The File Extensions Database

.DOWNLOAD File Extension

  • Category: Web Files
  • Format: Text and Binary

What is an .DOWNLOAD file?

.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.

Programs that open Partially Downloaded File
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome
Apple Safari
Mozilla Firefox

How to solve problems with DOWNLOAD files

  • Associate the DOWNLOAD file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any DOWNLOAD file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.DOWNLOAD files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the DOWNLOAD file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .DOWNLOAD is Partially Downloaded File. Because only the current version supports the latest DOWNLOAD file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the N/A manufacturer website after an available .DOWNLOAD is Partially Downloaded File update.
  • To make sure that your DOWNLOAD file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.