File Extension Library

.DOWNLOAD File Extension

  • Category: Web Files
  • Format: Text and Binary

What are .DOWNLOAD files and how to open them?

Can't open .DOWNLOAD file? Are you wondering what it contains? On our site we will explain to you what this file is, what it is used for and what software opens the .DOWNLOAD file.

What is a .DOWNLOAD file extension?

.DOWNLOAD file extension has been classified as Web Files. The format of .DOWNLOAD file is Text and Binary

.DOWNLOAD is Partially Downloaded File

A DOWNLOAD file is a file that is currently being downloaded from the Internet or was stopped before the download finished. It may be double-clicked to resume the download using the same web browser that started the download. DOWNLOAD files are created by Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox web browsers.

When Safari or Firefox is downloading a file, the ".download" extension is appended onto the file is downloaded. For example, when the file example.mp4 is downloaded, it becomes Once the download is complete, the web browser removes the ".download" extension and the file is ready to be used. You will most likely only see DOWNLOAD files in your "Downloads" folder during a download.

If your download was interrupted before it was finished, it may be possible to recover the file. Delete the ".download" extension then open it with the appropriate program. If you try this method and still cannot open the file you should delete the file and download it again.

Some P2P file sharing websites also save active downloads with the ".download" extension. The appropriate file extension is typically added once the download is complete.

NOTE: DOWNLOAD files are similar to .CRDOWNLOAD files, which are created by Google Chrome.

List of all softwares that can open the Partially Downloaded File
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome
Apple Safari
Mozilla Firefox

How to fix problems with .DOWNLOAD files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .DOWNLOAD files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .DOWNLOAD file format
  2. You need to check the .DOWNLOAD file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)