FileHippo App Manager v2.0

A Full Review of FileHippo App Manager, a Free Software Updater

Screenshot of FileHippo App Manager v2.0 in Windows 10
FileHippo App Manager v2.0.

FileHippo App Manager (previously known as Update Checker) is a free software updater that scans your computer for outdated software against its own collection of freeware at FileHippo.com and then lets you download the most updated version directly to your computer from within the program.

This program is really handy because it supports in-house updates, meaning that you don't need to leave the FileHippo program and download updates manually. Just use the Download & Run button inside of FileHippo App Manager to instantly download the updated software and start installing it.

Note: This review is of FileHippo App Manager v2.0, which is the most recent beta version. If you're looking for the latest stable release, you can get v1.47 here, but know that it's quite different than v2.0 in that it doesn't support in-program updates.

More About FileHippo App Manager

  • Can be used in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 2000
  • FileHippo App Manager shows the currently installed version number of a matching program and explains how long ago that version was released along with the most up-to-date version number
  • The list of installed programs that FileHippo App Manager can update can be sorted in a way to show you the oldest programs that need updates — for example, it might show that your edition is v1.0 and that it was released two years ago, with a v5.0 available as an update
  • You can toggle options on the results page to show all the programs FileHippo App Manager detected on your computer (not just the outdated ones) as well as the install path and any beta versions that are available
  • All updates or just the current release can be hidden for any program so you will no longer see it on the results page (this step can be undone later if you want to see updates again)
  • Add custom folders to the scan settings of FileHippo App Manager so it will check elsewhere for outdated software instead of just the default program installation folders

    FileHippo App Manager Pros & Cons

    FileHippo App Manager is a simple program but still manages to pack some really important features found in similar software updaters:

    Pros:

    • Simple to use
    • Can check for updates on a schedule
    • Installs quickly
    • Very small download size
    • Downloads updates for you
    • Lightweight program
    • Supports lots of programs
    • Lets you update your programs to beta versions
    • Supports fast downloads

    Cons:

    • Not every program on FileHippo's website can be updated with this app manager
    • Doesn't support true batch downloads

    Thoughts on FileHippo App Manager

    I've used FileHippo App Manager for a long time and I've never had any issues with it. It's really easy to use without any extra, unnecessary settings, and it finds and updates outdated programs for just about all of the programs I have installed on my computer.

    The schedule you can set up is really handy so that you can install FileHippo App Manager and then forget about it until one of your applications needs an update. Then, just update it from right there in the app manager and then be on your way — it's very, very handy.

    I say above that FileHippo App Manager cannot download updates in batch, and while it's true that there isn't a one-click button you can use to download all the updates at once, you do have the option to hit the Download & Run button next to each individual program. App Manager will download each of them at the same time but you'll still need to choose Run next to each one when you're ready to install them.

    Without a software updater, you'd have to either update a program by visiting the developer's website or by checking for updates within your applications themselves. With an updater like FileHippo App Manager, you can install updates for lots of your programs at once without ever leaving the program, which is really nice.