stuff that I didn’t know existed.

@Eddie: Definitely check it out. It’s a very simple idea, and the File Hippo update checker is great for keeping your software up to date.

9. tamadurarafa
11:16 am
February 27th, 2008

I want Kaspersky!

10. nagree m
12:07 pm
May 19th, 2008

Genuinely a free software site without any virus.

11. Miracle Studios
5:03 am
June 10th, 2008

Thanks for a great software like Hippo …

I am bookmarking it.

12. Tika Ram
2:55 pm
November 30th, 2008

File hippo has been very helpful for me…hats off to everyone behind file hippo…looking forward to loads of new software…

13. carl
2:07 pm
January 13th, 2009

looking for modem driver for a compaq presario 2100 (laptop)

14. Alex Leonard
11:27 am
January 14th, 2009

Hi Carl,

If you are looking for drivers I would suggest heading to the HP site to download the correct drivers. If you visit this page you’ll see a list of different laptop models – you should be able to find the exact model of your laptop on the underside of your machine.

Hope that helps.


15. pardeep
5:35 pm
January 15th, 2009

File Hippo is a great website! It gives me lots of software

16. Amy
3:28 pm
January 20th, 2009

how do you download the free softwere nero

17. Alex Leonard
3:41 pm
January 20th, 2009

Hi Amy,

I’m afraid to report that Nero is not offered for free. It is possible that a limited version is packaged free with some laptops, but the only thing you can get is a “commerical trial” over at their website.

I would suggest that you try one of the free alternatives, such as CD Burner XP, which I have found very reliable. Failing that, have a look through the CD and DVD Tools section over on File Hippo for other ideas.

18. Acheampong Akwasi
5:49 pm
January 28th, 2009

Filehippo is the best website for best software, drivers and programmes!

19. Emil Sekula
1:17 pm
March 16th, 2009

It is good site but in my opinion they should add to their programs base next ones:
Revo Uninstaller
Power Defragmenter
And Update Checker has problems with detecting these software:
Adobe Reader
ESET Nod32
FastStone Image Viewer
Java Runtime Environment

8:55 am
March 18th, 2009

Filehippo is the best site to find things free to download and easy site for everybody.
Filehippo is the only site and easy site for children or adult to get acess in it for better softwares ( antivirus, player, adobe reader, burning prograz etc) so, i recommended filehippo for everybody that, it is the only site to give you what you need for your computer in this world.
Thanks you:

21. jon dickson
10:00 pm
April 16th, 2009

great place and is where im tryin to get my version of free open office .

22. barbara whaley
5:15 pm
April 30th, 2009

i love file hippo, if you need to find anything go to file hippo first, it may shorting your search

23. Debbie
2:35 am
May 16th, 2009

I can not hook up my printer it is a HP Photosmart P1000 and I do not have the CD please help install.

24. Alex Leonard
1:15 pm
May 16th, 2009

Hi Jon,

It sure is fantastic. You can also download Open Office (which is always free) from the Open Office website where they offer a variety of languages, and the option to download via other mediums such as BitTorrent and so on.

25. peter jones
11:29 pm
November 30th, 2009


Does nobody here prefer http://filequake.com ? I don’t think it’s been around for as long as filehippo and I use both, but filequake is worth a look to. They get the updates quicker than filehippo sometimes and while they don’t have an update checker which is useful, theres other stuff that makes up for it in some ways.

26. Donn Maguire
12:05 pm
December 1st, 2009

Thanks for the link Peter, I haven’t come across File Quake before. I’ll have to check it out and see how it differs from File Hippo, good to have other options out there.

27. peter jones
1:16 pm
December 19th, 2009

Yeah it’s useful. It’s good to have a few sites like that so we can get the best of each…
The giants like download.com or softpedia i just find to be overpowering and too easy to get lost…


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